A safer, better, fairer … better Winnipeg.

Meet Judy Wasylycia-Leis

Born in a small community in Ontario, Judy is the third child born to parents who met in Holland while her father was serving during World War II. In 1980 Judy and her husband Ron chose Winnipeg to build their careers and raise a family.

Judy Wasylycia-Leis

Involved in public service nearly all her adult life, Judy worked with numerous Winnipeg community organizations and served as a Manitoba cabinet minister before representing Winnipeggers on the national stage in Ottawa as a federal Member of Parliament from 1997-2010.

During her time as a federal MP, Judy led a long list of successful reforms including initiatives to strengthen health protections for newborns; new provisions to protect children from tobacco; a federal ban on harmful chemicals in baby bottles; new policies to protect neighbourhood bank branches from closure; and championing federal recognition of the rights of persons with disabilities. Judy co-founded the Canada-Philippines Parliamentary Friendship Group and has been a long-time champion of Winnipeg’s ethno-cultural communities both in the community and in the House of Commons.

Judy and Ron have two sons, Joe and Nick.