Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award

2012 Award: Jo-Ellen Parry

What follows is an excerpt from Mascilline Hama’s presentation of the 2012 Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award.

This is the twelfth year that MCIC is recognizing a volunteer that has contributed greatly to MCIC.

The award is named for Paul LeJeune. Paul was a valued member of MCIC’s Overseas Projects Committee from 1992 until his death in 1997. It was in large part due to Paul’s insight and persistence that MCIC’s guiding principles include a strong commitment to the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Paul was a powerful advocate for people with disabilities in Canada and internationally. He maintained a strong vision of what it means to live independently. In addition to his work with MCIC, he volunteered with many other organizations.

This year’s recipient of the Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award is a long serving volunteer to MCIC.

The recipient’s interest in international development started at a very early age, as she had an opportunity to travel extensively with her family. She has lived or worked in Chile, Ghana, Nigeria, and Pakistan. She has also travelled to many other countries with her current job.

Her involvement with MCIC started in 2000, when she did a short contract, where she managed a public deliberation project for youth on globalization. For the past nine years she has served on MCIC’s Overseas Projects Committee. She was a Board member for six years from 2005 to 2011. During that time she was a member of the Executive Committee for four of those years, and she also chaired the Resolutions Committee for the last four years.

This year’s recipient of the Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award is Jo-Ellen Parry.

Jo-Ellen is currently the Deputy Director, Climate Change and Energy, at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, IISD. She left MCIC in 2000 to go work at IISD as a researcher and later as a manager. Her recent research and project management work has focused on adaptation to the effects of climate change, giving particular attention to issues and responses in developing countries. This includes exploring ways in which to integrate adaptation into development processes at the national and community level, with a focus on adaptation action in Africa.

On behalf of the Board of MCIC it is my great honour to present the 2012 Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award to Jo-Ellen Parry.