Betty Edel holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree and has worked on social justice issues ranging from health care, housing, and child and adult education in the inner city of Winnipeg for over thirty years. Betty joined End Homelessness Winnipeg as Manager, Prevention in March 2018; became Manager, Housing Supports in June 2020; and transitioned to Director, Housing Supports in March 2021. She comes with experience working in senior positions for organizations and on initiatives that provide services to members of Winnipeg’s homeless community such as Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. – Wi Che Win, Mount Carmel Clinic, and Community Education & Development Association. Betty was one of the founding members of the Doorways program.
Betty has developed and still delivers workshops on Housing First from an Indigenous perspective for the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and co-chaired a ten-month University of Winnipeg research project based on At Home/Chez Soi. She holds executive positions on three community boards (Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc., CMHA - Manitoba and Winnipeg, and Community Education and Development Association) and previously served as a director on twelve other community boards in Winnipeg.