Jasmine Orton is the new program co-ordinator at the Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin (SSTA).
She officially took over the position at the end of February.
Orton worked as project co-ordinator at l’Association Canadienne Française de l’Alberta (ACFA), as well as community development officer at the conseil acadien de Rustico since receiving her degree (Jeunes en difficulté) from Collège Acadie in 2012.
Among her various work accomplishments, she includes her facilitation of le Carnaval d’Hiver in Alberta and le Festival Acadien in Abram-Village.
“I am a very active person who loves encouraging others to join community activities,” she says.
Orton is from the Evangeline area, where she graduated from Evangeline School in 2010. Passionate about her Acadian heritage, Orton hopes to contribute to the growth and wellbeing of the Acadian and francophone community.
“I am very excited to start working as program co-ordinator at the SSTA. I have a lot of ideas and I am eager to share them with the community,” exclaims Orton.
“The arrival of Jasmine at the SSTA bodes well for our future. She joins us with a contagious energy and enthusiasm that will surely contribute to the success of our organisation,” said Aubrey Cormier, general director of the SSTA.
Orton replaces Brian Gallant who held the position from November 2011 until January of this year.
A new communications and community relations officer, Natalie Pendergast, also joined the SSTA team in February.
Pendergast, who is an Islander, has held the position of editor-in-chief of the graduate student journal for her program at the University of Toronto, as well as that of teaching assistant. She received a masters of arts degree in comparative literature at Université de Montréal, in 2009, for which she wrote on interfaces of word and image in literature.
Pendergast also worked as a writer and an assistant web-editor for the Yellow Pages Group for three years in Montréal, as well as an activity supervisor at the UPEI “Explore” program for three summers.