Paula Richardson

Paula Richardson (photo)
Degree Title: 
BA Honours, Major in ID with Area of Emphasis in Gender and Development
Graduation Date: 
2002

After graduation, I served as a project coordinator through Horizon Cosmopolite in Ghana where I organized discussions with local elders and women’s groups on the needs of the community, collaborated with communities to plant and harvest the co-operative farm, and implemented a water reservoir project.  In the fall of that same year I began my MA in International Affairs through the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, specializing in Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution in Africa. While in Ottawa, I volunteered with the United Nations Association of Canada as a Classroom Global Educator and sat on the Youth Advisory Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. To learn more about government policy, I interned at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International trade, working in the East and Southern Africa division. Following my schooling, I spent a year working as the Gender Equity Program Coordinator for Youth Challenge International in Guyana. Returning to Canada in the spring of 2005, I spent two months biking over 3000 km across Ontario with 15 other environmental activists with the OTESHA Project. In this position I presented environmental and social justice workshops to over 2000 youth. Since that time, I have been working in Ottawa for CHF (known as the Canadian Hunger Foundation) as a Program Manager, designing, managing and monitoring rural sustainable livelihoods development projects. This position has taken me around the world to Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya, Ghana and the Caribbean to work with local NGOs on implementing a wide range of food security, climate change and enterprise development projects.