About the Presenters
In recent years, Maura Donovan's four main interests (social justice, multi-sector collaboration, child & family well-being, and community planning & development) have had to make space for a new passion: local history. The Halifax Harbour Explosion, the history of education and school buildings in Halifax and Dartmouth, and the history of camp meeting grounds, have been front & centre on this journey. Maura is looking forward to sharing what she has learned about camp meeting grounds with her fellow social work campers, right here in beautiful Berwick Camp!
Sumeer Bhalla is a Psychiatrist covering the Emergency Department and the Short Stay unit at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
Lynda Kanne is retired from the Public Service and lives in Harmony, Kings County, NS. She has been married to her wonderful husband Rick for 51 years and they have two daughters, 4 grandsons, a great granddaughter and two great grandsons. Lynne enjoys the out of doors activities; as well as working with others, especially doing active programs with seniors. She volunteers in her area for various activities from garden club to community activities. Lynne is an active volunteer with the Friends of Keji and is the Campground Host coordinator for our host program in Kejimkujik National Park. Lynne’s volunteer activities earned her a Provincial Volunteer Award in 2013. She is an active member with the Valley Trekkers Volkssport Club which she started back in 1996 in the valley and it is still going strong. Lynne is a Certified Senior Fitness Instructor with the Canadian Centre for Active Aging and teaches Senior Fitness/Aerobics in Berwick twice a week. “Several years ago my husband and I did a Nordic Pole session in Middleton and really enjoyed the sport. In 2011 I thought it a good idea to bring it to the valley and share with others. I was certified in the spring of 2011 and have been sharing my passion ever since. We have an active Nordic Pole Walking Group throughout the summer in Kingston. Where ever the outdoors take us and the work we do with seniors is where we are the happiest.”
Bob Federer has been a professional photographer in Nova Scotia for the past fourteen years. Along with photographing weddings, portraits and commercial shoots, in 2008, he photographed and co-authored a regional cookbook called “Annapolis Valley Tastes”. He has a diversified background as a photographer, graphic designer, web designer, recording engineer, producer and musician. Bob is in his 12th year of running photography workshops, where he takes a non-technical approach to get students to take control of their cameras and start looking through the viewfinder with a photographer's eye.
Meegan Lovett is the owner and founder of Maple Pine Aromatherapy in Coldbrook, N.S.
Zelda Abramson is an associate professor of sociology at Acadia University. Her areas of teaching and research include methodology, health, and family. As a public sociologist, she strives to combine academic research with social activism. Zelda grew up in Montreal as a child of Holocaust survivors.
Heather Alexis Porter received her Bachelor of Art at Acadia majoring in Art History. After studies at Acadia she also pursued art studies at NSCAD. “I can always remember needing art. As a child I always had a good amount of art supplies and to this very day art plays an important part of my grounding and sense of peace. I have a studio where I regularly create and make art and I facilitate several paint classes. I also facilitate an art class at a local 28 day rehab program."
Janice Forand has a B.A. in Phys Ed. and an M. Ed. She has owned and operated Locker Room Health and Fitness Club since the doors first opened in September 1986! The club was created and founded by Janice and her late husband Rick. Janice is currently a full time Elementary Phys. Ed. Teacher with the AVRSB. She is also a PRO TRAINER with Canfitpro and teaches certification courses including: Personal Trainer Specialist, Fitness Instructor Specialist, Pre & Post Natal Fitness Specialist, Healthy Weight Loss Coach, and Resist -A-Ball Core Level 1 & 2. She is personally certified and trained in a multitude of specialty programs including strength and conditioning, group cycling, group fitness, older adult fitness, children’s programs, Step, Bosu, Zumba, yoga, fitness assessments, exercise rehab, and Pilates!
Janet Aucoin is a Social Worker in the Rehab and Supportive Care Portfolio at the Halifax Infirmary. She completed her Master of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011. Before completing her Social Work degree, Janet spent five years working in academic research environments. She has spent a significant portion of her career working to support older adults and care teams working with adults with responsive behaviours related to neurocognitive injuries or illnesses. Janet has extensive experience facilitating education for health care professionals and assisting them to navigate difficult (or impossible) situations. She currently is Vice-President of Sexual Health Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors, and currently a member of NSHA Central Zone Organizational Ethics Committee. She previously sat on Advanced Gerontological Education Inc.'s National Advisory Committee and is a facilitator of Gentle Persuasive Approach, P.I.E.C.E.S™ Education, U-FIRST! Education.
Shandelle Warford is originally from Newfoundland and has been a Registered Massage Therapist for 10 years. She has been working for 5 of those years in the Town of Berwick where she is “her own boss”. Shandelle is also an avid axe thrower and becoming known in the area for her skills at running Trivia Night!
David Divine is a published author, columnist, world traveler, and speaker on areas relating to social justice and the lived experiences of individuals and communities. He is managing Director of Footprints Life Coaching. Professor Divine was the James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University from 2004 to 2009, in addition to being a fully-tenured Professor of Social Work.
Laura is a Registered Massage Therapist with over eight years experience in therapeutic massage. She specializes in Swedish massage therapy, Deep tissue massage, Pre/Postnatal massage, Myofascial Cupping, and TMJD massage.
Whether one suffers from acute injuries or chronic illnesses, Laura will help you restore, maintain and enhance your overall well-being.