Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Judith Irving resides in Rothesay, NB with her husband and four children. She grew up in a business and philanthropic environment as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Irving and granddaughter of industrialist K.C. Irving.
She attended Stony Brook School of Long Island, NY, Acadia University and Holland College. Following in the family tradition, she joined the J.D. Irving Group of companies. For more than 10 years she operated her own photography studio, and from 2001 to 2007, she owned Hawk Communications Inc., an advertising and marketing agency located in Moncton, NB.
In 2009, following a visit with the ONEXONE team to Kigali, Rwanda, Judith joined its Board of Directors. Organizing the acquisition and transport of more than $8 million in medical supplies, she helped in the delivery and distribution during five trips with ONEXONE to Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. As ONEXONE’s representative, she was part of the mission to rebuild Haiti and assisted appointed UN Special Envoy, President Bill Clinton. She was part of the “Saint John for Haiti” initiative and helped raise more than $80,000 for earthquake relief.
In recent years Judith has enjoyed close ties with the military. In June 2012, she was appointed First Patron of the Royal Canadian Regiment. In October 2012, her appointment as Honorary Colonel of 1st Battalion The Royal New Brunswick Regiment (Carleton and York) was confirmed. She is currently a Board member of the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Group and Champions for Children. Judith is a member of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army and contributes her time and skills to the Partners Assisting Local Schools (PALS) program in Saint John, NB. Each month she provides funding for food for an orphanage in Kenya.
In May 2014, Judith received an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from Saint Mary’s University. She served as fundraising chair for the Salvation Army from 2012-2014 and Dinner Co-Chair for the True Patriot Love Foundation in 2011 and 2014. In 2010 the Canadian Red Cross awarded her the Humanitarian Award for her selfless work with ONEXONE in Haiti and Rwanda, as well as her committed involvement with many local charities.