Sister Nancy Brown, a Sister of Charity of Halifax, is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable in our society: homeless youth and young people at risk for human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Sister Nancy came from a successful and well-known Vancouver family that believes in giving back to the community. She has spent most of her life doing just that. She has taught all grades of school and has worked as a university chaplain. She now works with homeless youth in her position as Pastoral Counselor/Ombudsperson at Covenant House Vancouver. Most of these youth are fleeing abusive homes, living in poverty and suffering from addictions and mental illness.
She spent five years volunteering at a women?s shelter. She then obtained certificates in addictions counselling and working with abused young women and those who had been actively abusing women. She committed herself to taking a leadership role in the areas of sexual exploitation and human trafficking, a role she has maintained in the 13 years since she began working at Covenant House.
Sister Nancy works directly with young people on the street. She is currently a board member for REED (Resist Exploitation Embrace Dignity) and has served on a range of committees focussed on exploitation of women and children and youth homelessness. She developed public events, workshops and resources to show British Columbians and the world about the very real danger of youth exploitation and trafficking.
Working tirelessly to help vulnerable young people, Sister Nancy has consistently demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership with her passion for peace, social justice and non-violence.
Press release from the Lieutenant-Governor’s office with the citation.