News & Events
Dr.Thomas Mark Turay Dr. Thomas Mark Turay, died suddenly September 6, 2015 in Sierra Leone. “Dr. Peace”, as he was known to his friends and colleagues, was elected as a Member of Parliament in Sierra Leone, West Africa in 2012. Thomas joined the Coady Institute in 2000, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in the field of adult education and community-based development. In 2005, Thomas received a cross appointment to the Department of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University to join the faculty offering the Master of Adult Education. The primary focus of his work was in the areas of peacebuilding, human rights, advocacy, development education and indigenous African knowledge systems. He worked closely with the Institute’s overseas partners in Egypt, Guyana, Jamaica and Sierra Leone, and with Canadian NGOs including Canadian Friends of Sierra Leone, Partnership Africa Canada, Peacefund Canada, Peaceful Schools International, the International Centre for Conflict Resolution and Mediation, and the Tatamagouche Training Centre.
In 2008, he returned to Sierra Leone to focus on his work with the Center of Development and Peace Education, an organization he directed and co-founded even before coming to the Coady. Over the past year Thomas and his wife Mary, also a StFX graduate, gave much of their time and energy helping communities respond to the Ebola crisis in their country. Prior to his work with the Coady Institute, Thomas was also the Director of Caritas Makeni, an NGO which provides relief and development support for community-based organizations in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone.
The University of Alberta Alumni Association is pleased to announce Dr. Kristopher Wells will receive an Alumni Horizon Award for his advocacy for sexual and gender minority youth on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the annual Alumni Awards ceremony.
Dr. Wells is a member of Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE). Recognition of this award from your organization will mean so much to him. An individual's achievements are often a result of the help and inspiration they receive from friends and colleagues - encouragement that helps our alumni meet the challenge to “Do Great Things.”
Congratulations to Kris!
COLLINS, John Bunting 1940 – 2015
Dr. John B. Collins, PhD, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 after struggling with a long illness. Shortly after receiving his doctorate, John accepted an appointment at the University of British Columbia, an association that lasted some 45 years. Dr. Collins specialized in the evaluation of educational programs and initiatives for mid-career adults in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law, education, and other social and health services. He also teamed with his colleague Dr. Dan Pratt on the development of the Teaching Perspectives Inventory, for which they received the prestigious 2012 Imogene Okes Award by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE). While John loved academic work and was a skilled and prolific researcher, that body of work fails to capture the profoundly human essence and kindness of this man. Students, colleagues and friends around the world describe John as compassionate and inspiring - generous beyond words - always using his insatiable curiosity to help others do what interested them.
Matthew Bailey-Dick & Melissa White at 2015 Conference
Congratulations to Matthew Bailey-Dick who is the 2015 recipient of the Alan Thomas Student paper Award for his conference paper entitled “Dying to Learn: Empowerment and Embodiment in Canadian Death Education “
2015 CASAE Conference:
WRRCEA Western Regional Research Conference into the Education of Adults 2015 Edmonton, Alberta
Proposal Deadline Extended to June 22, 2015