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Alumni Notes – December 2019

Alumni Notes - December 2019

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Afton Brazzoni highlights hardworking dogs of Canmore in latest book

Afton (Aikens) Brazzoni, BJ(Hons)’10, has self-published a book called Shop Dogs of Canmore that was featured on CTV National News, CBC Calgary, as well as in the local Bow Valley newspaper, the Rocky Mountain Outlook. Brazzoni tells the story of 20 dogs, and the shops in which they work, in Shop Dogs of Canmore.

Lisa Blackburn appointed Deputy Mayor of Halifax

Lisa Blackburn, BJ(Hons)’90, has been named Deputy Mayor of Halifax. First elected to represent District 14 — Middle/Upper Sackville in 2016, Blackburn is best known as a radio broadcaster, but also wrote a column in the Halifax Daily News and worked at CBC. Read more about Blackburn’s appointment and plans for the future.

Brenda Clark publishes ​Call the Priest

Brenda Clark, BA(Hons)’68, the first woman to be ordained a priest in the Diocese of Nova Scotia, June 29, 1979, has written a book called Call the Priest. After sensing a call from God at the age of six, Call the Priest details Clark’s commitment to God, her vocation, the ups and downs of her studies, journey to ordination, decades of ministry, retirement and beyond. Call the Priest is available for order online. Clark attended the School of Theology and did a ministry in Nova Scotia before moving to the Diocese of Huron (Southwestern Ontario) in 1987.

King’s Grad Ordained

Rev.Taunya Dawson, BA(Hons)’85,​ was ordained into the priesthood at the Cathedral Church of All Saints on Dec. 5, 2019. 

David Jone receives honourable mention for The School of Sun Tzu

David Jones, BA’68, HF’98, has received an Honourable Mention in the Legacy Nonfiction category of the 2019 Hoffer Awards for his book The School of Sun Tzu. The Hoffer Award, which highlights salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers, has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic and independent presses. In The School of Sun Tzu, Jones examines how the empire of China came into being, the leadership of its first emperor, and the role played by his learned academies—which gave us the Tao Te Ching and the Ping-fa by Sun Tzu.

Alan McHughen’s  ​latest book expected in June 

Alan McHughen’s, 1972, latest book, DNA Demystified, brings the reader up-to-speed on what we know, what we don’t and where genetic technologies are taking us. From laying the basic groundwork and a brief history of DNA and genetics to newsworthy topics like DNA fingerprinting, using DNA in forensic analyses and identifying cold-case criminals, DNA Demystified offers an informal yet authoritative guide to the genetic marvel of DNA. Available in July 2020, you can order the book online.

Andrea Miller’s​ latest book published this fall

Andrea Miller, BJ’02, published a new book with Pottersfield Press called Awakening My Heart: Essays, Articles, and Interviews on the Buddhist Life. It is a diverse collection of work that Miller has done over the past 13 years for Lion’s Roar (formerly called the Shambhala Sun). 

Jenn Thornhill Verma releases ​Cod Collapse, The Rise and Fall of Newfoundland’s Saltwater Cowboys 

Jenn Thornhill Verma, BJ(Hons)’02, MFA’19, ​recently published Cod Collapse, The Rise and Fall of Newfoundland’s Saltwater Cowboys w​ith Nimbus Publishing. Telling the story of the cod moratorium that put some thirty thousand fishers across Newfoundland and Labrador out of work in 1992, Verma reveals how Newfoundlanders from many walks of life, and from distinct regions across the island portion of the province, have coped in the aftermath of the largest mass layoff in Canadian history. Her editor was ​Simon Thibault, BJ’10. 

Dave White  interviews ​Campbell Woods​ in CBC podcast

Dave White, BJ(Hons)’88, host of Whitehorse-based CBC podcast Airplay with Dave White, recently interviewed Campbell Woods, BJ’16, while Woods was on a house tour of the Yukon. Airplay with Dave White informs Yukoners of what’s going on in the territory and brings them up to date on national and international news. Listen to this episode and more.


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