Research Team

Meet the Team

Steering Committee

Advisory Group

Research Support

Governance Structure


Steering Committee
[virtual_slide_box id=”2″] Kristina Llewellyn
Oral History Knowledge Cluster
Kristina R. Llewellyn is the Director of DOHR. She is an Associate Professor of Social Development
Studies at Renison University College, University of Waterloo. She is the author of Democracy’s Angels:
The Work of Women Teachers (MQUP, 2012)
, co-editor of The Canadian Oral History Reader (MQUP,
, and co-editor of Oral History and Education: Theories, Dilemmas, and Practices (Palgrave, 2017).
Kristina was recently honoured as one of Education’s 100 by UBC and awarded the Marion Dewar Prize.
Her areas of research and teaching include educational history, history education, citizenship education, and oral history education. For questions about the project, you may contact her at
Tony Smith
Victims of Institutional Child Exploitation Society (VOICES)
African Nova Scotian Culture Knowledge Cluster
Tony Smith has spent most of his adult life helping people who are marginalized—those in the child welfare system or the criminal justice system, and those who struggle with mental illness and addictions. He is best known for his work advocating for those who suffered abuse and neglect at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (NSHCC). In 2012, Tony and other former NSHCC residents co-founded the Victims of Institutional Child Exploitation Society (VOICES), a support and advocacy group. Tony and the VOICES executive led the call for a public inquiry into the NSHCC, which the province initiated in 2014. They also helped secure class-action settlements with the NSHCC and the provincial government, both of whom offered public apologies to the former residents. Tony was a driving force on the design team that created a Restorative Inquiry meant to address systemic issues and lead to social change. He continues to serve the inquiry as council co-chair. Throughout the inquiry design and implementation, Tony has demonstrated a commitment to building relationships between public agencies and the African Nova Scotian community in an effort to shape a better and more just future together.
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[virtual_slide_box id=”4″] Tracey Dorrington-Skinner
Victims of Institutional Child Exploitation Society (VOICES)
Tracey Dorrington-Skinner is a a survivor of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children. She has been a co-chair of VOICES and a member of the design team for the restorative inquiry advisory committee. She has devoted 20 years of service to the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board as a African Canadian liaison officer. She is also the proud mother of two adult daughters and a very proud grandmother to one new grandson.
Gerry Morrison
Victims of Institutional Child Exploitation Society (VOICES)
Gerald Morrison was born in Middleton, Nova Scotia, in 1952. He was put into the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (NSHCC) at the age of 2 where he remained until 1960. At 8 years of age Gerald was placed into a foster home and resided there until he graduated from Queen Elizabeth High School. Gerald attended University for 2 years and left when he got a full time position with a major dairy in the Halifax region. Gerald spent 28 years in all aspects of the dairy industry. He was involved with his local union as a President for 28 years and fought for the rights of all workers. Gerald left the dairy industry to start his own Gourmet Ice Cream business in 2000. He manufactures and sells Gourmet Ice Cream under the name Black Bear Ice Cream Emporium Ltd. Gerald was involved with the class-action lawsuit that was won against the NSHCC and the Nova Scotia Government. He is a co-chair of VOICES (Victims of Institutional Childhood Exploitation Society), a member of the UJIMA design team and Council of Parties for the NSHCC Restorative Inquiry. Gerald presently lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia with his wife of 39 years, Roberta, and has 2 children, Brandon, 28 and Kaleena 34. He also has a loving grand-daughter Jade, 5 years of age who is his pride and joy.
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[virtual_slide_box id=”6″] Lindsay Gibson
History Education Knowledge Cluster
Lindsay Gibson is an Assistant Professor in Social Studies Education in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta where his research focuses on historical thinking, and other aspects of teaching, learning, and assessing history. He taught secondary school history and social studies for ten years in School District No. 23 (Kelowna, British Columbia), and from 2012-2015 worked as a teacher on the district Instructional Leadership Team that was awarded the Canadian Education Association’s 2015 Canadian Innovators in Education Award.
Lindsay has worked with both the Historical Thinking Project and The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2) since 2008. Lindsay has been a member of the BC Ministry of Education Writing Team that drafted the redesigned K-12 Social Studies Curriculum since 2012, and is also part of the Working Group that is currently designing the new K-12 social studies curriculum in Alberta.
Jennifer Llewellyn
Restorative Learning Knowledge Cluster
Jennifer Llewellyn is the Viscount Bennett Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Her research is focused on relational theory, restorative justice, truth commissions, human rights and a restorative approach to education. Professor Llewellyn advises on the use of a restorative approach nationally and internationally, including as advisor to the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, the Provincial Restorative Approach in Schools Project and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She facilitated the design process for the Restorative Public Inquiry into the Home for Colored Children and serves as advisor to the process.
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[virtual_slide_box id=”8″] Jennifer Roberts-Smith
Virtual Reality Knowledge Cluster
Jennifer Roberts-Smith is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Theatre and Performance at the University of Waterloo. She is Principal Investigator of the Simulated Environment for Theatre (SET) project and the Q Collaboratory, funded by SSHRC, the Ontario Early Researcher Award program, the Stratford Festival, and MITACS. She publishes in a broad range of disciplines including design, digital humanities, digital editing, Shakespeare’s language, archival theatre history, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her creative work focuses on theatre and new media and adaptations of Shakespeare.
Advisory Group
[virtual_slide_box id=”9″] Gerald Voorhees
Virtual Reality Knowledge Cluster
Gerald Voorhees is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama and Speech
Communication at the University of Waterloo. His research is on games and new media as sites for the construction and contestation of identity and culture. In addition to editing books on gender in games and game cultures, role-playing games, and first-person shooter games, Gerald is co-editor of Bloomsbury’s
Approaches to Game Studies book series
Thomas Henderson
African Nova Scotian Culture Knowledge Cluster
Tom Henderson is a curriculum consultant in the African Canadian Services Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, where he is responsible for the development, promotion, and delivery of programs, resources, and services for African Nova Scotian students. Tom is committed to the principles of anti-racism, Africentricity, and social justice, and attempts to incorporate those principles in everything that he does as an educator.
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[virtual_slide_box id=”10″]Amy Hunt
Restorative Learning Knowledge Cluster
Amy is the VP at St. Joseph’s A. McKay School in North End Halifax. She has over ten years of classroom teaching experience and has helped to facilitate the Restorative Approaches in Schools Project in Nova Scotia. In 2014, Amy received the Cynthia Chambers’ Master’s Thesis Award from the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies for her thesis entitled: “Relational Theory and Critical Race Theory as Social Practice in School: The Restorative Approach”. She is a Doctorate of Education candidate at the University of Glasgow, and teaches “Restorative Approaches in Education” at Mount Saint Vincent University.​
Alan Sears
History Education Knowledge Cluster
Alan Sears’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of several fields: citizenship education, history education, and the history of education. His most recent book, an international collaboration with authors from around the world, Education, Globalization and the Nation (Palgrave) was published in 2016. He is currently editor of the journal Citizenship Teaching and Learning.
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[virtual_slide_box id=”12″] Bronwen Low
Oral History Knowledge Cluster
Bronwen Low is an associate professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education in McGill University’s Faculty of Education. Her research interests include the implications and challenges of popular youth culture for curriculum theory, literacy studies, and pedagogy; community-media projects and pedagogies; translanguaging and the multilingual Montreal hip-hop scene; and the pedagogical implications of the life stories of Montrealers who have survived genocide and other human rights violations. Her books include Slam school: Learning through conflict in the hip-hop and spoken word classroom (Stanford UP, 2011), and most recently Community-based Media Pedagogies: Listening in the Commons (2017), with Chloe Brushwood Rose and Paula Salvio.
Nicholas Ng-A-Fook
Oral History Knowledge Cluster
Dr. Ng-A-Fook is Director of the Teacher Education Program at the University of Ottawa. He is committed toward addressing the 94 Calls to Action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in partnership with the local Indigenous and school board communities. Dr. Ng-A-Fook’s research specializes in life writing research within the fields of curriculum studies and history of education. He has published several books and articles in journals like theMcGill Journal of Education, Canadian Journal of Education, and Our Schools, Our Selves. His recently published a co-edited collection with Dr. Kristina Llewellyn titled, Oral History and Education: Theories, Dilemmas, and Practices.
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[virtual_slide_box id=”14″] Lennart Nacke
Virtual Reality Knowledge Cluster
Dr. Lennart Nacke is the Director of the HCI Games Group and an Associate Professor for Human-Computer Interaction and Game Design at the University of Waterloo. He is researching the cognitive and emotional aspects of player experience in video games. Lennart has worked as a gamification consultant, chaired the ACM CHI PLAY 2014 and Gamification 2013 conferences, and is currently the chair of the ACM CHI PLAY steering committee.
Richard Derible
Restorative Learning Knowledge Cluster
Richard Derible is a School Administration Supervisor with the Halifax Regional School Board. Previously Richard worked with the Nova Scotia Departments of Justice and Education & Early Childhood Development where he led the Restorative Approach in Schools Project.
Before joining the HRSB, Richard worked for the Special Projects Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services where he developed outdoor programs for children with special needs and at-risk youth.
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[virtual_slide_box id=”16″] Carla Peck
History Education Knowledge Cluster
Carla L. Peck is Associate Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include students’ understandings of democratic concepts, diversity, identity, citizenship and the relationship between students’ ethnic identities and their understandings of history. She has held several major research grants and has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and practitioner-oriented articles related to this work.

Research Support


[virtual_slide_box id=”17″] Kai Butterfield
Kai Butterfield is a Peace and Conflict Studies student in her 2B term at the University of Waterloo. In secondary school, she began studying the impact of institutional racism in the Canadian education system on marginalized students. She intends to address aspects of this structural violence through the development of inclusive curriculum that reflects the diverse history and experiences of Black Canadians.
Tony Tin
Tony Tin is the Director of Library and Information Services at University of Waterloo’s Renison University College Library. Tony had coordinated many mobile learning projects which have won the International E-Learning Association’s E-learning Award 2012. His Mobile Library project received the Canadian Library Association Library Research and Develop Grant Award in 2006. He is the technical leader for the Mobile Academic Integrity project which is funded by the eCampus Ontario Innovation and Research Grant.He attained his Master of Library and Information Sciences degree from the University of Alberta, a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degrees from McGill University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. He has published articles and book chapters and presented at conferences on topics such as library technology, information literacy, and mobile libraries.
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[virtual_slide_box id=”19″] Stephanie Lin
Stephanie Lin is a third year Computer Science and Fine Arts student at the University of Waterloo. She is a UI/UX developer and designer and assisted in the building and design of the DOHR website.
Dan Lee
Dan is a Computer Science student in his 3A term at the University of Waterloo. Through his personal projects and interests in Web Development, Dan contributed his skills and further developed his passion in the field through this website.
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[virtual_slide_box id=”21″] Felicia Lartey
Felicia Lartey is a History and Sociology student going into her fourth year at Laurentian University. She has always been interested in African-American/Canadian studies mainly focusing on the civil rights movement period. After her undergrad, she would like to pursue her Masters degree in African-American Studies at Howard University and eventually her PhD as well to become a History professor.
David Annable
Having celebrated his 12 year anniversary as the head of IT at Renison, David has spent his career paying attention to the tools and solutions needed to teach, study, and research in the world of post-secondary education. His training is in network engineering and software development, with a focus on security, systems integration, and project management. He has spent more than 25 years engaged in technology industry both from an enterprise and a consumer perspective. He was born and raised in Niagara’s wine country and currently lives in Waterloo with his wife and son.
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Governance Structure

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