Jacqueline (Jackie) Barkley, MSW, RSW, has over 35 years as a social worker, with counselling experience on the IWK Child Abuse Team, Choices Adolescent Treatment program, the Short Stay mental health service at the Nova Scotia Hospital, in private practice, outpatient mental health, and on the IWK Crisis Team. She also worked for periods in child welfare, with the Geriatric Assessment Unit and Corrections Canada.
Jackie began her career as a community organizer in the old North End of Halifax, and assisted in the development of anti-poverty programs, welfare rights and tenants organizations. She also spent four years working at New Options School, an alternative school for youth in the Uniacke Square community.
Jackie’s interest in issues of cultural competence and anti-racism work began during years of community activism, her participation as a singer and manager of the women’s a capella group Four the Moment, and in her Master’s program completion of a thesis on racial issues in the delivery of mental health services. Over the course of her professional career, she continued to volunteer in a range of capacities, including with Friends of Dalhousie Legal Aid, Community Justice Society, North End Day Care, Model School Committee, Social Policy Review Committee, and the Housing for People Coalition. Jackie was a 17year member of the Metro Coalition for a Non-Racist Society. The Coalition worked in advocacy and solidarity with the African Nova Scotian, Aboriginal and new Canadian communities – including conducting presentations on racism and white privilege, and province-wide distribution of their book Racism: Whose Problem?
For over 15 years, Jackie has written, lectured extensively and conducted training workshops, on contemporary child and parent relations. Her publications include chapters in Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking About Canadian Social Issues , Daily Meaning: Counternarratives of Teachers’ Work , and a commentary in the November 2009 issue of the “Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry”.
April 14, 2014, lectured at Harvard University Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs with Ms. Sylvia Hamilton. Seminar entitled, "Feminism in Black and White: A Canadian Conversation"
May 8, 2014, Jackie was presented the Ronald Stratford Memorial Award for "outstanding contribution to the field of social service in Nova Scotia".
A more comprehensive Curriculum Vitae is available here.
A List of Jackie's Cultural Competence Qualifications is available here.
Jackie also wrote and submitted a formal brief to the Nunn Commission of Inquiry. The text of which is available here:
Important Questions: Complicated Struggles for Answers
In September of 2013 Jackie delivered an all day workshop on parenting at the North End Community Health Centre for parents, teachers, and people who work with children and adolescents. A copy of the poster for this event is available here:
New publication: Race as a significant variable in the legal system
Wright, R. S. & Barkley, J. (2014, Spring). " The Society Record". Halifax, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society.
Jackie is the proud mother of two adult sons.