Nova Scotia Parents for Public Education
Nova Scotia Parents for Public Education is a group of parents, grandparents, teachers and others in Nova Scotia interested in promoting the principles of public education. We began as “Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers” in 2016 amid the labour dispute between the provincial government and the teachers union. Very quickly, our Facebook group grew and we maintain 17,000+ members. Today, we are nearly 23,500 members as issues like Covid-19, child poverty, inclusion and classroom conditions brought new members to our group.
As the labour dispute ended in 2017, we decided to broaden our focus and change our name to Nova Scotia Parents for Public Education. You can see “A Manifesto for Public Education” at a tab on this website.
Our Steering Committee
Stacey Rudderham is a mom of two girls who attend public school in Nova Scotia. Stacey joined Nova Scotia Parents for Public Education in 2016, and became part of the Steering Committee in 2017. Stacey and her family live in Fall River, where she provides accounting and bookkeeping services for several organizations throughout HRM. Stacey is also active in health and environmental issues, but public education is one of Stacey’s top priorities as a parent and as a Nova Scotian.
Adam Davies is a parent of a school-aged child. His family lives in rural Nova Scotia, where he is an employee of Cumberland Public Libraries. He was an elected school board member, from 2012 until the boards were dissolved in 2018, during which time he also served as a Director of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association. He is interested in all aspects of public education and has written numerous columns on the subject. Adam has been with the steering committee for NSPFPE since 2020.
Christine Emberley has been a teacher in the Halifax Region since 2006. Her second job is co-parenting two kids and two dogs with her partner, Scott. She is passionate about human rights, social justice, and a strong public education framework that looks after the whole child. She is a member of Educators for Social Justice – Nova Scotia. She has been with the steering committee for NSPFPE since 2020.
Lisa Bond is a mom of two boys. Lisa joined Nova Scotia Parents for Public Education in 2016. She has been a strong voice on various issues like education and healthcare in the province. An important concern for Lisa is child poverty and so she started and has run the Caring Closet at the local middle school since October 2018. She and her family live in the small community of Florence on Cape Breton Island.
Larry Haiven is Professor Emeritus at Saint Mary’s University and a specialist in labour relations. Larry is one of the original co-founders of Nova Scotia Parents for Public Education, and has been part of the Steering Committee since 2016. He is on the steering committee of Equity Watch.