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.

Tammy Armstrong

Having been born an army brat with several relocations before the age of 16 Tammy found something in Nova Scotia worth staying. After an amuse bouche year at Acadia, she set off to perfect her “Jackie of all trades” persona by working in several fields such as dairy farming, photography and retail management to name a few.   She found her entrepreneurial spirit when starting a business doing bookkeeping for small businesses after perfecting the maze of bureaucracy involved in regulatory compliance.

In 1997 Tammy and her husband along with his brothers started Fundy Xpress Transport, a transportation company specializing in less-than-truckload shipments with a focus on customer service.  As controller of the company, Tammy was hands-on involved in human resources, labour laws, marketing, sales, tax requirements and everything financial.  With a bit of luck and a lot of hard work the company now has nearly 30 employees and in Jan of 2019 Tammy retired leaving the next generation to take the helm.

Newly retired she is excited to expand her lifelong passion for volunteering, gardening and travel.  Tammy also joined ALL and is enjoying the Lunchtime Learning series to quench her insatiable curiosity.

ALL board member Antony Berger

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”.

Jill Davies

Jill has made Wolfville home for the past 32 years, where she raised two now grown children, tends an ever-expanding garden, makes music and generally enjoys life. She retired from Acadia in 2014 where she worked as a counsellor and academic advisor, the culmination of a 42-year career in education. Her 7-year membership with the ALL program is part of her commitment to the Wolfville community.

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. 

Richard Haworth

Richard was born and educated in UK.  He has a BSc in Physics (Durham) and a PhD in Marine Geophysics (Cambridge).  He conducted much of his PhD research on Canadian ships based at Bedford Institute in Dartmouth and emigrated after graduation.  He spent the next 15 years carrying out research based on marine surveys primarily conducted off the Atlantic coast, but also while circumnavigating the Americas, surveying off Europe and participating in geological fieldwork from Georgia (USA) to Scandinavia.

Concurrently he married Wilma and they built a log house and raised two sons.  The need to broaden his career took him to the UK for a few years as Chief Geophysicist of the British Geological Survey before returning home to Canada as Director General of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC).  Although based in Ottawa he had responsibility for GSC programs based in Victoria, Calgary, Ottawa, Quebec and Dartmouth so that Air Canada saw more of him than his family.  He was 'kicked upstairs' to become Assistant Deputy Minister in Natural Resources Canada, a post he held until his retirement from the Public Service in 2003, when he and Wilma moved to the house they had purchased a few years earlier in Wolfville.  Since that first retirement he taught Environmental Policy for 6 years in the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie, spent three years (including 6 weeks at sea in the Arabian Sea) working with Pakistan to define its continental shelf, and was elected in 2012 as a member of the International Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf at the United Nations in New York.

In 2014, he lost the love of his life when Wilma was diagnosed with and lost her battle with cancer.  Having completed his term at the UN in 2017, while continuing to sing with Kings Chorale and enjoying travel and time at the cottage, he is intent on becoming more of a citizen of Wolfville.  As part of that objective, he has embraced the ALL program by presenting a lunchtime learning session and a course based on his work, and is now involved in mentoring, one of ALL's 'aspirational goals'.

Dale MacArthur

Dale MacArthur

Dale was born is Halifax, NS and attended Dalhousie University where she obtained a BA and B.Ed. Her interest in education began at a very early age, and after her education degree she taught senior high school in the Annapolis Valley and in Halifax.

Her career changed to the non-profit world when she became a Big Sister Coordinator with the YWCA and later became Executive Director of the Help Line in Halifax. After moving to the Annapolis Valley, she continued her work in the education field by teaching various educational programs, especially the GED program to adults who needed to upgrade their education.

Her latest work was in the health care system, with the Annapolis Valley Health Authority as the Coordinator of the Central Kings Community Health Board. The CHBs are responsible for gaining input from the community about its health needs, based on the Population Health model, then reporting to the health care system to respond to those needs.

Her interest in ALL began four years ago when she retired. She became a member of ALL and took a variety of courses including Blue Beach and Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Oscars and Tonys, Brain Health and a variety of Lunch and Learns. Because of her interest in the ALL program, she also took adult education courses at the Coastal Carolina University (Myrtle Beach, SC) through the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) program.

ALL Vice-Chairperson Heather McNally

Heather McNally

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 at a geriatric Day Hospital, the University of Waterloo Student Health Centre and the federal Dept. of Veterans Affairs. 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 noon presentations related to memory and brain health.

Heather serves on Volunteer Boards, including the ALL Advisory Board 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 Stephen Slovenz

Stephen J. Slovenz

Stephen was born and raised in Keyport, NJ, a small coastal town with a boat building history.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Monmouth University and a Master of Arts from Rutgers University. He served two years active duty in the US Coast Guard. He then served in the USCG Reserves, retiring as a Master Chief Boatswain Mate after 31 years.

After teaching Earth Science and Chemistry, and serving as Science Department Supervisor, Steve moved on to a district-wide position, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, K-12. He retired in 1994. Early retirement gave him the opportunity to accept the position of Principal of the International School of Grenada, “the best job I ever had”.  He lived in Grenada with his wife, Linda, for five years.

Steve was always intrigued by the Maritimes and, following a visit in 2007; the decision was made to move here.  Wolfville was attractive because of the University, and the fact that it is an easy community in which to integrate.  While living here, he served as the Vice President of the Wolfville and Area Newcomer’s Club, and is still an active member.

During the time he’s lived in the area, Steve has enjoyed the Lunch Time Learning series and has taken several of the courses offered by ALL.  Serving on the Board will provide an opportunity for him to contribute to this organization, a major reason that living in Wolfville is such a unique experience.

Ed Sulis

Ed immediately found technical work in Ottawa after graduation from Digby Regional High School. This served him well for a few years, was followed by a year at University of Toronto for teacher training and a high school teaching position in Guelph. There he met Mary Anne and part of the marriage deal was to move to Northern Ontario and continue teaching for a short spell. They both found teaching positions at Roland Michener Secondary School in South Porcupine, bought a house, where they lived with their two children, Stephen and Mary Kate for 38 years until retirement.

Ed soon left teaching for mining. For the first number of years, he worked for Noranda on mine construction and mechanical / electrical installation projects across Canada.  During the last 18 years prior to retirement, he worked for Dome Mine in South Porcupine, a gold mine that started production in 1908. It was still going strong in 2000 at this retirement. For Ed, his maintenance manager role became a dream job you as it included three production expansions, energy saving projects, much automation, major equipment purchases, design, contractor supervision and major parts there-in done in house. Mining gold was very profitable, so projects involved best equipment and good senior management support.

Retirement meant a move, after several iterations an old project house in Kentville was selected with the Annapolis Valley being an attraction, Mahone Bay provided larger water for a larger sailboat and the proximity to Acadia were factors. He purchased a larger sailboat and worked on house renovations. Both he and his wife Mary Anne are very involved volunteer work, being treasurer of the Blomidon Naturalists Society, active in stewardship of our Acadian Forest, work in Tai Chi and active in conservation and energy saving in our homes and active in helping others in the installation of solar photovoltaic panels on homes and boats.

ALL board member Howard Williams

Howard Williams - Acting Chair

B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geology (Exeter University, U.K. 1970 and 1973); Masters in Applied Science (Civil Engineering, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada 1993).

20 years working as a geologist in Greenland, Sierra Leone, UK, Canada and New Zealand. Mainly interested in structural geology and regional tectonics of Archaean rocks and their development and mineral potential.

21 years working as a consultant and government hydrogeologist in Canada, UK and New Zealand. Primarily interested in water resources management, especially relationships between groundwater pressure in and discharge from large aquifer systems, adaptive management techniques, catchment water management and well protection and managed aquifer recharge. I researched and consulted on the use of groundwater and rock as heat / cold storage media as part of a carbon dioxide emissions reduction program.

ALL Founding Member Don Wells

Donald Wells, Founding Member, Member Emeritus

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.