As a teacher,
my first love was social studies, but I started out teaching language
arts. I have taught language arts and drama courses to grade seven, grade
eight and senior 1 (grade 9) students, as well as critical thinking skills
in grade nine as an option from 1986 -1995 (see
newspaper article about this course). I have taught grade
seven geography, grade eight and grade nine social studies courses, and
grade ten geography as well.
from student teaching assignments in the Toronto, Ontario area,
I spent my career in public school teaching working for the St.
James-Assiniboia School Division in Winnipeg,
1972 to 2003. I taught at Deer Lodge Junior High from
James Collegiateduring 1982-1983, and taught at Ness
Middle School (formerly a junior high) from 1983 until 2003. I taught summer
school courses in Language Arts and / or in computer programming
from 1985 to 1994.
I have worked with
gifted and talented students by providing enrichment activities from 1983-1997
(see below in "Extra Curricular Activities"
had the opportunity to work for Elections
the 2004 federal election campaign as an Assistant
Automation Officer for
the Winnipeg South Centre returning office from
May 16th - June 28th, 2004. During this time, I:
helped to physically
set up the Pembina Curling Club in the Winnipeg South Centre riding as a returning office
set up phones
with headsets for revising agents to use
set up overhead
projectors and helped with the training sessions of the revising agents
helped with the
downloading and testing of the federal database of voters
voter information cards for printing
helped put together
struck voters from
the voters' list if they had voted in advanced polls or had used special
helped enter the
voting results, poll by poll, in two test runs and during the actual
election for Winnipeg South Centre.
I was able to do the same work during the 2005-6 election campaign. I worked intermittently from Dec. 22, 2005 - Jan. 17, 2006, and on election night, Jan. 23, 2006.
In the spring of 2006, I was accepted by Statistics Canada as an urban canvasser
for the Canadian census. I was part of a team that covered a good part
of the inner city of Winnipeg during the month of May, 2006.
I taught an introduction
to information technology (Information
Technology Skills for Educators)
as a second year course to Faculty students from 2003 until 2010.
September, 2008, I taught a new course I have helped develop
called, officially, Educational Leadership Within
a Service Learning Framework. I am very excited
about being involved with service to the community in this way.
Also, from September, 2013, I taught Integrating Technology into Senior Years Teaching, a fourth/fifth year course.
Please go here to read
comments some of my students have made in their evaluation
of the courses I taught and of myself as an instructor.
From June, 2015 to February, 2020, I presented at Creative Retirement Manitoba teaching courses in digital citizenship, which included Internet Privacy, Scams, and Fake News and Fact Checking Online to members who are interested.
Also, I was a consultant with Education Solutions Manitoba. from 2015 until 2018. I was willing to give inservices, guidance, or simply talks to teachers concerning the implimentation of service learning into high school curricula, as well as do the same for teachers concerning the effective integration of technology into schools.
I also have made make presentations to senior residences concerning computers and how to use iPads effectively.
Development Events: (listed
from most recent)
On February 11, 2020, I presented a lecture at the Creative Retirement Manitoba Centre about the growing number and sophisitcation of scams both on-line and over the phone. Strategies were explored about how to spot these scams and avoid being taken. Several real examples of these scams were examined.
On January 21, 2020, I presented a lecture at the Creative Retirement Manitoba Centre about privacy online - how privacy is compromised and how one can protecy one's privacy, illustrating my points with a powerpoint file which was then sent to participants as a PDF file after class. The presentation stressed a balance between using the Internet to do research, shopping, etc. with the need to take precautions which can protect your privacy and identity - at least to some extent.
On June 21, 2019, at the Creative Retirement Manitoba computer club, I presented how to access space in the Cloud in order to back up and share material.
On March 26, 2019, the sixteenth class re: iPads was held at the Portsmouth Retirement Home. We went over Siri, Apple's digital assistant, and what it can do on the iPad. You can find that lesson here.
On March 15, 2019, the fifteenth class re: iPads was held at the Portsmouth Retirement Home. We reviewed everything we had covered before on e-mail, and some newer material. Class review of this topic has been posted here.
On February 28, 2019, I taught the fourteenth class in the series of classes re: the iPad to residents of the Portsmouth Retirement Home. It was on the use of FaceTime, and you can find that production here.
On February 6, 2019, the thirteenth class in the series to the Portsmouth Retirement Home residents was taught. How to display two pages at once (on some iPads) and how to make efficient use of Google were the topics covered. How to display two pages at once was shown here. Google tricks were shown here which will open it in iBooks
On January 31, 2019, I taught the twelfth class in the series to the Portsmouth Retirement Home residents. This one did not directly pertain to the iPad, but to scams on the Internet and how to safeguard oneself from them. There is a PDF version of the presentation at this location. Unfortunately, the sounds and video used in the presentation will not play in this PDF version.
On January 9, 2019, I taught the eleventh class in the series of classes about the use of the iPad to Portsmouth Retirement Home residents. This class covered Sending & Receiving Pictures on the iPad – instructions can be viewed here. Also, Backing Up Your iPad – instructions can be viewed here. Finally, I presented strategies concerning Organizing Your iPad – instructions can be viewed here.
On November 21, 2018, I taught the tenth class in the series of classes about the use of the iPad to Portsmouth Retirement Home residents. This class covered how to send out pictures from the iPad electronically to be printed. You can see the instructions here. We also went over how to use an app called ChatterPix, which enables you to add your voice, or any sound to a picture on your iPad, and then sent that newly animated picture to people via e-mail. You can see how to do this here.
On November 13, 2018, I taught the tenth class in the series of classes about the use of the iPad to Portsmouth Retirement Home residents. This class covered how to create a book on the iPad using the app Book Creator One. The video covering this topic can be found here.
On July 11, 2018, I taught the ninth class in the series of classes about the use of the iPad to Portsmouth Retirement Home residents. This class covered using Siri, showing the readers' view in the Safari browser and hoiw to quick scroll to top of a page, how to make the iPad read to you, and how to trim (edit) videos taken with the iPad. Video covering these topics can be found here.
On June 20, 2018, I taught the eighth class in the series of classes about using the iPad to residents of the Portsmouth Retirement Home. In this class, I demonstrated how to modify and annotate pictures in the camera role of the iPad. Video of how to do this was sent to those who were interested, and can be viewed here.
On June 6, 2018, I taught the seventh class in a series of classes about using the iPad to residents of the Portsmouth Retirement Home. This class demonstrated the advantages of having a Google account and establishing a personal channel on YouTube.
On May 16, 2018, I taught the sixth class in a series of classes about using the iPad to residents of the Portsmouth Retirement Home. This class focused on more sources of e-books (see video here) and also how DropBox can be used to share high quality pictures (see video here).
On April 30, 2018, I made a two and one half hour presentation about fake news, the use of bots trolls to win elections, and how to deal with this developments to a Creative Retirement Manitoba group that was interested.
On April 4, 2018, I taught the fourth class on the use of the iPad to the residents of the Portsmouth Retirement Home. Because the main thrust of the class was to demonstrate the installation and use of the Overdrive app to access and download e-books from the library, and because, due to technical problems, the demo did not go as well as I wanted, I have provided a lesson on the use of the app here: Overdrive use.
On March 21, 2018, I taught the third class on how to use the iPad effectively to residents of the Portsmouth Retirement Home. Mostly, we covered how to use the Safari browser, how to add and adjust bookmarks and favourites.
On March 7, 2018, I taught the second class on how to use the iPad effectively to residents of the Portsmouth Retirement Home. We covered e-mail and how to send and recieve pictures to others.
On February 20, 2018, I taught my first class on how to use the iPad effectively to a group of enthusiastic residents at the Portsmouth Retirement Home. The intro is here:
On November 14, 2016 (first half) and on November 21, 2016 (second half), I made presentations in the Creative Retirement Manitoba computer lab about guarding privacy on the Internet, how to fact check material from the Net, and how to use Google effectively.
Was part of the Research and Study Leave Committee of the University of Winnipeg for the November 4, 2014 meeting.
July 17th - presented "Developing Awareness, Empathy and Effective Response in Future Educators", a summary of the Service learning course I teach and its affects on future teachers in a breakout session at the Lost Prizes/ICIE Seminars Conference held at the University of Winnipeg July 16-19, 2014.
Attended a session concerning "Flipping the Classroom" presented by Louis Svenningsen of CTLT (Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology) April 17, 2014.
Attended the Manitoba Desire 2Learn Regional User Forum on May 2, 2013 held at Red River College to learn more about our university's Learning Management System and prepare for the planned upgrade scheduled for later this summer. Also covered were ways to enhance e-learning and teaching. I was particularly interested in the sessions about webcasting.
Took part in the U of W's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology's round table discussion concerning The Flipped Classroom in which learning on-line combined with learning in a classroom environment was discussed on April 17, 2013.
Helped to present "Effects of a Service Learning Course" to the MERN (Manitoba Education Research Network) Spring Forum April 12, 2013 at the University of Saint-Boniface. My portion of the presentation involved explaining how the service learning course I teach has impacted students at the Faculty of Education.
Took part in the SKYWALK series of concerts and lectures as a presenter on Jan. 16, 2013 at the Millennium Library. My topic was "The Impact of Service learning on the Lives of Inner City Children and Adults".
Attended the MERN (Manitoba Education Research Network) "Launch at the Leg" luncheon Sept. 21, 2012 to support Ken McCluskey (and the six other collaborators) in his presentation of "Lost Prizes" published in MERN Monograph, Issue 5.
Accepted the position of co-chair of the Faculty of Education's Departmental Review Committee, which hears cases of plagiarism, vets course outlines, and hears grade appeals from students, as well as determines whether grades issued in a course need to be queried or withheld on July 3, 2012.
Attended "Critical Crossroads", a Frontier College sponsored conference involving seminars concerning youth, criminal justice and literacy, which took place at the Delta Hotel in Winnipeg. At the same time, this conference was being held in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Halifax. From Winnipeg, a panel discussion moderated by U of W president Dr. Lloyd Axworthy featuring Justice Murray Sinclair, President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Dale McFee, Frontier College President Sherry Campbell and YOUCAN CEO Dave Farthing which was webcast live to the participating conferences - June 5, 2012.
Participated in a SSHRC - funded survey designed to find out ways that initial Canadian teacher education programs help teacher candidates integrate theory and practice by answering an on-line set of survey questions - May 18, 2012.
Represented the University at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg Annual Volunteer Reception at Red River College May 10, 2012. Two of our Faculty of Education students had been nominated for awards, and the University was thanked as a supporter of their volunteer program.
the Experiential Learning Symposium "Stepping Outside" on April 5, 2012
at the U of W to support some of our Education students and others who
were sharing their experiences in experiential learning.
Purchased my eighth computer, an HP, through Powerland at the U of W after my trusty 2004 computer crashed - March, 2012.
Participated in training sessions (January, February 29th and April 4, 2012) to learn a new learning management system for posting coursework online - the Desire2Learn system.
Service Learning at The Charleswood Senior Centre on Feb. 13, 2012
to a group of seniors who came for the lecture "How Our Future Teachers Will Help Shape Your Grandchildren’s Canada".
Presented Service Learning to a Seven Oaks Teachers' Professional
Development Event at the University of Winnipeg December 6,
2011.as part of the University of Winnipeg's presentation of
the Faculty of Education's community programs.
Co-presented an outline of the community engagement aspect
of the Educational Leadership Within a Service
Learning Framework course to a community learnng
symposium "Bringing the University into the Community" -
session five - Experiential Learning, Co-ops and Practica April 9,
Co-presented the community aspect of the Educational
Leadership Within a Service Learning Framework course
to the Teacher Education and Certification Standing Committee
of the Manitoba Teachers' Society March 19, 2010.
Presented our Educational Leadership Within a Service
Learning Framework course to the WestCAST conference at the University
of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta Feb. 17-20, 2010.
Was a co-presenter of "Developing Educational Leadership
with a Service learning Framework" at the MERN forum "Learning
What Works for Social Justice" Jan.29, 2010.
Several of my pictures were used in the World Council of
Gifted and Talented Children's November, 2009 newsletter, excerpts
of which you can see here (all
the pictures shown).
Attended a podcasting training session Nov. 20, 2009
Taught an Information Technology course fall, 2009 which
I re-designed to suit the students of the CATEP and WEC programs
at the U of W.
Continued to be involved in the ongoing development of
the Service Learning course at the University of Winnipeg.
Attended the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children
18th Biennial World Conference
in Vancouver, B.C. from August 3 - August 7, 2009.
Volunteered to help with the technology end of the presentations,
and took pictures and videos at the conference which will
become part of the historical record of this Conference.
I helped prepare the multimedia presentation to support Dr.
Ken McCluskey's featured addresses to the Conference. Some
of my pictures (the second, third and fourth pictures on
the displayed page) were featured on the home page of world-renowned
artist Leland Lee (see them
who attended the Conference.
Attended a WebCT general overview workshop April 27, 2009.
During the morning of April 24, 2009, attended a workshop
which was a follow-up to the December, 2008 ELIN meeting (Experiential
Learning Initiative Network). The people who gathered at this
meeting shared ideas and experiences as well as materials they
On April 21, 2009, attended a presentation about "Blended
Learning" concerning the use of technology to enhance
the classroom learning experience. Louis Svenningsen of the CTLT presented.
On April 7, 2009, presented WebCT use to about fifty faculty
members in a faculty orientation "Teaching, Technology
and You" showing the pedagogical value of using
Attended a workshop showing how to use on-line discussions
effectively March 19, 2009.
Attended a WebCT gradebook workshop March 12, 2009 to improve
my use of WebCT.
Attended an introduction to E-books presentation by the Library
March 2, 2009.
Attended an Introduction to Podcasting workshop saponsored
by the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology March 1,
Attended an ELIN preliminary meeting (Experiential Learning
Initiative Network) where a group of students, staff and
faculty gathered together to support and extend the vision
and practice of experiential learning within the university
on Dec. 8, 2008.
Attended an orientation to understand the new printing equipment
that is to be installed this year - Nov. 24, 2008.
Took part in the Distinguished Speakers Series of
2008-2009 by presenting the topic "Seniors and
Computers: Getting Wired Is Not As Good/Bad As You Think ". Talks
were about 50 minutes long, with an additional 10 minutes for
questions at the end. They were held at :
The Wellington October 21, 2008
Fred Douglas Place October 22, 2008
Joined the Faculty of Education's Departmental Review
Committee September 5, 2008. This committee approves all course outlines,
final exams and final grades, maintains a record of same, ensures
that final grades are submitted within 10 working days of the
final exam, responds promptly to inquiries from the Chair of
the Senate Academic Standards Committee regarding grades being
queried or withheld following CCI reviews (CCI = Course Comparison
Index), decides appeals for grade changes, deferred exams
and/or incompletes when the completion date is prior to the
submission of final grades, and investigates cases of academic
misconduct (e.g. plagiarism) and forwards evidence and a recommendation
to the Chair of the Senate Academic Misconduct Committee.
Attended a seminar given by Dr. Trevor Tibbs (educator,
psychotherapist, consultant, author and artist) on August
5, 2008 which addressed social emotional and educational
hurdles faced by gifted and talented children.
Purchased a Lenovo Thinkpad T-61 laptop (my seventh computer - still using the one purchasd in 2004) and external hard
drive for $1846.88 April 7, 2008.
Have taken part in the development of a new service learning
course to be offered by the faculty of Education in the fall
of 2008. The organizational seminar took place Nov. 23, 2007,
and follow-up meetings have occurred on Nov. 29th, Dec.7th
2007 and on Feb.1st, 2008. Much time has been spent establishing
contacts with groups / organizations where U of W students
may serve the community.
Was guest speaker at the University of Winnipeg's WEC (Access
Education) program's Peace Potluck Gathering at the 485 Selkirk
Ave. Campus Nov. 21, 2007.
Took a WebCT in-service sponsored by the University of Winnipeg's
Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology Nov. 14, 2007. Presenter
Rick Connor, Instructional Technologist, University of new South
Wales presented: "Going Beyond the Lecture: Ex-ploring Optimal
Attended the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children
17th Biennial World Conference at the University of Warwick in
Warwick, England from August 5 - August 10, 2007. Helped
with the technology end of the presentations of two other U of
W attendees - keynote presenter Dr. Ken McCluskey and presenter
Dr. Louisa Polyzoi.
Attended the MERN Talent
Development Research Forum May 4, 2007.
Volunteered to help at the Education Booth at the
U of W's Open House - February 13, 2007
Took part in the Distinguished Speakers Series of
2006-2007 by presenting the topic "Do We All
Really Need A Computer?" Talks were
about 45 minutes long, with an additional 15
minutes for questions at the end. They were held
The Wellington October 24, 2006
The Skywalk@noon (Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium
Library) January 10, 2007
Fred Douglas Place January 24, 2007
preSAG evening on November 23, 2006 "Technology Across
the Ocean" with Kare Skantz from Sweden
who presented his experiences with ICT learning for teachers
in that country.
Attended Quest -
October 27 & 28, 2006 - "Education for Change".
Helped host the U of W Open House for
prospecive students - Feb. 14, 2006.
Attended the Charge Conference (Student Association, U
of W sponsored) specifically a session called "Dealing with
Difficult people"Feb. 3, 2006
Attended the MERN (Manitoba
Education & Research Network, of which I am a
member) conference on Linking Research to Policy
and Practice - May 20, 2005.
Attended the Connections IV Conference
at the U of W May 12, 2005 where the topic "mentoring
for talent development" was discussed.
Attended Quest -
October 15 & 16, 2004 - "Global Citizens
Making a Difference".
Purchased my sixth computer - a custom
built Windows XP machine with HP scanner
- for $2161.79 Oct. 15, 2004.
Attended the MAME (Manitoba
Association of Multicultural Education) meetings
dealing with strategic planning to ensure visible
minorities are represented fairly in the Manitoba
education system March 25, 2004.
Joined the MyUWinnipeg and WebCT
SIG (Special Interest Group) at the U of
W spring, 2004.
Gave an orientation to computers in-service to WEC (Winnipeg
Education Council) students - February 5, 2004.
Nov. 29, 2002, developed and ran an in-service for
my school staff on the
First Class Internet Mail Service to
which we had switched that year.
workshop through ManAce
from July 8-9, 2002.
a plan to produce a "homework hotline" on
the Net to inform students and parents about major
projects and when they were due to the St. James
School Board Feb. 12, 2002. The school implemented
the hotline for the school year 2002-2003.
for SisterShahina Siddiqui, Executive
Director of the Islamic
Social Services Association of the United
States and Canada
(ISSA), to address our grade eight social studies
students on January 17, 2002, concerning misconceptions
and stereotypes that many Canadians have concerning
Muslims and Islam. Sr Siddiqui, who has addressed
national and international conferences about Muslim
beliefs, was gracious enough to spend almost eighty
minutes with our students, answering any questions
a web page designing course through ManACE
- July 3-6, 2001, which featured 1st
Page 2000, a good free web page editor.
the 2001-02 school year, trained other teachers in
the use of an internet "homework
hotline" designed to keep parents
and students informed about assignments
other teachers in the use of Microsoft Word 2000 and Word
tech responsible teachers from my school division at TechQuest
2000, a Computer Conference held at the Winnipeg Convention
Centre May 10 and May 11, 2000. Keynote speaker - Don Tapscott.
and completed courses on-line from “Learning
Learning Inc.) of Calgary re: Word 2000.
other teachers in the use of the mark-recording program Integrade
- 1998 to 2002.
Middle School's Website - from its inception
Aug.16,1996 until June 30, 2003.
2000 - a business technology conference, May
9-10, 2000 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.
Ness's open house PowerPoint slideshow presentation
for prospective students 1998-2000.
department head -1999.
tech workshops for educators on ClarisWorks and
July 5-9, 1999 for ManACE.
my fifth computer - a Dell Dimension with
Lexmark printer, colour monitor and with the Windows
98 operating system - for $2997.40 - Dec. 22, 1998.
theTIES (Technology & Information
Educational Services) Conference in Minneapolis,
Minn., Nov.21-24, 1998.
tech workshops for educators on ClarisWorks, levels 1 and
2, July 6-10, 1998 for ManACE.
a workshop on the use of the World Geography computer
program - Jan. 30, 1998.
tech workshops for educators "Introduction to the
MacIntosh" - July 2-4, 1997
Ease / ClarisWorks
(now: AppleWorks) in-service
for my school staff - March 20, 1997.
professional development classes to learn Quickmail
Home Page for use in training staff
and students in computer technology - Dec. 10 & 11,
1996 and Sat., March 18, 1997.
my fourth computer - a Mac 7200-90 with
scanner for $2950.32 - June 28, 1996. The school division
encouraged teachers to buy Macs by working out an "educator's
price" with suppliers - which turned out to be next to
identical to the price one would pay just walking in off
the street. Two years later, the division arbitrarily switch
to the Windows platform.
the first day of the Dream Quest Conference concerning
enrichment, creativity, and talent development
at the University of Winnipeg May 7 - 11, 1996.
Among the main speakers / presenters were Dr. Ken
McCluskey, then director of special services and
psychologist, Lord Selkirk School Division in Selkirk,
Manitoba, Phil Baker, then Director of Exceptional
Education, Interlake School Division in Stonewall,
Manitoba, and Dr. Annabelle Mays, Director of Teacher
Education at the U of W.
giving formal and informal presentations re: computer technology
- particularly in-services on the mark-recording program Grade
Machine - 1990-97. Formal inservices were
given on Sept. 23, 1994 and November, 1995 and I produced
newsletters to promote learning the technology until 1998.
See an example of a newsletter
here (in PDF form). Need Adobe Acrobat Reader
to read it? Go
here. Received certificate of recognition
from the Professional Development Centre of St. James-Assiniboia
School Division for these efforts in 1996.
training in how to construct a web page on my own time
from TR Labs - Dec. 6, 1995.
a public workshop re: how the public school system,
in grades 6-8, deals with gifted children called "Classroom
Bloopers" - Saturday, March
18, 1995. It took place at Gordon Bell
students to participate in the first Great Canadian Geography
in 1995 sponsored by Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
One of our students represented our school division at the
University of Manitoba January 12, 1995.
Was part of a
Teacher Assistance Team (1993-94) which was designed to improve teaching
services to special needs students.
member of the Manitoba Association of Bright Children
(A.B.C.) - 1993.
an amateur radio licence in 1993 as a result of an informatics
course taken evenings starting in 1991. Renewed it until
2000, but never really used it.
my third computer - a Mac // VI with 5 MEGS of memory, a CD
drive and a Deskwriter printer - Dec. 4, 1992 for $3985.44.
the international conference on gifted education "Developing
Giftedness - Challenging Tomorrow", Oct. 22-24. 1992 in
Winnipeg co-sponsered by the Manitoba Association of Gifted
Education (MAGE) and The Association for Gifted Education
in Canada (TAG) at the Birchwood Inn in Winnipeg.
an innovative grant from the school division to develop a telecommunications
centre in our computer lab for our student newspaper - May,
Wrote a review
of drama services for Nelson Canada Publishers in order
to help them better serve the junior high drama market - September,
Started using MINET (Manitoba Information
Network) for computer communication - 1988.
organize the Canadian
Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference
in Winnipeg (Malborough Inn) as a member of the Transportation
and Social Committee - May 11-16, 1987.
Presented a G.A.T.E. (gifted and talented education)
in-service to school staff - Dec. 11, 1987.
a one day AppleWorks
in-service at Infotec (1970 Ness Ave., Winnipeg) for my school
(Ness Junior High) - Sept. 18, 1987 at the Infotec Centre
at 1970 Ness Ave.
Taught an enrichment summer course "Micro-Computer
I" for students using BASIC computer language -
July 2-29, 1986.
chosen to be part of a group of teachers trained in the "Philosophy
For Children" thinking program in the spring
of 1986 in order for me to improve the Gifted and Talented
Program at Ness. Sessions were held over several weeks
and during Feb. 1986, Feb. 1987, April-June, 1987, and
Oct. 1987. I taught the Criticial Thinking Skills Program
from 1988 - 1994 at
Ness Junior High.
Joined Apple Users' Group - 1986.
Performed with the Royal
Canadian Air Farce (Don Ferguson and Roger Abbott) at the
introduction to the provincial SAG conference - October, 1986.
a computer for the first time (a Commodore P.E.T. - 4 K memory) - 1983.
Attended the "World
in the Classroom" Conference at Argyle School, Winnipeg - Jan. 1982,
which featured material concerning the world food crisis.
by the Manitoba Social Studies teachers Association as one
of several social studies teachers to visit Gillam,
to view the new Hydro projects at Kettle Rapids, Long Spruce
(not completed), the Sundance townsite, and the Limestone area
- June 5, 1976.
Produced the resource
booklet for, and helped organize, a Conference Concerning Human Rights
for the United Nations Association in Canada - Winnipeg Branch - at
R.B. Russell School - Oct. 19-20, 1973
Worked for the Planning and Priorities Committee
of Cabinet of the Manitoba provincial government as an investigator
- summer, 1971.
Volunteer teacher of immigrants at the International
Centre of Winnipeg - 1970-71.
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I don't know if this qualifies as an extra curricular activitiy, but I won a contest sponsered and judged by Doug Seirs, humour columnist of the Winnipeg Free Press. He chose my letter of all submissions as to what should be the Official Microbe of Manitoba. You can see the column here, and read some of what I submitted. This appeared in the August 11, 2018 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press.
As part of the Distinguished Speakers Series sponsored by the University of Winnipeg, I made a presentation on October 5th, 2015 to the Portsmouth Retirement Home on the topic of teacher training in the modern world. I spoke to about thirty people for about an hour and took questions afterwards. I believe the talk was well received.
Was interviewed by Chris Hodges, the host of CTV Morning Live in Regina, Saskatchewan, about my ideas concerning the differences between teaching today and when I taught him in junior high in the mid 1980's. This took place via Skype on Sept. 4, 2014.
Attended the MERN (Manitoba Education Research Network) awards luncheon June 12, 2014 to support Paul Betts, who was receiving a research achievement award.
On April 24, 2014, attended the AGM of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, during which the organization presented a plaque to me as a representative of the Faculty of Education in appreciation of the partnership our faculty and the B & G Clubs have developed over the past several years.
Attended the CEDA - Pathways to Education Winter Feast representing the University of Winnipeg Faculty of Education December 16, 2013 at the Indian and metis Friendship centre.
Attended A Peaceful Village Community Celebration of Learning at Gordon Bell School to honour those who are excelling in their education as a result of the Manitoba School Improvement Program's efforts - June 27, 2012.
Attended a CD "fun" raiser for the Manitoba School Improvement Program, one of our Service Learning partner agencies, which was raising money to help the Peaceful Village Djembe Drummers, made up of newcomer youth - June 12, 2012.
to answer questions from prospective students at the Faculty of
Education's booth at the U of W's open house Feb. 22, 2012.
Served as a resource person / Jewish culture consultant for
the Music Theatre course at Sturgeon Heights High School during
their preparation for the musical "Fiddler on
the Roof" (performed
at the Gas Station Theatre Dec. 3-6, 2008). I supplied resources
such as Yiddish terminology and prayer shawls, lectured the cast
about the character types in the show (on Oct. 20th and
27th), and provided information about
signs and symbols that would affect how the actors would portray
Helped with some technical aspects of Brock Corydon School's
production "Once on This Island ",
performed May 14 and 15, 2008.
Provided information and was quoted by Meaghan Hurley, a reporter
for the Winnipeg Free Press, for a feature article on Facebook,
which appeared February 3, 2008, and can be seen here (Free
Volunteered to man the Faculty of Education booth during open
house, Feb. 20, 2008.
Participated in the 2007 Manitoba
Dragon Boat Festival as part of the University of Winnipeg's
Rhode's Scholar Ship again September 8-9, 2007.
Joined the Board of Citzens for Crime Awareness -
District 6 February, 2007.
In the spring of 2006, I once again joined the U of W Dragon Boat rowing team we called the Rowed Scholar Ship.. We practiced for, and participated in, the 2006 Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.
Helped with the technical end of the production of Joseph at Brock Corydon School May 17 & 18, 2006. I was responsible for sound mixing and computer recording of the sound track.
• In the spring of
2005, I joined a group of about twenty-two people from the University
of Winnipeg in forming a Dragon Boat rowing team we called the Rowed Scholars. We practiced for, and participated in, the 2005 Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.
This is us, practicing on the Red River, Aug.5, 2005. I'm front right, which means I'm NOT one of our strongest paddlers (but somewhat photogenic).
We raised $3410 towards the total goal of $250 000 by all teams!
To see how the University viewed us, please go here (for as long as this archival link lasts).
For the 2002-2003
school year, I sponsored a public speaking club at Ness Middle School
to teach the basics of persuasive speaking to any student interested.
We entered four students in the Manitoba Oratorical Contest sponsored
by the United Nations Association March 11, 2003.
organize Ness Middle School's first "Medieval Feast"
- April 6, 2001. Medieval times were re-created in
the halls and gym of the school, centered around
the school play "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight".
Students in period costumes served food, acted the
parts of wandering minstrels, street beggars and
role-played other period character types.
a PowerPoint in-service and a technical introduction
to the Windows operating system Feb. 18, 2000.
Organized a UNICEF
campaign in all schools where I have taught from 1972 until 2001. In
1998, students collected a record $946.38 for Ness Middle School.
eight "Internet Evenings" for parents
and students - spring, 1997 and spring,
As a founding
member of the Manitoba Association of Bright Children, I edited
the quarterly newsletter for the group from its
inception until its demise - 1993-1998. Please click
here to see a reproduction of part of one of the newsletters. Need Adobe Acrobat
Reader to read it? Go here.
Ran an At Ease / ClarisWorks in-service for staff March 20,
Gave in-service to staff re: the Quickmail webmail program
being used in the school division - Nov. 1, 1996.
Produced newsletters to help school staff start with the Internet
- April, 1995.
with gifted and talented students as part of the G.A.T.E. (Gifted
And Talented Education) program in various projects over the years -
1983-1997. The outside - the - classroom parts of this program included:
a) studying of minority groups, including several visits to a Sikh
Temple ( see Winnipeg Sun news
article here) and to a Trappist Monastery
in 1983 and in 1987 (in Holland, Manitoba - see this
article re: one of our visits). I had taken a group of
students to the Monestery in the 1970's, when it was still in St. Norbert. b) "Ability" Weeks, during which students would
study and then "become disabled" (being confined to a wheelchair, simulated
deafness and blindness are examples) for a time in order to develop
empathy for another way of life (see
c) participating in computer poetry contests (Our students were winners
in the Gr. 8 & Gr. 9 categories in 1992)
d) film making
e) the study of magic and illusion
f) working with television and T.V. editing equipment - incuding visits
to Videon T.V. studios (forerunner of what was eventually
to become Shaw Cable)
g) using computer e-mail programs
h) student apprenticeships at an animal hospital and at St.
i) visits to disabled activist Theresa
j) attending trial sessions at the Law Courts building with the co-operation
of the Court of Queen's Bench to view the justice system first hand
k) examining Junior Achievement
l) reviewing the political structure of Canada (Greg Alcock, new Liberal
MLA, was a guest of our students October 18, 1988)
m) studying the law, particularly the Young Offenders' Act
n) using drama / working with drama groups to deal with social issues
a newspaper club at Ness Middle School 1984-1997.
Our newspaper won its category at the Festival
of Language Arts at the University of Manitoba
May 8, 1989.
Taught the background
to the novel
"The Sacrifice" by Adele Wiseman to high school language arts students
at the request of a teacher at John Taylor Collegiate
Produced and directed
many plays and musicals over the years - 1972-1994.
a) "Slave of Reason" or "What To Do 'Till Graduation" - May
23 & 24, 1973
b) "The Day's Beginning" - May 8-10, 1974
c) "Godspell" - Apr.30, May 1 & 2, 1975
d) "We Love You, Conrad" (Bye, Bye Birdie) - May 12-14, 1976
e) "The Hobbit" - Apr. 26 & 27, 1977
f) "Anne of Green Gables" - Feb. 13-16, 1978
g) "Babes in Toyland" - Mar.21-23, 1979
h) "Get This Robot Off My Foot" - Apr.26-29, 1983
i) "The Hobbit" - Apr.24-27, 1984
j) "Our Miss Brooks" - Apr.13-16, 1987
k) "The Truth About Cinderella"- May 12, 1988
k) "The Boyfriend" - Apr. 17-20, 1990
l) "The Very Great Grandson of Sherlock Holmes" & "Pen of My Aunt" -
m) "The Widow's Plight" & "Who Dunnit?" - Apr. 20-22, 1993
n) "The White Shirt" & "Stormin' The Teachers' Lounge" - Apr.20 -21,
From 1995 until 2000, I played a smaller role in helping with productions,
as I became more involved with technology in the school. However, I
was privileged to be asked to help with the character development of
some roles in Westwood Collegiate's production of Fiddler On The
Roof, Feb. 10-13, 1999 (Thanks, Deb!). I was also available to help
out with some character development for Brock
Corydon School's production of Guys and Dolls.
Led a number of Ness Junior High students to take part
in the 2nd Annual Winnipeg Junior High School
Drama Festival at the Prairie Theatre Exchange
- May 12-13, 1988. We did an excerpt of our school play
that year: "The Truth About Cinderella ".
Led a number of Ness Junior High students to take
part in the 1st Annual Winnipeg Junior High School
Drama Festival at the Prairie Theatre Exchange - May 5-6, 1987. We did
an excerpt of our school play that year: "Our Miss Brooks".
oratorical contests from 1986 to the 90's at the junior high school
level to compete in Division-wide contests.
An organizer and
an executive of the United
Nations Association in Manitoba- 1965-1990.
Served as UNA vice-president in 1974.
involved with school drama productions in the first, second and third
annual Manitoba Junior High Drama Festivals - 1987-1989.
Entered a team
of students in the Odyssey
of the Mind.contest in 1987. The team was required to
solve a problem of transportation by building a vehicle for under $100
that would carry a student over a set course.
Ran an investment
club at Deer Lodge Junior High to help teach about capitalism; we bought
and sold one share of Imperial Oil with the help of Richardson
Securities of Canada in 1976.
a 5 PM to midnight dance-a-thon held at Deer Lodge United
Church for Deer Lodge Junior High students to raise money
powdered egg project through our school's U.N. club - March
We raised $917.53.
some historical background material for Comley Comix, specifically
for Captain Canuck ™ Volume 1, Number 3 (1975).
To see this article, which appeared in the comic,click
Accompanied students on Saturdays to the International
Centre so that they could enable immigrants to
practice English - 1973-1975.
Purchased a video tape recorder
(reel to reel, black & white video - over $2000) to enable me to
tape students, events and to teach about the impact of television -
1974. Some of the video footage, which I converted to cassettes, still
my own Gestetner electronic
stencil cutter model ES390 (price: $1102.50 used) to enable
me to produce better hand-outs for classes - July 26, 1973.
the resource booklet for a conference concerning human rights
sponsored by the United Nations Association of Canada held
in Winnipeg Oct. 19-20, 1973.
Regent Park School students on the occasion of their U.N. Day
re: the 25th anniversary of the U.N. - Oct. 24, 1970.
Was a staff member
of the University of Winnipeg newspaper, "The Uniter", featured
each week as a columnist.
Examples of columns published - 1968-1971:
winner of an essay contest, I represented the
Lions Clubs of Canada in Alabama, USA during
the Montgomery International Youth Camp - July 28- August
23, 1969. Chosen as one of 25 non-Americans from around
the world, I worked with them and 25 American students (ages
18-22) to help promote better understanding among world
youth, and learned a lot about life in the US South during
the era of the '60's race riots. We travelled through and
lived in eight southern states, and I reported back to the
local St. James Lions Club Sept. 23, 1969.
One of thirty
students to attend a Canadian-American conference at Macalester
College in St. Paul, Minnesota re: "Student in Society" - 1968.
An organizer of
the first two "Miles for Millions / Share Canada" marches to
raise money and awareness for projects of reconstruction in Latin America
in 1967 and 1968. The first march resulted in the
rebuilding of schools destroyed by earthquakes in Pitalito, Columbia
(see picture). I led several
hundred fellow Grant Park students over a 35 mile (56 kilometre) route
in order to raise $10 000 in pledges to accomplish this goal.
provincial Manitoba High School Oratorical Competition -
November 14, 1966.
a United Nations Association booth at the Manitoba Education
Association Convention Apr. 12 and 13, 1966 which took place
at the Royal Alexander Hotel in Winnipeg.