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)