Executive and personal development coaching.

Welcome back to The Hughes-Jones Centre! 

We’ve made some changes…


The Story So Far…

Honour the past, build for the future.


December, 2018

There is little question that HJC has gone through some major changes over the past two and a half years. The announcement of the Cornwall Bypass followed by the subsequent expropriation and further arbitration regarding our property has been a journey full of challenges.

Although our arbitration was successful, our path forward was hardly clear or defined. The land market of 2018 was very different to that of 2008 and the process was slower than I would have liked, however, I was able to use that additional time to my advantage and train to improve HJC and increase our impact.

I had the opportunity to attend the Women Transforming Leadership Programme offered at Oxford University’s Said School of Business, it was here where I realized how much work women, myself included, had to do in order to close the leadership gap between genders and my potential to affect change within this population.

Sitting in a room full of talented high achieving women from different backgrounds and countries, we found ourselves to be wrestling with similar demons (imposter syndrome, low self-esteem, low self-acceptance, perfectionism, etc) and yet we were all somewhat blind to our behaviour. These demons being wrestled in adulthood, are often the same ones I watch young girls struggle with at HJC. Somewhere, it appears there is a gap in our learning as women and I have become more inspired than ever to help close it through my work.

Despite our challenges during the rebuild process, we are currently settled in a temporary location in Desable PEI, developing programs and working with individuals in pilot programs to empower women and girls in particular, through coaching and leadership development.

We are really excited about what the future holds and look forward to working with you in 2019!



R. Ellen Jones
Owner, Founder and Coach

The Hughes-Jones Centre for People and Animals (HJC)

We said goodbye to this, our Cornwall facility, in May 2018. At present we are planning our new architecturally designed bespoke facility with plans of opening by summer 2019. Photo courtesy of Jill Thomas of JC Photography.

We said goodbye to this, our Cornwall facility, in May 2018. At present we are planning our new architecturally designed bespoke facility with plans of opening by summer 2019. Photo courtesy of Jill Thomas of JC Photography.

I define a leader as anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential.
— Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Dedicated to empowering women and girls through coaching and leadership development.


A new vision for HJC

Our mission at HJC has always been to affect change in our community using the skills and knowledge which can be gained through working with horses. Over the 10 years HJC has been serving our community, those skills and that knowledge has grown exponentially thanks to our clients and a continued commitment to personal learning.

HJC’s new design honours those women and girls we’ve worked with from the very beginning; what they’ve shared with us over the years, what we’ve learned from one another, while looking toward creating greater impact with our work.

I believe wholeheartedly in order to truly affect change in our Prince Edward Island community - that our girls and women need to realize their potential to make an impact, tap into the leadership skills they already have and reclaim them immediately. It is never too early or too late!

It is with this at heart that I am designing programs which incorporate evidence based coaching techniques for targeted results with a pointed focus on unlocking leadership potential in women and girls. Combined with the supportive and collaborative environment HJC is renowned for, our programs are built upon a solid foundation of values derived from horsemanship I call: Equine Informed Coaching.

Ladies, this new version of HJC is dedicated to you: my heroes.

It’s time to change the world, are you ready?

She pushed me harder than I had anticipated. She expected more from me than I thought I had to give. Her persistence and belief in me helped me to pick my head up again. Someone was paying attention. Another human saw me for me. I had value in her eyes. Slowly, I began to believe in myself.
— HJC client testimonial, 2014
Ellen riding Romeo the camel, Morocco August 2017

Ellen riding Romeo the camel, Morocco August 2017

Who you are is how you lead.
— Hogan and Kaiser 2005

Facts about your Coach:

  • Began solo travel at age 17.

  • Began international solo travel at age 18.

  • Has currently travelled, lived and worked with horses and people in 6 continents.

  • Holds a certificate of professional counselling from the Counsellor Training Institute

  • Holds a certificate of Equine Business Management from the University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus.

  • Designed, built and founded The Hughes-Jones Centre for People and Animals at the age of 26 becoming a solopreneur.

  • Co-authored and self-published a teaching manual for horsemanship: Learning to Ride the HJC Way

  • Pioneered some of the first programs incorporating the therapeutic benefits of horses in PEI.

  • Set precedent by taking the PEI government to arbitration and winning regarding the expropriation of the original HJC property.

  • Alumnae of the University of Oxford, Said School of Business, Women Transforming Leadership Programme

  • Holds an Undergraduate Certificate of Coaching from the University of Cambridge

  • Standing for nomination in D16 Cornwall\Meadowbank.


Meet your coach: R. Ellen Jones

Leader is not an easy title to embody. It’s definitely not one I found easy to own and wear every day.

Then, in late June 2016, I got word of a road being planned which would undoubtedly impact my home and business. A road which in order for the business to survive, I would need to petition to have run over and subsequently tear down the home I had designed and built less than 10 years prior with my father.

In entering into this new arena of navigating government, media and eventually the courts I was (comfortable or not) leading my clients, many of whom were children, through the process as well. How I managed the situation would directly impact all of the people who had come to rely on our facility as well as my future ability to rebuild.

So I stepped up and into leadership shoes which always felt a little too big for me to fully occupy. Was I; good enough, smart enough, capable enough, strong enough - to lead myself and my clients through this process?

After all, who the hell was I to declare myself a leader?

It turns out the skills I would rely on were all skills I had possessed since childhood and honed over the years in various situations which required me to step up and out of my comfort zone. I had simply tucked them back on to a hidden and dusty shelf to be accessed only in a time of crisis.

Ladies, I’m convinced we all have this shelf. A shelf we put our accomplishments on instead of acknowledging them and the skills we have gained along the way.

I was and am a leader. I am also a follower. None of us is any one thing all of the time and yet I believe it’s time that we begin to look at our dusty accomplishment shelf and examine our capacity to make change. You have the skills you require to get you to where you want to go, I believe it because I’ve seen you use them.

I’ve watched single moms of multiple children manage schedules, childcare and work - every single element of which makes you a leader.

I’ve watched full time moms with vast unpaid work loads, volunteer schedules and commitments lead their families and communities in more efforts than I can list.

I’ve watched women of all ages start their own businesses, enter politics, sit on boards, go back to school and work toward change in their communities both locally and internationally.

I’ve watched students juggle the responsibilities of school, work, friends, family and still make time for a good cause.

We are all leaders somewhere in our lives and it is a passion of mine to help you realize and hone the skills within you so that you may achieve new heights.

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