Inside King's-Edgehill School

Kathleen Crowell (2009-13): Acupuncturist

Posted by Heather Strickey on Mar 20, 2017 12:50:00 PM

I was a student at KES for six years. Following my graduation from KES I applied to and was accepted as a student in the two year Acupuncture programme at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine located in Bedford, Nova Scotia. To obtain the status of an Acupuncturist requires a minimum of two years of study or 2200 hours.

As an acupuncturist, my goal is to help clients restore and maintain good health and prevent future illness. My special interest lies in the area of pain management. I first discovered the field of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine when I was in my late teens.

I was injured in an automobile accident that caused constant pain and discomfort. Traditional therapies did not restore my ability to function in the manner previous to my accident. I heard, through various sources, about Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and decided to investigate their therapies. It worked, and still works to help me manage my pain.

Based on the excellent outcomes that I experienced, I wanted to share this wonderful therapy programme with others and decided I wanted a career as a holistic health care provider. Today, as a professional therapist in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, I develop and provide pain management programmes to others. Seeing the relief on my client's faces when their illness and pain is relieved, gives me great personal satisfaction.

As an acupuncturist, I do more than poke people with needles. I do therapies such as fire cupping, ear seeding, acupressure, tuina, health counselling, herbs, nutrition and diagnosing in traditional Chinese Medicine. My job involves developing a professional relationship with the client by listening, palpation and assessing their general constitution.

My studies also included traditional Chinese Reflexology. Reflexology is the study of the different pressure points on the feet and hands in relation to other areas of the human body. I am currently enrolled in a Business Administration programme at NSCC and also working in my profession with other like-minded colleagues at Chamomile Wellness Center in West Chezzetcook.

My future plans are to open a spa and wellness center in Nova Scotia. My advice to KES students: find a rewarding career; a field of study that you are passionate about. The world is continually changing. Your first career choice may not be what you may end up doing. Follow your path of interest and the world is waiting for you with all of its challenges and rewards. It is up to you to go and get it!

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Jessica (Wilson) Macy 2000-2003: Personal Trainer & Health Coach

Posted by Heather Strickey on Mar 10, 2017 12:39:00 PM

After leaving KES, I attended STFX where I played on the Varsity Rugby Team and won a National Championship. Sports have been my passion for as long as I can remember, so when I discovered there was a degree I could take in University that would focus on exercise and sport I figured that would lead me to a successful future.

After graduating, I followed my parents down to the Sarasota/ Bradenton area of Florida on the Gulf Coast. I learned I am passionate about helping and teaching people so I became a certified personal trainer. I spent almost 9 years at University Park Country Club as the Fitness Manager and Personal Trainer. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the Fitness Centre, I also ran the group fitness programme, and designed monthly health challenges for our members. Most of my days were spent helping sedentary individuals become more active, teaching golfers how to activate the proper muscles to gain more yards in their drive, or helping Parkinson's patients improve their strength and balance while delaying their disease progression.

I have been blessed to change people's lives by improving their health and building personal relationships that will last a lifetime. The most important thing I would tell people who are trying to figure out what the want to with their lives is to do what makes them happy. Find your passion, if you love what you do, your job will come easy and your life will be better for it. My husband and I recently decided to do just that and moved to Nashville with our two little boys. No, not to pursue a career in music but to be in a city that makes us happy where we can enjoy the outdoors and be more active. I have started working with a personal training company as an independent contractor and am enjoying growing my business in a new city.

I believe that exercise can save lives and no matter where I am in the world, health and fitness will be a part of me for the rest of my life.

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Rachel Bedingfield (1994-97): Director of Parks and Recreation

Posted by Heather Strickey on Feb 20, 2017 12:42:00 PM

Rachel Bedingfield (1994-97), Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Kentville, was selected by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity as one of the 25 most influential women for 2015.

Rachel is a co-chair for WomenActive NS (WANS). One of the goals of the organization is to create more opportunities for women and young girls in sports. "We're looking at increasing participation at all levels in girls in physical education and recreational activity," she said. "We want to empower them with the idea of taking on leadership roles across all of those sectors."

"We are also working regularly with provincial sports organizations in the field and helping them to make sure there is fair and equitable access on their boards and more women in coaching and refereeing and leadership roles," she said. "We're just trying to create welcoming environments for women and girls."

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Meet Dr. Gillian (Rowe) MacLean (1998-2002): Neonatologist

Posted by Heather Strickey on Jan 27, 2017 7:17:00 AM

I graduated from KES in 2002 and moved to Dublin to attend the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) medical school. I am so grateful to KES for the knowledge and confidence to apply and then attend RCSI, if it wasn't for KES I would not have known about RCSI.

I completed a 6-year medical programme in Ireland and had the opportunity to travel around Europe. I graduated in 2008 and was accepted to begin my General Pediatrics residency training at the University of Ottawa in July of the same year.

After 3 years in general pediatrics I started a three year fellowship in Neonatal Perinatal medicine also at the University of Ottawa. I am currently in my final year of fellowship. My training has been delayed due to maternity leaves, my husband and I have three amazing kids; Lachlan is 5, Cormac is 3.5 years and Maisie is 16 months.

In May of 2017, my training will be finished and I plan on practicing as a Neonatologist, hopefully in the Ottawa area. Whenever I think about my time at KES I am overwhelmed with memories that fill my heart with happiness and laughter. I am so grateful for the experiences I had.

My advice for current KES students is to follow your dreams; you are capable of achieving them.

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Dr. Karen (Price) Mann (1948-58): Medical Education Trainer

Posted by Heather Strickey on Jan 17, 2017 7:33:00 AM

I was an Edgehill 'lifer'- I attended the School from ages 5- 15, in what would be Grades 2-11. While I was a day girl, I always loved the periods of boarding which happened every year, when my parents travelled or for other reasons. The friends made at Edgehill remain among my closest friends today. Along with several classmates, I left the School after Grade 11 and went to Dalhousie University where I entered a Bachelor of Nursing Science programme. The programme was a 'sandwich' programme: it was six years long, involving two years of Science, followed by three years of nursing training in a hospital, and a sixth year, which was a university Diploma in Teaching in Nursing. Reflecting on that programme, I think its structure, which combined academic and practical education, laid the basis for how my life and work unfolded.

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The Year of Edgehill

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 13, 2016 8:06:00 AM

2016 is the year of Edgehill marking the 125th anniversary of its founding and its first fall term in 1891 but
marking, as well, the 40th anniversary of the union of King’s Collegiate School and Edgehill Church School for Girls in 1976 to form what is now King’s-Edgehill School. On Tuesday afternoon, the School held a special assembly to celebrate these anniversaries which speak so profoundly to what the School as a whole is.

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Carlisle Norwood (2003-09) by Heather Strickey, Director of Advancement

Posted by Heather Strickey on Dec 2, 2016 8:23:00 AM

In addition to running a team-based programme that engages university and college students in social entrepreneurship, Enactus Canada also operates the Student Entrepreneur National Competition, which is a programme that is dedicated to recognizing the best for-profit, student run ventures in the country. I was very pleased on February 9th when I received an email from Preston Aitken telling me that Carlisle Norwood (2003-09) had been named one of two of Nova Scotia's 2015 Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champions. "Norwood received the title of Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion because of his commitment to customer service as well as his excitement for, and involvement in, the entrepreneurial community in Halifax. Carlisle's business, Freshman Services, provides storage, moving, shipping and packing supplies services as well as property maintenance, pressure washing and gutter cleaning to their clients.

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Irene Rigold - A Wonderful Friend by Heather Strickey, Advancement Director

Posted by Heather Strickey on Nov 22, 2016 9:02:00 AM

I first met Irene Rigold in the fall of 2014. I am always trying to meet as many friends of the School as I can possibly can. Miss Rigold was on my "can't wait to meet you" list as Steve Porter (KES Director of Finance) told me that Irene had a very interesting tale to tell.

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A Woman on a Mission - Emma Taylor by Heather Strickey, Advancement Director

Posted by Heather Strickey on Nov 2, 2016 9:19:00 AM

Emma Taylor came to King's-Edgehill School for her Grade 12 year in 2009-10 because she wanted a greater challenge and guidance for her future. Emma immediately added a spark to our Soccer, Basketball, Hockey and Rugby programmes. She was approached by several universities for her prowess in Rugby and Hockey. She decided to attend Saint Francis Xavier University (StFX) in Antigonish in the fall of 2010. Below is Emma's synopsis of her five years at StFX.

"In my first year at StFX, I made the Women's Rugby team. We won the AUS (Atlantic University Sport) banner and then continued on to win the National finals in overtime against Concordia University. What an amazing start to my university Rugby career! In my second year at StFX, we lost in the National final against Guelph, 28-0. In my third year (2012), we were known as the "Dream Team". I played with four women that year who would go on to play in the Women's Rugby World Cup in August 2014 which won silver, Canada's best performance in history. That year at StFX, we won the AUS title once again and we hosted Nationals where we beat Guelph in the National Final 37-0. That year I was named an AUS All-star and a CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Tournament All-star.
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Connections: Preston Aitken (2003-06) and Enactus

Posted by Heather Strickey on Oct 4, 2016 9:21:00 AM

I first met Preston Aitken when he arrived in my Grade 10 Honours History class in September of 2003. He was a keen and capable student who already seemed to know where he was going in life. Fast forward to September 2014, and I found myself meeting with Preston again. This time we were in Montreal at a KES Alumni event. It was here that I first heard of Enactus. Enactus is a programme that challenges university and college students to create community-based programmes and entrepreneurial ventures to address social and environmental challenges in their communities. Students involved with Enactus are mentored and guided by a community of business and academic advisors, and being a student in Enactus provides an incredible experiential learning experience. Enactus is active in 36 countries and 1700 colleges and universities are members.

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