Jennifer Lepko

Jennifer Lepko

Hi! I’m Jennifer and I’m the Director of Fund Development here at Streets Alive Mission!

My job is to make connections with people, build partnerships, and seek out funds to support the amazing work of Streets Alive.

A passion for people brought me to Streets Alive, and the opportunity to make a difference, being a part of such an awe-inspiring mission. I am also very passionate about advocacy and supporting vulnerable populations, especially empowering women, and the fight against sexual and domestic violence.

My family is also something I’m extremely passionate about. I’m blessed to have amazing parents, brother, Aunts, Uncles and cousins. I have a remarkable husband who truly completes me, and three incredible children (Journee, Kariya and Jayger).

As cliché as it might sound, I really do believe that my most important accomplishment is being a Mom. 😊

Over the course of my career life in non-profit work, I have obtained many diplomas, certifications, and completed hundreds (thousands?) of hours in training and courses, in pursuit of more and better methods of helping people.  I love continuing education and learning. I believe education, in all aspects, can help bring perspective. I enjoy providing training and presentations as well as curriculum development.

Outside of my work at Streets Alive Mission, I am the co-founder of Kids Speak Out, a non-profit organization with the goal to collect and publish stories. The publications will be shared so that people with similar experiences will know they are not alone, and that victory can be had. Kids Speak Out gives an opportunity to see societal issues through the transparency and innocence of a child’s heart.  Stories bring perspective and insight to hard issues we are facing in society today.

In my free-time, when it’s warmer, I really enjoy being outside – working in the yard, going for walks, taking our dog to the dog park (maybe not my favourite thing to do but it definitely is for the dog) – as long as it is not too windy.  When it’s super cold outside, my favourite thing to do is to watch a family movie curled up on the couch with blankets.

I like a variety of games, too – board games, card games, and crazy games we make up as a family. We will do tasting challenges, blindfold racing, and scavenger hunt type activities, just to name a few.

I love to travel, when I’m able, and I have travelled to every province in Canada, numerous States in the US, and Mexico. I also love a cruise (pre-Covid). As much as I love to travel, I truly love to return home. Lethbridge will always be home.

My favourite Super Hero is Wonder Woman, of course. 🦸‍♀️ I grew up with Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, and I saw her as strong, smart and determined. That’s pretty fitting for the kind of work I do on behalf of women and underprivileged populations.

My faith gives me hope even in the most difficult times. My motto in life is, “Be Kind Always!” We can never have too much kindness in the world!

God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
~ Psalm 46:5