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Len Canfield Dip Journalism ’65, BA ’66 is a Life Member of the Canadian Public Relations Society-NS. Len’s long-standing commitment to CPRS was recognized recently, when fellow alumni Pat Brownlow BA ’68, also a CPRS life member, presented him with the Society’s 50-Year Membership Certificate. Len was in the last Saint Mary’s graduating class (’65) of the former joint School of Journalism of King’s, Saint Mary’s, and Mount Saint Vincent Universities.
Blair Beed BComm '77, author of Titanic Victims in Halifax Graveyards, was a special guest at the 2016 joint Nomadic and British Titanic Societies Convention in Belfast, UK. His latest book is Mersey River Lodge - A Window on History and Nature (with photographs by David Burns and Farhad Vladi), published by Nimbus. Blair continues to volunteer with the restoration of Saint Patrick's Parish in Halifax and is a regular history guest on Rogers Radio.
Jenine Arab O’Malley BSc ’86 was awarded the 2015 Progress Club Women of Excellence Award - Wellness and Sport, in recognition of her valuable professional and community accomplishments.
Brenda M. Hogan BComm ’91 was appointed co-chair of Canadian Women in Private Equity. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Amethyst Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements by Ontario Public Servants. Brenda received the award in recognition of her work as a Senior Investment Manager with the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation for helping to transform the province’s venture capital program from one reliant on tax credits to one driven by market-based returns.
Liette Doucet BEd ’91 was recently elected President of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.
Veronica (Gorin) Walters BComm ’96 completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Victoria in December 2014, and was called to the Bar of British Columbia on 1 March 2016. Veronica says that the donairs in Victoria don’t match Halifax’s; she has run into quite a few SMU alumni on the other coast!
Sulayman (Saul) Bah BA ’99 visited Nova Scotia and Saint Mary's for a week this past June and had a chance to catch up with past professors. Saul was a member of the first graduating class of the Saint Mary’s University Extension Program (UEP) in The Gambia in 1999. As one of the UEP’s most outstanding students, Saul graduated with a major in Mathematics and was awarded the Ken Dunn Memorial Award as the top Math student among the graduates. Dr. Art Finbow was one of his teachers. Saul worked for a number of years with the Gambia Ports Authority and is currently teaching in the engineering program of Saskatchewan Institute of Technology in Saskatoon.
Kitrina Godding BSc ’05 embarked on a unique adventure with the Sedna Epic Expedition in Iqaluit this past summer. The Katujjiqatigii expedition, led by one of Canada’s top explorers, Susan R. Eaton, united a team of volunteer female ocean explorers with the local Inuit community for ocean research. One of 12 female ocean explorers from North America, and the only Maritimer on the trip, Kitrina brought her background in Geology, Geography, Marine Geomatics, and youth engagement to the team.
Kimberley Dares BA ’10, along with partner, Jason MacDonald BSc ’10, have opened The Trainyard General Store, a hybrid retail and creative workshop space in Downtown Dartmouth. The Store specializes in goods, gifts, and furniture, all made in Nova Scotia. There are also rental workspaces for in-store creating and workshops. “We’re passionate about awesome handmade goods and the people who make and love them. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello!,” says Dares.
Christopher Guinan MBA ’13 recently joined CIBC Wood Gundy and is working as an Investment Advisor out of Truro, Nova Scotia. This follows five years in Ottawa working with the Federal Government. Christopher joins an experienced team of wealth management professionals, specializing in helping clients develop unique plans to achieve their financial objectives.