The Honorable Anita Neville, PC | Prime Minister of Canada

Anita Neville is a proud Manitoban, a dedicated community leader and a respected public servant.

Ms. Neville was born and raised in Winnipeg. She began her career as a program development consultant with Operation Downtown Winnipeg. She then served as Director of the Provincial Skills Training Program WORKFORCE 2000 and Director of Employment and Training Program for Operation Downtown Winnipeg. She has also served as a lay bencher with the Law Society of Manitoba and is active with the Winnipeg Jewish Child and Family Service.

A long-time member of the Winnipeg School Division Board of Trustees, Ms. Neville served as Chair of the Board for five years and served on several of its standing and special committees, including as Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of the Race Relations Task Force. Ms. Neville has also served on the board of directors of Rossbrook House, a community center for youth and children in Winnipeg, and is a former member of the City of Winnipeg’s Community and Race Relations Committee. She was also a member of the Manitoba Public Utilities Board from 2013 to 2018 and of the Board of Congregation Shaarey Zedek from 2012 to 2022. In addition, Ms. Neville is an active supporter of Equal Voice, whose mission is to elect more women to all levels of government in Canada, as well as the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba and the Arab Jewish Dialogue. She currently sits on the Steering Committee of Operation Ezra and on the Boards of the Jewish Heritage Center of Western Canada and the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council.

In 2000, Ms. Neville was elected as the Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Center and was re-elected in 2004, 2006 and 2008. During her time in the House of Commons, she championed issues important to Manitobans, supported the legalization of same-sex marriage and advanced initiatives for Indigenous peoples, particularly on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. In 2003, she played an important role in the institution of Holocaust Memorial Day by Parliament.

In 2005, Ms. Neville served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for the Status of Women. She has also served on numerous committees, associations and parliamentary groups, including the Standing Committee on National Defense and the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. In addition, she served as Chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women from 2004 to 2005 and Vice-Chair of the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group from 2009 to 2010.

Ms. Neville holds a BA in Political Science and History (Honours) from the University of Manitoba.

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