Welcome Avery James Moir!

After IPS

Jake graduated from IPS in 2001 and his educational journey took him to Rockridge, West Van High, Capilano University, and University of Victoria with a BA in Political Science. His work life has been interesting and varied since graduating from University. He has extensive experience working with various non-profit organizations including Global Agents for Change, managing their “Riding to Break the Cycle” program (international cycling tours raising money for micro-finance programs and social enterprises), Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver as their Volunteer Management Coordinator, and the Tri-Cities social service agency SHARE as their Fundraising and Events Manager.

Finding love

Jake met his now wife Pamy Teja during his time at Global Agents and early on realized they both had a passionate interest in Africa. Pamy had already spent time volunteering in Ghana and Jake had an academic interest which started at IPS when he did his masterworks on the genocide in Rwanda. Together they planned the trip of a lifetime before settling into long term careers and family, which they knew was in the cards for them. They backpacked across much of East and Southern Africa visiting 13 counties over a 6 month timeframe.

What Jake’s up to now

Upon their return they landed on Galiano Island where Pamy managed a wedding resort and Jake ran his own landscaping business. They moved to Victoria in the Spring of 2017 and Pamy now works as a Operations Manager for a fast growing health company and Jake is the Project Manager for a large landscape company. Then along came Avery James Moir – who is now three weeks old. It is life changing and Jake’s only frustration is he doesn’t get enough time with the wee one as he’s back to work already. It seems that the big island life suits Jake well but he manages to head back to Bowen often to see family and friends.

By Julia McCaig
Director of Development & Alumni Relations

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