Mary J. Breen
Mary J. Breen has been a writer, an editor, and a teacher for over thirty years. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in national newspapers, essay collections, travel magazines, health journals, and literary magazines including Brick, The Christian Science Monitor, The National Post, and The New Quarterly, and she was a regular contributor to The Toast. She has taught creative non-fiction and memoir courses with Continuing Education Trent University, Possibilities Peterborough, and privately.
- Mary Breen teaches Memoirs: Telling your Story, an 8 week course.
Syd Birrell is the founder and conductor of the Peterborough Singers, one of Canada’s top-ranked choral societies. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, he began his musical career as a young chorister
at St. George’s Anglican Church, Montreal. He studied at the Royal School of Church Music in London (UK) and the Royal College of Music, winning a Sawyer Prize in Organ performance. Returning to Canada in 1975, he took the post of Organist and Choirmaster at St. John’s Anglican Church in Peterborough until 1984, and then held the post of Director of Music at Murray St. Baptist Church until 2008. Syd served as Organist and Choirmaster at All Saints’ Anglican Church, Peterborough from 2015 to 2019. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and has been organist at Lakefield College School for 38 years, where the Friday morning “Sing With Syd” has become a much loved tradition for generations of students. A talented entrepreneur,
Syd has interests in real estate, church organ sales, and is a published writer and a motivational speaker. Syd is also active in providing innovative in-home care for the brain injured.
- Syd Birrell teaches the workshops An Introduction to Organ and Unconventional Approaches to Fundraising - How I Raised 6 million for Cancer Research
Laura Ranieri Roy
Laura Ranieri is an Egyptologist (MA University of Toronto), writer and founder of Ancientegyptalive.com. A passionate and dynamic speaker, she has taught, written, and presented on ancient Egypt subjects across North America. She has also developed and led unique tours to Egypt and North American Museums. Laura has excavated in Egypt at Amarna and South Asasif and in Bulgaria at a classical Greek site. She is passionate about storytelling and bringing the fascinating history of Ancient Egypt Alive to the general public.
- Laura Ranieri Roy teaches Hieroglyphs Decoded – and the Great Tutankhamun Discovery! an in-person workshop with a catered lunch. This workshop is also available online.
Jennifer is culturally Deaf and has 14 years teaching experience. She previously taught at Fleming College, both as credit and non-credit courses. She currently teaches at Trent University as credit course and
Traill College (Trent’s continuing education) as non-credit course. Jennifer enjoys sharing posts about Deaf culture and ASL via social media.
Adelle Purdham 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’s 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: www.adellepurdham.ca
- Adelle Purdham teaches the 8 week course Creative Nonfiction: Writing into the Personal and the following workshops: The Writing Life: How to Build a Writing Practice, Personal Essay Writing: Hybrid Forms and The Write Retreat: Creative Nourishment, *Writing and Yoga*.
Rosemary Ganley is a Peterborough-based writer and activist. She has played leading roles in the Canadian 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 Jamaica Journal: The Story of a Grassroots Canadian Aid Organization, and Positive Community: Columns from the Peterborough Examiner 2015-2018, Rosemary Ganley distills her years of thought and experience, both personal and political, into gems of reflection, destined to affect readers of all ages and interests as they move more deeply into a global vision for the 21st century.
Rosemary Ganley teaches a two-day workshop, Is the Women's Movement Dead?
Valerie Kent 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 workshops and courses that she facilitates. Her own work is a combination of plein air and studio work. Valerie Kent, BFA, B.Ed., MFA, has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Canada, France, Italy, Korea, Japan, China and Amsterdam. Valerie studied art at Concordia University in Montreal, teaching at the University of Toronto and holds a Masters of Fine Arts by the University of Iowa.
- Valerie Kent teaches the painting 8 week course Marshes, Swamps and Wetlands in Acrylic
A keen interest in the natural world, particularly the relationships that exist between all living things has drawn 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 a Bachelor of Science in the Honours program and Master of Education program both 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” along with Leslie Boileau. Whitney manages 70 colonies under the name of Lake Reflections Apiary and understands the challenges and excitement in taking those first few steps towards having your own apiary. She is committed to working in partnership with others to share information, develop good stewardship and sustainable practices in agriculture.
- Whitney Lake teaches the 6 week course The Basics of Beekeeping that includes a fieldtrip to a bee yard.
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 5 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 and 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.
Michael Newnham 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, cultures 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 the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Toronto and has conducted many orchestras and opera companies throughout Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Italy, South Korea, as well as his native Canada. Mr. Newnham's musical interests are wide, ranging from Baroque through the Viennese masters and late Romantics as well as contemporary works. He actively promotes the music 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 milestones of Pope John Paul II at Air Canada Centre and twice at Roy Thomson Hall, and conducted an acclaimed production of R. Murray Schafer’s “Patria: The Enchanted Forest”, in the Haliburton Forest.
- Michael Newnham teaches the 8 week course The History of the Orchestra in Eight Weeks.
Md Habibur Rahman
Md Habibur Rahman is a professor, researcher and manager. He has a Master Degree in Management Mgmt. from Trent University, and he also completed an MBA 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. Later, he taught and trained employees of Domino's Pizza in Canada. Habib has also worked in Domino's Pizza, Canada as a General Manager from 2014 to 2022. As an academic researcher, his interest are: customer demand, brand management, integrated marketing communications, and market research.
Eric Samtleben is a M.Sc candidate in Health Psychology at Trent University. Before his time as 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 – and 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, individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, etc. Outside his research work, 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 Sheppard.
- Eric Samtleben teaches Self-Regulation, Self-Actualization, and Well-Being.