STAFF

OUR TEAM!
From two instructors in 1985 to six full-time instructors in 2012. Growing to support Nunavut's future.


(Back row L-R) Melissa Irwin, Beth Wiliamson (part-time), Becky Mearns, Martha Kyak; (Front row L-R) Murray Angus, Morley Hanson (Co-ordinator), Dan Guay. Missing from photo: Min Kim, our wonderful English instructor.

Morely Hanson (Coordinator)

Morley Hansen is the senior member of the NS staff, having joined the program in 1988.  His earlier experience included working with young offenders in wilderness camps, group leading in the Katimavik program and teaching in Northern Saskatchewan.  On a recent sabbatical year away from NS he worked on education program development at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda.  He holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of Ottawa.

 

Martha Kyak (Instructor)

Martha Kyak is originally from Pond Inlet, Nunavut but now lives in Ottawa, Ontario. She has been actively involved in Nunavut education for many years and is currently teaching at Nunavut Sivuniksaut. She has a worked as a classroom teacher, as a Principal at Ulaajuk School in Pond Inlet, as a Superintendent of Schools at Qikiqtani School Operations, and also as Manager of Teaching and Learning Centre for Nunavut.  She holds a B.Ed. degree from McGill University.

 

Murray Angus (Instructor)

Murray was one of the founding staff members of the NS program when it began in 1985. He taught for the first six years, left for six years to do other consulting work, and returned "home" to NS in 1997. He brings knowledge of land claims and the history of Inuit-government relations as well as skills in the area of communications. He has Masters degrees in both Religious Studies and Social Work from Carleton University and a Certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.

 

Becky Mearns (Instructor)

Becky is originally from Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung), Nunavut, spent her childhood in Scotland and is now living in Ottawa. After graduating from NS in 2002, Becky spent four years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police working in communities throughout Nunavut. She left the RCMP in 2007 to pursue her education. In 2011 she received honours BA from Carleton University majoring in Sociology and a double minor in aboriginal studies and law. She is currently working on her masters thesis through the department of geography at Carleton.

 

Dan Guay (Instructor)

Dan is a new instructor at NS.  He has come to Ottawa from Igloolik, where he was a high school teacher for the last 5 years. Here he taught Social Studies, English, and other courses.  He was also very active in creating new programs, and working with the GN Department of Education to develop made-in-Nunavut curriculum.  Dan brings a diverse range of experience to the position, having developed and run youth programs in Rankin Inlet, worked for the Northern Youth Abroad program, and tutored at NS.   Dan holds a B. Arts from Carleton, and a BEd from the University of Ottawa.
 
 
 
Melissa Irwin (Instructor)
Melissa is one of three new NS instructors for 2012! Originally from Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, she moved to Ottawa six years ago to work with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and is now teaching Contemporary Issues with first year NS. Melissa is an active board member for various Inuit organizations, has worked in print media and television broadcasting, and is experienced in working for Inuit at the local/territorial/national levels.  A graduate of Nunavut Arctic College's Management Studies, she is also one of over 350 NS alumni.

 

Beth Williamson

Beth is a long time member of the NS staff, having joined the team in 1995. She attended a theatre diploma program in Bergen Norway, before going on to attend the University of Saskatchewan where she received a Bachelor of Education. After completing her Bachelors Degree, she spent a year in Washington D.C. where she specialized in the Montessori method of education. She grew up in Rankin Inlet, and after finishing her education, went back to Rankin to teach at the Arctic College for an number of years before moving to Ottawa.

 

Min Kim (Instructor - on leave for 2014-2015)

Min brings to the NS program her enthusiasm for helping people to use language as a tool for learning. She received her honours BA in English from the University of Toronto, has post-graduate certificates in teaching English as a second language (ESL), and is completing her master's degree thesis in scaffolding language learning using sociocognitive theories. She has taught ESL for over ten years in Canada and Asia, and most recently worked in Carleton University’s Writing Tutorial Service and Centre for Initiatives in Education.