Stephanie was elected as the first woman President of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) in May, 2014. She had previously served as the Union’s Treasurer. She has been a longtime activist with the Union and worked as an early childhood educator in Vancouver. She is a single mother of two and lives in Richmond.
The BCGEU represents 65,000 workers in BC in the public service, including the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation and in the broader public and private sectors. Smith says, “Many of our members see first hand in their work how poverty affects citizens of our province. I hope that taking the Welfare Food Challenge will give me some insight into that as well.”