Reinventing Yourself with the Peace Corps

Volunteer P. Jay Peterson will share her life stories.

When: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Lectures


P. Jay Peterson spent the last 15 years of her diplomatic career in Europe before retiring in 1999. Then her world came apart. After 35 years of marriage, her husband said he wanted a divorce. At the same time, both of her parents were stricken with serious illnesses. To battle depression she tried a number of therapies, but her cure came when she decided she needed to be “doing something instead of feeling sorry for myself” and at age 60, she joined the Peace Corps. She was given an assignment in Ukraine with a non-profit rehabilitation center for children with disabilities, where she helped raise money to build ramps in the first wheelchair-accessible public school in the city.

P. Jay reflects: “What an adventure! I can’t recommend the Peace Corps enough as a way to see the world, make a difference, and find your own peace.”

Santa Barbara Village is delighted to welcome P. Jay to its speakers series, through which Santa Barbara Village members and volunteers share parts of their individual histories and life stories with members of our community, giving people a sense of who Santa Barbara Village members and volunteers are, and providing a wonderful avenue for the greater Santa Barbara community to get to know some of the interesting elders and community volunteers who live among us.

Santa Barbara Village is a non-profit membership organization that serves as an alternative to a retirement or assisted-living facility for seniors who wish to remain living at home as they age. TO RSVP, contact Dan Wozniak at: or (805) 729-5038.

Phone: 805-729-5038

Event posted Nov. 29, 2012
Last updated Nov. 29, 2012


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