Amy Donovan, Alumni- Class of 2008, Memorial High School, Sydney Mines
I have a BA and a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Dalhousie, and am working on a second Master's in Creative Writing through Memorial University in Newfoundland.
I've been working for Parks Canada in between, doing a few different things, mostly interpretation - guided hikes and whatnot. I am currently in Ingonish doing that. I've also worked quite a bit with the Springtide Collective, a public interest group working to revitalize democracy in Nova Scotia - I mostly did graphic design work. And I've done a bunch of research work at Dal and MUN, mostly linked to my Anthropology MA.
JA gave me lots of skills, but I think what I've used the most is the self-taught graphic design work I began doing for my JA company (and have been doing freelance for various clients for a few years). JA has really helped me today with my social confidence in networking-type scenarios - that's been super helpful.