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Jaya James, a lifelong Guelph resident and University of Guelph graduate, is passionate about community building and has devoted much of her time to walking with people through life’s challenges and celebrations. 


Jaya is the Executive Director of HOPE House a downtown Guelph organization that offers services and programs to community members experiencing poverty. These programs allow them to maintain their dignity and choice, while simultaneously providing them with practical skills developed in a community environment. Her previous work experience includes working for the provincial government as a policy advisor where she researched food access opportunities and challenges, and working as a commercial banker for a major commercial bank.