Our Staff

Photo of PC-JPIC staff.
From the left: Sayyida Jaffer, Bridget Doherty, Aric McBay

Bridget Doherty, Executive Director and Lead – Peace and Interfaith Relations

bridget.doherty (at) chco.ca, 416-740-0444, ext. 5

Bridget has a long history of advocating for programs and policies that address climate change, environmental degradation, and poverty. Before joining CHSO, Bridget worked with the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul in Kingston, Ontario as Educator/Organizer: Energy Poverty and the Environment. When she became director of the office, Bridget took on the additional responsibility of advocating for peace. She is the president of the Kingston Interfaith Community and works in collaboration with Peace Quest. She has been a member of Kingston City Council, served on numerous boards including chair of the Kingston Community Legal Clinic and vice-chair of the Kingston Police Services Board. Guided by the Catholic social teachings and the social determinants of health, Bridget is committed to the Centre’s mission: “A world where all experience compassion, justice, and peace in solidarity with creation.”

Aric McBay, Lead – Integrity of Creation and Climate Change

aric.mcbay (at) chco.ca, 416-740-0444 ext. 6

Aric McBay is a community organizer, an organic farmer, and author of seven books. He writes and speaks about effective social movements, and has organized many successful campaigns around prisoner justice, Indigenous solidarity, pipelines, and other causes. As a farmer, he first engaged with the Sisters of Providence through their Seed Sanctuary project nearly twenty years ago. He lives just east of Kingston, Ontario, on one of the Thousand Islands.

Sayyida Jaffer, Lead – Justice and Poverty Reduction 

sayyida.jaffer (at) chco.ca, 416-740-0444, ext. 8

Sayyida believes in a world where everyone can meet their basic needs and live a healthy, self-determined, and meaningful life. She joined the Providence Centre to challenge economic inequality and other injustices facing our communities. As a Muslim, Sayyida is influenced by messages of justice and peace in Islamic teachings and values interfaith social justice work. Before joining the Providence Centre, she worked in the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors for 17 years. Some of the groups she participates in include: Mutual Aid Katarokwi Kingston’s Unhoused Solidarity Group, Just Recovery Kingston’s Housing Group, The St. Vincent De Paul Society Free Store, The Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC), and The Kingston Coalition for Decriminalization and Safer Supply.