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Arnold, Mackenzie

Mackenzie Arnold is from Kingston, Ontario, but is now happy to call Halifax her home. She moved here four years ago to attend Dalhousie. Throughout her time at Dalhousie, Mackenzie has sought to involve herself in many avenues of university life. She has worked in student services as a Student Success Coach with Advising and Access Services and as a Teaching Assistant with the Faculty of Management. She has led the planning processes of a variety of orientations for incoming students including Summer Orientations, Faculty Orientations, and DSU Orientation Week. She has also involved herself with the Dalhousie Student Union as a Student Life Commissioner and with the Dalhousie Management Society, previously as VP Academic and, currently, as President.

Mackenzie’s hope is that she can facilitate environments and spaces, whether it be in the classroom, at events, on societies, or during one-on-one interactions, in which others feel supported, safe, and inspired.


Chubb, Jessica

Jessica Chubb began her career in higher education in 2004 as a Graduate Writing Assistant in Saint Mary’s University (SMU). After 5 years in this role, she went on to hold the position of Manager of the SMU Writing Centre. In 2010, Jessica became the Coordinator of the Dalhousie Studying for Success Program, where her main responsibilities include helping to develop students’ skills in becoming more effective learners. In addition to her primary work-related duties, Jessica’s dedication to helping others learn can be seen in many pursuits; she volunteers on a weekly basis in the English Language Learning Program of the Halifax Public Library, where she tutors new immigrants to Canada. Jessica holds an LL.B. degree from the University of London, a B.A. in International Studies and Politics, from the University of Saskatchewan, and an M.A. in International Development from Saint Mary’s University.

DeLong, Julia

Julia DeLong holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, professional membership with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and is a Registered Counselling Therapist (Candidate) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. Along with her work in the Refining Your Learning Skills Program, Julia works in private practice, helping to guide clients though a variety of issues. Previously, Julia has served as a long-term substitute in public schools, facilitated psycho-education for adult groups, and instructed in a vocational setting. Julia thoroughly values working in educational environments. When not working, Julia enjoys long walks through the dog park or spending time with family and friends.

Gillis, Leigh

Leigh Gillis has worked with learners in educational and service roles for over sixteen years.  She is an experienced facilitator whose career focus has been to work with learners during times of transition and change; specifically first-year students and adults in workplace environments.  She is passionate about programs that support individuals to develop basic skills and to gain an understanding of their own capabilities as life-long learners.  Her instructional style is collaborative and she seeks to engage students as active participants. 

Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts (Mount Allison University), a Master of Adult Education (The University of New Brunswick).  In addition to teaching with the Refining Your Learning Skills Program, she is the Acting Manager, Graduate Programs Student Success with the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University.  She is also a private consultant and entrepreneur.  Leigh enjoys travel, great food, awesome books, the outdoors and time with her family. She is a proud rural Nova Scotian, who currently lives in Halifax with her husband and young son.

Photo by Paul Darrow, Darrow Multimedia Inc.

Hornbeck, Eleanor

Eleanor Hornbeck graduated from the University of King's College in 2015, with a Combined Honours degree in History and Early Modern Studies. She returns this summer as Acting Director and Instructor for  Refining Your Learning Skills.  As a student, Eleanor participated in a number of activities, from sitting on the University's Board of Governor's as a student representative, to singing in the King's Chorus. Since graduating, Eleanor has worked with students in the Refining course, the Transition Year Program, and in Dalhousie's ESL Programs.

In all of her activities, Eleanor works to cultivate communities of trust and support.

Isenor, Jessica

Jessica Isenor is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and specializes in post-secondary career counselling. She holds her Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology and has been working towards her PhD in Educational Counselling. Jessica has worked with students at Western, Carleton, UOttawa, and Dalhousie providing individual and group counselling, facilitating workshops and seminars, and teaching courses. Outside of work, Jessica loves to travel and is an avid collector of board games.

Kubow, Agniezska

Agnieszka Kubow graduated from Dalhousie University with her B.A in Psychology, during which time she worked as a research assistant in an experimental learning laboratory.  After graduating she went on to complete an advanced diploma in Behavioural Interventions and received the Bronze Governors General Award for Academic Excellence. Currently Agnieszka is completing her MA in Counselling Psychology and hopes to work with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety and coping skills.

Longard, Julie

Julie Longard is from Halifax and attended Dalhousie University as an undergraduate student in Psychology. She also studied Fine Arts at NSCAD University and has an MA in Art Therapy from Concordia University. Julie is currently completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. Her research and clinical interests include early social and emotional development, and she has done a number of clinical placements with youth who are struggling with mental health difficulties. Julie also has a passion for teaching and has worked as a Teaching Assistant for three undergraduate psychology classes. Julie recently completed the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning and she is looking forward to working with the Refining Your Learning Skills program this year!