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.
Chris Collier, is a Dalhousie Science graduate and CMA who has spent most of his professional life in the Healthcare sector. He has a lifelong interest in history, particularly in all things nautical. As a scuba diver for over 25 years, he has also developed an interest in the shipwrecks of Nova Scotia for which Sable Island is famous. Chris hopes that participating directly in the preservation of Sable Island will give him an opportunity to indulge some of his passions as more than an observer.
Alison DeLory is a writer, editor, teacher, and public relations professional living in Halifax, N.S. She currently works in post-secondary communications. She has been writing stories for newspapers, magazines and digital platforms for 20 years. She’s also written two children’s chapter books and contributed to several anthologies, and her first adult novel is coming out in 2019. Alison loves exploring the natural world and fell in love with Sable Island when she visited it in 2017. She wrote about her experience there for the CBC
Sable Island has always held a sense of mystery and fascination to me since a young girl. The idea of wild horses living and surviving on a sand bar in the Atlantic Ocean, protected from little outside influence is hard to imagine. It is extremely important that this never changes. Educating the public on the environmental and ecological rights of Sable Island is paramount.
My 30 years as a Senior Advertising Sales Rep with The Chronicle Herald has allowed me to market and promote many various companies and their products to the right customer. On many occasions I have had the pleasure of working with non profit associations. While having little or no budget, the goal was always the same…to reach those important members, supporters, donations. I feel I can bring valuable insight from a sales and marketing aspect that will help ensure Sable Island and it’s inhabitants continue to thrive for many years to come.
Dominick is a graduate of political science with a focus in public policy from Saint Mary’s University. He has been active in the riding of Citadel Sable Island as the assistant to the current MLA who represents the island provincially. He now works in the private sector.
Having family that has been associated with horses from a young age, he became curious as to the mystery and wonder of Sable Island.
He now hopes to bring his political policy background to the team and looks forward to meeting each and every one of you
Outdoor enthusiast, avid naturalist, musician and teacher.
Has served on many boards and managed local non-profit organisations and hopes to bring that experience to this board. As a full-time educator, I hope to expand our educational portfolio and add to our archives with a new oral history video collection.
Janet Stacey, as a child, accompanied her mother on many expeditions to the Public Archives of Nova Scotia (original building) and research libraries in the Maritimes, doing genealogical research. Not surprisingly, Janet later attended Dalhousie University and obtained a BA and MA in History. Janet also attended Western University (UWO) and obtained a Master’s Degree in Library Science. Two decades later she studied records management at Dalhousie University School of Information and became active in ARMA (Association of Records Managers and Administrators) Halifax Chapter, holding various positions including newsletter editor, vice-president and president. Now retired, Janet is able to pursue her life time interests that include a fascination with Sable Island and its horses, seals and unique terrain.
Having grown up with horses, sable Island and it’s beauty has always fascinated Kathy. Being a part of the effort to preserve the habitat of these wild horses and the stability of the island is a dream come true. Kathy’s expertise include a global background in design, marketing and brand awareness, as well as involvement with a vast number of non profit organizations.
Sable Island is a jewel amongst the natural treasures that are entrusted to our care as both Nova Scotians and Canadians. Where else do horses, history, and nature combine to create such a magical and beautiful place? My husband and I moved to Nova Scotia almost fourteen years ago and have both recently retired from the health sector. I will likely never stand on Sable Island’s shores or see the horses on the dunes with my own eyes, but I hope the organizational and project management skills that I contribute to the Society will play their part in protecting and preserving Sable Island for the future and for all.
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.