Jason (Jay) Young (PhD, 2012) has just been appointed on a full-time basis as Outreach Officer for the Archives of Ontario. Jay will be working on outreach activities (especially the Archives' Travelling Exhibits Program) as well as promoting the general activities of the Archives with particular stakeholders and the general public.
Jay’s dissertation is entitled “Searching for a Better Way: Subway Life and Metropolitan Growth in Toronto, 1942-1978” and was supervised by Prof. Marlene Shore. In 2013, he received a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship for a project entitled “Throwing it Away: A History of the Garbage Problem in Canada” which he held at McMaster University. As many of you are also aware, Jay was also active in the organization of the History Matters lecture series, organized by the Toronto Public Library and ActiveHistory.ca.
The OPS website noted that approximately 556 applicants applied for the position that Jay has secured, and he looks forward to building an even stronger relationship between the History department and the Archives, which he describes as a “natural fit”.
For more on Jay, see historianjayyoung.wordpress.com