The Story So Far…
Honour the past, build for the future.
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
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)
Dedicated to empowering women and girls through coaching and leadership development.
A new vision for HJC
I believe we can change the world.
Travel and the desire to work with horses has led Ellen to work internationally with horses and people in six continents exploring communities, land and the environment through the perspective offered on horseback.
With a desire of continued learning and growth, Ellen studied counselling and equine business management and has just completed her Undergraduate Certificate in Coaching from Cambridge University.
It was at twenty-six years old Ellen returned to her home community of Cornwall armed with a belief in grassroots programming and a desire to change the world. The Hughes- Jones Centre for People and Animals (HJC) was designed and built to fulfill this goal, using what Ellen loved most - working with horses - to help at risk youth build healthy relationships and valuable life skills.
After 10 years of serving the local and greater Island communities through her work at HJC, Ellen was displaced due to the Cornwall bypass and is in the midst of rebuilding her life in Prince Edward Island, with a focus on personal and professional development coaching using horsemanship to empower and encourage leadership in young girls and women in PEI.