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Jessie studied Women's Counselling and Advocacy at George Brown College, and Religious Studies at University of Waterloo. With almost ten years of experience working in many different positions in the not-for-profit field, Jessie currently works as the Executive Assistant at Photographers Without Borders, and in this position, has been able to combine her passion for social change, adventure, photography, and storytelling. Jessie excels in art and creativity - an accomplished classical pianist, Jessie was a finalist in CBC's Piano Hero competition in 2015, competing with pianists across the country. She is also a freelance wedding and events photographer, and a writer, with work that's been published in The Huffington Post. Here is her take on working with a Canadian-based non-profit.
1. What makes you passionate about helping Elizabeth Fry Toronto?
Having a background in counseling, and education received from the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counselling and Advocacy Program at George Brown College, I am aware of the amazing work that Elizabeth Fry does for women in Toronto, and aware of the intersectionality of issues that EFRY works to dismantle. I have experience in working in crisis counseling with women, and thus I am very passionate about continuing to lend my abilities and time to serve members of marginalized communities.
2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?
I consider it to be a tremendous honor and privilege to be able to use my photography in a way that can support and help bring awareness to the amazing work that EFRY does. I would like to use my skills, both as a photographer and storyteller, to highlight the stories of the women that EFRY serves, as well as the workers and counselors who work tirelessly to serve these communities. I hope my photography and storytelling can bring awareness to the difficult issues that EFRY addresses on a daily basis, and inspire people to learn more, support, and give to EFRY.
3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?
An opportunity like this is a dream of mine - to both work for a cause that I'm passionate about and believe in, as well as be able to lend my abilities to help an organization that I recognize to do amazing work in the city of Toronto. Any amount and support is so deeply appreciated from the bottom of my heart, not only by myself, but by this organization I am so honored and privileged to serve.
Every year, our photographers and videographers donate hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of their time to document the work of grassroots initiatives that are making a real change in this world where it is most needed. By capturing, honouring and witnessing humanity at its best, we are not only inspiring many, but we are forging new narratives of what is and what is possible.
You can help by supporting our photographers and videographers (See the side bar to the right to see fundraisers for our most recent recruits).
Each of our official photographers/videographers is assigned a GroupRev fundraising page by PWB upon acceptance. These pages are a privilege we offer that are intended to make our programs accessible to all and enable our volunteer photographers/videographers to raise their program fees and subsidize or cover these necessary project-related expenses:
- Health Insurance
- Travel Insurance
The following expenses are the sole responsibility of the photographer/videographer:
- Privately arranged travel / Equipment & Equipment Insurance / Software / Extra Baggage Fees / Donation perks / Clothing / Postage/Postcard / Prints / Etc.
Photographers Without Borders® (PWB) envisions a world where we all put ourselves in each others' shoes and work together. Our mission is to inform and inspire positive change by visually communicating the ways that grassroots initiatives are addressing problems in their communities. PWB is registered as a charity in the United States with 501(c)(3) status and is registered as a not-for-profit organization in Canada. All donations are calculated in US Dollars and are tax-deductible for Americans and Canadians with US income.
PWB is not responsible for any donations made outside of these pages.
Any overage amounts raised on GroupRev will be donated with the photographers direction, 100% to the Organization, 100% to PWB or split 50/50, between the photographer's/videographer's assigned cause and PWB, which is also a volunteer-run organization.
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All donations are calculated in US Dollars and are tax-deductible for Americans and Canadians with US income.
Proud of you Jess!!!