This week’s blog is written by Jazz Bishop, International Fellows at PPI-Northern Ireland.
As my first year with PeacePlayers comes to a close and I start a new year here in Northern Ireland, I would like to take a minute to reflect back over my first year with PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland. I have been blessed to be able to partake in so many amazing opportunities that will remain with me forever. I have learned so much over the past year from so many wonderful individuals. A few examples include participating in the BIL programs, recreational league, camps, recruiting new players, starting a recruiting committee for East Belfast, and work on expanding our university exchanges, etc. I was fortunate to be able to travel to Cyprus with an amazing group of young adults. I was fortunate to be able to host DePauw from Indiana, USA. In doing all this, I have met so many amazing people not only involved in PPI-NI but from other PeacePlayers locations all over the world that traveled to Northern Ireland to participate in the Lead4Peace exchange. I am extremely grateful to be part of such a great organization that is doing so many amazing things across the globe. I am anxious to see what new adventures await me for my second year here in Northern Ireland.
Now as I begin my second year as a fellow with PPI-NI, I would like to welcome our new fellows. Our first new fellow, Leif Frymire comes to us from New York, USA. Leif volunteered in the ’15/’16 year with PPI-NI via the Young Adult Volunteer Program with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Leif proved to be a valuable asset for PPI through his volunteer work; and therefore, PPI-NI was excited to offer him the fellowship to return to Northern Ireland to continue with the great work he is known for. It is with great pleasure that we officially welcome Leif to the family as one of PPI-NI’s new fellows.
Our second new fellow, Andrew Daniels joins us from Virginia, USA. Andrew played D3 basketball while attending Roanoke College. Andrew has a minor in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite, which I am confident, will be put to use while in Northern Ireland. Andrew’s grandfather originates from Belfast, so this is a great opportunity for Andrew to experience the country of his heritage. Welcome Andrew! We look forward to seeing the great things you will do for PeacePlayers as well as the youth of Northern Ireland.
In welcoming Leif and Andrew, unfortunately we have to say goodbye to Sally Nnamani. Sally spent the last two years as a fellow with PPI-NI. She brought a lot of knowledge and skill to the position. Sally’s legacy with the organization includes her work in helping to increase the participation numbers in South Belfast as well as her work with the Senior Champions4Peace, the recreational league and basketball camps. Sally also dedicated much of her time working to improving communications through social media. Sally was more than just a co-worker; she became a friend to all that know her. Sally’s passion for her work and for the youth of Northern Ireland will definitely be missed; however, when one door closes, another opens. For Sally, while her fellowship with PPI-NI has come to a close, I am sure she will be moving on to something great. Whatever the future may hold, Sally, please know that you have made an impact on the youth of Northern Ireland and will be missed dearly by all of those that have come to know you and call you friend. We wish you well in all your future endeavours.