(February 20, 2021 – Toronto, ON) Jennifer Hodge was born in Montreal to Cullen Squire Hodge and Mairuth Vaughan Hodge Sarsfield. One of two children, she was highly influenced by the strong women around her. For example, her grandmother, Anne Packwood, was a teacher and community worker who received awards for her contribution to the Black community. Her mother’s career included broadcasting, diplomacy, and serving on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Carleton University, Ottawa. Her mother received the Chevalier de l’ordre national du Québec award in 1985. Hodge left Montréal to complete her second year of high school in Europe where she attended the L’École d’humanité in Hasliberg-Goldern, Switzerland. After completing high school, Jennifer Hodge returned to Canada to attend university in Toronto and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Arts at Glendon College, York University in 1974. She added a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Television Arts at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in 1979. She married producer Paul de Silva in 1982 and they founded Jenfilms Inc.
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