Georgia Atkin


Georgia Atkin
Communications Assistant


As the College's Communications Assistant, Georgia keeps the College website and sustainability@dal portal updated, profiles the work of students, alumni and faculty, assists with the development of promotional materials, and manages student and alumni newsletters. She graduated from the College in 2017 with a BA in English Literature and ESS (minoring in Journalism), and she is a member of Editors Canada and the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.

Outside of work, Georgia is a creative writer and professional editor. She volunteers with Open Heart Forgery, a Halifax-based poetry organization that aims to support local poets through a free monthly publication and regular open mic events. In her spare time, she writes Wikipedia articles, plays the Celtic harp, and vanquishes Sudoku puzzles.

Nobonita Chakraborty


Nobonita Chakraborty
Academic Program Secretary

Phone: (902) 220-3029

Nobonita is the Academic Program Secretary at the College and offers administrative support for faculty, staff, teaching assistants and students, as well as assisting the campus community and members of the public with inquiries about ESS program admissions and scholarships.

Originally from Bangladesh, Nobonita has a bachelor’s degree in English linguistics and literature and a master’s in English language teaching. Outside of her College work she is also an English language proficiency test invigilator with British Council and English Testing Canada. She has a passion for singing and dancing, with past experience as a professional music teacher and artist, and she currently teaches traditional Bengali music classes for children in her community.

Lizzy Hanna


Lizzy Hanna
Communications Intern and Research Assistant


Lizzy is the Communications Intern and Research Assistant. She works on a number of different editorial and curriculum-related projects at the College, including the ESS alumni database, the ESS Curriculum Mapping & Review project, the SUST Bookshelf series (on Instagram), and the creation of a new Sustainability Literacy Module.

In her spare time, Lizzy can be found on her bike, camping around Nova Scotia, and taking ballet classes.

Shannon Hovey


Shannon Hovey
Finance and Administrative Assistant


Shannon is the College's Finance and Administrative Assistant, and her work includes preparing budget reports, tracking expenses, and generally helping to keep things running smoothly.

Shannon's passions are creative writing, music, and psychology, and she has a BA in English Literature with a minor in Psychology. She spent many years working in the music industry in Nashville, TN, where she also wrote and recorded songs, as well as singing background vocals on songs for other artists. A writer by nature, Shannon has one book published and is working on another.

Rebecca Howcroft


Rebecca Howcroft


Rebecca staffs the College's Reception, acting as a first point of contact for students, faculty, and other visitors. Along with assisting with questions and inquiries she provides a variety of administrative support.

Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys exploring out along the coastline.

Debra Ross


Debra Ross
Manager of Outreach, Partnerships and Communications

Phone: (902) 494-7805

Debra has been the Manager of Outreach, Partnerships and Communications at the College since 2010. She acts as the liaison between third-year ESS internship and fourth-year Capstone students and the greater community (businesses, government, NGOs, public groups, etc.). She also assists in the planning, production and promotion of the Thursday Night ESS Lecture Series and manages the College’s communications platforms (website, blog, social media, etc). Debra also contributes to ongoing recruitment, retention, alumni engagement and community outreach projects.

Debra loves interacting with our ESS students and being around their energy. She believes many of our students arrive to Dalhousie already engaged and committed to social justice. Debra also loves attending and sharing the Thursday Night ESS Lectures and finds them deeply inspiring. Some of her favourite speakers include Dan Longboat, Tzeporah Berman, Toke Moeller, Linda Pannozzo, and you can check out all their talks on the College Vimeo channel.

Debra is a member of the board  of the Halifax Refugee Clinic; and Chair of the board of How We Thrive, She is an active participant in local OutdoorActive outings.

Malak Roueissati


Malak Roueissati
Manager of Finance and Administration (Acting)


Malak is the College’s Acting Manager of Finance and Administration. She is involved in identifying, planning, and implementing administrative and financial processes to ensure day-to-day operation runs smoothly. She monitors expenditures, budget development, and other financial reports and audits.

She likes to explore the realms of imagination through her love of reading, embark on inspiring hiking adventures, and unwind with captivating movies and TV series.

Kaarin Tae


Kaarin Tae
Academic Advisor and Program Manager

Phone: (902) 476-9096

Kaarin started with the College before is was officially the "College of Sustainability" back in 2009. She now works as the Academic Advisor and Program Manager. She helps students navigate through their undergraduate degrees so that they fulfill their aspirations and the degree requirements.

Kaarin also manages all the curriculum changes, academic calendar updates and the academic timetable. She currently oversees the hiring and managing of Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Tutorial Coordinators. Kaarin loves meeting with the students and is always excited to meet new ESS students in the fall, she will always encourage you to come in and say hello, or to book and appointment for a talk!

Kaarin's hobbies outside of the College involve almost always being literally outside! She is very involved in trail building societies around the HRM and loves hiking and mountain biking. She has travelled to many places and has too many favourites to name, usually the travel also involves being on a trail or a bike! Her favourite meals to eat are something that's been thrown on the grill or fire while she's camping.