April Hennigar was captured by the spirit of Sable Island on her first visit when she was eight years old. A respect for the strengths and fragility of nature has influenced her life ever since. April brings to the board the planning, organizing and communications skills she uses in her career as a project manager in the information technology field.
Glenn Bartlett, originally from Corner Brook, NL, has always been interested in the outdoors and the protection of our Atlantic Canadian heritage.Glenn will lend his organizational and planning skills along with his technical knowledge to the FOSIS efforts to ensure the island is preserved for future generations.
Amanda joined the board in 2014 as a recent graduate from Dalhousie University with a B.Comm. As a Bluenoser, Amanda has been fascinated by Sable Island for many years, with its distinct history and unique wildlife. A rider since childhood, the horses caught her attention early on, but the ever shifting sands have held it since.
Susan grew up with a deep love of, and interest in, the natural world. Air and ocean, forest and field, earth and rock, bird, fish, insect and animal, all are fascinating to her. Having lived abroad for an extended period of time, Susan returned to Nova Scotia because of her passion for her own province. She has a great interest in programs that seek to preserve the precious and unique aspects that make Nova Scotia so special and is delighted to offer her services as Secretary to the Friends of Sable Island Society.
Jill has returned to the province her grandparents left in 1912. From her home in Lunenburg, she looks out to the mighty Atlantic and in her mind’s eye, beyond to Sable Island. Even though she was born in Saskatchewan, the Maritimes were an integral part of her growing up. Her grandfather, Clarrie, and his sister, Trixie Bouteillier, never spared sharing stories about their lives on Sable. When her school, Lunenburg Academy, closed in 2012, she knew it was the perfect time to write her book, Return to Sable. It was a labour of love to breathe life into the Old Main Station during the years that RJ Bouteillier was the superintendent. She looks forward to working with the Friends of Sable Island Society board and hopes to put her experience in education to good use as Director of Education.
Helene has long been interested in the conservation of Canadian wildlife. Working with the board will allow her to participate in an active way to preserve the horses and wildlife on Sable Island’s fragile ecosystem. Her background is in Information Technology and Project Management.
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Alan Ruffman, P. Geo., is President and Director of Geomarine Associates Limited, a Halifax-based geoscience consulting firm, and is an Honorary Research Associate at Dalhousie University’s Department of Earth Sciences in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a marine geologist and geophysicist, Mr. Ruffman’s interest in Sable Island was kindled on his first oceanographic cruise when he helped land supplies on the island for a temporary DECCA navigation station. Later, he spend considerable time doing bottom geophysical surveys for well sites and pipelines on Sable Island Bank and in the Upper Gully and has studied extensively the storm-driven, shore-attached ridges on the sea floor just offshore of Sable Island. He has also studied its bars which constantly feed sand onto Sable enabling the island and its dunes to grow higher over time which have, so far, maintained Sable Island in the face of rising sea levels. Mr. Ruffman was elected to the board of directors at the Annual General Meeting in June of 2005 and is an active and passionate supporter of the preservation and conservation of Sable Island and the surrounding marine environment.
Martin Willison is a retired Dalhousie University professor of biology and environmental studies. At the university he taught a popular course called Nature Conservation and conducted research in many aspects of environmental studies, including marine biodiversity conservation. He has long been involved with the growth and development of conservation-oriented non-government organizations in Nova Scotia and Friends of Sable Island Society is therefore a natural fit.
Terry born and raised in the Annapolis – Cornwallis Valley and attended Acadia University where he was introduced to engineering, geoscience, and hydrogeology (the study of groundwater). He started his career with the Nova Scotia Department of Mines, now N.S. Dept. of Natural Resources. He has also worked for Environment Canada, several national consulting companies, and now has his own business specializing in Hydrogeology, Groundwater, and Water Supplies. His study of the water resources of Sable Island, during the 1970s, was the first evaluation of the fresh water available on the Island, and is still the only reference on this very valuable resource of the island.