Staff Profile: Gemma Bonham-Carter

What first drew you to PPO?
For a year and a half I had been working on capacity-building and networking projects with an Ottawa-based international NGO called the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. I had learned so much about global health and loved working with people from all over the world, but I was longing to work at a local level with the community. I wanted to work with youth, use my teaching/facilitation skills that had been sitting on the back-burner for a couple of years, and work more intensely in the area of health that I am most passionate about – sexual, reproductive and maternal health. PPO and the Community Education program was a perfect fit. And once I met the team here at PPO, I was sold!  

What does your day-to-day look like (aside from PPO!)?
At present, my day-to-day is a bit chaotic. I am currently trying to finish renovating my house (ready for renters to move in), pack up my life in Ottawa, and fit in as much time with family and friends as possible. During the less-hectic times in my life, I love to blog about home décor, play sports (I am a dodgeball champion – no joke), go to book club meetings, read the paper at Bridgehead, and do ‘DIY’ projects around my house. I am also a volunteer doula (birth companion) with Mothercraft, and look forward to dedicating more time to this again when I return from England.

What have you most enjoyed about working at PPO?
Without a doubt, what I have most enjoyed about working at PPO are the people. The staff, volunteers, board members, and community partners are some seriously fabulous folks. I couldn’t have imagined that I would make such great friends during this last year. I look forward to seeing and possibly working with many of you again at some point.

It has also been a real pleasure to work on new program ideas, new events and be a part of the strategic planning process. There is a lot of momentum at PPO right now, and I look forward to seeing the organization grow and thrive.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career?  What are you studying in your masters?
For the next year, I will be studying public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Where that will take me in my career, I’m not quite sure! All I know is that if I could work on maternal health-related projects all day, I would be a happy gal.

Thank you for welcoming me into this community. I have so enjoyed my time at PPO, meeting and working with many of you. See you in a year!