Iyanuoluwa is currently completing her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Social Research. Her doctorate focuses on the ‘Erasure of positive representation of Black and Indigenous identities in K-12 curricula’. As an educator, Iyanuoluwa has taught at several YRDSB & DDSB schools as an equity team member and co-facilitator of initiatives focused on ‘Changing the narrative’: Black History (Beyond Slavery & Civil Rights). As a permanent teacher, she co-led various workshops focused on antiBlack racism and has collaborated with colleagues and community members to create accessible and relevant community resources focused on showcasing Black history as world history. Iyanuoluwa is currently part of the executive team of the Alliance of Educators for Black Students (AEBS), and an Education Team member of Parents of Black Children (PoBC). She works with her fellow team members to assess, educate, and develop programs to address and dismantle Anti-Black Racism and systemic issues Black students, staff, and families face in Canada.
Iyanuoluwa teaches the course Multiculturalism in Canada.
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.
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.
- Jennifer Endicott 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 where he learnt the importance of local, fresh and quality food. With a career spanning 30 years, he has been an entrepreneur and executive chef serving Canada’s largest destination spa, as well as restaurants throughout Peterborough and Northumberland County. He describes his personal culinary style as one that values natural flavours and fresh, local products. He also believes in giving back to the community: is involved 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 to educate Chefs and bring local buying power to the area by working with local farmers. Currently, he is the executive Chef at The Trend Cafe, at Traill College.
- Chef Christopher teaches the workshop Ors D'ouvres for your Next Party.
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 the workshop Is the Women's Movement Dead?
Jiniththa Ganesalingam was born and raised in Italy and she moved to Canada nine years ago. She is currently pursuing a degree in Political Studies with a minor in International Development and a specialization in Public Policy. She has spent most of her life working with children, and she has been an early childhood educator assistant for many years. In fact, she 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 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 courses Watercolors for Beginners and Watercolors for Intermediates.
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.
- Gail Morhouse teaches the workshops Understanding how Money Impacts your Life and Board Training for Non-Profits.
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.
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 II: Writing into the Personal and the workshop The Write Retreat: Creative Nourishment, *Writing and Yoga*.
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.
- Md Habibur Rahman teaches the 8 week course Business Management.
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.