Taking time to heal

Reflecting upon my 100 Days of Listening and Learning, I recognize the unprecedented scrutiny and uncertainty the NSCAD community has endured these past two years. Those times are behind us, and with the approval of a new strategic framework, we can take the first steps towards a positive future.

As encouraging as it is to have a focused strategic direction and a new president at the helm, as that leader I recognize that we need time to heal, regroup and trust each other to enable real change to happen. I look forward to sharing the plan and working together over the next while to chart our new direction.

Today, Dr. Kenn Gardner Honeychurch is retiring from NSCAD after almost 20 years of loyal and dedicated service. Taking a leading role at NSCAD through the years as an inspirational teacher and administrator, he will be missed by so many but we will all work to uphold his legacy. I take this opportunity to sincerely thank and value Kenn and wish him all the very best with his future endeavors and extend an open invitation for him to stay connected with our community.

These past weeks I have learned to be a good patient and acknowledge it takes time to heal – taking a rest does work as I am very happy to report my fractured arm is healing well and I am looking forward to returning to the campus soon. The messages and good wishes I have received have all contributed to keeping my spirit high and aiding my recovery. I am grateful for colleagues who are working with me through this time.

Take care,


Goodbye January, hello February! A friendly wave in the hallway by the Fine Arts offices.

Goodbye January, hello February! A friendly wave in the hallway by the Fine Arts offices.

P.S. I’ve heard the Research Hangouts organized by Professor Max Haiven on Fridays have been well attended. Sorry to be missing them! Today, Professor Frances Dorsey will talk about her research on sustainability and the textiles industry. (12 noon to 1 p.m. in S409, Fountain Campus.)

P.P.S. Congratulations to our music stars! Tanya Tagaq‘s (BFA 1998) Animism is up for three Juno Awards while Jenn Grant (BFA 2006)  and Sarah McLachlan are each up for two. Meanwhile, country artist Jimmy Rankin (BFA 1988) leads the East Coast Music Award nominations with five noms for his album Back Road Paradise and Jenn Grant captures another three nods, including Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year. NSCAD student Alex MacAskill of Fish Bone Prints received an ECMA nomination in the category Graphic/Media Artist of the Year.