Meet PPI-CY’s New Coordinator, Sureyya!

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Meet PeacePlayers International Cyprus’s new Turkish-Cypriot Coordinator, Sureyya Deger

This week we interviewed PeacePlayer International Cyprus’s new Turkish-Cypriot Coordinator, Sureyya Deger! She joined the team last week and has already become an integral part of the team. Below she answers some questions about her first week in the office and a little bit of background about herself. 

What drew you to PeacePlayers?

Well, at one point in your life you stop and look at what you are doing. I realized that I wasn’t at the right place, and I was seeking something more. I was looking for a new career in CSOs, as I have been a civil society and peace activist for more than 10 years now. Anyway, I was looking for a job and now I am doing what I believe in and serving for peace.

What was your first week like in this new work environment?

I was trying to understand everything, like who is responsible for what. When you apply for a job, you just

Coach Steph with PeacePlayers International-Cyprus participants.

Coach Steph with PeacePlayers International-Cyprus participants.

have a general idea of the organization, as I had for PeacePlayers. I was trying to fit in and find myself in the organization, luckily the atmosphere and the team members really helped me feel at home. I am glad to be part of such a dedicated team.

What is your vision for PeacePlayers as you begin your position as Turkish-Cypriot Coordinator?

I hope that my position will affect the organization in a lot of ways. I will try to bring my effectiveness and connections to PeacePlayers, but I also hope that I will help with the coordination with the Turkish-Cypriot community.

Sureyya and her lovely son!

Sureyya and her lovely son!

What is your favorite part of PPI-Cyprus so far?

Hmmm… To be honest, the family and work friendly environment. I dislike a work place when you have no “work”and you just sit there and wait for the end of the day. Mostly, I am very productive during the nights when I am comfortable, and my son is asleep. PeacePlayers gives me that flexibility. I really don’t know how, but I can sit there and work for hours without noticing the time. I am so glad that PeacePlayers has this atmosphere and flexibility.

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