Jo-Ann Roberts is an award winning journalist and broadcaster. She retired from a 25 year career at CBC in December 2014. From 1994-2004, she was the host of Information Morning, based in Moncton and serving all of Eastern New Brunswick. She left New Brunswick to become the host of of All Points West, the CBC afternoon show that served most of British Columbia. She filled that role for 10 years, covering countless elections, the 2010 Winter Olympics and winning a national RTDNA award for her work covering the Stanley Cup Riots in Vancouver.
Jo-Ann was a federal candidate for the Green Party of Canada in the riding of Victoria in 2015, where she finished in a close second place, receiving almost 24,000 votes (more votes than 131 MPs who were elected!) Jo-Ann moved to Halifax in November 2017 to be close to family and has been active in the Halifax EDA and the Green Party of Nova Scotia. She was named Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada in March 2018.
Jo-Ann is married to Ken Kelly, an urban planner and a consultant specializing in Downtown Business Improvement Areas. They have four adult children, Christopher, Claire, Alyson and Meghan, and one grandchild, Georgia, who recently turned three. They are expecting a second grandchild in January.
In addition to her work has a journalist, Jo-Ann has worked as a media training consultant, a Communications Coordinator and a Crisis Communication Director. She was a founding partner and Vice-president of Media Relations Consultants (later Media Relations International) in Winnipeg. As well, she was Director of Communications at Mount Allison University. After the 2015 election, Jo-Ann served as the Advancement Consultant for Threshold Housing, a not-for-profit organization serving homeless and at-risk youth. She won the Building Better Futures Community Award for her work with Threshold. While living in Victoria, she was luck enough to also serve as a board member with the Victoria Foundation, Mount St. Mary Hospital and Victoria Literacy Connection.
Jo-Ann is excited to work with all the constituents of Halifax to build a bright and sustainable future for our city, province and country.