"I don’t want to trickle out.

  I want to pour till the pail is empty, the last bit going out in a gush, not in drops."                                                                                                         ~ Emily  Carr

                                       

                                         

“Without community, there is no liberation.” 

                                                                                   Audre Lorde

               

       

          "Your efforts and expertise to grow a successful film festival (Antigonish);                      … dedication and motivation....You have inspired and engaged many                            people, and our community has benefited  from your effort and commitment.”

                         ~ 2016 Resolution No. 249, Honorable Randy Delorey, MLA Nova Scotia                                         House of Assembly, 10th Antigonish International Film Festival (AIFF)  

Service to the University Community

  • St FX Research Ethics Board (REB) 

  • SSHRC Doctoral Application Review, Faculty of Education 

  • Committee on Graduate Studies 

  • St. FX Art Gallery Board of Directors 

  • Various successful nominations (Coady Chair in Social Justice; St FX Honorary Doctorates; St FX Community Partner)

  • Co-organized talks/orkshops (P. Sainath; Drs. Deborah Barndt, Darlene Clover; Dr. Budd Hall; Dr. Vandana Shiva)

  • Chair, Department of Adult Education (2010-2013)

  • Coordinated Departmental Review (2012-2013)

  • Chair, Department Evaluation Committee (DEC) (2010-2013)

  • Co-Chair, 2017 CASAE EAST Conference

  • Department committees 

 

 

Service to the Academic/Professional Community

Professional Organizations

  • President, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships Awards - Committee 4.2 (2012)

  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships Awards - Committee 4.2 (2009 - 2011)

  • Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE), Co-president (2011-2013)

  • CASAE Call for Papers  review (2008 & 2009)  

  • Allan Thomas Student Award committee (2007)

  • Co-organized pre-conference on uses of the arts (2017)

 

Reviewer

a) Peer-reviewed Journals

  •  Adult Education Quarterly (AEQ)

  •  Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education

  •  Community Development Journal

  •  Engaged Scholar Journal

  •  Reflective Practice

  •  Resources for Feminist Research

  •  Studies in the Education of Adults

  •  Teaching and Learning in Medicine

  •  Transformative Education 

 

b) Proposals for Book Chapters

  •  Exploring social justice: How music education might matter 

  •  Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Social Sciences Research 

c) SSHRC Proposals

Guest Lectures

  • Keynote speaker, Kelly Bang Lecture, School of Occupational Therapy and the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University

  • 20+ guest lectures in undergraduate and graduate courses across Canada

 

Mentoring

  • 21 undergraduate and graduate students as research assistants  

  • 18 students and graduates in presenting their work at conferences 

 

 

Service to the Wider Community

 

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016 Resolution No. 249, Honorable Randy Delorey, MLA Nova Scotia House of Assembly, in recognition of 10th anniversary of Antigonish International Film Festival

  • 2012 St. Francis Xavier University Outreach Award (Antigonish International Film Festival)

  • 2007 Peterborough Civic Award - Cultural Betterment (Peterborough Film Festival)

 

People’s Archive of Rural Nova Scotia (PARNS) (2016 - )

  • Co-founder

 

Documentary Film Festivals (Founder & coordinator)

  • Travelling World Community Film festival (Peterborough, ON) (2005-2007)

  • Antigonish International Film Festival (2007 -  )

  • Antigonish Kids’ Film Festival (2012)

  • Sydney (NS) Film Festival (2009)

  • Inverness (NS) Film festival (2009)

Documentary Film Festivals at Academic Conferences

  • 2017 CASAE, Ryerson, Toronto

  • 2015 International Council on Adult Education, Université de Montreal, QC

  • 2013 CASAE, UVIC, BC

  • 2012 CASAE, Waterloo University

  • 2011 CASAE  & AERC (Adult Education Research) Conference (AERC), U.  Toronto

  • 2008 Transformative Learning Conference, OISE/U. Toronto

  • 2008 International Association for Community Development, Acadia University

  • 2005 Symposium, Trent University

 

Carceral Institutions

  • Documentary Film & Discussion  –  Federal Prison for Women, Truro (2010-2016) 

  • Documentary Film & Discussions – Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Men’s Jail), New Glasgow (2017-2018) 

  • Talks & collection of 300+ books for inmates – Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Men’s Jail), New Glasgow (2017-2018) 

 

Documentary Film Festivals at Academic Conferences

  • 2017 CASAE, Ryerson, Toronto

  • 2015 International Council Adult Education, (WAAE), Université de Montreal, QC

  • 2013 CASAE, UVIC, BC

  • 2012 CASAE, Waterloo University

  • 2011 CASAE & AERC (Adult Education Research Conference), U.  Toronto

  • 2008 Transformative Learning Conference, OISE/U.  Toronto

  • 2008 International Association Community Development, Acadia University

  • 2005 Symposium, Trent University

 

Public Screening of Documentary Films

I have been involved with the First Friday Film Festival series and other public screenings of documentary films (many as fundraisers for local St FX or non-profit organizations):

  1. The Gift. April 5, 2019.

  2. Modified. March 1, 2019

  3. Burned. January 11, 2019 

  4. Finding Oscar. April 6, 2018. AIFF - Breaking The Silence.

  5. Human Flow by Ai Wei Wei. March 2, 2018. AIFF - St FX WUSC’s Student Refugee

  6. I Am Not Your Negro. February 9, 2018. AIFF - African Heritage Month.

  7. Bending the Arc. January 5, 2018. AIFF.

  8. Nero’s Guest. December 1, 2017. AIFF - P. Sainath honorary degree.

  9. Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock. April 29, 2017. AIFF - Earth Day.

  10. Before the Flood. April 22, 2017. AIFF & County of Antigonish - Earth Day.

  11. I Am the Blues. April 7, 2017. AIFF.

  12. Crapshoot. March 22, 2017.  AIFF & County of Antigonish - World Water Day.

  13. Sonita. March 6, 2017. AIFF - Women’s International Day.

  14. Koneline, our Land Beautiful. February 3, 2017. AIFF.

  15. Brainwashing of My Dad. January 20, 2017. AIFF.

  16. Love and Belonging: Jean Vanier. December 9, 2016. AIFF - L’Arche Antiognish.

  17. The Men of the Deeps. November 4, 2016. AIFF- Their 50th Anniversary.

  18. Where to Invade Next? June 3, 2016. First Friday Film Festival series (AIFF).

  19. Mavis! April 1, 2016. AIFF.

  20. Fractured Land. March 4, 2016. AIFF.

  21. This Changes Everything. Feb 10, 2016. AIFF.

  22. Salt of the Earth. November 6, 2015. AIFF & StFX Department of Adult Education.

  23. Tribe of His Own: The journalism of P. Sainath. Oct 2, 2015. AIFF & St FX Adult Ed

  24. Continuous Journey. Sept 25, 2015. AIFF, StFX Adult Ed, SAFE (Syrian refugees)

  25. Citizen Four. April 17, 2015. AIFF, St FX  Adult Education & Political Science.

  26. Secret Trial 5. March 13, 2015. AIFF, St FX Adult Education & Political Science.

  27. The Girls in the Band. February 6, 2015. AIFF.

  28. Pina. January 6, 2015. AIFF

  29. Triage: Dr. James Orbinsky Humanitarian Dilemma. Dec 4, 2014. AIFF, Coady Institute, St FX  Adult Ed, McKenna Centre, & Nursing for his honorary degree.

  30. Beatrice Metwa. December 2013. AIFF for her honorary degree.

  31. Chasing Ice. December 7, 2012. AIFF & NS Ministry Communities & Culture.

  32. Lesson Plan. November 2, 2012. AIFF & NS Ministry Communities & Culture.

  33. Stranger with a Camera. Oct. 5, 2012. AIFF & NS Ministry Communities & Culture. 

  34. Inocente. Sept 21, 2012. AIFF, Antigonight & NS Ministry Communities & Culture. 

  35. Chasing Madoff. Sept. 7, 2012. AIFF & NS Ministry Communities & Culture.

  36. First Earth. July 19, 2012. AIFF, Sustainable Antigonish, & NS Ministry Communities & Culture.

  37. Grow. June 23, 2012. AIFF, Sustainable Antigonish, & NS Ministry Communities & Culture.

  38. Boatload of Irishmen. May 11, 2012. AIFF, Coady Institute, & NS Ministry Communities & Culture.

  39. Surviving Progress. May 4, 2012. AIFF, Sustainable Antigonish, & NS Ministry of Communities & Culture.

  40. Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould. April 7, 2012. AIFF, Library, & NS Ministry Communities & Culture.

  41. Radical Dreamer. March 2, 2012. AIFF, Library, & NS Ministry Communities & Culture.

  42. Bullsh*t: Vandana Shiva. February 24, 2012. AIFF, Library, & NS Ministry  Communities & Culture.

  43. How to Start a Revolution. February 3, 2012. AIFF, Library, & NS Ministry  Communities & Culture.

  44. Cave of Forgotten Dreams. January 6, 2012. AIFF, Library, & NS Ministry Communities & Culture.

  45. Inside Job. April 4, 2011. Co-sponsors: AIFF, StFX Adult Education, Economics,  Political Science, & Development Studies.

  46. The 4th Revolution: Energy Autonomy. October. 7, 2010. AIFF & Antigonish Sustainable.

  47. Beaver and Men’s Health Care Centre, October 2, 2010. AIFF & Antigonight.

  48. A sense of wonder: The life of Rachel Carson. May 19, 2009. AIFF & community organizations.

  49. Enemies of happiness. May 21, 2008. AIFF & community organizations.

  50. Pangea Day. April 21, 2008. AIFF.

 

In Peterborough:

  1. The Journal of Knud Rasmussen. Jan. 10, 2007. Film Festival, Indigenous Studies, Trent U

  2. The Road to Guantanamo.  April 20, 2006. Film Festival, Trent U, community organizations

  3. Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price. Nov 25, 2005. Film Festival, Trent U, community organizations