Ellen Woodsworth
speaker, writer, organizer

About Ellen


Ellen Woodsworth served as a Vancouver City Councillor from 2002 to 2005 and 2008 to 2011, working for social justice, economic equality and environmentally sound planning. In the interim she organized Housing, Climate Change, and Harm Reduction forums.


Ellen loves talking with people, reading, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing and generally living up to the Woodsworth traditions.


Working together with other like-minded individuals and organizations, she knows that people have the ideas and the energy to create “cities for everyone.”

WORK EXPERIENCE

2006 to present: Maya Consultants – President, Speaker, community developer, researcher and organizer on forums on Climate Change, housing, women and seniors


2008 to 2011: Vancouver City Councillor
Local and Regional Council Appointments included:

  • Vancouver Director, Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee
  • Director, Hastings Institute
  • Council representation to the Women’s Advisory Committee
  • Council representation to the LGTBQ Advisory Committee
  • Member, Standing Committee on Planning and Environment
  • Member, Standing Committee on Transportation and Traffic
  • Member, Standing Committee on City Services and Budgets
  • Alternate to Metro Vancouver

2002 to 2005: Vancouver City Councillor
Local and Regional Council Appointments included:

  • Vancouver Director, Union of British Columbia Municipalities and member of the Health Committee
  • Vancouver Director, Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee
  • Alternate, Greater Vancouver Regional District
  • Director, Hastings Institute Inc. Board
  • Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on City Services and Budgets
  • Member, Standing Committee on Planning and Environment
  • Member, Standing Committee on Transportation and Traffic
  • Council representative to the City Seniors Advisory Committee
  • Council representative to the City Family court and youth justice committee
  • Member, Food Policy Task Force
  • Member of the Creative Cities Task Force
  • Vice Chair, Peace and Justice Committee
  • Co-Chair, Women’s Task Force, Gender Equality Strategy for City of Vancouver

1999 to 2002: Coordinator of the Seniors Summit
a provincial coalition of seniors’ organizations, seniors and people who worked with seniors.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

2011 - present: Women Transforming Cities International - Founder and External Chairperson

2007 - 2009: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom - Canadian President

2007 - 2008: Coalition of Progressive Electors - External Chairperson

2006: UBC Global Students Speaker’s Bureau - Mentor

2006 : War Toys to Peace Art (Promoting a Culture of Peace for Children Society) - Board Member

2004: Federation of Canadian Municipalities & Women & Cities International

              • Represented both organizations at the World Urban Forum in Barcelona, Spain. Launched the documents “City Tailored to Women” and the “Women’s Safety Awards”

2003 - 2006: World Peace Forum - Cofounder, Secretary and Cities Coordinator

2001: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Generations Project - Founding Board


PUBLICATIONS & REPORTS

  • 1981 Housing Needs of Single Parents, internal report for YWCA, Author
  • 1984 Kingsway Community Resources and Listings and Analysis, Co-author
  • 1985 Single Parenting in East Vancouver, Co-author
  • 1986 It’s Time Women Speak Out, Editor & co-author
  • 1987 It’s Time Housework Was Recognized and Paid, Editor & co-author
  • 1988 Three Deals One Game: BC Women Look at Free Trade, Meech Lake and Privatization, Editor, writer and supervisor of research
  • 1990 Child Care Needs in the District of North Vancouver, Author
  • 1999 Seniors Summit Follow Up Proceedings – Editor
  • 1990 to 2001 writer for Kinesis Newspaper
  • 2005 SPARCBC – Making Space for Women in Cities
  • 2005 Gender Equality Strategy for the City of Vancouver, Co-Chair
  • 2014-2015 National Advisory Board Advancing Equity and Inclusion a Guide for Municipalities

AWARDS

  • 1992 Awarded the Canada 125 Medal of Distinction for Community Service
  • 2001 Chosen Queer Hero of the Month by XTRA West
  • 2002 Nominated for Woman of Distinction Award
  • 2008 Nominated for the YMCA International Peace Award
  • 2012 10th Anniversary Dyke March first Honorary Marshall
  • 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award
  • 2014 “Outstanding Commitment to Social Justice Award” India Mahilla Award
  • 2014 Nominated for City of Vancouver Remarkable Woman Award
  • 2016 Vancouver District & Labour Council – Syd Thompson Community Service Award
  • 2017 Nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award

EDUCATION

1 year Kwantlen College Foundation Art
1 year Emily Carr
BA in Sociology UBC
High School Graduate Canadian Academy Kobe, Japan
Humberside Collegiate Institute Toronto, Ontario