After years of dedication to social justice and acting as a leader in her community, Jenny is being recognized with the prestigious honour by NSCC, where she is pursuing a post-graduate diploma in public relations.
`It is really wonderful to be acknowledged for an aspect of my life that I already feel I get so much personal gratification and growth from, she said.
Jenny currently acts as chair of the Oxfam Maritimes Regional Steering Committee and has contributed her time with Oxfam in the past as an Outreach Coordinator, and as Volunteer Coordinator in the Halifax office.
Janet Rhymes, Public Engagement, Advocacy, and Campaigns Officer with Oxfam Maritimes, worked with Jenny in Halifax and agreed that she is very deserving of the award.
`Jenny’s involvement with Oxfam and other community projects comes from her passion to create a better world. She leads by example. Her enthusiastic and personable approach means she can bring out the best in those around her, Janet said.
`Through her actions and commitment to Oxfam, Jenny has shown she is well-deserving of the Sobey Community Leadership award.
With this honour under her belt, Jenny plans to use her education in international development from Dalhousie University and public relations from NSCC to pursue a career with organizations like Oxfam.
`I’m really looking forward tousing the skills I’velearned to work with social justice organizations, advancing good work andraising public awareness. I also want to work to increase accountability and ethics in business, because Ibelieve thatall people should be treatedwithrespect,dignity and equality, she said.
Jenny also finds time to utilize her leadership skills in other ways. While living in the Dominican Republic, she volunteered with the non-profit organization A Mother’s Wish, a community health clinic providing education and care for five rural communities, where she focused on nutrition, reproductive health, and pre- and post-natal care for women and children.
But Jenny’s time with the Oxfam Maritimes staff in particular will be invaluable to her as she works toward her goals.
`I really feel like I have learned so much fromthe many amazing people involved with Oxfam here in the Maritimes. They are mentors to me and theircommitment, perspective and passion is inspiring, Jenny said.
`I also feel like I have learned much more aboutthe world we live in, connectingmy academics and local community involvement tointernational change, acting within my community to make a difference internationally.