Kelly has worked in municipal government since 2007 and has defined her role as a community minded, collaborative and innovative pioneer in public participation and community development. She is continuously involved in partnerships and community building in her employment and volunteer work. Kelly co-authored the City of Guelph’s Community Engagement Framework and policy and since 2011 she has worked diligently to steward the implementation of this framework. She has worked across all municipal departments to plan for and implement public participation strategies for over 130 projects. Kelly is dedicated to improved engagement for all. While breaking down barriers to participation for all people has always been top of mind, her practice and training on equity, anti-racism and Indigenous engagement has been a recent focus that she has found to be incredibly rewarding while recognizing and welcoming that there is still a lot to learn.
Kelly became an IAP2 Certified Public Participation Practitioner (CP3) in 2022 and received, as part of a team, the 2020 Core Values award for Extending the Practice through Creativity, Contribution & Innovation in the Field and the Canadian, Project of the Year for the project “A United vision: Guelph’s Community Plan”. She has developed her expertise in leading large (up to 500 people) and small group facilitation since 1995 and has been trained in specific methods such as Open Space Technology, Focused Conversations, consensus building and Customer Journey Mapping.
Kelly lives in Guelph and is passionate about food sovereignty, food system circularity, education, poverty reduction and community building.