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 and faculty, assists with the development of promotional materials, and manages student newsletter content. 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 freelance 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.

Holly Briand


Holly Briand
Finance Clerk 


Holly is the Finance Clerk for the College, a role which allows her to put to good use her love of spreadsheets, whether it be to prepare budget reports, track submitted payroll hours and payment requests, or facilitate travel arrangements for guest speakers of the ESS Lecture Series.

In working with the team at the College, she has found an ideal place to use her financial and administrative experience to help support and work towards environmentally sustainable practices. In her spare time, Holly always has a book on the go, travels when she can, and loves to spend time with her favorite people. Usually over food.

Monique Drisdelle


Monique Drisdelle
Academic Program Secretary

(902) 220-3029

Monique is usually one of the first faces that students and other University members see when they walk through the doors of the College. She is the Program Secretary and offers administrative support for faculty, staff, teaching assistants, students and student society. She has been with the College of Sustainability since 2012 and loves supporting and encouraging students.

Monique's favourite College event is attending the Annual Orientation in September. She loves to meet all of the new students, and greet returning students back to the College. The orientation event gives students, staff and faculty a chance to meet and talk on a more personal level, and Monique enjoys being a part of the experience.

Outside of the College, Monique is an active hobby gardener, and loves spending time with family. She loves books and music, and said the best music concert she ever attended was Paul McCartney right here in Halifax at The Halifax Commons.

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.

Kaarin Tae


Kaarin Tae
Academic Advisor and Program Manager

(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.