Stephanie MacInnis-Langley is the Executive Director at the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. She is a leader who brings strategic and horizontal approaches to the social policy and economic development challenges of government.
A lifelong advocate for women and girls, Stephanie works to address the inequities challenging the lives and advancement of women and girls: promoting women’s economic security; supporting women in leadership; addressing options for women and girls to live free from violence; and improving the health and well-being of women and families.
As a senior official with the Nova Scotia Government, Stephanie has been integral to many of the ‘firsts’ in our province. She worked at various levels within the Department of Justice beginning with Victims Services.
She held multiple positions with the Department of Justice including the first Manager of Special Initiatives for Victims of Crime. Stephanie was the inaugurating Director of Crime Prevention in Nova Scotia and implemented the Crime Prevention and Reduction Strategy. In this role she focused on public awareness and horizontal collaboration and coordination.
Stephanie was appointed the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 2010. She co-lead the implementation of the first Provincial Domestic Violence Action Plan to ensure the vision that ‘all persons should live free from domestic violence and abuse’. She held a key leadership role on the Action Team on Sexual Violence and Bullying.
Stephanie represents Nova Scotia in the federal-provincial-territorial forum of Status of Women.
Prior to her work in government, Stephanie developed and implemented a shelter service for abused women and their children in rural Nova Scotia. Stephanie has maintained a strong focus in community development throughout her career and has served on a number of government and community committees at federal, provincial and municipal levels.
Stephanie holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and is a registered social worker.