Judith A.E. Irving
JJudith Irving was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and currently resides in Rothesay, NB with her 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, New York, and later Acadia University and Holland College. Following in the family tradition, she worked within the J.D. Irving Group of companies. For more than 10 years she operated her own photography studio. Her great passion for creative communications resulted in her acquisition of Hawk Communications Inc., an advertising and marketing agency located in Moncton, NB, from 2001-2007.
In April 2009, Judith visited Kigali, Rwanda with the OneXOne team, and after observing first-hand some of the group’s charitable efforts, accepted an invitation to join its Board of directors. Since that time, she has worked with various OneXOne projects including five trips to Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake in which she assisted with the delivery and distribution of relief supplies. She helped organize the acquisition and transport of more than $8 million worth of medical supplies for various humanitarian causes. She assisted OneXOne in organizing “Saint John for Haiti,” which raised more than $70,000 for earthquake relief, and brought together three Saint John-area high schools in a joint fundraising campaign that raised $10,000 for the stricken Caribbean island.
In recent years Judith has enjoyed close ties with the military. As of June 5, 2012, she was officially appointed First Patron of the Royal Canadian Regiment. She is also a Board member of the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Group, serves on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, and regularly 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.
She has volunteered in many capacities and donated her professional photographic services to a range of other charitable causes, including the Netherwood Chapel Kids Club and Caton’s Island Summer Camp for children. Judith served as fundraising chair for the Salvation Army in 2012 and for the True Patriot Love dinner to help raise funds for military families in 2011. 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.