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Jessica Watts

Jessica has been an ongoing promoter of arts, culture and healthy living in Sudbury through her work with the city’s Leisure Services, Children’s Services  and, currently, at the Greater Sudbury Public Library. Her innovative work at the library has led to a the lending of snow-shoes, tennis racquets and fishing rods, opportunities for library members to attend Sudbury Theatre Centre productions, the Seed Library project to encourage local gardening,  not to mention a weekly column in the Sudbury Star called “A Good Read”. A mother of two, Jessica has also been active in the Westmount School Parent Council, coached her oldest daughter’s soccer team and has sat on the Board of Larch Street Kids Day Care Centre. A graduate of Cambrian College’s Public Relations program and a Communications student at Laurentian University, she is also a personal trainer who has taught aerobics to seniors at the YMCA on her lunch hour. She is an avid runner, participating in several local runs and marathons, and is currently training to run a full marathon, hopefully this year. Her social commitment extends beyond her local community to building houses in Kingston, Jamaica and using her paintings to fundraise for Project Kandwar, a non-profit initiative to help the needy in India. A recipient of the YMCA Community Service Award, Jessica has also participated in the United Way’s Young Leaders On Board program with the Sudbury Basin Environmental Network Initiative, as a youth mentor through the Health Unit’s Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds program and a Board member on both the Rainbow Routes Association and Wordstock Literary Festival.  On top of all her activities, Jessica is a committed mother, who has brought her children to work with her when she works evenings.  She is described, by those who know her and have worked with her, as optimistic, amazing, caring and full of creative energy.

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