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Nipissing University and the Nipissing University Alumni Advisory Board were pleased to celebrate the achievements of this years alumni award recipients this past May:
James Jamieson Influential Alumni Award – Dr. Peter Bush
Bush, Provincial Landscape Ecologist, Forest Research and Planning, Nova Scotia
Department of Natural Resources
Dr. Peter Bush, a career geographer
for a quarter century, has made outstanding contributions of biogeographic
knowledge to all major sectors of society including government, industry,
academia, and non-government organizations.
At the time of completion of a
bachelor’s degree in environmental geography at Nipissing University, Peter’s
professional employment career began with service to Ontario’s Ministry of
Natural Resources (OMNR) for which, during summers of 1990 and 1991, he was
engaged in field survey work for a variety of species. His master’s
thesis at Lakehead University was closely aligned with OMNR’s habitat
suitability modeling program, and his findings were used by the OMNR Northeast
Science and Technology unit to improve the forest habitat modeling for the pileated
woodpecker. Peter’s PhD dissertation was also dedicated to improvements
in habitat modeling, this time for northern goshawk. That work was also
influential in OMNR’s habitat modeling program development.
During his time working as a research
associate and post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University, Peter was engaged,
under the leadership of Dr. Peter Duinker, in a study of old-growth
conservation in the forests of southwest Nova Scotia. A major part of that
project, in intimate collaboration with the Bowater-Mersey Paper Company, was a
series of modeling exercises where alternative approaches to managing
Bowater-Mersey’s forests for old growth were tested for both biodiversity
enhancement and wood supply. Peter handled all the spatial simulation modeling
for the study, spending much of his modeling time in the woodlands offices of
Peter’s latest assignment as a
biogeographer, since summer 2010, has been serving as Protected Areas Coordinator
for the central region of Nova Scotia. In that portfolio, Peter has
implemented a wide range of both hands-on and leadership activities associated
with the Government of Nova Scotia’s agenda to complete its protected-areas
network by 2015.
Peter Bush has recently taken up a
new position with the NS Department of Natural Resources (DNR) entitled
“Provincial Forester (Landscape Ecology)”. Such an appointment is strong
testament to government’s respect for Peter’s biogeographic capabilities.
Peter now has an opportunity to make very significant contributions to
environmental conservation across the entire province by applying his
biogeographic expertise within DNR.
Last year Peter won the Canadian
Association of Geographers Award for Geography in the Service of Government or
Business. He holds adjunct status in Dalhousie’s School of Planning and
School for Resource and Environmental Studies, as well as Saint Mary’s
University’s School of Geography. His colleagues in those departments hold his
work in the highest esteem, in part because of the applied examples and
problem-solving opportunities he brings to those he teaches and whose research
he oversees. He brings great energy, rigour and intellectual mastery to
fostering a new generation of biogeographers in Halifax; on top of his direct
contributions to government and business we can credit these skilled
individuals who he has mentored.
Distinguished Alumni Achievement
Award – Sylvie Vannier
was born in Sturgeon Falls and returned to live in North Bay in 1987. She has 3
children, Chantal, Ariane (another NU alumni) and Nicolas, and 2 grandsons,
Alexi and Loïc. She has always been involved in education in one form or
another and in different boards in the area; in recent years she has worked as
a high school English & Coop teacher, a student Success leader, a
vice-Principal and a NU ABQ English instructor for B.Ed graduates. She also
worked contracts for the Ministry of Education and in the 90s, chaired an
International Certifying Board in Washington DC. She loves a challenge and is a
bit of a thrill seeker: got her motorcycle license, has skydived, bungee-jumped
and did the CN Tower EdgeWalk.
She hopes to
continue to support well-being initiatives for youth and perhaps find the time
eventually to travel a bit more and spend time with friends & family.
Rising Star Alumni
Award – Robert Shaw
Robert Shaw graduated from the BPHE program at Nipissing University in
2014 and is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the Kinesiology program at
McMaster University. His research focuses on physical activity behaviour change
for people with spinal cord injuries and in August he will be moving to Kelowna
BC to attend UBC and continue his studies/research. He hopes that his research
will play an influential role in encouraging people with spinal cord injuries
to participate in sport and physical activity by ensuring there are programs
and facilities in place that facilitate participation. When he is not busy with
school he is training for his other passion, wheelchair tennis. Shaw recently
won the Canadian National Wheelchair Tennis Championships and will compete internationally
as a member of Team Canada. Lastly, on a personal note, some hobbies of his
include writing poetry, listening to music, and analyzing sports statistics.
Alumni Award – Edward Salai
Edward Salai has won the Honorary
Alumni Award. Salai began his career as a telegrapher at the age of 17 and has
spent his lifetime working within the telecommunications industry. Salai is also
a life-long learner, having enrolled at various institutions over the years. In
2008 he enrolled at the Muskoka Campus, in Bracebridge, after he had read an
article in the local paper. In his early eighties Salai started off with Intro
Psychology as a general interest and later became focused in pursuit of his
undergraduate degree. Travelling an hour to attend classes day and night, Ed
has high hopes of attaining his undergraduate degree in Child and Family
Studies, with a minor in Psychology and a minor in Social Welfare from
Nipissing. At 91 he has an insatiable desire to learn and make a significant
contribution to his community.
For more information on the Alumni Awards nomination process, please select from the links below.
Please note that awards are not necessarily presented in all categories each year.
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