Innovation Youth Director
I am Jenna Smith and I was born and raised in Montreal. For the past 15 years,
I have directed the Innovation Youth centre under Christian Direction. I am
passionate about the intersections between faith, community and urban work
amongst those who live on the margins of our society. I work mainly out of the
Peter-McGill neighbourhood, located in the western part of downtown Montreal.
I love this area of our city – it is a beautiful and complex neighbourhood where
many people from different walks of life co-exist: university communities,
homeless peoples, urban dwellers, newcomers, entrepreneurs and workers.
In my work at Innovation Youth, I see how those on the margins – youth,
immigrants, families living under the poverty line, the elderly – often become
forgotten or overlooked in busy city life. I consider it as part of my job to love my
neighbours – ALL my neighbours – to understand them, seek them out and to
try and help them feel like they belong. I view part of my ministry in helping my
fellow Christians in local churches do the same – understand who their
neighbours are and how to best serve them. In this sense, I try to build bridges
between church, community, and city life.
I live in Verdun with my husband Nicolas and our dog Wilma.