Cynthia was introduced to the wonders of the great outdoors and all that it has to offer as a child growing up in Nova Scotia. This introduction and her many adventures camping, hiking, skiing, sailing, canoeing and just ‘messing about’ outdoors influenced her education, work, research and teaching ever since.
She has a BSc in Recreation from Acadia University, a MSc in Resource Planning from the University of Guelph and a PhD in Geography from the University of Ottawa. Intermingled with her education have been work experiences with national and provincial park systems, with heritage conservation and community development organizations and in tourism. For the last almost 30 years she has taught at the university level with a focus on natural resource based recreation planning and management, natural and cultural interpretation, program assessment and evaluation, and sustainable community development. Her volunteer activities have closely aligned with these areas of interest.
Cynthia began her teaching career with the Faculty of Forestry at the University of New Brunswick. She then moved to Thunder Bay where she joined the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Lakehead University. After a few years of studying and working in Ontario she returned to the University of New Brunswick in 1995 to accept a position with the Recreation and Sport Studies program of the Faculty of Kinesiology. She served a five-year term as Dean of Renaissance College and has just recently retired.
Favourite Nature Preserve: She has yet to visit all of the preserves but so far one of Cynthia’s favourites is Connors Bros. Nature Preserve at Pea Point in Blacks Harbour.
“The mix of forested trails and coastal rocks adjacent to the light house as well as the smell of the ocean is a reminder of some areas of NS.”