Janet Jarrell was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario. After highschool, she headed West to go to school and live in British Columbia. She studied Business, majoring in marketing and economics. Her education includes strategic planning, legal studies and finance for nonprofits. She moved her family back to the Belleville area in 2002. She is a Professor of Communications and Business Computer Applications at Loyalist College in Belleville.
Janet was a Supervisor with the Municipal government in Economic Development and Tourism in British Columbia. She worked in the government at the Provincial level in Ontario with experience as a team lead at the courts and in the Social Services sector. She has training and work experience in Clarifying Community Engagement, Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Accessibility, Adult Education and Supportive Approaches to Innovative Learning.
Janet is engaged in her community as Chair for five years of Options for Social Growth, as President of the Justice Studies Board at Loyalist and 15 years with the Board of Directors for her local soccer association. She currently sits on the City of Belleville Arts and Culture Review Team. Janet is an artist in her own right as a published author in books, magazines and poetry. She has extensive experience as an editor-in-chief and associate editor which helps with the publication of the Umbrella. She spent over ten years profiling local artists for print, writing historical pieces and building and maintaining lasting relationships with the artistic, cultural and heritage community. All of this education and experience combined make for a balanced and very organized team leader who garners respect, responsibility and strategic vision for the Quinte Arts Council.