Experts (dialogue) in Residence
In order to develop a provincial action plan, Dialogue NB is creating a Residency Expert Program. Its purpose is to anchor Dialogue NB’s mission in a solid foundation and to establish activities based on the recommendations gathered.
The objectives are clear and precise;
- Identify common goals, shared values and factors and mechanisms that define NB’s social cohesion;
- Propose a social cohesion strategy;
- Develop performance indicators;
- Propose pilot projects aimed at fostering social cohesion in our province while identifying positive links between our communities.
* Those mandated to carry out this mission will be announced later this year. *
“Ipse se nihil scire id unum sciat – I know one thing: that I know nothing” ~ Socratic Wisdom of Ignorance
Stephany conceives of her role as Expert in Residence with Dialogue NB by acknowledging not her expertise but, as what may seem counter-intuitive, her ignorance. According to her, an expert’s most impactful contribution is to identify the gaps and cracks in what is already known; to consider the benefit of disruption, and conceive of how collaboration may contribute to the past, present, and future work in the field. In order to articulate a resonant resistance, first one must acknowledge not only what is known, but what is not known. This includes listening to a multitude of voices and positioning each as expert in their own worldview. As an Expert in Residence, she does not intend to deliver answers, but to work with our province’s citizens to articulate better questions. We will follow the lead of famed academic John Dewey: a problem well-put is half solved.
For Stephany, her greatest contribution is an aptitude and penchant for cultivating collaboration and expressing these narratives cohesively.
From an academic perspective, Stephany is undertaking a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her fieldwork centres around the idea of ‘rendering the evocative rigorous’: hearing and sharing the narrative of others as engaging story to provide greater understanding in cultural contexts of social constructs. By articulating the lived experience of those in the varying fields into which she immerses herself, Stephany’s deft hand with words shines. She has worked as a columnist for the provincial newspaper and essayist in addition to her published academic articles. Her work in student governance has demonstrated her leadership capabilities with aplomb.
Her professional field is arts+culture based, working for nearly two decades as director of multiple festivals and events for a venue that she recently had incorporated as a not-for-profit – founded to act as an umbrella for free of charge cultural programming at New Brunswick’s Festival Place, Market Square.
In her capacity of service, Stephany is fervent about creating opportunities to nurture others’ passions in the arts, particularly literacy. As a voracious reader, her book campaign has given thousands of brand new books to priority neighbourhood youth each holiday season.
At last count, Stephany has visited 41 countries, and in each of her often solo adventures, has crafted opportunities for sharing and honing her passion for culture in developing nations.
She has been recognized as YMCA Young Leader to Watch, Rotary Global Scholar, and Valedictorian of her Masters’ Program, to name but a few. She currently sits as Saint John Community Arts Board Vice-Chair, Arts+Culture Director for the North Market Wharf Cultural Association, Buskers on the Bay Festival Director, and Student Ambassador for the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.
As a born and raised New Brunswickan, Stephany is honoured to expand her focus and priority to work with Dialogue NB within the mandate of the new pivot toward social cohesion.
Mathieu Wade is a sociologist. He is originally from Moncton and lived in France and Montréal for several years before returning to settle in New Brunswick with his family. He completed a doctorate degree in sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2016 and postdoctoral studies at the Université de Moncton’s Institut d’études acadiennes in 2017. He has been teaching in the Université de Moncton’s sociology department since 2013. His research deals with, among other things, official languages, immigration, and land use planning.
A passionate writer, singer, dedicated mother, wife and community activist in support of diversity and equity, Reem holds a Masters of Sciences in Environmental Health from Beirut. Her career was enriched by working in Lebanon and Dubai, before she moved to Moncton in 2010 on an open work permit to join her husband – a physician in the Moncton Hospital. It took her one year to find the best-fit job with the New Brunswick Health Council in the Government of New Brunswick as a research analyst. Besides her full-time job, Reem is a member in the “ARABIKA” band for oriental music, a member in the Moncton Lebanese Association, and also sits on the “welcoming communities” committee in the Local Immigration Partnership of GMA with special focus on ensuring social cohesion and integration for immigrants (especially youth and women). She believes in Moncton as a city that offers diverse opportunities and a distinctive work/life balance.
Kim Nash-McKinley, B.A. is a Maliseet woman, a Former Chief and recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; received for her commitment and dedication of over twenty years to issues that affect the off-reserve Aboriginal Peoples; provincially in New Brunswick, regionally in the Maritimes and nationally in Canada through participation in the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.
Building on 24 years of experience, Nash-McKinley continues to serve on a variety of Boards and Commissions at the local, provincial, regional and national levels; and has served as the inaugural Anglophone Co-chair for the Voices of Women’s Forum.
Nash-McKinley is also dedicated to the prevention of Violence Against Aboriginal Women and is an advocate for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls.
Nash-McKinley is serving a second term on the province of New Brunswick Health Council; in addition Nash-McKinley is employed as the Director of Economic Development for Saint Mary’s First Nation.
DJ Joseph, a Mi’kmaq from NB’s largest First Nation community, has been working for his home town of Elsipogtog for 11 years of his 14 year career. With a background in Mental Health, he started on the front lines as a youth support worker, until being assigned the Manager of Mental Health and Wellness at one of NB’s leading Health and Wellness centres. With an opportunity to work in Canadian Red Cross’s RespectED program for the Atlantic region, he had the experience of educating First Nation communities in the Atlantic Provinces about the history of violence and abuse in our communities, and their impact on today’s First Nations youth and families. DJ is now serving as Elsipogtog’s Nation Administrator: he is engaged in managing every day operations, and reporting directly to Chief and Council. With such a swift move in ranks, comes a very steep learning curve, which he has embraced whole heartedly. Under the current administration of Chief Sock, and their focus on moving forward in a more modern and organized way, DJ plans to play a role in the community’s realization as a leading community in the Atlantic in terms of Economic Development and self sufficiency.