Jenna Hauck

Jenna Hauck’s photo of Emily Blondeau and her common-law husband, Kirk Munroe, bathing their four-month-old son, Andrew, in a small, five-litre tub in their truck caught readers’ attention when it appeared on the front page of the Chilliwack Progress on February 10, 2009.
The family had been living in their vehicle at a local truck stop for almost two weeks. Kirk had been laid off from his job on Vancouver Island, and they were heading east to look for work and a new home. Between delayed processing of Kirk’s EI paperwork and not qualifying for welfare because they had no permanent address, the family was living on Emily’s $900 monthly maternity leave benefits.
When that day’s paper hit people’s doorsteps, the people of Chilliwack stepped up to help. Some showed up at the Progress office. Emails flooded in. Dozens of families offered to open their homes to the young family.
As a result of Jenna’s powerful image and their story, the Munroe-Blondeau family was given an apartment to live in, rent-free, until they were back on their feet. Local businesses and residents donated furniture, food and other living supplies. Kirk even got several job applications.
In a follow-up story, three days later, Kirk said: “We want everyone to know that we’re okay. And we don’t know how to thank them all.”

Jenna Hauck is a staff photojournalist based in Chilliwack, B.C. She has been with the Chilliwack Progress since 2000, following a four-month internship at the Toronto Star, and after completing a two-year photojournalism course at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont. in 1999.
Jenna has won multiple provincial and national awards over her thirteen years at the Progress—B.C.’s oldest community newspapers published twice a week.
The highlight of her career was covering the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics for her newspaper chain, Black Press.
She is a member of the News Photographers Association of Canada and the National Press Photographers Association. This is her second time participating in a project by PhotoSensitive.
Jenna was born in Vancouver and grew up in Port Moody, B.C. She lives in Chilliwack with her boyfriend, Rob, and their two cats. When she’s not shooting, Jenna is most likely playing roller derby with the Terminal City Rollergirls in Vancouver.