Foundation for Peace says farewell to a true architect of peace
September 12, 2014 | Nick Taylor
Jo Dover (pictured), Programme Manager at the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace is leaving the organisation today (12 September 2014) to take up a new position in military welfare.
Jo joined the Foundation following the opening of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre in Warrington and was asked to look at the needs of victims, survivors and those affected by the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles.’ Her work led to the publication of the ‘Legacy report,’ a ground breaking multi-agency document launched in the House of Commons, with recommendations that led to the development of a project specifically assisting those affected in Great Britain.
As violent conflict changed, the initial project expanded to assist GB domiciled victims, survivors and those affected by terrorism, war and political violence from many incidents. The project called ‘Survivors for Peace’ continues with support from the British Government and with a separate project looking at ‘reconciliation’ funded by the Irish Government.
Jo Dover said: “After nearly 13 years I am leaving the Foundation for Peace.
“I’ve led the work with victims, survivors and veterans since I started in 2001 and it’s now time to move to another organisation.
“I feel that I’ve helped a lot of people over the years, and I will be extremely sad to leave after all this time. It’s been an incredible job, more than a job at times, and I remain absolutely committed to what the Foundation wants to achieve.”
Nick Taylor, Chief Executive said: “there are many people Jo has assisted and today we are expecting a gathering of her colleagues present and past, trustees but most of all people who Jo knows through her work.
“Goodbyes are never easy but for Jo this is more a farewell as her peace work will not end and her move to a new career in welfare is a major step and all here at the Foundation wish her well.”
Jo will be taking up a new post in the South West with a welfare charity. The Survivors for Peace Project will now be led by Terry O’Hara and Ann Beswick who will be joined by a new colleague within the next month.