Originally from Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove (PHMC), Courtney Clarke spends her professional life helping financial institutions prevent fraud, money laundering, elder abuse, as well as drug and human trafficking at Verafin.
A survivor of gender-based violence, Courtney established the Jane Doe Graduate Award in Anti-Violence Research at Memorial University.
Co-Chairing Equal Voice NL, Courtney helps women and gender diverse individuals get elected to all levels of government. Through this role, she also sits on the NL Premier’s Roundtable for Gender Equity. In 2022, she helped Equal Voice co-author a study on sexual harassment in Canada’s legislative Provincial & Federal Assemblies for the Justice of Canada.
Chairing Violence Prevention Avalon East (VPAE) up until January 2023, Courtney created Unsafe at Home; a domestic abuse support platform that supported 100+ crisis calls from individuals isolated with abusers during the first two waves of COVID-19. VPAE then worked with Spirit Horse NL to provide free equestrian-based counselling to 500+ survivors, with a program called Stable & Safe. VPAE also launched Navigating Modern Masculinity, a new provincial project that is challenging social norms for masculinity, focused on engaging men in the prevention of gender-based violence.
An elected Corporate Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union (NLCU), Courtney is entering re-election to continue representing the financial interests of the CU’s 20,000+ members. A passionate accessibility advocate, Courtney singlehandedly fundraised over $1-million dollars towards accessibility advancements across all regions of NL, 2019-2021, mostly in partnership with Employment and Social Development Canada.
In September 2022, Courtney was chosen to be a Delegate in the United Nations UNITE 2030 program in New York, focusing conversations around creating more sustainable approaches to Decent Work and Economic Growth during the United Nations Global Goals Week.
In October 2022, Courtney was profiled as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the North American Women’s Executive Network for Community Impact.
In January 2023, Courtney was appointed to the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.