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Meet Alumnae and Current Grad Students

Find out more about their grad student experiences at the Mount! Browse our story collection below.

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Frank Cheng-2Frank (Zhang) Cheng is combining his background in traditional Chinese medicine with nutrition research in the MAHN program. Learn how Frank is working to prevent serious illnesses before they begin »



Brandon Gheller earned his MSc AHN in 2014. His passion for research, along with the support he received from the department and the university, allowed him to travel extensively during his studies, researching and presenting his findings at national and international conferences, following the latest research developments in the field, and networking with researchers at other institutions. Find out more about Brandon's passion for research »



Andrew Hamilton is a student in the Mount's MSc AHN program. In March 2016, the Canadian Nutrition Society named him Trainee of the Month! Find out why »
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Lilian Lau

Lillian Lau is a student in the Mount’s Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition program. She’s pursuing this degree because she wants to help children by combatting childhood obesity.  Meet Lillian »


Damion Pollard is a Master of Science in Applied Human Nutrition student. He plans to combine his passion for education with the knowledge of nutrition and dietetics that he's gaining through his graduate studies. He hopes to work in schools or communities, reaching out to children and adolescents who need support. See how the MSc AHN is helping Damion get there »

SarahShawSarah Shaw is a MSC AHN student. Here's what she has to say about the program: “I wanted to be part of something bigger and felt that this program and the professors in this department would foster that type of experience for me. What this degree has enabled me to do is to find my passion - where I ‘fit’ within the field of nutrition and dietetics.” See how the program helped Sarah find her passion »



 Heidi Stirling is working towards her goal of working in the field of sports nutrition.
 Find out how the MSc AHN program will help her achieve that goal »



MadeleineW_MAHNMadeleine Waddington is inspired by community-based research's potential to help community members make healthy changes to their lifestyles. Learn how the MSc AHN program has helped inspire Madeleine »



 Connie presents her researchMSc AHN graduate Connie Jing Nan Yu wins Atlantic and national Dietitians of Canada awards. Read more »

danielle root3Danielle Root is a graduate student and a member of the Listiguj First Nation. In 2015, she travelled to New Zealand to present her research at an international conference of First Nations scholars. Read more »
In 2015, Danielle was one of four students to receive the Loretta Saunders scholarship. Read more (external site) »

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Alison DeLory: This children's book writer and Public Relations professional completed her Bachelor and Master of Public relations degrees at the Mount. Meet Alison »





Alla and Natalie in Puerto Rico 2015 - website photoNatalie Doyle Oldfield: The research that Natalie performed in her MPR program has led to a successful business. Meet Natalie »






TheresaRathTheresa Rath: Theresa earned her Master's degree while working full-time as the Public Relations Manager for the Halifax Regional Police. Meet Theresa »

Ayo at the Mount

Graduating from the Mount is a dream that Ayodeji (Ayo) Aladejebi has held on to for over a decade. Discover how Ayo made his dream come true »



Nagah Alzaharani wants to change how students from Saudi Arabia learn English. Find out how »


Amy Boudreau is a three-time Mount grad and the winner of the 2013 Graduate Thesis Award. Find out why the Mount is a special place to Amy »





Brian Carter has been an educator for over 20 years. But you won't find him teaching in a public school classroom. Brian is a police educator. Meet Brian »


Regan Clancey-valedictorianRegan Clancey's Master of Education program guided the evolution of her career in education. Find out how »





 Sandra and Samuel -- Lifelong learners

Lifelong Learning proved to be a contagious pursuit for Sandra Currie-Samson and her family... Find out who caught a case of Lifelong Learning »

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Kwesi Firempong: Kwesi’s thesis explores how a historic 1968 visit of delegates from the Black Panther Party to Halifax impacted African Nova Scotian activism for social justice. Meet Kwesi »


Kathy Kaulbach

Kathy Kaulbach: “I was surprised at how flexible and individualized the courses are at the Mount. The faculty encouraged me to follow my interests and make use of my personal skills as a designer/illustrator. I was encouraged to explore and discover new paths and with that freedom I rediscovered my creative voice, the joy that comes from self-expression, and new energy in my daily work."  Read more »


Harriet Johnson and student in Kenya 

Ask Harriet Johnston about her experiences living and teaching in Kenya, and she’s happy to tell you about her accomplishments, but she’s equally quick to add that she doesn’t want to take credit for all her hard work. Find out more about the projects she was involved in »

Melina Kennedy

Melina Kennedy: Melina, a graduate of the MED (Lifelong Learning) program, found her way to education through volunteerism. Meet Melina »


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Elon Myles believes that our personal situations and pasts are important factors in when, where, and how we learn. See how Elon's experiences have shaped his educational journey »

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Linda Pullin: Linda had been a nurse in Halifax’s health care sector for 30 years before launching a new career in lifelong learning. Meet Linda »


FlagSmallAngela Seitz is a Master of Education Student in the Curriculum Studies program with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language program. When she completes this degree, she plans to continue to teaching English language learners, both in Canada and abroad. Meet Angela »


Dr. Nancy Taber is a professor at Brock University in Ontario. She says that the MEd program “how to think critically and challenge [her] own assumptions about the world.” Meet Nancy »



Stella Yusuf was a Specialist teacher in Special Education; still, she felt that she had so much to learn in the field. See what Stella learned in the Literacy Education program, and how it's helped her to expand her career »



David Fainstein, a graduate of the MA program in School Psychology, is a counselor, educator and behavioural interventionist. Meet David »


Stephanie Bennett and Nancy Stoddard are members of the first graduating class of the Master of Family Studies and Gerontology program. Read more »



Chantal Beaver: "The education that I received from the Family Studies faculty has proven itself to be second to none. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have been taught, challenged, and inspired by faculty who truly care about their students." Meet Chantal »


Carol Ann Brennan: "I returned to MSVU as an adult learner eighteen years into my career. I had been working with older adults with developmental disabilities and their families, and recognized that this program would offer a meaningful opportunity to focus research on subject matter directly related to my professional career path." Meet Carol Ann »


Tasha Herrell: "I remember starting the graduate program and feeling lucky to have such a great faculty to work with." Meet Tasha »



Monique Mullins-Roberts: "The course work and content continuously inspired me to do more. During this time, I also felt especially supported in my learning as I was able to have a close working relationship with truly dedicated professors."  Meet Monique »





Sacha Nadeau is making important research easily accessible and understandable to people outside of the academic community. Find out how »




Pam Ross: "In addition to developing new insights about family life and aging, I learned important skills such as how to create posters and present my ideas in both written and verbal formats." Meet Pam »



Susan Manning is a grad student and an activist, a researcher and a traveler. 
Find out what brought Susan to the Mount »


Jolani Rhodenizer needed a framework to work through issues in order to become a better educator and a more engaged world citizen. See how the MA in Women & Gender Studies helped her develop that framework »