Hello PERCer! Holly Jones: fulfilling an important position at PERC
by Steffan Hammonds
Holly Jones is the Peace and Environment Resource Centre's (PERC) new Communications Coordinator. Holly began her training in early August 2015 with former PERC Coordinator Diana Brushey, and she has been working as the Communications Coordinator since then.
Holly began with PERC in August, and works as the Communications Coordinator
Holly had seen the PEN before in community centres and health food stores, but didn't realize it was published by PERC. When she read the posting for a Communications Coordinator on the Goodwork.ca website, she was excited.
She is interested in the work of grassroots NGOs, and was drawn by PERC's focus on partnerships with similar peace, environmental and social justice organizations in the Ottawa area.
Holly recently graduated with a B.PAPM (Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management), from Arthur Kroeger College at Carleton University, with a specialization in Development. Her Honours research essay was written on Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (a form of Indigenous knowledge) and climate change policy in Nunavut. She has worked summers with the Ontario Public Service and Yukon Executive Council Office, and most recently worked with non-governmental organizations Nexos Voluntarios in Peru, and Oxfam Canada, here in Ottawa.
Her job as the Communications Coordinator at PERC involves lots of emailing and meeting with like-minded people in the Ottawa area. She works to facilitate member and public outreach through website updates, social media content, and the PEN.
Holly's work with Nexos Voluntarios in Peru last summer was a volunteer internship through BPAPM. She was part of a team of social researchers working to assess perceptions of discrimination in the public service in Urubamba, a village in Cusco region. The research team interviewed citizens and public servants in order to gain an understanding of social relations in the region.
Among her hobbies, Holly enjoys skiing and training for skiing. She was a member of the Carleton University Varsity Nordic Skiing team while in school, and loves to spend her wintery mornings and weekends in Gatineau Park, cruising along the trails.
The more Holly learns about PERC's history and volunteer base, the more excited she is to contribute to its role within Ottawa's social and environmental justice networks. She has found it especially inspiring to meet the Board Members and the dedicated volunteers.
Holly has read some past issues of the PEN, and is very interested in the PERCshops and projects that PERC has initiated within its 30+ year lifetime. She hopes to be a small part of a bigger recharge and resurgence of the PERC in order to meet the needs of and reflect its members and volunteers.
Stefffan Hammonds is a PERC volunteer and our Hello PERCer columnist.
The PERC thanks the above organizations for their support.
Thank you to Sustainable Eastern Ontario, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for sponsoring the Winter 2015-2016 edition of the PEN.