SCANS Instructors

Instructor Biographies

Note: not all instructors listed are teaching in the current term.

Dee Appleby 

Mark Austin 

Ross Bartlett 

Robert Bauer 

Chris Benjamin 

Paul Bennett 

Wanda Thomas Bernard 

Alexander Boutilier 

John Calder 

Michael Collins 

John Cowans 

Kevin Cox 

Peter Daly 

Burris Devanney 

John Dickinson 

Frederick Edell 

Wendell Eisener

David Ellis

Jennifer Farrell

William Fenrick

Ian Fraser

Greg Galbraith

Peter Glenister

Gerald Gloade 

Bruce Gray 

Wayne Grennan 

Alan Griffiths

Elizabeth Haigh 

Andrew Hebda 

Joel Henderson 

Walter Kemp 

Natalia Koutovenko 

Rebecca Langlois-Warnat

Daphna Levit

Roland Lewis

Serena Lewis

Bosko Loncarevic

Ian MacDonald 

Scott MacDougall 

Malcolm MacLeod 

Ian MacVicar 

Brian McGowan 

Barry Mills 

David Monaghan

Vernon Oickle

Rosalie Osmond

David Overton

Jon Peirce 

Norman Pereira 

Faye Pickrem  

E. Alex Pierce 

Jack Potter 

Mary Lu Redden 

Barnett Richling 

Alex Roberts 

Victoria Rosenberg 

Sally Ross 

Christene Sandeson 

Heather Schellinck 

Tony Schellinck 

Jamie Simpson 

Vladimir Sitnikov 

Tom Smith 

S.S. (Sid) Sodhi 

Colin Starnes 

Virginia Stephen 

Hilda Taylor 

Geraldine Thomas 

Alec Tilley 

Vladimir Tobin

Fred Vaughan

Lynette Wahlstrom

Yongmei Wang

Phil Warman

Gary Welch 

Philip Welch 

Hugh R Williamson 

Marjorie Willison 

Martin Willison 

Alan Wilson 

Alan Young

George Young

Joel Zemel

  • Dee Appleby: After managing a private art gallery for three years, Dee Appleby published two books on Nova Scotia artists, presented as gifts from the Province of Nova Scotia to delegates at the Vancouver Olympics. Passionate about art history, she is a graduate of the University of Montreal ('79) and has visited many of the major museums in North America and Europe. She has taught art history with SCANS for four years. She is also a fine art appraiser and member of the International Society of Appraisers.
  • Mark Austin: Mark Austin has worked in the fields of community development, economic policy, film production, and in fields of wild blueberries. He has a Masters degree in the International Law of Human Rights and did undergraduate work in philosophy and fine arts. He was once a teaching fellow in Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. His passions include world music, nature, cheese, and baseball.
  • Ross Bartlett: Rev. Dr. Ross Bartlett was educated at Queen’s University (B.A. (Hons); M.A. (History); M.Div.), University of Toronto (Th.D. (Church History)) and Princeton Theological Seminary (D.Min). He has taught at Queen’s, Atlantic School of Theology and Vancouver School of Theology and is the author of several books and articles. His primary interests in history are the stories of people as living and vital actors on their own journey. He is currently the Lead Minister at Knox United Church in Lower Sackville, and Adjunct Faculty at AST.
  • Robert Bauer: Bob Bauer is a Canadian composer, broadcaster, performer, conductor, arts administrator and educator. He worked for CBC radio for 30 years as a recording engineer and music producer. He is associated with three East Coast Music Award-winning recordings. He is a recipient of the Canadian League of Composers Award and a Gabriel Award for broadcasting. As a new music advocate, Bauer is one of the co-founders of ArrayMusic in Toronto, Upstream and Musikon, both in Halifax. He has also made a significant contribution to the Oscillations Festival of Electroacoustic Music and the Atlantic regional council and national board of directors of the Canadian Music Centre. His compositions have been heard in live performances, recordings, and broadcasts across Canada, in the US and Europe.
    As an educator, Bauer has taught private music lessons in guitar, saxophone and theory, advanced 20th Century Music History and theory at Saint Francis Xavier University, and guest lectured at Dalhousie University on the creative process.
  • Chris Benjamin: Chris Benjamin has travelled and worked in many countries including St. Lucia, Finland, Ghana and Indonesia. He writes fiction, news, opinion and features for newspapers and magazines across Canada. He is the author of three award-winning books: Indian School Road, winner of the Dave Greber Freelance Award; Eco-innovators, winner of the best Atlantic Published Award; and the novel Drive-by Saviours, winner of the H.R. Percy Prize. Chris has also published about twenty short stories in literary journals, magazines and anthologies. He has a Master’s degree in environmental studies from York University and a Bachelor’s in Commerce from Dalhousie. He has won a silver Atlantic Journalism Award and the Dave Greber Prize for social justice writing.
  • Paul Bennett: Paul W. Bennett, EdD (OISE/Toronto) is Founding Director of Schoolhouse Consulting and Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. Over a career spanning four decades, he has taught in high school and university, served as an elected school trustee, headed two of Canada’s leading independent schools, and produced a multitude of policy papers and newspaper commentaries. He has also written or co-authored eight books, including The Grammar School: Striving for Excellence in a Public School World (2009), Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities; The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850-2010 (2011), and The Last Stand: Schools, Communities and the Future of Rural Nova Scotia (2013). Widely recognized as a leader in Canadian education reform, he is best known here in Nova Scotia as a co-founder of the Nova Scotia Small Schools Initiative (May 2012) and the chief proponent of transforming schools threatened with closure into Community Hubs.
  • Wanda Thomas Bernard: Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard was appointed to the Senate in November 2016, as an Independent senator, representing Nova Scotia. Senator Bernard is a highly regarded social worker, educator, researcher, community activist and advocate of social change. She has worked in mental health at the provincial level, in rural community practice at the municipal level, and, since 1990, as a professor at the Dalhousie University School of Social Work, where she also served as director for a decade. In 2016, she was appointed Special Advisor on Diversity and Inclusiveness at Dalhousie, and she is the first African Nova Scotian to hold a tenure track position at Dalhousie University and to be promoted to full professor. Dr. Thomas Bernard has worked with provincial organizations to bring diversity to the political processes in Nova Scotia and teach community members about Canada’s legislative process and citizen engagement. She is a founding member of the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) which helps address the needs of marginalized citizens, especially those of African descent. As a former member of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and as its past Chair, she was instrumental in the development of advice to ministers regarding frameworks for gender violence prevention and health equity. At the national level, she has served as a member of the National Coalition of Advisory Councils on the Status of Women. She has served as an expert witness in human rights cases and has presented at many local, national and international forums. Senator Thomas Bernard has received many honours for her work and community leadership, notably the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.
  • Alexander Boutilier: Alex D. Boutilier was born and raised in Sydney Mines, C.B. He studied at Saint Mary’s University and graduated with BA degrees in English and Psychology, as well as an MA in Atlantic Canada Studies. From 1998 to 2005 he was an instructor at Saint Mary’s University Writing Centre. Alex’s lifelong occupation was in sales and marketing for several industrial corporations. He currently lives in Fall River with his wife Rose.
  • John Calder: John is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the early 1950’s he moved to a farm in Southern Ontario. Then another move took him to Ottawa, where he completed his high school education. He then moved to Nova Scotia, acquiring degrees from Acadia and Dalhousie.
    He taught Math at the high school level for most of his career, but has a strong background in Geology. After retiring, he has had numerous short contracts with NSCC teaching math to trades people, DND personnel and students in a Business program. He is always doing personal “research” on a wide variety of topics whether it be math, music, art, photography, etc. He has always liked to be on the “cutting edge” of technology.
  • Michael Collins: Dr. Collins studied at the University of East Anglia (Norwich) School of History and since coming to Canada has taught courses on the History of Clothing and Fashion, the British Industrial Revolution, The Soviet Union and 20th Century European History at Mount St. Vincent, Saint Mary's, Acadia and Dalhousie Universities as well as for SCANS.
  • John Cowans: John received his early education at Bishop's College School in Lennoxville, Quebec. He earned a BA in English Literature from Sir. George Williams College in Montreal and a MA from Universite de Montreal, where he completed course work for his doctorate in English Literature; he has also studied at The Montreal Diocesan Theological College.
    In a teaching career spanning over 40 years, he has been a member of the teaching faculties of Stanstead College, Bishop’s College School, where he was Headmaster (1972-1982), Selwyn House, Universite de Montreal, McGill University, Bishop's University, College Marie-Victorin, and Vanier and John Abbott Colleges. During his career he has also held visiting lectureships at Mount Alison University and Universite de Sherbrooke. He has also produced and hosted POST SCRIPT, a weekly, half-hour television program of discussion about books, writers and writing.
    He acted as a Lay Minister for the past twenty-five years in the Anglican Church of Canada, serving St. George’s Church, Georgeville, PQ, St. Matthias Church, Fitch Bay, PQ, and St. Stephen’s Parish, Chester, NS. He also served as the Chair of the Bishop of Quebec’s Task Force on Human Sexuality. At present, he lives in retirement in Chester, NS ,where he is a Past President of the Chester Playhouse, former Vice President of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Theatre Foundation, a founding Director of the BCS Truth and Reconciliation Association Inc.,and a volunteer at Shoreham Village Retirement Community.
  • Kevin Cox: Kevin Cox has been a reporter and columnist for more than 40 years, beginning with the Ottawa Citizen. He is also now an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada (since May 2015). In the interim, he worked as a reporter and columnist for The Hamilton Spectator, The Globe and Mail, and the electronic business publication, a profitable daily online business journal, where he was the managing editor for several years. He currently writes three columns a week, one on insider trading, one on stock markets and one on business ethics and spirituality.
    He has been a part-time instructor at the School of Journalism at University of King’s College and has lectured on media issues at University of Calgary, University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, King’s College, Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University.
    Kevin holds an Honours BA Journalism degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology. For hobbies, Kevin enjoys running, speed skating, cross-country ski races, softball, and trying to raise giant pumpkins.
  • Peter Daly: Peter Daly came to Canada from Europe in 1964 with a B.A. and a Certificate in Education from the University of Bristol and a doctorate from Zurich, Switzerland.
    From 1964 to his retirement at McGill he taught at four Canadian universities and one American university. He taught German language and literature of all periods, and in translation, but also advertising and emblems. He has always been interested in symbolism, whether in the written word of an Austrian baroque poetess or in contemporary visual applications. Daly has devoted himself to English and German literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, to emblems, signs and symbols, and illustrated symbolic advertising. In retirement he has had time to read many works of contemporary fiction.
  • Burris Devanney: Burris Devanney has been a teacher, teacher-trainer, educational administrator, program / project manager, international consultant and CEO in Canada and Africa. International Development Work in Africa spans 48 years and seven countries, including Rhodesia-Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Malawi, and Uganda.
    Publications: African Chronicles – a Memoir, New World Publishing, 2010, pp. 446. Awards for International Development Related Work: Award of Excellence, Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, 1987, for co-producing, directing and writing the documentary The Gambia Project; Order of the Republic of The Gambia, 2000; Lewis Perinbaum Award in International Development, CBIE, 2003; Honourary Doctorate in Civil Law (Honoraris Causa), Saint Mary's University, 2004; Bill MacWhinney Award for Excellence in International Development, CIDA, 2004.
  • John Dickinson: Dr. John Dickinson was educated at Birmingham University, England, where he completed his B.A.(Hons) and a Post-graduate Certificate in Education. He obtained his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Nottingham University, England in 1968. After serving as a Teaching Fellow at Loughborough College of Education, England for two years, he emigrated to Canada. For the first six years he taught at St. Francis Xavier University, N.S. in the Psychology Department and subsequently moved to the School of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, B.C. serving as its director for fifteen years. His research was in the field of motor skill acquisition and retention. He is the author of two books and fifty peer-reviewed research papers in these fields and has also published two correspondence courses. He presented his work to learned societies in Canada, U.S., Mexico, Australia, Israel, France, England, Scotland and Wales. He retired to Mahone Bay in 2006.
  • Frederick Edell: Dr. Frederick Edell is Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan. He has been Professor and Chair of Theatre at both the University of Saskatchewan and Acadia University, founding Director of Film and Theatre at the University of Manitoba, and a member of the founding Faculty of Theatre at the University of Victoria. He has also taught at Brock University, the University of Winnipeg, Selkirk College in BC, and LaSalle College of Fine and Performing Arts in Singapore. He has written on film for various Canadian and American publications and has broadcast film criticism for CBC in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Halifax. Professor Edell has also directed numerous theatre productions in Canada, the US, and Sweden.
  • Wendell Eisener: Rev. Dr. Wendell Eisener studied music at Acadia University and pursued theological studies in Ontario. He returned to Nova Scotia in 1995 and has had a career that includes the pastoral, secular, artistic and technical. He teaches at Saint Mary’s University and on occasion at the Atlantic School of Theology. An avid musician he has performed and conducted on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • David Ellis: Rabbi Ellis is the Regional Chaplain for the Atlantic Jewish Council and as such he travels throughout the Maritimes.
  • Jennifer Farrell: Nova Scotian soprano Jennifer Farrell appears regularly with professional Canadian ensembles in the fields of oratorio, opera, and choral music.  Her undergraduate studies were completed at Wilfrid Laurier University and she went on to earn a Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree with specializations in opera at the University of British Columbia. She maintains a busy career teaching at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax, and freelancing as a soloist.
  • William Fenrick: Dr. William Fenrick was a military lawyer in the Canadian Forces where he specialized in international and operational law matters. From 1992 to 1994, he was a member of the Commission of Experts appointed under Security Council Resolution 780 to investigate allegations of war crimes in the territory of the former Yugoslavia. Following retirement from the Canadian Forces in 1994, he was the Senior Legal Adviser on Law of War Matters in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague. Following retirement from the Tribunal in 2004, he taught International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law/Law of Armed Conflict at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University from 2005 until 2011. He has published widely on law of armed conflict matters. He has degrees from the Royal Military College (BA (Hons Hist) 1966), Carleton University (MA (Cdn Studies) 1968), Dalhousie University (LLB 1973), and George Washington University (LLM 1983).
  • Ian Fraser: Ian Fraser spent most of his career at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College where he taught Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Advanced Calculus, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra. He has also taught Mathematics at Dalhousie and at the University of Maine (Orono). He ended his full time career teaching Finance at the Dalhousie School of Business.
    Ian and his wife Carol have lived in Truro since 1960. They have two adult sons, two granddaughters, and one “granddog”. His hobbies are (or were) hiking, canoeing, carpentry and gardening.
    He holds B. Sc. (1960), MA in Mathematics (1967) and MBA in Finance (1996) degrees.
  • Greg Galbraith: Greg Galbraith is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick who thoroughly enjoyed 34 years teaching secondary school English, history and physical education in Vancouver and Halifax. Early in his career he was asked to develop a new Western Civilization 12 course that radically changed his approach to learning and teaching. Being a visual learner who loves stories, he began taking art history courses and soon realized that images, particularly of art and architecture, greatly enhanced his students’ interest and ability to recall significant events/eras. Frequent trips to Italy, with and without students, fostered his passion for the Italian Renaissance, a topic he has not taught since moving back to the Maritimes in 1998. In a sense, the course he is offering to teach will be a personal Renaissance for him.
  • Peter Glenister: Peter Glenister is a Halifax native who worked as a librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University from 1968 until 2012 and in 2014 was named Librarian Emeritus.
    His interest in music began as a pre-adult church choir member and continued through university glee club participation culminating as a member of the Atlantic Choir and the Halifax Chamber Choir, 1972-1991. Around 1961 his interest in Glenn Gould began on hearing the 1955 recording of the Goldberg variations from which time he was hooked as a Gould aficionado and on discovering that his and Gould’s birthdates were a day (and 11 years) apart.
  • Gerald Gloade: Gerald Gloade, of the Mi’kmaw First Nation, is a member of the Nova Scotia Department of Education’s Mi’kmaw Liaison Office and the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaw. He is an artist and educator who is currently the Program Development Officer for the Mi'kmawey Debert Project based in Truro. Located near a cluster of twelve 13,300 year-old Paleo-Indian sites, the Mi'kmawey Debert Project's primary goal is to build a Mi'kmaw Cultural Center to protect the sites and share their stories.
    Gerald started his career working as a Graphic Designer for the Department of Natural Resources more than 30 years ago. The focus of his work moved from forestry education and graphic art to sharing his culture and the history of the landscape and environment with audiences of all ages.
  • Bruce Gray: Bruce Gray was educated at the McGill University and taught mycology and plant pathology at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College for 25 years.
  • Wayne Grennan: Dr. Grennan holds a MA from Dalhousie University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University and has taught in the Philosophy Departments of St. Thomas University and Saint Mary’s University. He currently holds the position of Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy at Saint Mary’s. He has taught courses for SCANS in Dartmouth, Bedford, Halifax and Mahone Bay.
  • Alan Griffiths: Alan Griffiths started out as a prehistoric archaeologist specializing in animal movements in Sardinia. Realizing that it is difficult to make a living in this field he moved into computer consultancy and academic research. He lectured at Sheffield University in the UK on Multimedia, was a visiting lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh and a Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts in addition to giving lectures widely. He has consulted for the British Library, NATO, IBM, Hewlett Packard and was the Chief Information Officer for an ill-fated dot com start-up in the USA. He has been interested in photography for many years and created in 2005 to help explore the history in some depth. To date photographs from almost 3,000 organizations, photographers, photographic galleries and private collectors around the world have been included. This allows users to explore an ever-expanding online history through over 700 online exhibitions, numerous biographies, techniques, timelines and a visually rich website. Luminous-Lint includes more than a thousand parallel and interlinked histories of photography and it is used by major institutions around the world.
  • Elizabeth Haigh: Dr. Elizabeth Haigh earned a B.Sc. (Hon) in Biochemistry in 1962 and a M.Sc. in Pharmacology in 1963 from the University of Alberta. After some two years working in the Food and Drug Directorate in Ottawa, it dawned on her that she was better suited to reading about science than to working in a lab. She earned a Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1971 and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in the Wellcome Institute of Cambridge University. She taught the History of Science and Russian & Soviet History at St. Mary’s University, retiring in 2006.
  • Andrew Hebda: Andrew Hebda is the Curator of Zoology at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. He began his career with the Department of National Defence, holding a number of administrative and command appointments from 1971 to 1985. While serving, Andrew completed his B.Sc. at Carleton University and his M.Sc. at York University, both in Biology. He went on to work as a biologist in a variety of positions in both the public and private sectors. He became Curator of Zoology at the Nova Scotia Museum in 1995. Andrew enjoys the range of opportunities afforded by his museum work. On any given day, he might find himself studying any number of fish, molluscs, insects, mammals, reptiles or amphibians. He has done extensive research on fish and fish habitat, but is currently focussing on “at-risk” Molluscs.
  • Joel Henderson: Joel Henderson and his colleagues are lawyers who practice in Truro.
  • Walter Kemp: Dr. Walter H. Kemp has a Ph.D. from Oxford University and an M.A. from Harvard. His musical career encompasses: Artistic Director of Opera Nova Scotia, Inglis Professor, University of King's College, Conductor of the Walter Kemp Singers, Choral Director Emeritus of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Honorary Vice-President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and former Chair of the Department of Music, Dalhousie University. He is Director of Opera Nova Scotia.
  • Natalia Koutovenko: Natalia Koutovenko has vast experience with and knowledge about the Hermitage Museum since she had been working as a guide at the "Intourist" company before coming to Canada in 2002. She was also the Head of the Department of Foreign Languages at the International Banking Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Assistant Manager in Foreign Affairs of the Library of the Academy of Sciences. In Canada Natalia worked as Assistant Professor and Instructor at the Department of Russian Studies at Dalhousie University. Currently she is working as an Interpreter in the courts and for ISANS (Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia) and teaching Russian Language and Literature at the Russian School in Halifax.
  • Rebecca Langlois-Warnat: Dr. Langlois is a researcher at Dalhousie University, with nearly 20 years of experience in ocean sciences. She started her BSc in marine science at Southampton College convinced that she was going to study sea turtles. At the end of those four years, she left the USA to take a Fulbright Fellowship in Kiel, Germany to study a group of specialized bacteria. She obtained a PhD. in Marine Biology from the University of Kiel, never having directly studied sea turtles with no regrets. Rebecca’s research combines biology, chemistry, and geology to study how nutrients and other biologically important chemicals circle through the globe. She is an active member of Dalhousie’s Lets Talk Science, a group that brings science to classrooms and pre-schools. She has also organized hands-on public experiments about global warming for Doors Open Halifax.
  • Daphna Levit: After completing her Ph.D. studies in Comparative (Japanese) Literature at Indiana University, she went on to take additional graduate degrees in Finance (MBA) and East Asian Studies (Economics)(MA) from Cornell University. She spent much of two decades in Japan, a third in London, England and New York employed as a financial analyst by some of the giant Wall Street firms that recently topped the headlines. She got out of the industry before the penultimate global economic crisis and went on to teach Finance and Economics to MBA students. In 2002 she moved to Nova Scotia and started writing a weekly column in the South Shore newspaper on global financial matters, writing opera reviews for the national magazine Opera Canada and teaching courses on Japanese history, Japanese Film and Economics in various academic institutions. She joined the SCANS BOD early in 2010, served on it for four years, developing and then coordinating the three SCANS chapters in the South Shore. She co-authored a book on the Middle East and has given several talks on that subject all over Canada. She now lives near Lunenburg.
  • Roland Lewis: Roland Lewis completed his early schooling in Halifax, and after graduation with a BSc from St. Mary’s University, began his Microbiology career at the old Halifax Infirmary Laboratory. After completing a Diploma in Bacteriology at the School of Hygiene, University of Toronto, he returned to Halifax and received his Masters and Doctorate at Dalhousie. After a twelve year posting in Kingston, Ontario at Queen’s University and Hotel Dieu Hospital, he ventured to Qatar, as Consultant Microbiologist for Hamad Medical Corporation. During his five-years in the Middle East he taught at Qatar University. Upon returning to Canada he took up a position at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Laboratory and continued his teaching at the University of Cape Breton. He has extensive teaching and laboratory experience, specializing in Infectious Diseases and their control. He is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Microbiologists. Since retiring he has been active in SCANS, where he is currently on the Board as Past President. He has taught a number of courses for SCANS in the area of Microbiology.
  • Serena Lewis: Serena Lewis is a Social Worker who has worked within the field of Mental Health, Corrections, and Hospice Palliative Care. She has extensively studied and is deeply passionate about grief, has taught various courses to medical professionals in the field on the significance and impact of grieving in North American society, and has developed a variety of groups to address loss within the community.
  • Bosko Loncarevic: Dr. Bosko Loncarevic is a retired Marine Scientist. He is not an academic historian but has lived through the latter period discussed in this course.  Born in Belgrade, he will be revisiting some of the ghosts of his past.
  • Ian MacDonald: Mr. MacDonald was born in India to United Church of Canada missionary parents. He was educated in India, at Woodstock School in the foothills of the Himalayas, and in Nova Scotia, at New Germany and Onslow, before going to Mount Allison University, where he earned a BSc degree in geology and chemistry and a BEd degree. He then taught at Queen Elizabeth High School in Halifax from 1972 until his retirement in 2005. During his teaching career he taught courses in Geology (grade 12), Chemistry (grades 11 & 12), and Comparative World Religions (grade 12) -- a course to which he contributed the design of the syllabus and the writing of curriculum materials. Since retirement he has done work for the Religious Studies Department of Saint Mary's University as a researcher and author of a chapter on the Sikh Faith and the Sikh community in Nova Scotia.
  • Scott MacDougall: Scott was born in Moncton in 1944, too young to meet Northrup Frye and too young to serve in either World War II or Korea. He was educated in small grade schools, bussed to high schools, and shaped, partially, by years at Mount Allison and Dalhousie Universities. He had one remarkably good professor, the architectural historian, David Crook; who died much too young. Circumstance blocked close acquaintance with George Grant during his two stays in Halifax but his writings have been a constant in Scott’s life and several people close to Grant became cherished friends. Marriage has blessed him twice; his second wife, the painter and teacher, Andrea Johnson, inspires him every day. His two sons, Randy and Alex, keep him happy. His major task with relatives and friends is to suggest ways in which they might spend more time with poets and poetry, to suggest the truth in Wordsworth's proposition that "Poetry is the first and last of all knowledge..." His professional life was spent working and reading in various libraries. In 1974 he took a one-year job as a senior administrator at NSCAD, leaving 24 years later with an increased knowledge of craft, art, and design and an enduring devotion to the life of the loom and easel. Most of what he knows about human interaction was formed by adjudicating quarrels over the optimum use of space and materials. Time spent with engaged students doing what they love to do has kept him purposeful. That experience has continued into the last six years with his active involvement in the Halifax Humanities seminar where he helped lead classes on George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Jan Zwicky, Wallace Stevens, and Ernest Buckler. One of these days he will complete a short book on the great historian and anti-philosopher, Jack Hexter.
  • Malcolm MacLeod: Native of Armdale (Halifax); degrees from Dalhousie University, and the Universities of Toronto and Ottawa (PhD 1974). Professor of History at NS Teachers College 1973-8, Memorial University 1968-70 and 1978-2003. Since 2011 he has presented five courses and two special lectures for SCANS. Author of numerous scholarly articles and several books, including "A BRIDGE BUILT HALFWAY: A HISTORY OF MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE 1925-1950" (McGill-Queens Univ. Press, 1990), and "A HALIFAX BOYHOOD" (Halifax, Formac, 2014)
  • Ian MacVicar: Dr. Ian MacVicar is the Director/Principal Consultant of Ian MacVicar Universal Security Intelligence Cognitive Solutions Consulting, Incorporated (I-MUSICS, Inc.), where he specializes in identifying cognitive traps (i.e. individual and institutional biases) in security planning through the use of Structured Analytic Techniques. Dr. MacVicar is a member of the Association of Canadian CBRNE Technicians, the International Association For Intelligence Education, the U.S. National Honor Society Order of the Sword and the Shield, and Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society. Dr. MacVicar has taught intelligence analysis and related subjects in Canada, Africa, Europe, and the United Kingdom. He is a French and Russian linguist, and he has qualified as a Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, a Forensic Scene of Crime Officer (Basic), and to Incident Command System 400 level.
    Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) MacVicar has served for over three decades in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), where he specialized in emergency response to natural disasters, and to those caused by human action. LCol MacVicar’s national and international military expertise spans the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. He has served in Artillery, joint service, and Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear defence units in Canada and on deployed operations. He received the Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation for his work in CBRN defence and the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff Commendation for his leadership of the Canadian Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team. LCol MacVicar is a graduate of the CAF Joint Command and Staff Course and the Land Forces Staff Course.
    Dr. MacVicar is a 2015 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Henley-Putnam University’s Doctorate of Strategic Security (DSS) program, where his dissertation research focused on the interaction of human cognitive limits, institutional biases, speculative fiction, and internal security law in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Dr. MacVicar holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Acadia University, a Master of Arts in International Affairs (Conflict Analysis) from Carleton University, and a Master of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.
  • Brian McGowan: Brian McGowan (BSc,MSc,P.Eng) has over 35 years in the oil and gas industry, with significant experience in the design and operation of heavy and conventional oil and gas facilities, and pipelines both onshore and offshore (singlephase and multiphase). He has extensive experience in design and operation of ethylene and polyethylene facilities and has held key engineering and operations positions with major oil and gas, petrochemical and engineering design companies. His experience is extensive in the design of petrochemical facilities, gas plants, SAGD facilities, grass roots refineries, and upstream oil batteries, and also in the revamp of these facilities.
  • Barry Mills: Barry Mills has been a student of literature most of his adult life. As a holder of degrees in English and comparative literature, he has found in the humanities a source of income, the sustenance of thinking, the delight of teaching, and the focus of continuous learning. He has presented to SCANS classes authors dating from the 7th century BCE to modern times. He has two Master of Arts degrees; one from Dalhousie University (English Literature), the other from Carleton University (Comparative Literature), which have allowed him to explore 20th century literature.
  • David Monaghan: David Monaghan is a Professor Emeritus from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. He has published and edited books on Jane Austen, Jane Austen Film Adaptations, John le Carre and the literature of the Falklands War.
  • Vernon Oickle: Vernon Oickle is an international award-winning journalist and editor with 33 years experience working in community newspapers on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. In addition to his newspaper career, he is the author of 20 books including the recently published “I’m Movin’ On: The Life and Legacy of Hank Snow.” He is also the author of several ghost story and folklore books. His 21st book — Nova Scotia Trivia — will be released in the fall of 2014.
  • Rosalie Osmond: Rosalie Osmond was born and brought up in Lunenburg and educated at Acadia University, Bryn Mawr College and Cambridge University, from which she received her Ph.D in English Literature. She has taught at the University level in both Canada and the UK. She is the author of 4 published books, three academic and one novel.
  • David Overton: Before he retired in 2008, David Overton was a Professor in the Dalhousie Theatre Department for almost forty years. During that time he taught a wide range of classes, including classes in film and musical theatre history. Since retiring he has continued to be active as a freelance director and writer. His most recent musical, The Passion of Adele Hugo, was produced by Eastern Front Theatre in 2012, and his most recent directing project was Spring Awakening for Neptune Theatre School in the spring of 2014.
  • Jon Peirce: Jon Peirce’s work has appeared in many of Canada’s leading newspapers and in several poetry journals. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from Dalhousie University and has taught at several universities in Canada and the United States.
    Jon switched fields at age 40; he earned a master’s degree in industrial relations and worked as an industrial relations researcher for the Economic Council of Canada, the Fryer Committee on labor-management relations in the federal public service, and, for the last 11 years of his career, as a researcher and labor relations officer for the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, a federal public service union. He also taught industrial relations and human resource management at Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Toronto, Carleton University, and University of Ottawa. He is the author of Canadian Industrial Relations, and of Social Studies: Collected Essays 1974-2013. Writing About Work is Jon’s sixth course for SCANS.
  • Norman Pereira: Dr. Norman Pereira is Emeritus Professor of History and Russian Studies at Dalhousie University. His academic publications include three monographs and three dozen journal articles, mostly in the areas of political and intellectual history of Russia during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He particularly enjoys the lecture-discussion teaching format.
  • Faye Pickrem: Faye Pickrem taught English Literature and Cultural Studies at Trent University in Peterborough for many years. She grew up in Halifax and holds a B.A. from Dalhousie University and an M.A. from Acadia University.
    Faye did post-graduate work at the University of London and Strathclyde University, returning to Canada for doctoral studies at York University. She has published, presented academic papers at national and international conferences, and was nominated for TVO’s “Best Lecturer in Canada” in 2006. Faye divides her time between Lunenburg and Toronto, working as a writing coach and communications consultant; she has recently returned from the Fall Writer’s Workshop at Humber College.
  • E. Alex Pierce: E. Alex Pierce is the author of Vox Humana, published by Brick Books in 2011. After ten years teaching writing at Cape Breton University (poetry and poetics, playwriting, and composition), she returned to East Sable River to establish E. Alex Pierce Writing & Editing. She is senior editor for Boularderie Island Press, and currently serves as Writer in Residence for the Shelburne County Arts Council’s Mentorship Program. Pierce gives public readings of her work, and conducts manuscript review workshops across Canada. Her MFA (Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 1997) is from Warren Wilson College, North Carolina. She has participated in the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio and the Sage Hill Poetry Colloquium. Her most recent work appears in the Literary Review of Canada, and she is working on two long poems as the basis for her next collection of poetry.
  • Jack Potter: Jack Potter has an extensive background in life-long learning and community development. He received his M.A. in English from the University of Waterloo, where he taught creative writing and literature courses, and also at Dalhousie University’s Henson College and Saint Mary’s University. Mr. Potter was a member of the original task force formed by the Dalhousie Retirees Association, which founded SCANS. He has taught courses for SCANS since its origin.
  • Mary Lu Redden: Mary Lu Roffey-Redden is the director of Halifax Humanities 101, a program that offers free, university-level Humanities education to adults living below the poverty line. She has an MA in Religious Studies and was a doctoral candidate in the same field. She has worked as both a university and community college teacher and for 25 years has been an Anglican "Rector's Wife" in both urban and rural parishes in Ontario and Nova Scotia.
  • Barnett Richling: Barnett Richling is an anthropologist of the old school, one who considers himself a general practitioner in a field grown too specialized for its own good. Most recently a professor at the University of Winnipeg, he also taught for many years at Mount Saint Vincent. Now retired, he is eternally grateful to be liberated from endless meetings and administrative busywork.
  • Alex Roberts: A native of Yorkshire, England, Alex Roberts taught in Halifax for 28 years (Statistics, Economics and Computer Science). After leaving teaching in 2005, he spent several years as an educational presenter and is now a freelance writer, with over 200 articles published. Hobbies include being a railway buff, coin collecting and cricket. The former co-owner of Entertainment Contacts (booking) Agency, he currently owns and operates The White Rose Cricket Forum. He holds a B.A (Economics), a B.Ed and an M.Ed (Curriculum Theory).
  • Victoria Rosenberg: Dr. Victoria Rosenberg taught for many years at Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent universities. Her particular interest is the work of Henry James and she has lectured and published on his novels; she presented papers on The Wings of the Dove at the Henry James conferences in Paris (2002) and in Rome (2011).
  • Sally Ross: Born in Halifax and educated in Canada and France, Sally Ross has been doing research on Acadian history and culture since the 1970s. She co-authored with Alphonse Deveau the prize-winning book The Acadians of Nova Scotia. Her book Les écoles acadiennes en Nouvelle-Écosse 1758-2000 traces the history of public schools in the Acadian regions of Nova Scotia. Her most recent publication is a biography entitled Louis R. Comeau: Portrait of a Remarkable Acadian. She has also written articles and translated books related to Acadian history and culture. She is currently secretary of Les Amis de Grand-Pré and a member of the Commission de l’Odyssée acadienne, which commemorates in a tangible and permanent manner the Deportation of the Acadians.
  • Christene Sandeson: Christene Sandeson began her art career in the late 1970’s after completing her formal education (B.A, B.Ed., M.Ed.). Working as a visual artist while raising her family during the 80’s and 90’s, she worked with various artists on projects, exhibited this work regionally, and co-owned Signatures Gallery of Fine Art (47 Inglis Street, Truro, N.S).
    Working also as a visual art educator, Christene taught Visual Art both full-and part-time from the 1990’s to 2013 with various institutions: the Nova Scotia Teacher’s College, Institute for Early Childhood Education, Correction Service Canada, Eastlink Cable TV, and with Chignecto Central Regional School Board at South Colchester Academy developing and implementing Visual Art 10 & Art 11 curricula for the Regional and Provincial Virtual High School, and teaching Visual Art 9 - 12.
    In her retirement Christene appreciates being able to share her passion for the Visual Arts with the Seniors College Association while meeting new people.
  • Heather Schellinck: Heather (MacIntosh) Schellinck is a native of Pictou County who has lived in Halifax for many years. She received a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Dalhousie University in 1995 and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge, U.K. She returned to Dalhousie in 1997 to what is now the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She taught a variety of psychology and neuroscience courses and coordinated an introductory psychology class of 1000 students each year until she retired in 2013. She also had an active research career and maintained a government funded behavioural neuroscience lab devoted to understanding memory in rodent models of human disorders.
  • Tony Schellinck: Tony Schellinck has a PhD in Consumer Psychology from the University of Illinois and taught Consumer Behaviour at Dalhousie for two decades. However, during much of his carrier he applied basic principles of consumer behaviour in a wide range of areas, including work for the Consumers Association of Canada, the Advertising Standards Council of Canada, and the Canadian Standards Association. As well, he and his students conducted research for many of Canada’s largest corporations such as Bell Canada, Canadian Tire Acceptance, and Sobeys. He also worked with local organizations such as the Halifax YMCA, Ben’s Bakery, Atlantic Lottery and the Nova Scotia Government. Based on his success in the classroom and his work with non-profit and for profit organizations across Canada he received the Financial Post Leader in Management Education award. He is currently CEO of Focal Research Consultants Limited, a firm that conducts consumer research in countries around the world; particularly in the areas of gambling and alcohol risk reduction.
  • Jamie Simpson: Jamie Simpson is a lawyer, forester and writer based in Ferguson’s Cove, Nova Scotia. He is an advocate for progressive forestry practices and environmental rights for Nova Scotians. He has written two best-selling books about our native forests, and he is honoured to have received several awards for his environmental advocacy, including the Elizabeth May Award for Environmental Service. He has worked for the Ecology Action Centre and the East Coast Environmental Law Association, and currently runs a general and environmental law legal practice:
  • Vladimir Sitnikov: Vladimir Sitnikov is a winner of a classical guitar international competition. He graduated from Rostov State Conservatory in Russia and moved to Canada in 1986. He has taught and performed music all over Canada and Europe. He has released three CDs, appeared on a number of award winning records, and on television and radio stations including the CBC.
  • Tom Smith: Rev. Tom Smith B.A., B.Ed. was born, raised and educated in Halifax. His professional career began as a post secondary administrator at Saint Mary's University and the College of Trades and Technology, St. John's Newfoundland. He was an elementary school teacher and Principal in Halifax for 28 years retiring in 2004. He was ordained a Deacon of the Roman Catholic Church in 1990 serving parishes in Fairview and Bedford. He has been married to Rose Marie for the past 43 year and they have raised and are raising 15 children. He has presented courses in creative writing at the parish in Bedford.
  • Sid Sodhi: S.S. (Sid) Sodhi worked as a teacher, lecturer, and Manpower Officer in India before immigrating to Canada. From 1961-1965, he was a high school teacher in Alberta, and from 1965 to 1966, he served as a guidance counselor in Alberta College, Edmonton. From 1968-1970, he was an Assistant Professor of Counselling and Guidance at Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland. From 1970-1993, he was Professor of Special Education and Counseling at Dalhousie University. S.S. Sodhi continues to be a practicing registered psychologist in Halifax.
  • Colin Starnes: Dr. Colin Starnes, on graduating from Bishop’s University in 1963, won a Rockefeller Fellowship and studied theology for three years at Harvard. After a two year interlude fishing lobsters from his own boat on the South Shore, he took an MA in Religious Studies at McGill and a PhD in Classics at Dalhousie where he taught until retirement. Between 1993 and 2003, Colin served as the president and Vice Chancellor of Kings’ College where he had started teaching in the Foundation Year Programme (FYP) from its inception in 1972. After retiring in 2003, he organized and taught a version of FYP for the mostly professional parents of his former students. He still teaches a not-for–credit, but free, version of FYP to marginalized adults who never had the opportunity to attend university.
  • Virginia Stephen: Virginia Stephen was previously Executive Director, Liberal Studies, Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. She was Acting Director of the Arts and Cultural Management Program at MacEwan University. She was Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Executive Director of the Edmonton Art Gallery. As an educator and curator her focus has been to facilitate individual and group interaction with art to enrich ways of knowing and ways of interaction with the world and other people. She holds an M.A. in Visual and Performing Arts Education. She now lives in Lunenburg.
  • Hilda Taylor: Hilda Taylor obtained a BSc from the University of Liverpool and a PhD from the University of Waterloo. After moving to Wolfville in 1971 she taught a variety of courses in the Biology Department at Acadia University. Her research interests were mycological, in particular mycorrhizal fungi associated with the vascular plants of the salt marsh. For several years she ran the Scanning Electron Microscopy unit. She was active in several organizations involved with equity matters, and served on the CAUT Status of Women Committee.
  • Geraldine Thomas: Geraldine Thomas was a long-time (1969-2007) faculty member at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, where she taught Classics courses, including Greek and Roman History, Latin, the History of Ancient Art, and Women in Antiquity. She has published in Classics and on the Greek community in the Maritime Provinces. For several years she was Chair of the Department at Saint Mary’s and later the first Associate Dean of Arts. She has won various teaching awards including one at Saint Mary’s, an Atlantic Regional Award for Instructional Leadership as well as a National 3M Award for Teaching. In the last two years she taught courses on Women in Ancient Greece and Rome for SCANS and has also given lectures to the ElderLearners and Halifax Humanities groups. She is currently the President of the Saint Mary’s University Retirees’ Association and serves on the national executive of CURAC (Canadian University Retirees’ Association) where she is the Board Committee Chair. She has traveled frequently in Europe and in the Middle East, having visited most of the lands associated with ancient Mediterranean societies. Her most recent trip took her as far as India, Oman, Jordan and Israel.
  • Alec Tilley: Alec Tilley is a teacher, composer and musician. During his 34 years as a secondary music specialist with the Halifax Regional School Board, he taught at Queen Elizabeth High School, conducted the QEH String Ensemble and all three of the school’s choirs as well as directed over 20 full Broadway productions. He conducted the Halifax Schools’ Symphony Orchestra for over two decades, and was Double Bass instructor for many years. As Choir Director at St. Andrew’s United Church, he directed three choirs and led a busy music program.
    Since his retirement, he has been Choir Director at St. George’s Round Church, Double Bass player with Chebucto Symphony Orchestra, Electric Bass player and back-up vocalist with the bands “Runaway” and “Comeback”, conductor of Messiah from Scratch (2008-2010), and Double Bass player in the Morningside Jazz Trio. He has also composed and arranged a number of new works, including two masses and a number of motets and anthems for the Senior Choir of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, where he is a regular choir member.
  • Vladimir Tobin: Vincent Vladimir Tobin was a member of the faculty of Saint Mary's University from 1965 to 2005. He holds graduate degrees in Classics, Theology, and a PhD in Egyptology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is proficient in a number of ancient and modern languages, and has taught a variety of courses over the years. He has published widely in the fields of Egyptology, myth, Egyptian thought and literature, and Orthodox Christian theology, and has presented numerous papers at Egyptological conferences in both North America and Israel. Although retired from the regular active life, he is very active in the SSEA (a Canadian society for the study of ancient Egypt). He is also an Orthodox priest and pastor of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Church in Halifax.
  • Fred Vaughan: Fred Vaughan was born in Halifax and received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Before retirement he taught at the Royal Military College in Kingston and the Political Science Department at the University of Guelph, during which time and since, he has been the author of many books and articles. Along with James G. Snell, he has authored the first full history of the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also written two judicial biographies: Aggressive in Pursuit: the Life of Justice Emmett Hall and Viscount Haldane: 'The Wicked Stepfather of the Canadian Constitution' as well as other books on the judicial development of the Canadian constitution. He is currently completing a book on the Court tentatively titled: "Judicial Progressivism in the Supreme Court of Canada.” He has taught several courses in the SCANS program since its inception and served on the Board of Directors. He also taught the first course given in Chester in 2012.
  • Lynette Wahlstrom: Lynette Wahlstrom is a Collaborative Pianist and Vocal Coach at Dalhousie University Department of Music, as well as Music Director at First Baptist Church Halifax, and Accompanist for Halifax Camerata Singers. She plays regularly for Nova Scotia Choral Federation, Opera Nova Scotia, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, and has recently completed a Maritime tour with National Youth Choir, with conductor Hilary Apfelstadt. Lynette has worked as Collaborative Pianist under the batons of Jakub Martinec, Caron Daley, Jeff Joudrey, Julian Wachner, Robert Ingari, and Patricia Abbott, as well as the studio classes of Sanford Sylvan, Lucy Hayes-Davis, Greg Servant and Marcia Swanston, placing her in demand as repetiteur, coach and accompanist. Lynette holds a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University, Licentiate Diploma and Master's of Accompaniment from McGill University, mentored by Michael McMahon, and a Master's of Piano Performance from Université de Montréal. She is active on the Boards of Opera Nova Scotia, Early Music Society of Nova Scotia, and RCCO (Royal Canadian College of Organists) Halifax.
  • Yongmei Wang: Yongmei Wang worked as a teaching assistant with ISANS, the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, after she moved to Halifax in 2008 from China. She also worked as an instructor of Chinese Culture and a teaching assistant of Chinese Language at Dalhousie University.
    Yongmei Wang graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, with an MA in Cross Cultural Communication and International Management. Before she moved to Canada, she had taught English and Cross Cultural Management classes at the Junling Institute of Technology in China. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience of Chinese culture with people who are interested.
  • Phil Warman: Dr. Warman has a Ph.D. degree in Soil Biochemistry from the University of Guelph. In the 1970’s, he was an organic fruit and vegetable farmer near Tavistock, Ontario, and Rigaud, Quebec; since 1982, he has researched the use of various organic amendments at his property in Nova Scotia. A recipient of Nova Scotia Agricultural College’s Lifetime Research Award, he is author or co-author of more than 105 peer-reviewed scientific and technical papers and more than 20 technical reports. He has taught "Compost Science and its Utilization" since 1993 to undergraduate and graduate students, extension personnel and technicians both here in Nova Scotia and internationally. Warman is the President and CEO of Coastal BioAgresearch Ltd. (CBA), a federally incorporated research and development company. He is now Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie and McGill universities.
  • Gary Welch: A native of California, Gary Welch immigrated to Halifax in 1974 to help found the astronomy program at Saint Mary's University. He is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astronomy and Physics. During his career at Saint Mary's Dr. Welch used telescopes in space and on earth to help understand the properties of galaxies. He taught courses ranging from introductory astronomy for freshman arts majors to specialty topics for post-graduate students. He also found time to give a large number of presentations to Metro area secondary schools as part of the Dalhousie University program Scientists and Innovators in the Schools.
  • Philip Welch: Dr. Welch is a medical graduate from the University of Edinburgh. He was awarded a Research Fellowship at John Hopkins earning a Ph.D. in Human Genetics. He was the first medical geneticist to locate in Atlantic Canada and initiated a Cytogenetics Laboratory in the IWK Children’s Hospital where he served as Director for over 20 years. He is the recipient of the Founders Award for Excellence in Medical Genetics from the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists.
  • Hugh R Williamson: Hugh R Williamson an adjunct professor with a Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a lawyer with a background in Law of the Sea, ocean resources management, naval intelligence, maritime security and enforcement and integrated maritime management issues. He is also a senior research fellow of the Mari-time and Environmental Law Institute at the Schulich School of Law, and the Interna-tional Ocean Institute. He has consulted extensively on fisheries and ocean management in the South Pacific and Caribbean. In addition to Dalhousie University, he was on the faculty of the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden, the University of the South Pacific, in Fiji where he directed the ocean resources management program, and the Uni-versity of Papua New Guinea faculty of law. He also had a lengthy career in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, where he served as a diving officer, naval intelligence officer, and naval control of shipping officer, commanding NCS Unit three. He lectured exten-sively in the Canadian naval fleet schools on the law of the sea, law of armed conflict, maritime law, law of intelligence and law of naval operations.
  • Marjorie Willison: Marjorie Willison is a well-known CBC radio gardener and author, with an undergraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy (Alberta), an M.Sc. in Ecology (Dalhousie), and a background in community development. She is currently pursuing a graduate level Certificate in Aging and Continuing Care through Dalhousie’s School of Occupational Therapy.
  • Martin Willison: Martin Willison is a retired Dalhousie University professor currently appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the university. He attended St. Andrews University (B.Sc. 1966), Nottingham University (Ph.D. 1973) and Dalhousie University (Killam Post-doctoral Fellow, 1974-1976, Microbiology Department). In 1976 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Dalhousie University and subsequently held a wide range of appointments including Biology Department chairperson (1991-1996). He held academic appointments at the Full Professor level in Biology (Faculty of Science), School for Resource and Environmental Studies (Faculty of Management), International Development Studies (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) and Marine Management Program (Faculty of Graduate Studies).
  • Alan Wilson: From 1950 to 1953, Alan Wilson taught at Prince of Wales College, the forerunner of the University of Prince Edward Island; from 1954 to 1964, at Acadia and Western universities, becoming Chair of History and Head of Western’s Graduate Studies Programme; and at the University of British Columbia’s summer school. From 1965 until retiring in 1989, he was founding Chair of History and of the Canadian Studies Programme at the new Trent University. In ‘retirement’ he has continued to teach with the Atlantic Institute of Saint Mary’s University, Halifax Public Libraries, and with SCANS. He has published four books and many articles, and has lectured across Canada, and in the United States, Mexico, England, Scotland, France and at Soviet Moscow.
  • Alan Young: Alan Young came to Canada in 1967 to teach English at Simon Fraser University. Later he taught for almost thirty years at Acadia University. After taking early retirement in 1998, he taught Shakespeare courses online for a further ten years. He has published extensively on English Renaissance literature, and Shakespeare in particular.
  • George Young: G. Frederick Young is a Professor Emeritus in the History Department of Saint Mary’s University. During his career his interest has been mostly in European history since Napoleon, with a research interest primarily in German history in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, he has latterly become captivated by Polish history, regretting that that country’s history has been, during the bulk of his lifetime, generally overlooked and neglected in consequence of Poland being a ‘communist country’ behind the Iron Curtain. But Poland was the cockpit of the 20th century: where Bolshevism and Fascism confronted each other, overran each other, and sought to annihilate each other. Consequently its history ought to be much better known.
  • Joel Zemel: Joel Zemel has been a musician/guitarist for 45 years. During this time, he has worked in various venues with numerous musicians: concerts, radio, television, recording production, documentary filmmaking and theatre. Musically, his interests cover most genres but are mainly in the area of jazz. He is also an historical researcher, an award-winning author and book editor for a local publishing company. He has always enjoyed teaching, whether it involves instruction of the guitar itself or the rich history of 20th century music.

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