Martha MacQuarrie Leaving Landmark East Association Board

After many years serving on the Board of Directors for the Landmark East Association, Martha MacQuarrie has decided to resign as she focuses on her run to become the Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants. During her tenure, Martha has served on several committees including governance, executive, and bursary selection. Martha will continue to serve as a Trustee of the Landmark East Foundation.

“Over the past 10 years I have had the honour to serve on the Association of Landmark East School,” says Martha. “I have seen several changes along the way but none so great as the lives of the students who have come through the doors and the profound effect that has had on me. As I move on to pursue my career as the next MP for Kings Hants, Landmark East will always remain close to my heart.”

“We have been honoured to have Martha’s commitment for over ten years and we will miss her knowledge, experience, and invaluable insights,” says Erna Fraser, Chair of the Board of Directors. “She also added just the right touch of humour when it was needed. She will certainly be missed.”

About Landmark East School
Landmark East is an independent co-ed day and boarding school for students with learning differences located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The student base is diverse with learners from grades 3-12 who have been diagnosed in a variety of areas such as high-functioning Autism, Dyslexia, and Attention Deficit Disorder that make learning challenging in a traditional school setting. The school is committed to student-centered learning, small class sizes, daily physical activity, community service, and diverse pedagogy. A team of over forty professionals specializing in various roles drive the school’s success and are dedicated to enhancing students’ academic success and self-confidence. Landmark East is a registered charity and actively fundraises year-round to provide student bursaries. On average, half of Landmark East’s Nova Scotia students are subsidized through bursaries. Landmark East is one of three recognized special education schools in Nova Scotia; therefore, Nova Scotia students with a demonstrated need for Landmark East are eligible for the funding they would receive if they attended a public school.

About Landmark East Foundation
Landmark East Foundation is a Canadian charitable foundation to hold and administer the Landmark East Student Bursary Fund for Landmark East School. The Foundation is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization. The Foundation is led by a board of volunteer trustees.

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Betty-Ann Buott Joins Landmark East Foundation

Landmark East Foundation is pleased to announce Betty-Ann Buott has joined Landmark East Foundation Board of Trustees. Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Betty-Ann has a BA and BEd from Mount Saint Vincent University and MEd from Acadia University. Betty-Ann is not new to Landmark East School, having served as a teacher and the school’s guidance counsellor in the mid-2000s. Today Betty-Ann is the owner of Buott Psychotherapy Services and A Tranquil Place – Holistic Health & Wellness Centre in Wolfville.  Betty-Ann has a Canadian Counselling Certification and is a Registered Counselling Therapist.

About Landmark East Foundation

Landmark East Foundation is a Canadian charitable foundation to hold and administer the Landmark East Student Bursary Fund for Landmark East School. The Foundation is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization. The Foundation is led by a board of volunteer trustees.

About Landmark East School

Landmark East is an independent co-ed day and boarding school for students with learning differences located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The student base is diverse with learners from grades 3-12 who have been diagnosed in a variety of areas such as high-functioning Autism, Dyslexia, and Attention Deficit Disorder that make learning challenging in a traditional school setting. The school is committed to student-centered learning, small class sizes, daily physical activity, community service, and diverse pedagogy. A team of over forty professionals specializing in various roles drive the school’s success and are dedicated to enhancing students’ academic success and self-confidence. Landmark East is a registered charity and actively fundraises year-round to provide student bursaries. On average, half of Landmark East’s Nova Scotia students are subsidized through bursaries. Landmark East is one of three recognized special education schools in Nova Scotia; therefore, Nova Scotia students with a demonstrated need for Landmark East are eligible for the funding they would receive if they attended a public school.

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Landmark East School Welcomes Karen Fougere as Head of School

Landmark East School is excited to welcome Karen Fougere as our new Head of School. Karen will begin on August 1, 2019. Strong leadership in any organization is critical for future success and with Karen we are confident in a very strong future.

Karen Fougere grew up in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. She attended Dalhousie University, in Halifax, where she received her Bachelor of Science (Major in Mathematics and Minor in Biology) as well as her Bachelor of Education. Karen also completed an additional minor in Psychology through Acadia University and Saint Mary’s University.

Karen has taught at Armbrae Academy in Halifax for 29 years where she held the position of Senior School Director for seven years and Interim Head of School for the past two years.

Karen received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics, and the CA+IS Diploma in Independent School Leadership and Administration. She would have completed her diploma in 2005, but took advantage of an opportunity to travel to Tanzania with an international humanitarian group. During this trip, Karen helped construct a community centre with the local Tanzanians. This included making the bricks and using mortar to cement them in place. She graduated with her LI diploma in 2006.

Over her tenure at Armbrae, Karen has taught General Science 9, Mathematics 10, Biology 10, Biology 11, Biology 12, Precalculus 11, Precalculus 12, Calculus, and Junior (Elementary) School Computers Grades 1, 2, 3. In addition to a full teaching load, Karen held the position as the Math and Science Coordinator for both the Junior and Senior Schools, as well as the Senior School Admissions Coordinator.

She says that her most prized awards (no offense to the Government of Canada and the Prime Minister’s Office) have come from the students: the Armbrae Buddy Award, presented to her by the Student Council for her a positive attitude and being helpful to others, and the Dancing Shoes Award for being able to stand in the shoes of someone else in order to understand their perspective.

Karen is characterized as being authentic, vulnerably courageous, and humble. She builds community and fosters strong working relationships, while engaging and empowering her team. She is a creative problem-solver who enjoys thinking outside the box to solve challenges.  Her strengths include her ability to listen, understand, reflect and to be flexible when making decisions that are based on well thought-out rational judgment. This approach has garnered her a reputation for being a fair, consistent and honest leader.

Media inquiries can be directed to Erna Fraser, Chair of the Landmark East School Board of Directors. efraser@landmarkeast.org.

About Landmark East School

Landmark East is an independent co-ed day and boarding school for students with learning differences located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The student base is diverse with learners from grades 3-12 who have been diagnosed in a variety of areas such as high-functioning Autism, Dyslexia, and Attention Deficit Disorder that make learning challenging in a traditional school setting. The school is committed to student-centered learning, small class sizes, daily physical activity, community service, and diverse pedagogy. A team of over forty professionals specializing in various roles drive the school’s success and are dedicated to enhancing students’ academic success and self-confidence. Landmark East is a registered charity and actively fundraises year-round to provide student bursaries. On average, half of Landmark East’s Nova Scotia students are subsidized through bursaries. Landmark East is one of three recognized special education schools in Nova Scotia; therefore, Nova Scotia students with a demonstrated need for Landmark East are eligible for the funding they would receive if they attended a public school.

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Landmark East Welcomes Jennifer Skuffham as Director of Student Recruitment

Landmark East School is excited to welcome Jennifer Skuffham to the team as our new Director of Student Recruitment. Recruitment is a critically important part of Landmark East School’s mission and future success.

Jennifer joins the Landmark East team with over 20 years experience in recruitment and mentoring youth. She is passionate about making a positive difference and helping others succeed. A graduate of Acadia University, she has excelled in all of her roles including a top recruiter for Venture for Canada, Acadia University and a leader and trainer for the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

In addition to pursuing a career, she is committed to giving back to her community through extensive volunteer work including fundraising, conducting leadership workshops and volunteering with seniors and children.

Jennifer is excited to work with the amazing Landmark East team to help welcome new students and their families to the Landmark East community. Very soon she will be reaching out to past and present students and their families to build and strengthen relationships.

Jennifer can be reached at:
Email: jskuffham@landmarkeast.org
Phone: (902) 542-2237 Ext. 223
Cell: (902) 300-2124

About Landmark East School

Landmark East is an independent co-ed day and boarding school for students with learning differences located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The student base is diverse with learners from grades 3-12 who have been diagnosed in a variety of areas such as high-functioning Autism, Dyslexia, and Attention Deficit Disorder that make learning challenging in a traditional school setting. The school is committed to student-centered learning, small class sizes, daily physical activity, community service, and diverse pedagogy. A team of over forty professionals specializing in various roles drive the school’s success and are dedicated to enhancing students’ academic success and self-confidence. Landmark East is a registered charity and actively fundraises year-round to provide student bursaries. On average, half of Landmark East’s Nova Scotia students are subsidized through bursaries. Landmark East is one of three recognized special education schools in Nova Scotia; therefore, Nova Scotia students with a demonstrated need for Landmark East are eligible for the funding they would receive if they attended a public school.

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14th Annual Walkathon , Sunday October 16th, 2016

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Our Annual Walkathon is a cornerstone event in Wolfville, Nova Scotia: just one of the many treasured traditions that mark the beginning of the vibrant harvest season in the Annapolis Valley. In the past decade, our event has drawn more than $465,000 into the Landmark East Bursary Fund – a fund that enables even more local children to attend our school. We are so very lucky to be located in this beautiful corner of the world; a place of growth and nurturing that visibly reflects the values of our school.

Our relationship with the town of Wolfville is incredibly vital to the success of all our fundraising initiatives, the Annual Landmark East Walkathon especially so. As our school grows, so too does the need for student support. This year’s Walkathon will be bigger than ever, with more games, activities, and prizes to be won. Landmark East School has been generously awarded two round-trip flight passes by WestJet to put toward our fundraising goals. These passes can be applied to any of WestJet Airlines’ destinations in North America and the Caribbean, as well as London, Glasgow, and Dublin in the United Kingdom. Raffle tickets to win the passes can be purchased by contacting Mandy Noble at 902-542-2237 x 221 or by email (mnoble@landmarkeast.org); one ticket can be purchased for $10, three tickets for $30, and nine tickets for $50. The names of the raffle winners will be announced on Sunday October 16th.

We look forward to seeing our school’s families and friends, both those returning and new, at the 14th Annual Walkathon on Sunday, October 16. There is no better way to support local students in need to pursue the specialized education they deserve. Landmark East School is committed to changing lives for the better, empowering our students to grow, take risks, and reach their fullest potential.

Scott Walker Memorial

As part of our Graduation Celebration this year, the school has purchased a beautiful stone bench and plaque celebrating and remembering the dedication and inspired contribution made by Scott Walker to students and staff at Landmark East School over his 30 years of service.   While the bench has been in place (in the gazebo) for the past month or so, we have held up any announcement generally until the engraving on commemorative plaque was completed (this week).

In addition to the memorial bench, I am pleased to also announce that The Scott Walker Scholarship Fund has been set up (current value $8000), and Scott’s parents, Sharon & Lloyd Walker will be attending the closing ceremony to personally award this year’s inaugural $500 bursary.

Sincerely,

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