Fonds 23-006 - Jamaican Self-Help (Peterborough) fonds. 2023 additions

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Jamaican Self-Help (Peterborough) fonds. 2023 additions

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  • 1988-2021 (predominant 2016-2021) (Creation)
    Jamaican Self-Help (Peterborough)

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18 cm of textual records (1 box)

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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 43-year history, JSH (Peterborough) was concerned with issues of racism, colonialism, poverty and other matters which it addressed 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. The organization continued on a volunteer basis until closing permanently in 2021.

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Fonds was in the custody of Jamaican Self-Help (Peterborough) before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2023 by Joyce Mackenzie.

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Fonds consists of board meeting minutes, planning committee minutes, newspaper clippings, newsletters, promotional material, and other records documenting the activities of Jamaican Self-Help (Peterborough). Some of these activities include managing volunteers, fundraising efforts around addressing poverty in Jamaica particularly in schools and with students through school programming, and communication with its supporters and donors.

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The following books were received as apart of the donation can be found in Trent Collection, Special Collections:

  • Ganley, Rosemary. Jamaica journal : the story of a grassroots Canadian aid organization. (Peterborough, Ontario: Yellow Dragonfly Press, 2016)
  • Mackenzie, Joyce. One fine t’ing : the story of Jamaican self-help. (Peterborough, Ontario: TG Graphics, 2021)


This accession is an addition to 17-002.

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