I have been a donor and member for a number of years. More recently I have done some shifts in the Oxfam office in Halifax and worked on the AIDS display this past December.
I have always been interested in poverty and social justice issues, especially in an international context. I think that Oxfam has one of the best reputations of an NGO working in this area, and I have kept up to date with their work for the last few years. The new focus on women’s rights and gender equality and also the work looking at the development impacts of climate change really appeal to me. I was interested in getting involved in more of a governance role as well as the different campaigns.
I am working as a Project Coordinator for the Atlantic Canada Sustainability Initiative (ACSI), a collaborative project designed to build capacity and momentum around sustainability in Atlantic Canada. Before that, I worked as the Managing Director of Genuine Progress Index (GPI) Atlantic, a non-profit research organization that is constructing an index of wellbeing and sustainable development for Nova Scotia.
I am the current Chair of the Maritimes Regional Steering committee. I am looking forward to getting involved with the women’s rights committee as that gets going as well. I have really enjoyed working with the Regional Steering committee so far, and meeting everyone and learning more about Oxfam at the Regional Assembly last fall was great too.
As a member of Oxfam, I have had the opportunity to meet many people from all walks of life that care about the same issues that I do, which is great. I have learned more about specific Oxfam issues like the new For All campaign on public services and issues around women’s rights.