Fonds 17-002 - Jamaican Self-Help (Peterborough) fonds

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Jamaican Self-Help (Peterborough) fonds

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  • 1977-2015 (Creation)
    Jamaican Self-Help (Peterborough)

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1 m of textual records
ca. 85 photographs

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Jamaican Self-Help (Peterborough) was a registered charitable organization founded in Peterborough, Ontario in 1978 by teachers Rosemary and John Ganley. Registered in 1980, JSH (Peterborough) operated under the slogan "empowering people and building community” and was part of a larger organization of Canadians "working in solidarity to foster the development of healthy Jamaican communities through partnership based on mutual respect, understanding and a shared vision of self-determination; and foster an understanding of global forces North and South and their interconnectedness." (taken from: Over its 35-year history, JSH (Peterborough) was concerned with issues of racism, colonialism, etc. and addressed matters such as these through its educational activities; it had numerous ties to other local and international agencies and organizations and links to Trent University through faculty and students. JSH closed its Peterborough office in 2016.

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Fonds was in the custody of Jamaican Self-Help (Peterborough) before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2016.

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Fonds is comprised of textual documents and photographs pertaining to Jamaican Self-Help (Peterborough). Included are student papers and Jamaican-generated research papers, mission statement, constitution and by-laws, manuals, tributes to John Ganley, Rosemary Ganley lectures, photographs, reports, policies, press clippings, research, correspondence, and papers relating to several partner developmental organizations.

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Fonds acquired from Jamaican Self-Help (Peterborough) via Rosemary Ganley in 2016.


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  1. Letters Patent, bylaws, 1980
  2. Constitution and bylaws, 1996-2010
  3. Mission statements, 2001-2015
  4. Partners – power transfer documents, 1990s
  5. Board of directors policies, 1999-2013
  6. Volunteer policies, 2006
  7. Gender policies, 201-2009
  8. Personnel policies, 1996
  9. Annual reports, 1995-2012
  10. Awareness trip progress markers, 2005
  11. Global education, 1992-2002
  12. Global education activities
  13. Global education manual, 1997-2003
  14. Celebration music forms, 1984
  15. Sample letters of appreciation, 1990-1999
  16. Student sponsorships, 1987-1992
  17. Awareness trips (John Driscoll), 1995
  18. East-Central Ontario Coalition of Internationally-Minded NGO’s (ECOSIN), 1995
  19. Partner organizations, 1995-1997
  20. Memorandum of agreement, 1997
  21. Trent Centre, 2004
  22. Spark photo festival, 35th anniversary, 2014
  23. JSH 25th anniversary, 2005
  24. JSH 35th anniversary, 2015
  25. Music visits press, 2002-2010
  26. Choir tours, 2004-2006
  27. Co-op student program, 2008-2011
  28. Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) RPT Year 1 Performance review, 2010; annual work plan, 2011; monitoring forms, 2010; Caribbean Festival, Peterborough, 2013
  29. Ontario Council for International Cooperation / Canada’s Council for International Co-operation (OCIC/CCIC), 2012
  30. Brunch, 1995-2012
  31. Reframe film festival, 2008
  32. Maps (Jamaica)
  33. Photographs, ca. 85, 1985-2017
  34. Newspaper clippings (local media coverage), 1983-2013
  35. Newspaper clippings, 1977-1989
  36. Newspaper clippings, 1990-1999
  37. Newspaper clippings, 2000-2012



  1. Ganley lectures, 2005-2012
  2. Tributes – John Ganley, 2013
  3. JHS Brochures, 1992-2009
  4. Jamaican Vibes Newsletter, 2011-2015
  5. JHS Newsletters, 1980-1996
  6. JHS Newsletters, 1996-2003
  7. JHS Newsletters, 2003-2010
  8. Retrospective, 1980-2005
  9. Donation forms, 2006-2010
  10. Research papers, Amalia Gentles, 2012, 2014
  11. Research papers, Trent students
  12. as above
  13. Commissioned research reports
  14. Assessment of community security, 2009
  15. Reports by JSH affiliated Jamaicans
  16. Information on Jamaica / sociological essays, 2009-2015
  17. Trent Centre for Community Based Education (TCCBE) report “Jamaica, poverty and national poverty eradication program”, 2005
  18. North-south youth dialogue program proposal
  19. Outside research guiding
  20. University of West Indies research



  1. CIDA contribution agreement reports, 1995-1997
  2. CIDA application #1, 1979-1980
  3. CIDA correspondence re budget, 2008-2013

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Program proposals and reports, 1992-2009
Award: Collin Lawrence Cureatz Memorial Award, Trinity College School, [2007]

Additional material received from Rosemary Ganley, 2020

Jamaica Journal: The Story of a Grassroots Canadian Aid Organization / Rosemary Ganley, Yellow Dragonfly Press, Peterborough, Ontario 2016

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