Dr. Janet Newbury is an instructor and researcher, and is involved in a number of community-based initiatives. She teaches and does research in the Department of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria, Canada (in the School of Child and Youth Care), and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. She has also taught at Vancouver Island University, where she is Adjunct Faculty in the Health and Human Services Department, and in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University. She has worked in group homes, camps, an after-school program, an orphanage, and a family resource centre, and as family initiatives worker and family enhancement worker.
The focus of her research and practice has shifted to community engagement as it relates to health and wellbeing, decolonization, and democracy in general terms. She has been involved in a number of projects through which she explores and pursues the connections between community-based approaches to economic and social development and the wellbeing of children, youth, and families.
Through this work she has participated as co-founding member of the Post Growth Institute, a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, an associate with the Taos Institute, and a member of the global Community Economies Collective. She was also a co-founding member of a local civic literacy group called PR Voices, president of the Powell River Diversity Initiative, and a board member of the Powell River Employment Program Society. Currently, she is on the boards of the Sunshine Music Festival, the Powell River Division of Family Practice, and the Powell River Historic Museum and Archives, and is involved in a number of other community efforts that prioritize decolonization and intergenerational/ intercultural engagement. Her writing has been published widely for both academic and popular audiences.