Stephanie MacInnis-Langley is widely recognized as a social justice advocate and natural collaborator with progressive executive experience in non-profit organizations and government. Her career is marked with a series of ‘firsts’ designed to improve the lives of women, families, and communities across Nova Scotia. Key accomplishments include being the first Manager of Special Initiatives for Victims of Crime; the inaugurating Director of Crime Prevention in Nova Scotia implementing the Crime Prevention and Reduction Strategy; Nova Scotia Restorative Justice –Community University Research Alliance initiating the foundational work needed to launch restorative approaches in schools; and serving on the design team for the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (NSHCC) Restorative Inquiry.
As Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, she has shown exemplary leadership in advancing initiatives related to women’s economic security; women’s health and well-being; and engaging more women to run for political office. A cornerstone of her career has been the tireless efforts to ensure women and girls can live free from violence. She co-led the implementation of the Province’s first Domestic Violence Action Plan, and held a key leadership role on the Action Team on Sexual Violence and Bullying. Prior to her work in government, Stephanie developed and implemented a shelter service for abused women and their children in rural Nova Scotia. She has maintained a strong focus in community development throughout her career. She holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and is a registered social worker.