Facilitator Profile

Facilitators are members of the Pachamama Alliance community who step into leadership by hosting Symposiums and spreading the message of Up to Us.

Penelope Hynam

Penelope Hynam
  • Location: Bridgetown, Christ Church, Barbados
  • Primary Language: English
  • Facilitator Since: 2012

As a Facilitator, I am Committed to

  • Symposium Presenter
  • Symposium Host
  • Symposium Producer

 I grew up in the Caribbean islands and in the rainforest of Belize, always close to nature. In Canada for many years,  I was a member of Greenpeace. In Barbados was Director of the National Trust and President of the regionwide Caribbean Conservation Association.   But by 2011 my activism was worn out , my despair at the state of the planet complete. BTC was brought to us in Barbados by a friend in the UK just in time to renew my sense of hope, commitment and purpose. That first Sympoisum galvanized me back into action!

I've been a Facilitator since 2012. I have delivered 1 events with a total of 12 attendees.

Why I'm a Pachamama Alliance Facilitator

We live on a beauiful and envronmentally imperilled island in the Caribbean, Barbados.  It is really a microcosm of the state of the world.   I feel that if we can work together  to improve the state of this small but important corner of the planet, then we can save the planet itself.  We do not have much time left.

Events I've hosted as a facilitator:

  • I hosted a Symposium in on November 10, 2012

If I could change the world

If I could change one thing in the world it would be to end all racism , ethnic divisons and religious fighting, to bring all people to the understanding that we are  the same, we are one with each other and with nature.   Only with this knowledge can we acheive Pachamama's goals.

This is who inspires me

My father, long gone but not forgotten.  Dr. Charles A Hynam: he spent his life selflessly working in  the impoverished farming communities of the Caribbean and  British Honduras ( now Belize), working to improve their crop yields and their farming methods so they could raise their standard of living,  Then he went on to become a University professor so he could pass on his methods. He headed the first Masters degree program in Community Development in North America, at the University of Alberta in Canada  from 1962 and it attracted students from all over the world. A humanitarian, a scholar and one who never lost his love for teaching, 

Experiences I'm proud of

My work in conservation and preservation of the built and natural environment on Barbados, as Project Director on the restoration of several historic buidlings and sites and the conservation of natural areas open to the public.