Jackie Carpenter lives in Sparwood, B.C., with her husband Chris, and their two children. Tyler is twelve years old, in grade six and has autism. Madison is nine years old and in grade four. Jackie’s family is complete with their two cats, Whiskers, Newt and their Autism service dog, Cookie.

Jackie is involved with her local Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), using her perspective as a parent of a child with special needs to support the education of all children. She is also an active member and Manager for Sparwood Search & Rescue and a Noon Hour Supervisor at Frank J. Mitchell Elementary School.

After attending a family retreat hosted by Inclusion BC in 2008, Jackie represented B.C. as a family leader to help inform the Canadian Association for Community Living’s national strategy for family engagement. She worked with families from across Canada to come up with creative ways to engage families supporting children with developmental disabilities and strengthen the role of families within the community living movement.

She also works with the Family Support Institute as a resource parent, providing personal support to families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability.

Jackie’s contributions to her local community, her provincial community and to the national stage truly represent who we are as a social movement.