Alumni Notes – February 2019

Alumni Notes - February 2019

Stephanie Nolen wins media award from Amnesty International Canada

Congratulations to King’s Journalism graduate Stephanie Nolen, BJ(Hons)’93, DCL’09, for winning her record sixth Amnesty International Canada media award. Stephanie’s winning work was a long-form print piece focused on Columbia’s peace negotiation process.

Shauntay Grant’s play The Bridge now at Neptune Theatre

A play called The Bridge, an exploration of faith, family and forgiveness set in a rural Black Nova Scotian community and written by alumna Shauntay Grant, BJ’03, is currently running at Neptune Theatre and runs until Feb. 10. Journalism student Kristen Thompson reviewed it for The Signal.


Pamela Halstead returns to King’s to direct Concord Floral

Pamela Halstead
“It’s not like your usual after-school special on TV. It’s really real,” director Pamela Halstead, BA’88, said about the critically acclaimed play Concord Floral in our recent article. Pamela, with DMV Theatre, teamed up with the KTS for the N.S. premiere of the gritty, critically acclaimed and Dora Award-winning play which ran in The Pit last month.


New website for old books launched by King’s alumnus

Colin Borgal, BA(Hons)’01, who’s been selling rare books part-time since the early 2000s and full-time since 2008, has launched a new online library called Codex Rare Books with business partner Michael Vickers. Since 2011, more than 4,000 books have been photographed to comprise the collection, which continues to grow (about one-fifth of the collection is on the website at present). Read more.

Stephanie Griffiths writes new book urging people to ‘Sit Still and Prosper’

Stephanie Griffiths, MFA’16, was a successful money manager and self-described workaholic when she learned to meditate, hoping to reduce her stress and improve her productivity. But when she suddenly lost her job, meditation became a path to a fresh perspective on investing and on life. By cultivating what Buddhists call “beginner’s mind,” Stephanie opened her eyes to a much richer range of possibilities, both personal and financial. Sit Still and Prosper cuts through the complexity and confusion of personal finance, offering research-based answers to questions many of us are afraid to ask.


Alumna publishing spiritual memoir

Karen Stiller, MFA’18, has a contract with Tyndale House, which will publish her spiritual memoir, The Minister’s Wife, next spring. Reports Karen: “I’m very happy, and nervous.” Find out more news from King’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction program in professor Stephen Kimber’s blog, MFA Scribbler.


Alumni honoured with travel journalism awards

The North American Travel Journalists Association has awarded King’s alumni with honours. Emma Yardley, BJ’07, and Jennifer Bain, MFA’20, both won multiple medals, including golds, for their travel stories. Founded in 1991, North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) is a travel journalism industry leader that fosters high quality journalism by supporting the professional development of its members, providing exceptional program benefits and valuable resources, honouring the excellence of journalism throughout the world, and promoting travel and leisure to the general public.

Kirk Johnson named to prestigious writers’ mentorship program

Kirk Angus Johnson, MFA’19, is one of the finalists for the RBC Taylor Prize and Mentorship program. He will be mentored by Kate Harris, BA(Hons)’08. Kirk, who served with the Canadian Armed Forces, has already secured a publishing deal with Penguin Random House for the book he is writing about PTSD and Cpl. Lionel Desmond. Read more.


Matthew Green credits HOST for empowering him to explore how science is shaped

Matthew Green, BA(Hons)’17, looks back on his time at King’s from his life now in England, where he’s now pursuing a Master of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University: “It felt both responsible and empowering to learn more about the various methods, values, and assumptions that shape science as a form of knowledge and as a social institution.” Read more of Matthew’s own words on our HOST+ page.


Read Tidings online

The winter 2018/19 issue of Tidings, King’s alumni magazine, is now available in print and on ISSUU. In it you’ll find campus news, profiles of students and alumni, a story about the Chapel members’ summer trip to Saskatchewan, a feature story about Kim Kierans’s year at Massey College, a FYP-inspired essay by Dr. Tom Curran, and reflections from President Lahey on how a liberal arts education prepares one to consider public policy, as it did for him when writing his independent review of Nova Scotia’s forestry practices.

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