Janine is from a settler background of Orkney and English descent. She has raised her daughter, worked and played in the unceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) people for the past 28 years.
Janine was with the BCCDC as a street nurse for 16 years throughout British Columbia and in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside during which she worked with street youth, sex workers and people who struggle with addiction. She has been involved in creating and teaching STI/HIV and community development workshops with BCCDC’s Chee Mamuk program. In 2010, Janine moved to the education program in BCCDC to support and facilitate workshops for public health nurses and healthcare professionals regarding sexual health, harm reduction and addiction. During this time, she continued to work with Chee Mamuk and support programming regarding HIV prevention, testing and sexual health in First Nations communities. Most recently, Janine was at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in the role of the STBBI and Harm Reduction CDC Nurse Specialist, manager of the Indigenous Wellness Team and Lead for the Compassion, Inclusion and Engagement Team (CIE), a FNHA & BCCDC initiative. The teams were part of the FNHA response to the overdose crisis throughout the province.
These days when not at work, during Covid times she and her partner enjoy biking, gardening and spoiling their half person/half cat, Tom.