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20
Jan

meet Kevin Deveaux, MLA

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

Kevin Deveaux was elected as the Member of the Legislature (MLA) for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage in 1998 and was re-elected in 1999 and 2003.

From 1984 to 1986, Kevin attended St. Mary’s University, studying for a Bachelor in Commerce. Prior to finishing his degree, Kevin was accepted at Osgoode Hall Law School and graduated from York University in 1989. He articled with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, with the Ministry of Labour Legal Services Branch, between 1989 and 1990 and continued to work at that location until 1992.

In 1992, Kevin returned to Nova Scotia where he worked first with the City of Halifax, and then with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice where he worked as a Crown Attorney. From 1993 to 1996, Kevin worked with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour as a Legislation and Policy Review Officer. In that position, he worked with labour and management in drafting the new Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Kevin announced he was quitting his position as an NDP MLA to work in Vietnam for the United Nations.

In 1995, Kevin was selected to work with the United Nations International Labour Organization in China. He worked in Beijing with the Chinese Government, employers and unions to draft workplace protection legislation. From 1996 until his election in 1998 Kevin worked with the Nova Scotia Workers’ Advisers program, representing injured workers who had claims with the Workers’ Compensation Board.

From 1999-2003 Kevin was the Deputy Speaker in the House of Assembly. In that role, he presided over the debates in the Assembly when the Speaker was not available and chaired committee meetings. He also provided advice to the Speaker with regard to procedural issues in the Assembly.

After the 2003 provincial election, Kevin was appointed the House Leader for the Official Opposition. His duties include negotiating with the other political parties in the minority government situation and monitoring and developing legislation in the House of Assembly.

In March, 2004, Kevin traveled to Cambodia where he spoke to Members of Parliament and civil society with regard to building political parties that are open and transparent. He was the keynote speaker at a conference on Youth in Politics in Cambodia.

In 2005 Kevin was the Head of Delegation for an Election monitoring team that observed the local elections in Palestine. He has also worked in Egypt as part of study missions to observe the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

On Jan. 24, 2007, Kevin announced he was quitting his position as an NDP MLA to work in Vietnam for the United Nations.

description › When Kevin Deveaux ran for the leadership of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party, we worked with Kevin to provide a very distinct visual style for his print and on-line campaign.

20
Jan

meet Cheryl Barr, author

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

Marine biologist, certified yacht captain, author (born in Georgetown, Ontario on 27th September 1964).

At age seven Cheryl left Ontario with her family for life aboard an old wooden Newfoundland schooner to sail the world. Schooled by correspondence studies and life experiences in foreign lands, Cheryl gained an intense love of adventure travel, sailing and continued world studies.

She received her degree in marine biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1984. She worked in the field of marine biology in Canada, Australia and South Africa as well as being a field naturalist at a national park.

At age seven Cheryl left Ontario with her family for life aboard an old wooden Newfoundland schooner to sail the world.

With a longing to moving back aboard a sailing boat for high adventure, Cheryl became a certified welder and later a woodworker in order to help build a 62-foot steel schooner whose maiden voyage was a non-stop sail to Cuba. After sailing the Caribbean for a few seasons and racing schooners up and down the eastern seaboard, Cheryl decided to become a licensed yacht captain. Taking her “ticket” at a sailing school on the Isle of Wight in Britain she sailed to the Mediterranean and later worked on a power yacht in the Caribbean.

Taking a break from the world of mega yachts, Cheryl has moved ashore to Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia where she has been writing boating guides for regions of Atlantic Canada where navigational information for the average yachtsmen has been lacking.

company › Yacht Pilot Publishing
external link › Yacht Pilot Publishing

Boating books published by Cheryl Barr:
Cruising Guide to the Down East Circle Route
Cruising Guide to the Canadian Maritimes

Seminars by Cheryl Barr:
How to cruise the St. Lawrence River to the Maritimes
Experience Cuba: Land and Sea
Newfoundland

01
Nov

Horst Deppe : Passing of a legend

Tonight I discovered the passing of Horst Deppe. Horst was a teacher of typography and communication design at NSCAD many years ago. His effect on me was indelible.

I always was in awe of his presence. His ability to draw out perfection was unmatched. He had a gentle kind side that never showed ego, nor pretentiousness.

His ability to draw out perfection was unmatched. He had a gentle kind side that never showed ego, nor pretentiousness.

Horst embodied the spirit of NSCAD, technical expertise, critical and flexible thinking, and most importantly it’s whimsy.

There is comfort that his legacy will live on in those he taught and through his work.

Celebrate Horst, to me a legend. Thank you my friend. You are missed but never forgotten.

photo source https://www.gdc.net/excellence/profile/horst-deppe-fgdc

 

26
Aug

Nova Scotia’s creative industry? Is it worth staying?

At the beginning of the summer some students from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University approached me as part of a class research project to gather information on locale creatives and their practices. I thought it would be interesting to post their questions and my responses. Here is a little ‘get to know, Orlando’ and a little of what I think of pursuing a creative career in Nova Scotia.

Where are you from?
Originally Toronto, Ontario. I moved to Nova Scotia in 1993.

What type of education do you have?
Bachelor of Visual Communication Design, Honors, Major in Digital Communication Design

Where did you gain your experience?
Before university I worked for many years trying to find my place in the creative world, trying my hand at several different industries. Print designer,  a mural artist, a sign painter, heck even apprenticed as a projectionist. After much research, I decided to go to NSCAD as I was unfocused and needed theory based training. I had already accumulated plenty of ‘hands-on’ experience.

Did you go away after school? Yes/no Why?
I found an industry job right at graduation from NSCAD , although I did have an internship with a local company called Collideascope. RIP You crazy bastards.

Over the years I have seen the idea of a local team dissipate. I have worked with and managed people all over the world, and with technology it makes no difference whether you are three provinces away or in the next room, work can be completed effectively and efficiently

Why do you currently work in Nova Scotia as opposed to elsewhere?
I do love Nova Scotia, I have thought about relocating but share custody of my daughter whose mother is here in NS. It is doubtful I would be happier raising my daughter anywhere but here.

Do you typically hire locally before you hire employees from away?
I make it a point to use local first, this includes suppliers. Not all agencies can boast the same.

Aside from the obvious (reliable, good portfolio, etc) what do you look for in new employees?
Two things to me can rise above a slick portfolio and technical skills. A ‘hungry’ attitude, someone who is driven to grow and learn. The other is a good sense of self. I have no time for ego. Being able to laugh at oneself is extremely important to surviving in the creative world. Humor is essential. To me, being down to earth speaks volumes.

What opportunities was your company able to generate at start-up and within the last two years?
A fairly new opportunity is that we are becoming the agency of record for many smaller companies in the city. In the 25-80 range of employee size. A role that is normally held by an in-house creative team. This offers a company far superior creative they were unable to access in the past.

What is your employee turnover?
I have not had any turnover in my creative department since I established it. However it is quite high in the programming end of our business. It is an extremely high pressure job that few can maintain for long periods.

What advice do you have for new graduates who may want to stay local?
Be prepared to do more than one thing. There is very little room for specialization in the HRM. Learn many skills, keep them up to date. But be sure to DEMAND to be paid appropriately for your services. As anywhere in the world, there is the chance you will be taken advantage of unless you stand up for your self, and give yourself the respect you deserve. Your time and work have value, and the promise of a ‘good portfolio piece’ is not worth your time.

If you have any notes on anything we might have missed, we will be extremely greatful.
Over the years I have seen the idea of a local team dissipate. I have worked with and managed people all over the world, and with technology it makes no difference whether you are three provinces away or in the next room, work can be completed effectively and efficiently. If you want to live in Nova Scotia you can do so and effectively ‘work’ anywhere virtually. This is a trend that has done nothing but expand over the last 10 years. I predict it will only increase.

21
Jul

meet Lee Cripps, Visual Artist & Photographer

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

Lee Cripps is a professional artist and arts administrator living and working in Halifax, NS. After a decade long career in television Lee made a conscious return to her Fine Arts roots upon the birth of her daughter in 2007.Becoming a mother solidified for her the importance of living life with intention and truth. Since coming out in 2008, she uses her art practice as an ongoing investigation of spirituality, sexuality and feminism.

The process of photographing has been an outlet for documenting her life and growth as an artist and individual within a community – and the beauty of that community. Her work is landscape, portraiture, journalism and expression. She is motivated by evocative inspirations brought to surface purely by daily observations and interested in Art as expression in the purest form.”