Hello PERC Volunteer! Nathan Mulcahy: an editing enthusiast
Nathan Mulcahy began his involvement with the Peace and Environment Resource Centre in March 2015 as the field placement component of the Professional Writing course which he is taking at Algonquin College.
Nathan found out about the PERC when his partner showed him a copy of the Peace and Environment News. After reading the PEN, he was so impressed with the work being done by the PERC that he chose it as the organization where he would do his placement.
Nathan was drawn to the PERC when he saw the emphasis that was placed on the topics of peace and the local environment. He wants to get more involved with local issues in his field of expertise, which is editing and writing.
Nathan is a lifelong Ottawa resident. He has the taken on the title of Lord of the Principality of Sealand. Sealand is a fortress island built during World War II to defend the British coast. After it was abandoned, it briefly served as a pirate radio station before being claimed as a sovereign nation by Major Paddy Roy Bates.
Nathan attended Nepean High School, where he was an editor and a writer for the school newspaper. Upon graduating, he went straight into Professional Writing to gain more writing experience.
Nathan's primary job at PERC is writing articles and conducting research. He was also responsible for updating the PEN Community Event Calendar. He is currently contributing to a joint PEN issue with the Healthy Transportation Coalition by doing online research, attending meetings and conducting interviews.
Nathan is a regular volunteer at the Whispering Pines Campground in Guelph, Ontario, having assisted with various festivals for the past six summers. He has an interest in social justice issues, and enjoys discussing and learning more about them, as well as other subjects like psychology, technology, and video games.
Nathan aspires to one day finding a well-paying editing job. But in the meantime, he enjoys helping the community in any way he can, especially by assisting non-profit initiatives. He also hopes that more attention and support will be brought to the important work the PERC is doing to educate and engage the community on the important issues and the work being done surrounding peace and the environment both locally and globally.
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