Rev Jackie Ainsworth MA, BSN

Credentials

Rev Jackie holds the office of Appointed Designated Minister with Clergy Support Memorial Church. The Board agreed to her appointment on November 14, 2019, as a recognition of Jackie’s ministry of care for others’ needs. A blend of her nursing skills, and her spiritual skills give her the ability to reach out daily to individuals and families in need. This is the basis and essence of pastoral ministry. She is a deeply reflective person with a high moral compass, always finding her true meaning in being available to assist and support others. People use the words “kind, generous and compassionate” to describe Rev Jackie.

Academic Achievements 

  • Graduate Certificate – Canadian Ministers Institute (2019)
  • Master of Arts in Leadership, Royal Roads University (2015)
  • Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing, University of Victoria (2001)

Ministry of Care

Stemming from her 34 year long and passionate nursing and teaching career that encompassed a variety of care environments, as well as her own experience in facing the challenges of having a child with disabilities, Jackie’s life has prompted her to ask deep existential questions, “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?”, “How can I contribute?” In her life-long journey, these questions have shown her a way of ministry that couples her nursing gifts and skills with her compassion and deep respect for others’ dignity and value as human beings.

Rev Jackie is passionate about her natural teaching abilities, and she puts them to use as a mentor to others. Jackie is also active as a coach for individuals with addictions, supporting not only the individuals with addictions (fellowship counselling), but also their families. Jackie is a leader who understands the power of helping others to discover their own skills and abilities to better themselves.

Jackie’s natural tendency for compassion and understanding people without judgment are the foundations of Jackie’s life of service. Jackie remains committed to life-long learning, and she is always looking to improve her skills to put them at the service of her community.

Outreach and Community Engagement

Jackie is an experienced mentor who is always available to assist anyone in need.

She has been involved with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for many years, and is a regular contributor, not only by ways of inspirational speaking and mentorship, but also in the organization’s fund-raising efforts and celebrations for AA’s promotion.

Jackie has also been involved in community events that involve programming across the lifespan, such as Recovery Day events, community partnership in Overdose dialogues, and numerous townhall session successful contributions.

Other Professional Certifications/Formal Memberships

  • British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP)
  • Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL)
  • Canadian Health Executive (2017)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (2017)
  • Canadian Nurses Association for Community Health Nursing (2010, 2015, 2020)
  • Prosci Change Management Certification (Navigo 2018)
  • Core LINX – Management Development Pathways (2017)
  • Indigenous Cultural Competency

Hobbies

Jackie loves to read, especially books on women’s issues, power, determination, awareness, relationships, and agency in change and leadership. She also enjoys yoga, spending time with friends and family, as well as exercising her culinary gifts in the kitchen.

In Jackie’s words

“Meaningful experiences can be characterized by spending time with my daughters, my stepchildren, my partner Mark, and my extended family.”

Being appointed as a Designated Minister in Clergy Support Memorial Church “is a dream come true that allows me to give back to my community in a completely new way of being.”