Dr. David Bardsley (1975)
Dr. Bardsley was the first recipient of an O’Brien Foundation Fellowship
Dr. David Bardsley is the founder of Silver Eagle Media, a company dedicated to helping individuals increase their cognitive ability and perform at their highest intellectual level. Diagnosed as mentally retarded and institutionalized as a child, he rose to become an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon; a profession he practiced for 12 years before retiring to follow his passions of learning and physical activity. He has spent the past five years crisscrossing the country presenting to business executives, teachers and parents organizations and has recently authored the book, “The Less Than Perfect Child.” He presents the latest scientific information and evidence based best practices for increasing intellectual ability, at any stage of life, through the use of specific physical activities.
He holds a B.Sc., M.Sc., D.D.S. and Fellowship in Oral & maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Krista Byers-Heinlein (2008)
Dr. Krista Byers-Heinlein is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Concordia University, where she directs the Concordia Infant Research Lab. Krista Graduated from Fredericton High School in 1999, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Computer Science from McGill University in 2003. From 2004-2010, she pursued graduate studies in Developmental Psychology at the University of British Columbia, and with the support of the O’Brien Foundation fellowship (2008), received her MA and PhD degrees.
Krista’s research focuses on bilingualism in infancy: how young infants hearing two languages from birth successfully acquire their languages. She has investigated questions such as how prenatal exposure to two languages affects infants’ listening preferences at birth, and how bilingual 1-year-olds learn new words. Part of her interest in bilingualism stems from her childhood growing up in New Brunswick and attending French Immersion school.
She has published widely in academic journals including as Psychological Science, Cognition, and Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. She had received provincial and federal grants to support her research, and numerous awards including most recently the Society for Research on Child Development Outstanding Dissertation Award (2011), the Desjardins Chercheur étoile (“Star Researcher”) award in 2011, and the Concordia Media Outreach Award for Research Communicator of the Year (2012).
Dr. Anne Compton (1986)
Anne Compton, BA, MA, PhD, (poet, academic, professor, editor, and arts organizer) received an O’Brien Foundation Fellowship in 1986 to pursue Doctoral Studies in Canadian Literature at the University of New Brunswick.
Anne received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and history at the Prince of Wales College (now the University of Prince Edward Island) and a Master of Arts degree in Canadian and American literature at York University. She completed her PhD at the University of New Brunswick in 1988. Her PhD thesis which focused on the Canadian poet A.J.M. Smith, was later published by ECW Press as A.J.M. Smith: Canadian Metaphysical (1994).
In 1998, Anne became director of the Lorenzo Reading Series at the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ), a highly reputable university reading series (“Compton”). She was later appointed writer-in-residence at UNBSJ. She also taught several courses for the English department.
During her time at UNBSJ, Anne published the following works: Opening the Island (2002), Processional (2005), and Meetings with Maritime Poets: Interviews (2006). She also took on an editorial role with The Edge of Home: Milton Acorn from the Island (2002), as well as Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada (2002). Over the course of her career, Compton has won two Atlantic Poetry Prizes (2003 and 2006), the Governor General’s Award (2005), several Excellence in Teaching Awards, the National Magazine Award (2008), and the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in the Literary Arts (2008) (“Dr. Anne Compton”). Anne also published a work of poetry Asking Questions Indoors and Out (2009). Along with her critical articles and scholarship on Atlantic and New Brunswick literature, Anne’s work at UNBSJ represents her most significant contribution to the province. In the thirteen years she has spent with the Lorenzo Reading Series, she has “introduced New Brunswick readers to hundreds of Canadian books over the years” She has also worked with “a number of beginning and emerging writers,” one of whom, in gratitude, established The Dr. Anne Compton Writing Prize in Poetry. Anne currently resides in Rothesay, New Brunswick.
Mikila Gallant, "Anne Compton." The New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia.
Ed. Tony Tremblay. Fredericton: New Brunswick Studies Centre, 2010.
Dr. Sheree L. Fitch (1987)
Sheree Fitch, is a storyteller, educator, and literacy activist and the author of award winning poetry, picture books, nonfiction, plays and novels for all ages. Her first publication was the children's book Toes in my Nose. (Doubleday 1987.) Her second children's book Sleeping Dragons All Around (1989), won the Atlantic Bookseller's Choice Award in 1990. Subsequent awards include the Mr. Christie Book Award, (There Were Monkeys in my Kitchen), The Young Canada Reads award (The Gravesavers) and the Vicky Metcalf award for Children's Literature in 1998 for a body of work inspirational to Canadian children.
Fitch holds a BA from St. Thomas University, an M.A. from Acadia University, and honorary doctorates from St. Mary's, Acadia and St. Thomas Universities for her contribution to Canadian literature and issues affecting women and children. She has taught writing workshops around the globe and in universities, including the Faculty of Education at the University of New-Brunswick and children's literature at St. Thomas University. Sheree Fitch has been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and her work as a poet and literacy educator has taken her to the Arctic, Bhutan, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Belize, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Mexico. Sheree is currently the Honorary Spokesperson for the New-Brunswick Coalition for Literacy, and each year she sponsors a writing competition for New Brunswick Youth. Her ventures in literacy education include completing a three-year summer writer in residency for Somebody's Daughter in Nunavut, She still spends some of the year speaking and touring schools and various libraries, both in Canada and abroad.
For a complete bibliography, visit her website at www.shereefitch.com
Dr. Wayne D. Goodfellow (1975)
Dr. Wayne Goodfellow is a member of the first group of recipients to have been awarded an O’Brien post-Graduate Fellowship in 1975. He had just completed a study of the world-class Brunswick No. 12 Zn-Pb-Cu ore deposit near Bathurst, N.B., as part of a Ph.D. thesis at the University of New Brunswick when the O’Brien Foundation launched a major program to fund post-graduate research. The timing was opportune but the fact he was from the Miramichi region, the home of Honourable J. Leonard O'Brien and his wife Kathleen O'Brien, made this new fellowship program seem almost providential. Since he grew up on a small farm outside of Newcastle, he was naturally well aware of the O’Brien Family and the major role that they had played in the development of a lumber industry in the area and in the political and social life of the Miramichi in particular and New Brunswick in general.
After being awarded an O’Brien Fellowship, which was renewal up to three years, he continued his research at the University of New Brunswick with a focus on the development and testing of new and effective methods of exploring for mineral deposits concealed at depth in the Earth’s crust. However, as it turned out, he was an O’Brien Fellow for only one year. In 1976, he was offered the position of Research Scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) in Ottawa where he has had a long career that spanned more than 35 years. His research interests are fairly broad and include the genesis seafloor hydrothermal sulphide deposits (Sedex, VMS), the evolution of oceans and atmospheres through time, the cause and consequences of giant meteorite impacts, and the development of deeply penetrating geochemical exploration methods. This research has taken him around the world and to most parts of Canada including the far north, and has facilitated collaboration with international and multidisciplinary teams of scientists. For example, research along the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the western coast of Canada allowed him to dive to the ocean floor in the Alvin submersible to observe active vents and spectacular chemosynthetic biological communities, and to participate in the drilling of the oceanic crust under the international Ocean Drilling Program. Perhaps one of the most exciting research projects was the search for the cause of mass biological extinctions in the geological record, such as the Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction event about 65 million years ago when dinosaurs were wiped out by a giant meteorite impacting the Yucatan Peninsula in northern Mexico.
Dr. James Mark Shields (1992)
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and political theory from McGill University in 1991, Mark was accepted into the graduate program of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. In July 1993, he graduated with a Masters of Philosophy in Social and Political Theory, having written a thesis on the emergence of religious fundamentalism in the modern West. The funding he received from the O'Brien foundation helped make this degree possible.
In 1994, Mark decided to return to Canada to continue his studies in the field of comparative religions. He received an M.A. in 1997, and a Ph.D., both from McGill, in 2006. During this time his research focus shifted to Asia - Japan, in particular - and he spent five years (2000- 2005) in Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan, studying Japanese and researching movements in modern and contemporary Buddhist ethics. In early 2006, Mark received his Ph.D., and was soon hired as Assistant Professor at Bucknell University, a top-tier liberal arts college in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. In 2010, his position was shifted from the Religion Department to the Comparative Humanities program, allowing him to teach a broader range of seminar courses in the humanities to a select group of highly motivated students.
In 2011, Mark published his first book, entitled Critical Buddhism: Engaging with Modern Japanese Buddhist Thought (Ashgate Press, UK). He is presently researching his second book on progressive political movements within modern Japanese Buddhism. On the basis of his record of scholarship and teaching, he was recently granted tenure at Bucknell, and has been promoted to Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities and Asian Thought. Mark has recently taken on a position at Bucknell as Graduate Studies Advising Coordinator, which gives him responsibility for advising all students who plan to attend graduate school in any discipline. In addition, he assists students with their applications for graduate scholarships and fellowships.
William Secord (1978)
William Secord is the president of William Secord Gallery, Inc. in New York City. The gallery specializes in fine nineteenth and twentieth century dog and animal paintings.
With a background in art history and arts administration (B.A. with Honors in Art History, Carleton University; M.A. Arts Administration, New York University), Secord worked at the Museum of American Folk Art before embarking on his career in dog and animal art. In 1981 he became the first director of The Dog Museum of America in New York City, where he mounted an extensive series of thematic exhibitions. When the Museum relocated to St. Louis in 1986, Secord started his own art business and in 1990 opened a commercial gallery at 52 East 76th Street in Manhattan.
The author of many articles on the subject of the dog in art, Secord also wrote Dog Painting, 1840-1940, A Social History of the Dog in Art. With 350 pages and some 450 illustrations, the foreword was written by the late Mrs. Vincent Astor. First published in August of 1992 it is now in its sixth printing.
In 1996 Secord curated a major exhibition of dog paintings for Brain Trust, Inc., with loans from many private collections as well as The Victoria and Albert Museum and The National Portrait Gallery in London. The exhibition traveled to museums in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, Japan.
Secord is the author of Dog Painting, The European Breeds, his second book for The Antique Collectors' Club, published in 2000. His third book on nineteenth century dog painting, A Breed Apart; Selections from The Collections of The American Kennel Club and The American Kennel Club Museum of The Dog, was published in 2001. Secord co-authored Best in Show, The Dog in Art from the Renaissance to the Present, a catalogue published by Yale University Press, 2006. With 456 pages and 525 color illustrations, Dog Painting, a History of the Dog in Art, was first published in 2009, and it was quickly followed by a second edition. His latest book, The American Dog at Home, The Dog Portraits of Christine Merrill was published by ACC Editions in 2010, and is currently in its second printing.
An acknowledged expert in the field, Secord has lectured extensively on dog painting, recently giving the annual Paul Mellon lecture on Sporting Art for the Friends of British Sporting Art in London. He has lectured at The Dog Museum, St. Louis; The Kennel Club, London; Sotheby’s, New York; the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach; The Sporting Art Library and Museum in Middleburg, VA, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. He is active in many dog and animal-related charities, having been on the national Board of Directors of The ASPCA from 1997 to 2008. He is a member of The Kennel Club, London, The Morris and Essex Kennel Club in New Jersey, on the Board of Directors of the Friends of British Sporting Art and a Life Member of The British Sporting Art Trust.
Dr. Baukje (Bo) Miedema (1991)
As Director of Research at the Dalhousie University Family Medicine Teaching Unit in Fredericton New Brunswick, Bo is responsible for overseeing resident projects. In addition, she maintains a primary health care research program.
Bo is Chair of the Resident Project Committee which oversees all aspects of the resident projects across all seven Dalhousie University distributed family medicine learning sites in the Maritimes. She also works with many residents from sites other than Fredericton who are interested in completing a research project.
Bo serves on several Dalhousie University committees including the Departmental Research Committee, the committee which selects resident project awards, and a program evaluation committee.
In addition to the residency project responsibilities, she oversees a very active research program for the Fredericton Family Medicine Teaching Unit. As either Principle Investigator or a Co-investigator, she has been successful in generating millions of dollars in research funds over the years. As a result Bo has supervised many research assistants ranging from summer students to a postdoctoral fellow. In addition, she has hired many summer students who have gone on to complete medical school. Several have come back as residents to the Fredericton program.
As a researcher, Bo has given more than a 100 research presentations at local, regional, national and international conferences. She has published more than 50 peer reviewed research articles contributing to an academic knowledge base.
She attends several local, national and international conferences and has built a solid academic reputation resulting in her being appointed to a conference program committee.
She has served on the College of Family Physicians of Canada Section of Researchers Committee for seven years. Her academic contributions also include reviews for national and international granting agencies and peer reviewed journals. In summary, over the years, Bo has built a strong reputation as a primary health care researcher in New Brunswick. She has made a substantial contribution to the field of primary care research and is a productive primary health care researcher in New Brunswick.
Dr. Hilary Earl (1997)
Holocaust Denkmal, Berlin, Germany
Hilary is currently Associate Professor of European History at Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario. She has published a fair amount since coming to Nipissing in 2005. Her book, The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945-1958: Atrocity, Law, and History, was published in 2009-2010 by Cambridge University Press. It won the 2010 Hans Rosenberg Prize for best book in German History, in the conference group for Central European History at the American Historical Association. It was based on the research she did for her dissertation that the O’Brien Foundation helped to support.
She has also published a number of articles including:
"Good Germans and Bad Nazis: The fate of SS-Einsatzgruppen Commander Martin Sandberger in Postwar Germany" forthcoming in Nazi Self-Help and Recast Identities.
"Prosecuting Genocide before the Genocide Convention: Raphael Lemkin and the Nuremberg Trials, 1945-1949" forthcoming, Journal of Genocide Research.
"Beweise, Zeugen, Narrative: Der Einsatzgrupen Prozess und seine Wirkung auf die historische Forschung zur Genese der Endlosung," in NMT. Die Nurnberger Militartribunale zwischen Geschichte (2013).
“A Judge, a Prosecutor, and a Mass Murderer: Dynamics in the SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial,” in Kim Christian Priemel and Alexa Stiller (eds.), Reassessing the Nuremberg Military Tribunals. Transitional Justice, Trial Narratives, and Historiography (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books and Oxford University Press, 2008): 47-73.
“Biographies of Criminals or Criminal Biographies: Explaining Perpetrators’ ‘Route to Crime’ using War Crimes Trial Documentation,” in Simone Lässig and Volker Berghahn (eds.), Biography between Structure and Agency: Approaches to German History (New York and London: Berghahn Books and Oxford University Press, 2008): 162-181.
“Confessions of Wrong-doing or How to save yourself from the Hangman? An Analysis of British and American Intelligence Reports of the Activities of Otto Ohlendorf, May-December 1945,” in David Bankier (ed.), Secret Intelligence and the Holocaust (New York and Jerusalem: Enigma Books and Yad Vashem, 2006): 301-326.
"Scales of Justice: History, Testimony and the Einsatzgruppen Trial,” in Jeffry Diefendorf, (ed.), Lessons and Legacies VI. New Currents in Holocaust Research (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2004): 325-351.
She has also won a teaching award, been the chief negotiator for the Nippising University Faculty Association, and is on the editorial board of The Historian. She is an active scholar.
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Gaston Lacombe (1995)
Since receiving the highly appreciated and greatly needed support from the O’Brien Foundation in 1995, I haven't been keeping still much. At that time I was a post-graduate student in Eastern European studies. It was right after the fall of the Soviet Union, a very exciting time. During my O'Brien interview, I remember saying something like: "It's not about what my studies can bring to New Brunswick, it's more about what New Brunswick can bring to that region of the world." So, following this line of thinking, I moved to Eastern Europe in 1997, to Latvia, and stayed there until... 2008.
I didn’t complete my PhD from the University of Toronto. Instead, I plunged fully and deeply into the post-Soviet society of Eastern Europe, and decided to become a participant in the growth and reforms, instead of just an observer. Since at the time everything in that society was extremely fluid, I ended up working many different jobs, often 2 or 3 at once. I was a high-school teacher, of French, English, Geography and History, for 4 years. I was a defense consultant for a while, hired by the Canadian Ministry of Defense to assist Latvia's effort at NATO integration. I did some radio reporting for Radio Free Europe. I was hired by the US Embassy in Latvia to run their higher-education programs, the equivalent of a Fulbright Commission, something I did for 8 years. I created and led a foundation, a bit like the O'Brien Foundation, that did fund-raising and provided scholarships to students from Latvia studying abroad. During that time I was also one of the founders and the first chairman of the first ever Latvian National LGBT Association. Then finally I was hired by the Canadian Embassy to the Baltic States to be the Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy Officer for Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. But in 2008, my spouse (who is American) and I, felt the need to return to North America, to return to roots and family. So we moved to Washington DC.
Now back in North America, all of my European experience counted for nothing on the US job market, especially as the economy collapsed, and I was a Canadian without a Green Card. So I returned to university, and got a new degree. This time it was a degree in photography, from Boston University (Washington DC Campus). A whole new, unexpected chapter of my life started.