Our Heavenly Father, we come in the name of Jesus to invoke your presence and power to be imparted to our Honourable member from Fort Richmond, Kerri Irvin-Ross. She has been given a very significant responsibility in caring for Family Services and Housing and Community Development. Grant Kerri wisdom as she wades through the often messy and misplaced people of our province. May she experience the anointing of your Spirit to break through the bondages that often oppress the innocent, abused, neglected and homeless. We ask this in Jesus name, Amen.
Minister of family services
Minister of housing and community development
Minister responsible for persons with disabilities
Minister responsible for the status of women
“My job is to help people in our community imagine the
possibilities – to keep looking ahead and finding new ways of building a
better future for Manitobans.”
- MLA for Fort Garry 2003–2011
- Re-elected as MLA for Fort Richmond in 2011
First elected as MLA for Fort Garry in 2003, she has served as
Minister of Healthy Living, Minister responsible for Healthy Child
Manitoba and Seniors, Minister of Housing and Community Development and
was appointed Minister of Family Services by Premier Greg Selinger on
October 18, 2013.
Raised in a small farming community in southern Saskatchewan, Kerri
and her family moved to Winnipeg over 15 years ago. They established
roots in Winnipeg and become a part of many community and school
organizations. Kerri accepted a position at the Winnipeg Child Guidance
Clinic and through her work as a school social worker she grew
increasingly aware of the importance of providing positive opportunities
in order to create and maintain healthy communities.
As a community builder Kerri has been recognized for her role in
developing crime prevention initiatives and spearheading efforts to
improve community recreation facilities. She regularly works with
community clubs, parent councils, child care centres, schools, seniors
groups such as the Fort Garry Seniors Resource Council and Pembina
Active Living 55+, as well as other community initiatives. Kerri is also
a strong supporter of groups such as the Fort Garry Historical Society
and the Fort Garry Community Network. Her constituency office has become
a meeting place for many such groups.
During her three years as Minister of Healthy Living Kerri was
responsible for introducing Healthy Child Legislation, implementing
Age-Friendly Manitoba, establishing nutrition guidelines for schools,
designing new suicide prevention initiatives, expanding the diabetes
prevention programs in the North, introducing a new eating disorders
program, providing children with low-cost bike helmets, and building on
our anti-smoking initiatives.
As Minister of Housing and Community Development, Kerri prioritized a
positive experience for tenants, which has led to customer service
training for staff, improved security services, and a bed bug
remediation strategy for Manitoba Housing properties. She has worked to
meet housing needs in Manitoba through a variety of initiatives, which
has resulted in hundreds of new units of affordable housing tailored to
families, seniors, students and people with disabilities.
A strong supporter of community economic development, she has
championed the department’s partnership with Warm Up Winnipeg/BUILD and
other community based employment training programs which has resulted in
reduced energy and water costs for Manitoba Housing Properties and job
experience for hundreds of worker with barriers to employment. She
believes in the power of Co-op Development for Manitoba, and champions
grassroots empowerment and neighbourhood revitalization through
Kerri enjoys working with government departments, community groups,
and citizens to support vibrant, healthy communities across Manitoba.