Irene Jendzjowsky, holds a Master of Arts in Ukrainian and a Master of Library and Information Studies degrees from the University of Alberta. She has worked in the heritage field for over 28 years, 13 of those were with the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA). Irene joined the PAA Team in 1994 and that same year she became a member of the Archives Society of Alberta. At the Provincial Archives of Alberta, as the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Coordinator, she was involved in establishing the FOIP program for the PAA, developing policies and procedures and getting the PAA ready for the new legislation that was being introduced in Alberta in 1995. She also established and led the Second Languages component of the Private Records program at the PAA, meeting with community leaders and organizations and encouraging them to consider preserving their records in an archives. Irene also participated in the Education Committee with the ASA for several years, believing that education programs and awareness building strategies would provide a better understanding and support of the role of archives in communities and within government.
Irene retired from the Provincial Archives of Alberta, where, as the Director of Access and Preservation Services she was responsible for preservation services, outreach and exhibit programs, as well as the reference and client services which included the FOIP program. Irene was and remains a strong advocate for archives. She continues to volunteer her time in the heritage field and to advocate for the preservation of archival records.