Jenna works as an oral history consultant where she advises community oral history projects on all aspects of the project’s development, management and execution. The oral history projects that Jenna has been involved with have won provincial, national and international heritage and public history awards.
Jenna has significant experience as a project manager in the community history sector and has also worked as a script consultant for theatrical and television companies. Please contact her if you are interested in inquiring about working with her on an upcoming project.
Jenna was the oral historian on the Shiloh Centre for Multicultural Roots Oral History Project. This was a research and community engagement project designed to document the historical and contemporary experiences of Alberta and Saskatchewan’s black settlers who moved to the Canadian Prairies between 1905 and 1912 to escape racism and intense persecution in the United States.
With this project the SCMR sought to document this migration and settlement history with the main focus being to record individuals’ experiences with discrimination and marginalization in Canada. This work resulted in the production of a documentary entitled We are the Roots: Black Settlers and their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies
Independently, Jenna ran an oral history project researching the history of the world renowned Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Alberta. This project resulted in the production of the documentary On the Shoulders of Giants, a film directed and produced by Jenna under the umbrella of her company Bailey and Soda Films, that recounts the story of three doctors from the prairies who worked tirelessly and selflessly to improve the conditions of health care and education in the province of Alberta.
Jenna was the oral history consultant for the Coyote Flats Pioneer Village Oral History Project which involved a partnership between Coyote Flats Pioneer Village, Picture Butte High School and the Centre for Oral History and Tradition at the University of Lethbridge.
Jenna was a consultant on the University of Lethbridge’s 50th Anniversary Oral History Project, a project run by the Centre for Oral History and Tradition at the University of Lethbridge.
The Mass Observation Communities Online Project, was a collaboration between the Mass Observation Archive (MOA) and the Centre for Community Engagement at the University Of Sussex. This project, managed by Jenna, involved teaching community groups different techniques to record their own histories by using the historic MOA materials as inspiration.
Jenna was one of a team of oral historians who interviewed alumni, former and current staff of the University of Sussex for inclusion in a website (50 Voices, 50 Faces), conference, exhibition and the publication of Making the Future: A History of the University of Sussex (Falmer, 2011).
Working with Foursight Theatre Jenna assisted in the development of the script for the theatrical production of Can Any Mother Help Me? which toured theatres throughout the UK in 2009. She has also worked with several television production companies as a consultant.