“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based

            on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but

            also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness... And if we do act,

            in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand

            utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents,

            and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance 

            of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

                                                                                                      ~ Howard Zinn



I am Professor in the Department of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University. I received a BA in Women’s Studies and Liberal Studies (University of Victoria), an MA in Women’s Studies (York University), and a PhD in Adult Education (University of Toronto). I have extensive experience as a non-formal educator with international, community-based educational exchange programs with Tunisia, Thailand, Uruguay, and in various states of India. My interests include women/older women activists and the use of arts in social movements and community development.


I have initiated and coordinated community-based documentary film festivals since 2005 [Peterborough, ON (2005-2007); Antigonish, NS (2007- ); Sydney, NS (2009); Inverness, NS (2009), and mini-film festivals at academic conferences. I participated in organizing the Human Rights Film Festival at the School for Social Transformation, Arizona State University (2014). Finally, in collaboration with a colleague, we have shown 17 documentaries at the Federal Prison for Women in Truro (2010-2016), 7 at the Provincial Jail for Men in New Glasgow and organized talks and the collection of 300+ books for the inmates . 


I published The Raging Grannies: Wild Hats, Cheeky Songs, and Witty Actions for a Better World (2004), Documentary Film Festivals: Transformative Learning, Community Building, and Solidarity (2016) and co-edited Working the Margins of Community-based Adult Learning: The Power of Arts-making in Finding Voice and Creating Conditions for Seeing/Listening (2016). I also worked with a filmmaker on two documentary films:  Les Super Mémés (2010) and Granny Power (2014).

Visit the Antigonish International Film Festival www.antigonishfilmfest.org

***Photos on this website: Thanks to Blaise MacMullin for my personal photograph.

All other photos are mine except the one at the top under Teaching.