An accomplished charity executive, a loving mother and a natural leader, Jennifer Joseph contributes to her community in countless, significant ways.
Passionate about helping children realize their potential, Jennifer began her career in early childhood education, enriching the lives of students as a Certified Ontario College Teacher for many years. In 2010, seeking new ways to empower youth, Jennifer began volunteering for Jake’s House, and instantly connected with the cause. Driven by both her compassion and ambition, Jennifer began identifying opportunities to help the charity do more, while also supporting Co-founder David Bodanis with private asset management for high net-worth individuals.
After years of committed service, in 2015, Jennifer was appointed Executive Director at Jake’s House, and in 2018, was promoted to CEO. Applying her strong business acumen, relationship building abilities and empathetic, nurturing nature, Jennifer quickly made an impressive impact. In 2017, inspiring support from the Province of Ontario and developing key community partnerships, she spearheaded the creation and launch of the Legends Mentoring Program. In 2019, Jennifer developed and implemented Jake’s House Employment Mentoring, a federally-funded, innovative program that supports the integration of young adults with autism into the workforce. Now, Jennifer is now focused on expanding these programs across the country, while also committing to finding and delivering solutions to address Canada’s growing housing gap for the aging autism community.
In addition to driving the strategy and execution of Jake’s House programs and events, Jennifer has effectively grown its team. A true mentor invested in both the charity’s and her employees’ success, Jennifer has personally guided each new member to discover how they can thrive within the Jake’s House culture and uniquely support the team’s common goals.
Further, Jennifer’s role as a thoughtful, intuitive motivator extends beyond the Jake’s House doors. Also a devoted wife, a supportive mother of two sons, a kind friend, a young female role model and a responsible citizen, she encourages and lifts all of those around her. Through her remarkable example, her positive energy and her genuine caring for others, Jennifer connects with and inspires her community.