Crofford, Hon. Joanne
New Democrat MLA, Regina Centre
Joanne Crofford has worked in rural, urban and northern Saskatchewan. She completed her B.A. (Hons.) and two years of graduate school in Social Studies and Communications at the University of Regina. Following graduation, Ms. Crofford worked as a research officer for Mental Health Saskatchewan and Youth Employment Services in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Youth and as a Social Policy Analyst with Executive Council to Cabinet analyzing government services to Indian & Metis people.
During her 12 years in LaRonge, Ms. Crofford was Assistant Director of Personnel for the Department of Northern Saskatchewan; served as Northern Representative to the Provincial Environment Impact Assessment Secretariat; and was Director and Business Manager of the Kikinahk Indian and Metis Friendship Centre. On her return to Regina, Ms. Crofford served as Program Coordinator for the Rainbow Youth Centre in Regina, and Research Coordinator for the Social Administration Research Unit of the Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina.
Ms. Crofford is active in cultural, artistic, human rights, youth and business organizations. Having successsfully completed a year as Chair of the Regina Opening Ceremonies for Grey Cup, she continues to serve on the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Committee. She was awarded an Honourary Certificate in Languages from the Saskatchewan Centre for International Languages for her support of international language instruction.
Joanne's long involvement in many aspects of the community has resulted in her commitment to a close working relationship between government and all sectors in our community.
On February 3, 1995, Joanne Crofford was first appointed to cabinet. She was minister responsible for Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation and the Liquor and Gaming Authority until November, 1995. She was minister responsible for the Status of Women, and minister responsible for the Indian and Metis Affairs Secretariat from February, 1995 to June, 1997. On June 27, 1997, she was appointed as Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training. Ms. Crofford has been the Minister Responsible for the Wascana Centre Authority and the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts since February, 1995.
Joanne Crofford and her husband Victor Tiede have two children and one granddaughter.