Advisory Board


The participation of our ALL Advisory Board is very important to the success of the program. Our Advisory Board members contribute ideas for courses and events, and they help represent the interests of our membership.

If you are interested in joining the ALL Advisory Board, you are welcome to contact us.

ALL Board member Ilze Andzans

Ilze Andzans

Ilze Andzans is an urban planner and landscape architect by profession with a B.A. and MLA. from the University of Toronto and Guelph University. She is semi-retired, but still engaged as an independent consultant on various environmental planning projects across Canada.

Ilze spent most of her career in the public sector and on secondment to several non-profit organizations. Her expertise lies in planning, project management, policy development and fundraising in the environmental field.

She has served on several Volunteer Boards including the Toronto Botanical Garden, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and has been a Library Board Trustee. Her personal interests include travel, photography, and reading. She has located temporarily to Wolfville, for her daughter's education.

Antony Berger

A retired earth scientist, I now oscillate between Wolfville and Woody Point NL, where I have a close association with Gros Morne National Park. I taught geology at universities in Canada, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia, worked for government and international organizations, and was an independent consultant. I helped to establish several international NGOs, building science in developing countries, strengthening small-scale mining, and increasing global access to scientific literature.

My international experience led to two major global projects, one developing tools for tracking rapid landscape change, and a second researching past human responses to natural change. I have written or edited scientific books on subjects ranging from granites of Donegal, Eire, to geology and human health, rapid natural landscape change, and most recently a history of Bonne Bay, NL.

Like other academics, I have to take responsibility for adding many papers and articles to the overwhelmingly voluminous scientific literature, much of which has now past its “expiry date”.

Susan Haley

Susan Haley is the author of eight novels, including A Nest of Singing Birds and Getting Married in Buffalo Jump, both of which were made into feature length movies for TV in the 1980s and 1990s. She regularly contributes book reviews to the East Coast literary periodical Fiddlehead. Her most recent book is Petitot, A Northern Novel (Gaspereau, 2013.) 

She has taught creative writing at Acadia University. She has conducted workshops and seminars for  the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia and participated as a mentor in their mentorship program numerous times. She has been conducting a fiction course for ALL since 2001.

Susan lives on an old farm in Black River, N.S.

ALL Board member Helen Harper

Helen Harper

After attending Guelph (B. Sc) and Western (B. Ed) Universities, Helen embarked on a 35 year career teaching high school chemistry, physics and mathematics and coaching volleyball, badminton and basketball.  After completing an MA in Counselling at Durham University (UK), she served as her school’s university and academic counsellor for the 17 years, helping students select universities that suited their academic and career aspirations as well as their personal attributes and needs. She served as the Calgary liaison between University Recruiters and Guidance Counsellors for 10 years, spearheading the planning and implementation of week-long university fairs.  She also volunteered on the University of Calgary Medical School admissions committee.  Helen’s decision to retire to Wolfville was influenced by the presence of Acadia University and its recognized positive involvement in Wolfville and surrounding communities. 

Frank Lussing

Frank was born and raised in The Netherlands.  He moved to London, Ontario with his family in 1961 at the age of 11.  Following completion of his graduate studies in Hospital Administration at the University of Toronto in 1977 Frank embarked on a 35-year career in health administration. He was President and CEO of two different community hospitals in Ontario.  After his 2003 move to Nova Scotia he led the government’s compensation strategies for its community and academic physicians and was seconded to its Treasury Board to assist in a major expenditure management initiative.  He has been fully retired since 2011.

Frank and his wife Barbara’s 2003 move was driven by the dream of an ocean-side life – which they fulfilled for 12 years.  But Wolfville proved to be too difficult to resist and they made the move here in late 2015 drawn by the area’s natural beauty and the presence of Acadia University. 

Frank has volunteered with numerous community and health service related organizations for most of his work and personal life.  This has involved, among others, the Niagara Region Cancer Society and the York Region United Way.  Frank has also been on the Board and served as Chair of the Health Care Insurance Reciprocal of Canada, Canada’s largest national healthcare organization insurer.

Frank and Barb have four children and nine grandchildren; most in far flung parts of the world.  Frank has been a member of ALL since his move to Wolfville, is active in the Wolfville Newcomer’s Club, is on a Committee of the Town of Wolfville, and is busier than he’s ever been.

ALL Vice-Chairperson Heather McNally

Heather McNally, Chairperson

Heather was born in India where her Canadian parents were working. Her family permanently returned to Canada when she was 12. She fulfilled her dream to be a doctor when she graduated from Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. Her life completely changed 3 months prior to completing a Residency in Family Medicine when she survived a severe car accident and 15 day coma. However, only 15 months later, after several months in hospital, with the support of family and friends and her own great determination, she returned to complete her medical training and received her Family Medicine certification.

Prior to moving to the Valley in 2011, she practiced for nearly 20 years in a variety of medical settings including geriatric Rehab, the University of Waterloo Student Health Centre and the federal Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

She is no longer involved in clinical medical practice and has transitioned to Wellness Coaching. Due to her past history and the fascination with the field of neuroscience, she is particularly interested in helping people optimize their cognitive function. She has presented several ALL courses and Brown Bag Lunches related to memory and brain health. In 2015, she launched her own ABBI coaching business, Aspire Beyond Brain Injury.

Heather serves on multiple Volunteer Boards, including the ALL Advisory Board, Wolfville Newcomers Club, and the Acadia Cinema Cooperative. She loves movies, travel, entertaining, biking, hiking, participating in a reading group and attempting to optimize her own brain fitness.

ALL Board Member Jim Prime

Jim Prime

Jim Prime is the author of more than twenty books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. A native of Freeport, Digby County, Jim is a graduate of Acadia ('69 and '71) and worked in the educational publishing business for 36 years prior to his retirement.

Jim's sports writing has given him the opportunity to interview dozens of high-profile professional athletes. He has coauthored books with baseball legend Ted Williams and Canadian hockey icon Paul Henderson. He has also written two baseball books with colourful baseball personality, Bill "Spaceman" Lee.

He was the editor/writer of The AxeNews, a publication that he created for Acadia's Department of Athletics and is a long-time contributor to the Alumni Bulletin where he served as editor in 1998.

For the past two years, Jim's plays have captured People's Choice Awards at the Kings Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays. He was recently chosen to write a three-volume series of 150 profiles of prominent Acadia graduates to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Acadia University.

Jim is a big believer in ALL and has been an enthusiastic participant in Susan Haley's Fiction Writing courses over the past few years. He looks forward to taking advantage of the diversity of course selections in the future.

Jim lives in New Minas with his wife Glenna. They have two children, Catherine in San Diego and Jeffrey, in Kentville.

ALL board member Alison Scott Butler

Alison Scott Butler

Alison retired from solo law Practice in 2015 after 40 years during which she served as a volunteer in many capacities including Chrysalis House, Family and Children’s Services of Kings County, Nova Scotia Barristers Society, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Farmworks Investment Co-operative Limited.

During her legal career, she represented CRA, formerly Minister of National Revenue, Family and Children’s Services, the Municipality of Kings County, and countless small businesses and individuals latterly as a solicitor as opposed to a litigator. She also taught at Dalhousie Law School and wrote for severa; major legal publications on the law of planning and Zoning and Wills Trusts and Estates.

Currently, Alison serves on the Board of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, a national organization which advocates for restriction or elimination of pesticide use, burning of coal for electricity generation, and action to limit climate change as it impacts human health. Alison has been a member of ALL for many years, and often takes courses in literature, gardening, brain health, and Spanish course audits. She has a particular interest in nutrition, food production and agricultural land preservation as well as the future of our planet as the habitat for her three grandchildren, two of whom live in Texas.

ALL Founding Member Don Wells

Donald Wells, Founding Member

Don was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and attended high school and university in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. He obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics from Stanford University. After 10 years teaching and doing nuclear physics research at the University of Oregon and the University of Manitoba, he became involved in university administration. He served first as an Assistant Vice President Planning (academic) before becoming Vice President (Administration) at the University of Manitoba in 1975. In 1986, he moved to Mount Allison University as its 10th President, and in 1990 he assumed the position of President of the University of Regina. He has long had a keen interest in community affairs, having served in many volunteer capacities. Among those interests have been many aspects of lifelong learning.