Education Committee

Role and Purpose 

The Education Committee coordinates and administers the education and professional training activities of the CNSA. The Committee organizes courses and workshops on specialized topics, provides direction to the Archives Advisor (AA), works with the AA to coordinate Core Courses offerings and the Archival Certificate Program, and awards Professional Development and Training bursaries to CNSA members. 

The Education Committee includes a Conference Sub-Committee, which is responsible for organizing the CNSA’s annual conference and/or jointly organizing a conference with other associations or organizations. 

The roles and responsibilities of the Education Committee are outlined below.

Responsibilities of the Education Committee 

The Education Committee works directly with the Archives Advisor, and as a team, they are responsible for selecting, scheduling, organizing, and overseeing all educational opportunities offered to the CNSA membership. This includes the following: 

  • Scheduling Core Courses both in-person and online;
  • Overseeing the CNSA Archival Certificate Program;
  • Assist with organizing workshops and training sessions both in-person and online;
  • Finding appropriate instructors for workshops and educational offerings; 
  • Development of new or specialized courses;
  • Promoting and awarding Professional Development and Training Bursaries to CNSA members;
  • Liaising with term or contract staff hired to develop or deliver education-related content;
  • Liaising with the Conference Sub-Committee to ensure the successful organization and delivery of the annual conference or joint conference. 


The Education Committee is made up of 4-6 volunteer CNSA members plus the CNSA Archives Advisor (ex-officio member) and a representative from the Association of Nova Scotia Museums (ex-officio to promote inter-organizational coordination). The committee appoints a Chair or Co-Chairs who is/are responsible for scheduling committee meetings; keeping the committee on track, schedule, and budget; and liaising with the Conference Sub-Committee. 


The Education Committee meets once per month with the exception of time off during July and August. 

Committee Members 2022-2023

Chair: Alyssa Gallant – Cape Breton University

Phil Cassidy – Argyle Township Court House Archives
Heather Green – Department of History, Saint Mary’s University
Catherine Irving – Coady International Institute, StFX University
Gabriel Jones – Consulting Director, Musée des Acadiens
Emily Plemel – Nova Scotia Archives
Maggie MacIntyre, ex-officio, Association on Nova Scotia Museums
Sharon Murray, ex-officio, Council of Nova Scotia Archives

Committee Members 2021-2022

Acting Chair: Kathleen MacKenzie – StFX University Archives

Emily Plemel – Nova Scotia Archives
Archives Advisor, ex-officio, Council of Nova Scotia Archives

Committee Members 2020-2021

Chair: Mary Flynn – Sisters of Charity Archives

Dave MacLachlan – Nova Scotia Archives
Rosemary Barbour – Preservation Archivist, Nova Scotia Archives
Jasmine MacNeil – Nova Scotia Archives
Kaitlin Wood – Argyle Township Court House and Archives
Mitchell Jabalee – Recent Dalhousie MI graduate and CNSA Award Winner
Emily Plemel – Nova Scotia Archives
Courtney Vienneau – Cape Breton University
Archives Advisor, ex-officio, Council of Nova Scotia Archives
Karin Kierstead, ex-officio, Association of Nova Scotia Museums