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Faculty and Staff

Choyce, Lesley

Lesley Choyce, BA, MA, English Senior Instructor.  Lesley Choyce holds two Masters’ degrees from Montclair State and City University of New York.  He has taught at many universities in the United States and in Canada. He currently teaches in the English Department at Dalhousie as well as TYP. He is the author of more than 35 books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Lesley can be reached at 494-1530 or via email at lchoyce@dal.ca.

Doyle-Bedwell, Patricia

Patricia Doyle-Bedwell, BA (Hons.), JD, LLM, Professor/Native Studies Instructor. Patricia Doyle-Bedwell is a Mi’kmaq woman, lawyer and writer. She has a BA with Honours in Sociology, a Juris Doctor, and a Masters in Law degree from Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law. She works on equity issues on campus and in the broader community. She served as TYP director from 1998-2014. She believes in education and hopes that all TYP students succeed in reaching their goals. Patricia can be reached at 902-494-3789 or via email at pdoyle2@dal.ca.

Patricia is a MI'kmaq woman, mother, lawyer and writer. She has published several papers on Aboriginal women, employment equity, education and leadership. She has also presented papers at conferences around the world. Patricia served as the Chair of the NS Advisory Council on the Status of Women for ten years. She has worked closely with Mi'kmaq communities, the Native Women Association of Canada, Women and the Law, and had the opportunity to work with the United Nations on Women and Aboriginal rights.  For her LLM thesis, Patricia focused on compensation for residential school victims. She directed the Indigenous Black and MI'kmaq Initiative at Dalhousie Law School and became the firs MI'kmaq woman to teach there. She is also the only MI'kmaq woman to earn tenure at Dallhousie University. Patrica has taught Indigenous Peoples and International Human rights, Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resources, Constitutional Law, Public Law, and Aboriginal Peoples and the Law. During her most recent sabbatical, she researched issues of Aboriginal education, Indigenous knowledge, barriers that prevent Aboriginal peoples from gaining access to post secondary education. CBC also featured Patricia as one of the "Best Minds of our Time." Dalhousie nominated her for the Diamond Jubilee award which she received in 2012. Patricia has worked on many boards and commissions during her career.

Patricia believes strongly in education, and creating a safe space for Aboriginal students to learn and to thrive while at University. Teaching Native studies from a MI'kmaq perspective offers students the opportunity to develop strong academic skills while learning about the history of Indigenous peoples. Patricia recently had her paper on Employment equity included in Canadian Women Studies: An Introductory Reader published by InAnna Publications, Toronto Ont, 2015. Patricia has also done extensive media interviews as an expert on Aboriginal Law, Human Rights, and education to name a few. Patricia is married to George Doyle-Bedwell, they have one son.

Farrimond, Melanie

Melanie Farrimond, MA (Hons.), PGCE, MA, PhD, Academic Writing/Study Skills Instructor. Melanie Farrimond, PhD, teaches two courses in the Transition Year Program: ‘Academic Writing’ and ‘Strategies for University Learning.’ She has a doctorate in French Studies and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. She has taught several courses in French, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Foundations for University Learning. Melanie has also served as Coordinator of Dalhousie University’s Studying for Success Program. She has been with the Transition Year Program since 2006. Melanie can be reached at 494-6694 or via email at mfarrimo@dal.ca.

Saney, Isaac

Isaac Saney, BA, MA, LLB, PhD, TYP Director and Black Studies Senior Instructor. Isaac Saney, PhD, has taught in the Transition Year Program for over twenty years. He holds a PhD in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in the United Kingdom. SOAS is recognized as one the world's premiere centres for the study of Africa. The dissertation focuses on the intersection of Cuban and southern African history. His teaching has encompassed courses on Africa, the Caribbean, Cuba, and Black Canadian history. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book Cuba: A Revolution in Motion (London: Zed Books, 2004). He is also an Adjunct Professor in history at Saint Mary’s University. Isaac can be reached at 494-8810 or via email at isaney@dal.ca.

Surovell, Alan

Alan Surovell, BA, MA, Math Instructor.  Alan Surovell was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in New York. After finishing his undergraduate degree in Math, he was drafted into the U.S. Army.  Following his military experience, he returned to university to complete his Master's degree in math. Alan came to Canada in 1975 seeking a more humane society and has lived in Halifax ever since.  Having spent the next twelve years working with computers, he decided he preferred to work with people and joined the TYP as Math Instructor. Alan can be reached at 494-1531 or via email at alan.surovell@dal.ca .

Ince, Wanda

Wanda Ince, Program Assistant. Wanda Ince is a former TYP graduate and is working towards her BA. She has strong family ties to the historical community of Africville, NS. Wanda brings much experience to TYP and has taken on the role as the Program Assistant. Wanda can be reached at 494-3730 or via email at wanda.ince@dal.ca.