Volunteer Spotlight: Eleanor

Announcing our new volunteer spotlight series! In each biweekly e-newsletter, we’ll be sharing the stories of World BEYOND War volunteers around the world. Want to volunteer with World BEYOND War? Email greta@worldbeyondwar.org.

Carcross, Yukon Territory, Canada

How did you get involved with World BEYOND War (WBW)? From the website. I have long been an advocate for peace, since the days of nuclear disarmament campaigns in the sixties. The present danger is more real; it doesn’t seem to diminish.

What kinds of volunteer activities do you help with? I live in Northern Canada and the way I can contribute is to write. I was excited to see the Peace Almanac and that you were looking for writers. I am a researcher/writer, and did that for ten years working for the New Democrats (NDP).

What’s your top recommendation for someone who wants to get involved with WBW? Understand the history of war and the present escalation in depth.

What keeps you inspired/motivated to advocate for change? Traveling, meeting courageous people who have so little materially, but a positive vision of their future even if it means facing death.

More about Eleanor: In 1965, Eleanor came to the Yukon for a summer job in Dawson City and stayed, devoting her life to the Yukon and its people. She was a Northern Area Social Worker from 1965 to 1969. In 1974, she was elected MLA for the Northern Yukon and became Minister of Education. She acquired two Master’s degrees, one in adult education and one in teaching English as a Second Language. She has traveled extensively in Central America and the Caribbean and volunteered there. She worked for over 50 years in the Yukon in social and educational positions and in consulting, mostly with First Nations in small communities. She published her memoirs and three books of fiction. One book is based on her experiences with her adopted daughter who was affected with FASD. Check out Eleanor’s blog!

Posted on June 14, 2019.

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