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June 28, 2018

Waterloo – School’s almost out, the weather’s hot and Canada Day is coming up. Wilfrid Laurier University has experts on various aspects of summer, including Canada Day, preventing summer brain drain, summer travel and taking advantage of summer’s food bounty.

School Holidays and Learning

Colleen Willard-Holt, professor and dean of the Faculty of Education, is an expert in educational neuroscience, gifted education, special education and twice-exceptional students. She is available for comment on keeping kids’ brains challenged and providing enrichment opportunities during the summer. Contact: cwh@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x2212.

Dawn Buzza, professor of education and dean of the Faculty of Social Work, is an expert on self-regulated learning and the psychology of teaching and learning. She is available for comment on getting kids to motivate themselves to learn during the summer months. Contact: dbuzza@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x5252

Julie Mueller, associate professor of education, is an expert on digital technology and learning, as well as on physical activity and learning. She is available for comment on how technology and physical activity can enhance learning in the classroom and at home. Contact: jmueller@wlu.ca, 519.884.0710 x2115 or 519.572.0092 (cell).

Canadian History and Identity

Kathy Absolon-King, associate professor of social work and director of Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy, is an expert on Indigenous history, decolonization, Indigenous knowledge and contemporary Indigenous issues. She is available for comment on Canada’s Indigenous and settler history, including residential schools. She is Anishinaabekwe from Flying Post First Nation and the daughter of a residential school survivor. Contact: kabsolon@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x5229. Read more about her work.

Susan Neylan, associate professor of history, is an expert on Canadian history, particularly the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the history of Indigenous-church relations. Contact: sneylan@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x3595.

Beaches and Parks

Mary-Louise Byrne, professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, is an expert on beach and dune systems and management, particularly in protected areas on the Great Lakes. Her main research sites are at Point Pelee National Park, Pinery Provincial Park, Sandbanks Provincial Park and Sauble Beach. She is available for comment on how Ontario beaches are changing. Contact: mlbyrne@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x2993.

Summertime Food

Sean Doherty, professor and chair of Geography and Environmental Studies, is an expert on food tourism, local food, and health geography. He co-developed SmartAPPetite, an application that encourages the consumption of local foods, and is an avid amateur cook and brewer. Contact: sdoherty@wlu.ca or 226-791-4752 (cell).

Alison Blay-Palmer, associate professor of Geography and Environmental Studies and director of Laurier’s Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, is an expert on food sustainability. She is available for comment on local food and farmers’ markets. Contact: ablaypalmer@wlu.ca.

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