Jo Dover leaving speech

It’s hard to say goodbye – Jo Dover

September 12, 2014 | Nick Taylor

It’s hard to say goodbye to something that has been a big part of your life for over 15 years (pictured Jo Dover says farewell to colleagues old and new, partners, trustees and clients at a Peace Centre lunch).

I can’t even begin to put into words the range of different and amazing experiences I have had working with people affected by conflict, war and terrorism.

I first got involved with the Foundation as a volunteer, back in 1998, when I had just returned from an internship at Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland. I worked on the Tim Parry Leadership Programme in 1999, and started at the Peace Centre in 2000, initially working for the NSPCC.

In 2001 I started with the Foundation as the Legacy Project leader, working with people in Britain who had been affected by the ‘Troubles’. This lasted for 6 years and over that time I worked with many people who transformed their lives in positive ways, just as Colin & Wendy did in 1993.

This inspired us to change the project and widen it for other people affected by other conflicts, from across the world, whether events happened here or abroad.

I can’t even begin to talk about the amount of wonderful memories and incredible moments I’ve had and witnessed over the past 13 years. I could probably write something the size of War & Peace!

I’ve been very privileged to work with some incredible people, who have all faced circumstances that none of us would ever wish to face, and who have come out the side, and grown and developed and flourished.

I’ve also had the honour to work alongside the most dedicated team I’ve ever come across.

The work of the Foundation is truly astonishing in what it achieves with a relatively small number of people. I have worked with some amazing people in voluntary, statutory and academic sectors, and I have learned a lot from each and every person I have come into contact with.

What Colin & Wendy started, after the loss of Tim, is incredible. I don’t think they ever expected the Foundation to grow to this size and strength back when they started.

I’m proud to have played my part in that and know that the work I started all those years ago will continue to develop and grow too. I will never forget the Foundation, and I will support it into the future too.

I hope that you all will continue to show your support for this amazing organisation too.

Thanks for everything

Warmest regards