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Ferguson, Lena

  • Person
  • 1927- 2014

Lena Ferguson was born on January 24, 1927 at Woodside, Halifax County, Nova Scotia. Her parents were James Nauffts and Lillian Beatrice (McKinlay), both natives of Spanish Ship Bay, Guysborough County. Lena graduated from high school in 1946 and began teaching in West Dover, Halifax County. After attending the Nova Scotia Normal School, she taught in Dean Settlement, Indian Harbour, and at Clarence Park School. She later attended the Anglican Women's Training College in Toronto, in preparation for a career as a missionary. She was assigned to the Shingwauk residential school in Sault Ste. Marie but decided that she was not suited to the work. She was employed with the Old Age Security Office in Toronto before returning to Nova Scotia to resume her teaching career at Admiral Westphal School in Dartmouth. She also worked at HMCS Shearwater for several years. She married Lorne Ferguson in 1959 at the age of thirty-two and had three children. After her marriage, she and her husband lived on a small farm in West Chezzetcook. She was greatly involved in her community and throughout her life she was a member of the Girl Guides Organi¬zation, Dartmouth Trefoil Guild, Porters Lake Seniors’ Club, Old Hall Wilderness Association of Por¬ters Lake, and St. James Anglican Church in Seaforth. She joined the Chezzetcook Historical Society in 1974 and served as their archivist and researcher. She was involved with the Society for 27 years. She was inspired to become a local historian after a woman from Beverly Hills, CA reached out to her to find information about her grandmother and Captain Peter Ferguson, both of Chezzetcook. She began talking to older residents about their memories and recording them, often taking her young son with her. She also went to all the anniversary celebrations of local churches and other community events in order to gather historical information. She became drawn to documenting the past in this way. She shared the history that she gathered by working as a freelance writer. She had her articles published by the Dartmouth Free Press, Eastern Shore Observer, and the Eastern Gazette. In 1990 she published A History of Porters Lake and later, The Parish of Seaforth in 2010. Lena passed away on August 27, 2014 in Musquodoboit Harbour at the age of 87.

Dr. Sam van der Kloet

  • Person
  • 1942-2011

Dr. Sam van der Kloet was born in 1942 at Hiedenskip, Friesland of the Netherlands. After immigrating to Canada with family in 1947, the van der Kloets bought a farm in Petrolia, Ontario. Sam went to Queen’s University during this period and received at BA in Classics as well as a PhD in Botany. While at Queen's he met Carol Rae and they married eventually having two children named Julie and Peter.

After completing his PhD in 1972, Sam and Carol van der Kloet moved to Wolfville, Nova Scotia where Sam became a professor at Acadia University and curator of the E. C. Smith Herbarium. Dr. van der Kloet taught in the biology department for 29 years and during his career he was a prolific writer, publishing over 70 peer-reviewed works which built his reputation as an authority on blueberry plants and their taxonomy. Dr. van der Kloet also conduct many international research trips as part of his ongoing research including to Papua New Guinea in 1975 and on the Hiep Expedition Vietnam in 1997. He maintained strong external relationships including with the Archbold Biological Research Station in Florida and the Linnean Society of London, serving as a research fellow between 1978 to 1979 and becoming an elected fellow in 1998, respectively.

After his retirement as a professor of Acadia, Dr. van der Kloet continued his work as an honorary research associate at the biology department and as the University Botanist for several years. Dr. Sam van der Kloet passed away in Wolfville on January 26, 2011. He is remembered as an active community member, a respected instructor at Acadia,and for his contributions as a globally renowned expert on blueberry plants.

Dewar, Kenneth C.

  • AR-003
  • Person
  • 1944-

Ken Dewar grew up in Edmonton and taught at the University of Victoria, Wilfrid Laurier, and Carleton before coming to the Mount in 1982. He also owned a bookstore for a number of years in Elora, Ontario. He retired in June 2011 and was awarded Professor Emeritus status in the Department of History.

Wills, Dorothy

  • AR-006
  • Person
  • 1933-

Born in Dominica, Dr. Dorothy Abike Wills (Green), B.Sc., M.S.W., M.A., PhD., LL.D.,DHL (Honoris Causa), C.M., graduated from Mount Saint Vincent College in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science, later obtaining additional degrees at McGill University, Concordia University, and California's Pacific Western University. Dr. Wills went on to become a social worker and educator and spent much of her career dedicated to social justice for racial minorities.
In June 2000, she retired as the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Technologies at Vanier College, Quebec. She served as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Convention Refugee Determination Division, for six years. An Educator in the areas of Business Education, Social Work, and Andragogy (the method by which adults learn), she has taught at the High School, CEGEP and University levels. She has been named to Federal, Provincial and Municipal Committees; and has had extensive involvement in various Black Community organizations. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Mount Saint Vincent University Alumni Jubilee Award of Distinction, an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from both Concordia University (1989) Dalhousie University (1996), an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University (2007), the Order of Canada (1989), the Martin Luther King Junior Award of Excellence, the Ministers Award for Excellence in Race Relations, and, has been named Woman of the Year by Salon de la Femme du Quebec.

Conrad, Henrietta

  • Person
  • 1879-1966

Henrietta “Etty” Currie Conrad (1879-1966), housewife and mother, was born January 10, 1879 in Milford, Nova Scotia to George C. and May Currie. She married William H. Conrad on September 15, 1902 in Halifax, and managed their household at 35 Livingston Street. She had 6 children: Arnold (, Harold Lester (b.1907), Helen Irene (1909-1927), Muriel Erma (1911-1937), Earl Robert (b.1914), and Jean (1921-2006). The family survived the Halifax Explosion but their home was severely damaged. With her husband away, Henrietta had to manage the repairs on her own. The family lived there until 1950, then moved to Ottawa, Ontario. Henrietta died in 1966.

Lavers, Graham

  • Person
  • 1942-

Graham Lavers was a freelance photographer and instructor of photography in Halifax. After graduating from Montreal's School of Modern Photography in 1962, he worked as a darkroom technician in John S. Holmes' Studio in Halifax. He was a cameraman for CJCH-TV and CBC-TV in Halifax, then started Photo 67 studio with partner Florian Kuchurean. Lavers taught photography at the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, the Halifax Vocational School Extension department and at the YWCA-Halifax.

Graham Lavers was born in Halifax in 1942. His mother, Elizabeth Lavers taught at Southdale School in Dartmouth in the 1960s. His father, George ran a public relations firm "Commercial Promotions", and was hired by the Port of Halifax Club to organize their 1949 Exhibition.

Mackintosh , James Crosskill

  • Person
  • 1839 – 1924

James Crosskill Mackintosh was an alderman (1878-1884) and mayor of Halifax (1884-1887)and an active bank accountant, Presbyterian, and businessman.

Mackintosh was born on 1 February 1839 in Halifax, Nova Scotia the son of John and Mary Catherine (Crosskill) Mackintosh. J. C. Mackintosh's father had emigrated from Inverness, Scotland. Although a native Nova Scotian, his mother was also of Scottish descent, and Mackintosh had a strict Presbyterian upbringing, attending St John's School and the Free Church Academy. In later life he would devote much of his spare time to religious pursuits. He became first president of the Halifax Young Men's Christian Association as well as a member of the board of management of the Presbyterian College. In addition, he was one of the founders in 1871 of Fort Massey Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder and clerk of session among other responsibilities. After leaving school at 16, Mackintosh had joined the Bank of Nova Scotia as a senior clerk and begun his apprenticeship as an accountant. Two years later, in 1857, he in fact became the bank's official accountant – the first person to hold such a title in the organization. Mackintosh remained at the bank for the next 18 years, during which time he developed a reputation for superior workmanship. He married Emma Isabel Grant on 15 April 1869. In 1873 Mackintosh left the Bank of Nova Scotia to set up his own business with Mather Byles Almon. Initially, the firm seemed to do well but the partners soon split up, Almon going into life insurance and Mackintosh continuing the brokerage and banking business under the title of J. C. Mackintosh and Company. From its head office in Halifax, the firm eventually set up branches in Fredericton, Saint John, New Glasgow, N.S., and Montreal. In 1878 he was elected to Halifax City Council, and he remained an alderman until 1884 when he was elected mayor serving until 1887. During his three annual terms as mayor he spearheaded major public works projects including a dry dock and a regular ferry service between Dartmouth and Halifax. He died in Halifax on 8 May 1924.

Jelfs, Frederick

  • Person

Rick Jelfs has collected transit company ephemera - mostly maps and schedules - and taken pictures of transit vehicles while on vacation. His interest in transportation started as a child when he could rattle off the names of cars as they went by. In 1970, he went to university in Vancouver where he used and studied the city transit systems. After graduating, Jelfs moved to Toronto and discovered the Toronto Transit Commission with its iconic PCC streetcars. He decided that he wanted to operate them and thus started a 30 year career in the transit industry. After retiring to Vancouver Jelfs 'downsized' his collection through donations to local archives, museums and libraries across North America.

Laleune, Mike

  • Person

Mike Laleune was a director of the Paramount Theatre Society and was active in promoting the development of new theatres in the Halifax area for many years. Laleune earned a bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and had been involved with numerous arts and theatre associations, such as the Nova Centre for the Performing Arts; Congrès Mondial Acadien 2004; Grou Tyme Acadien Festival; Atlantic Theatre Festival; Nova Scotia Kitchen Party; Nacel Inc.; East Coast Arts Productions; Symphony Nova Scotia; Ontario Arts Council; the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; and the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal.

Barkley, Jacqueline

  • Person

Jackie Barkley was a social worker in Halifax who practiced, taught and wrote in areas such as child welfare, mental health, and adolescent counseling. She started out as a community organizer in the North End of Halifax, and assisted in the development of anti-poverty programs, welfare rights and tenants organizations.Ms. Barkley was an active member in many social justice organizations, most prominently:

  • the Metro Coalition for a Non Racist Society - an advocacy group of African Nova Scotian, Aboriginal and new Canadian communities who gave presentations on racism and white privilege, and published the book "Racism: Whose Problem?";

  • Nova Scotia Coalition Against the KKK, a grassroots multi-ethnic group that sprang up in the early 1980s to confront the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in Canada;

  • the Social Policy Review Committee which was an umbrella group of Nova Scotia social workers, advocacy groups, labour and consumer groups;

  • the Municipal Action Committee which was active in the 1991 municipal elections promoting public participation and social justice issues.

    As a parent and resident of the North End, Barkley was also very involved with St. Joseph's A. McKay elementary school.

Her publications include chapters in Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking About Canadian Social Issues , Daily Meaning: Counternarratives of Teachers’ Work , and a commentary in the November 2009 issue of the “Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry”.

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