The Honourable Brenda L. Murphy, ONB was installed as New Brunswick’s 32nd Lieutenant Governor in September of 2019.
Her Honour is the former Executive Director of the Saint John Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN) (formerly known as the Urban Core Support Network), an organization she led for more than twenty years. In this role, she grew the organization through the development of a signature empowerment program for low income women in Saint John that was expanded to several other communities in the province. In keeping with her mission to ensure the voiceless were heard, she oversaw the development and implementation of an internship program for marginalized women. Additionally, she championed the membership of people with lived experience on the WEN Board of Directors and hiring committees and advocated for the same in both community and government agencies.
Ms. Murphy has been involved in various roles at all three levels of government. She was appointed as a member of the Gender Equality Network Canada – a network of diverse women leaders from across the country that collaborated on policy recommendations relating systemic barriers to gender equality. She was also a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty (2017 – 2018), working with a group of diverse leaders across the country to develop the terms of reference for the National Advisory Council on Poverty. Her Honour was a member of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women (2005 – 2008) and was part of the Voices of New Brunswick Women working group, which created the present New Brunswick Women’s Council. She helped form New Brunswick’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy and assisted in the development of legislation to create the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation (ESIC). Ms. Murphy was a member of the inaugural board of directors of ESIC.
Ms. Murphy served three terms as a municipal councillor for the town of Grand Bay-Westfield, New Brunswick (2002 – 2012), including one term as Deputy Mayor and two terms as Chairperson of the Tourism committee.
Her Honour has volunteered with a variety of organizations, including the Community Heath Centre Advisory committee (1996 – 2004). As chairperson, she led the initiative to expand services that included Primary Health Care. She served as a director with Hestia House shelter for women, the Coverdale Centre for Women, Housing Alternatives, the John Howard Society, and the Greater Saint John Community Foundation.
As Lieutenant Governor, Ms. Murphy has identified three key areas of focus: gender equality, diversity, and poverty reduction.
Her honour lives at Government House in Fredericton with her partner Linda Boyle and their cat, Leo.