Jennifer has been a Queer Deaf-Blind ASL teacher for 15 years and counting. Jenn is an advocate for the Deaf community and emphasizes that ASL be taught by culturally Deaf teacher as it is our language. She is a proud faculty member at Trent University, teaching half-credit courses as well as non-credit courses through the Continuing Education Program at Trent's Traill College. ASL courses consist of 4 levels - beginner, intermediate, early advanced, and advanced. She also teaches continuing education at Sir Sanford Fleming College. Follow Jenn on Instagram @signwithjenn to learn about Deaf culture and ASL classes. Start your ASL journey with Jennifer!
Jennifer teaches the 8-week Course American Sign Language (ASL) Level 1A and ASL Level 2.
Chef Christopher was born and raised in the east end of Toronto and describes his personal focus on the importance of local, fresh and quality food. With a career spanning 30 years, he is an entrepreneur and executive chef serving Canada’s largest destination spa, and restaurants throughout Peterborough and Northumberland County. He also believes in giving back to the community through his involvement with Farms at Work, Sustainable Trent, Trent Food Advisory and more he is currently working with local Chefs in the Peterborough area to revive the Kawartha Culinary Association educating chefs and bringing buying power to the area by working with local farmers. Currently, he is the executive Chef at The Trend, Traill College.
Christopher teaches the workshop Hors d'oeuvres For Your Next Party.
Rosemary is a Peterborough-based writer and activist and received an honorary doctorate from Trent in 2022. She has played leading roles in the international development field, the feminist movement, and in church reform. An educator with experience in three countries, she currently writes a popular weekly column for the Peterborough Examiner and influences public opinion broadly. With her books, Jamaican Journal: The Story of a Grassroots Canadian Aid Organization and Positive Community: Columns from the Peterborough Examiner 2015-2018, Rosemary distills her years of thought and experience, both personal and political, into gems of reflection, affecting readers of all ages and interests as they move into a global vision for the 21st Century.
Rosemary teaches the workshop Feminist Studies: The Bechdel Principle in Action.
Jiniththa was born and raised in Italy and moved to Canada nine years ago. She is currently pursuing a degree in Political Science with a minor International Development and a specialization in Public Policy. She has spent most of her life working with children and has been an Early Childhood Education assistant for many years. In fact, she has worked with the Peel District School Board, the Canadian Tamil Academy and several daycares. She is fluent in three languages: Italian, Tamil, and English. Her interests include reading, swimming, going for long walks, travelling, and most importantly, trying new foods.
Jiniththa teaches the course Italy: Language, Art, and Cuisine.
Valerie (BFA, B.Ed., MFA) is a happily working artist, passionate about creating unique artworks. She has facilitated workshops in France, Italy, and Canada for many years. She is experienced in a number of mediums including acrylic, oil, watercolour, and mixed media. She enjoys working with and encouraging experimentation in the workshops and courses she facilitates. Her own work is a combination of plein air and studio work. Valerie has exhibited in groups and solo exhibitions in France, Italy, Canada, Korea, Japan, China, and Amsterdam. Valerie studied at Concordia University in Montreal, teaching at the University of Toronto, and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa.
Valerie teaches the painting courses Watercolours for Beginners and Watercolours for Intermediates.
A keen interest in the natural world, particularly the relationships that exist between all living things drew Whitney to beekeeping. Honeybees are extraordinary creatures and through teaching others Whitney hopes to instill a deeper understanding and appreciation of these amazing creatures. Whitney completed an Honours Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education at Trent University. In 2014, she founded the "Trent Apiary Club" bringing the first beehives to the Trent Peterborough campus, as well as forming a swarm removal business, "Swarm Sisters" with Leslie Boileau. Whitney manages 90 colonies under the name Lake Reflections Apiary and understands the challenges and excitement in taking those first steps towards your own apiary. She is committed to working in partnership to share information, develop good stewardship and sustainable practices in agriculture.
Whitney teaches the course Basics of Beekeeping, including a trip to the bee yard.
Adelle is a writer, speaker, and parent disability advocate. She holds an Honours degree in French Literature and is a certified teacher. She wrote her memoir Here We Are, Happy (in progress) while completing Humber College's Creative Writing by Correspondence Program. Her current book project is a collection of essays through memoir I Don't Do Disability and Other Lies I've Told Myself. Her essays appear in anthologies including Good Mom on Paper (Book*Hug Press). Adelle has published in The Toronto Star, Brevity, Broadview Magazine, and she is a regular contributor to 3.21: Canada's Down Syndrome Magazine. As the founder of The Write Retreat, she facilitates wellness and workshops for women writers to create. Adelle graduates this spring with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing from the University of King's College. Visit her online at adellepurham.ca.
Adelle teaches the course Creative Nonfiction II: Writing into the Personal and the workshop The Write Retreat: Creative Nourishment *Writing and Yoga*.
MD Habibur Rahman
Mr. Habib Rahman completed a Master of Managment degree from Trent University in 2022 with distinguished marks. In addition, he has also completed two semesters in Master of Management from Ryerson University, Canada. Before that, he completed an MBA from Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh, Finance and Banking. He also completed another MBA and a BBA specializing in Marketing. Besides academic credentials, he has substantial industry work experience and university-level teaching experience. He taught MBA and BBA students at ASA University Bangladesh from 2009 to 2014 under the Faculty of Business. In addition, he has taught and trained employees of Domino's Pizza in Canada (multiple stores) since 2014. Moreover, he has published four articles in different journals across the globe. He has been teaching at Trent University since October 2022. Furthermore, he has been teaching at Niagara College Toronto since January 2022. Mr. Rahman has also been performing as a course leader at the same institution. His research interest is Customer Demand, Brand Management, Integrated Marketing Communications, Leadership, HRM, and Market Research.
Habib teaches the course Business Management.
My real start in financial planning began when I was 15. At the height of the dot.com crash my father, also in the industry, came home from work. He'd just spoken to a client in her mid-70's. She'd called to let him know the great advice he'd given her was allowing her to sleep at night. At an early age I recognized the impact of strong clear advice. I am the co-host of Canada's fastest growing retirement podcast "Your Retirement Planning Simplified" where we offer accessible in-depth retirement planning information. I want to get good financial information to as many people as possible, so they too can sleep soundly at night. But we are also focused on the non-financial aspects of retirement in hopes we can inspire people to have enough purpose to get up in the morning. I'm also the owner and president of Matthews + Associates. We're a leading retirement-focused financial planning company in Peterborough Ontario, Canada. I'm a Certified Financial Planner and a member of the Financial Planning Association of Canada. I've been featured on other top-level financial planning podcasts including "Everyone's Talkin' Money" with Shannah Compton Game, "Your Canadian Retirement Specialist" with Regan Schiller, "What Works Wednesday" with Matt Jarvis, and "Executor Help" with David Edey. I've always believed that true wealth is more than just financial freedom. It's doing the things you love with the people you love and creating future opportunities for the next generation. I keep active by playing hockey and golf and I enjoy travelling, However, I'm most passionate about spending time with my wife Ashley, and our two young sons, Louis and Harry.
Joe teaches the workshops Retirement Navigator and Top 5 Retirement Risks.
Gail is a seasoned entrepreneur who has insights into profit and loss and uses her wealth of experience in corporate sales and finance to consult with businesses across Ontario on growth strategies. She has been in the Futures Community of Peterborough, serving first on the Board of Directors and close to five years as the Executive Director. She was also the elected staff representative for the Ontario Association of CDFCs. In June of 2022 she received her Professional Directors certification and has a passion for building boards and governance. Recently she received additional certification to facilitate Board Development and Governance training for Community Futures National Leadership Program. Being a result driven professional with a strong background in Finance and Technology, Gail has numerous awards and recognition for performance in the business community and has a solid reputation for helping entrepreneurs succeed.
Gail teaches the workshops Understanding how Money Impacts your Life and Board Training for Non-Profits.
Eric is a M. Sc candidate in Health Psychology at Trent University. Prior to being a student, he was an elite amateur hockey player pursuing a professional career. After an identity crisis he decided to hang up his skates and reinvent himself. He is now a researcher who examines the psychological factors impacting health behaviours - specifically exercise adherence and performance - to determine how exercise can be used as a vehicle for self-development. He hopes his work can be used to inform exercise-based interventions for a wide range of populations including but not limited to adults, youth, at risk individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders etc. Outside his research, Eric is an avid runner and a member of the Trent Varsity cross country team. He also loves spending time with his family which currently includes his fiancé and a German Shepherd.
Eric teaches Self-Regulation, Self-Actualization, and Well-Being.
Michael is best known for his intense and inspiring conducting style based on a deep knowledge of the score and informed by a strong interest in languages, culture, and history. A born communicator, his open and direct contact with musicians and audiences creates performances full of expression and energy. Michael holds the Music Director posts with Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Toronto and has conducted many orchestra and opera companies throughout Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Italy, South Korea, as well as his native Canada. His musical interests are wide, ranging from Baroque through the Viennese masters and the late Romantics as well as contemporary works. He actively promotes the work of Canadian and Polish composers and has received the "Order of Merit" from the Republic of Poland. IN Toronto, he conducted concert events marking the milestone of Pope John Paul II at the Air Canada Centre and twice at Roy Thompson Hall and conducted an acclaimed production of R. Murray Schafer's "Patria: The Enchanted Forest", in the Haliburton Forest.
Michael teaches The History of the Orchestra in Eight Weeks