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Joan Kingston is a registered nurse and a former member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. She is currently a consultant with the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Faculty of Nursing, having recently retired from UNB after 10 years as nurse manager, co-manager of the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre, and a lecturer and clinical instructor.

Before her work with UNB, Ms. Kingston worked as a principal secretary for government affairs in the Office of the Premier of New Brunswick, and as a senior advisor to the Policy and Priorities Committee of the Cabinet of New Brunswick, from 2006 to 2010. She also served as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Official Opposition from 2002 to 2006.

From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Kingston served as Member of the Legislative Assembly for New Maryland and, as a minister, she led various portfolios including Labour, Environment, and Human Rights. She also led the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Multiculturalism and chaired the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

Ms. Kingston is an active community member and health advocate. She is the Chairperson of the Community Action Group on Homelessness and has been a member of the Specific Patient Oriented Research Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations, United Way Central New Brunswick, and the Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation. She is a member of the Canadian Nurses Association, past president of the Nurses Association of New Brunswick, and was awarded a life membership in 2021. Ms. Kingston is a past co-chair of the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health Steering Committee, and a founding member of the predecessor to the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses.

Ms. Kingston was inducted as Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing in 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick.

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