Alumni Profiles - Brentwood College School

Alumni Profiles - Brentwood College School

March 14, 2018

Brentwood College School is profiling 3 outstanding alumni.  Their experiences after Brentwood have taken all of them in different directions but they all continue to work, speak and engage communiities in a positive way locally and abroad.  Please learn more about their journey's below:
Daniel Riley (Graduated in 2004)
Daniel Riley is a veteran and an athlete. He served as a United States Marine for both the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. On December 16, 2010 after stepping on an IED, Daniel sustained injuries resulting in the amputations of both legs above the knee, and part of his left hand. Since then he has been actively involved in sports and recreational therapy. Whether out surfing, biking, or skiing: he is trying to enjoy a life without limits. Living in Washington, DC, Daniel has done speaking engagements to audiences ranging from classrooms to 10-thousand-person amphitheaters. He has been awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal. Daniel is currently working for the U.S. House of Representatives and remains involved with a variety of non-profits and advocacy groups.
Sarah Common (Graduated in 2003)
Sarah is a support worker, beekeeper and gardener in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver (DTES). With a BSc in Agriculture from UBC, specializing in Land & Food Systems, and Global Resources, she has developed a passion for fostering vibrant and healthy community through empowerment and education and believes in the profound impact of connecting individuals and communities to their land, food and spirit. Sarah has been working and building relationships in the DTES community since 2006. In 2012, she co-founded Hives for Humanity Society, alongside her mother, Julia, in response to a gap she saw in opportunities for connection to nature, to community and to meaningful work for DTES residents. She has coordinated partnerships between a variety of organizations and businesses, developing programming that builds self-worth and community pride.
Hives for Humanity:
Jaya Murthy (Graduated in 1993)
After completing Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Communications at Carleton and McGill, respectively, Jaya began an international humanitarian career in 2002 working with a local NGO to promote local language literacy in rural, deprived communities of Ghana. In 2003, with an International NGO, Jaya prepared the persecution claims of at-risk Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugees from various countries of asylum across West Africa for resettlement to the USA.

From 2004-06, with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Jaya was responsible for repatriating Rwandan and Burundian refugees who fled the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and 1990s Burundian civil war, respectively, back to their home countries.

As part of the roll-out of UN-led humanitarian reforms, in 2006-07 Jaya co-lead the Protection Cluster in South Kivu province, eastern DRC, with UNHCR, to develop measures that would better protect vulnerable civilians from predatory armed groups. Jaya then went on to service as UNICEF’s Spokesperson in eastern DRC (2007-09), publicly advocating for international support for Congolese children in acute need during multiple conflict-driven internal displacement crises. Based in Baghdad from 2009-13, Jaya then served as UNICEF Iraq’s Chief of Communication where he advocated with the Government of Iraq and other key stakeholders to focus their investments on the most marginalized children across Iraq, as well as mobilized support for an influx of Syrian refugee children into northern Iraq. In late 2011, Jaya served as UNICEF’s acting Chief of Communication in Somalia where he managed UNICEF’s communications during the 2011 Somalia famine.

Jaya has been serving as the Chief of Communication and Strategic Partnerships for UNICEF in Uganda since October 2013, where he is galvanizing stakeholders from Government, the private sector, media, civil society and faith-based organizations to increase investments in Uganda’s most deprived children.

He is currently executing a communication strategy to mobilize support that will enhance UNICEF’s response to the more than 2,000 South Sudanese refugees who are arriving in Uganda every day.

In 2012, Jaya was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal which was awarded to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
Pictures (left picture, Daniel Riley; middle picture, Sarah Common; right picture, Jaya Murthy)