Agricola News / Co-Presidents Message
Agricola News / Cover
Two years ago, I returned to NSAC for the ﬁrst time in the 50 years of
graduating from this noble institution and it was a wonderful experi-
ence, joining my classmates in reminiscing and celebrating this very
However, just as I was saying goodbye to everyone, Cameron Ful-
lerton, who, as I remember, always asked awkward questions that
sometimes would bring out the sardonic wit of our beloved Profes-
sor Stevenson (math and physics), posed one such important ques-
tion. He said, “Don, did you ever encounter prejudice while you were
a student here?”
My response was immediate, “not with any of you guys.” If I cor-
rectly recall, his reaction was one
of relief. I then had to rush oﬀ.
Since then, I recently read an
interview with one of our popu-
lar classmates, Don Grant, on
NSAC in those days and thought
I might add a touch of colour to
Of course, my response to
Cameron’s question could never
be the total answer. Life at NSAC
and in Truro did not consist only
of interaction with fellow class-
mates. As a young man leaving
my home, in the then colony of
British Guiana, for the ﬁrst time in
1956, I joined other West Indians
at what was then a small college in the not so well known town of
Truro and one of the lesser known Canadian provinces, Nova Scotia.
There was no hall of residence and all students boarded in and
around Truro. In my case, the Registrar, Parker Cox, wrote to say that
he was seeking accommodation for me. His subsequent letter an-
nounced that Mrs. Davidson had agreed to take in West Indian stu-
dents and that I now had a place to stay. I have thought from time
to time on the role of Parker Cox in ﬁnding accommodation for all
students, most of whom were from the Maritimes and he then had
an additional burden of placing overseas students who were both
racially and culturally diﬀerent from the average Canadian.
Parker Cox was fully aware of the status of blacks in the Truro
community, yet, he soldiered on in his quest to ﬁnd places for West
Indians. There was no agricultural degree granting institution in the
Caribbean, so the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States
were popular educational outlets for aspiring agriculturists. I must
state here that in my two years of association with Parker Cox, I held
him in high regard, thought him a ﬁrm, no-nonsense, but totally un-
biased person, to whom I went for and received wholesome advice.
So, this too, is a further answer to Cameron’s question.
That year (1956), there was seven of us from the Caribbean
and initially, three of us were boarded at Mrs. Gertie Davidson’s,
who, when she got to know us, called us “my boys”. Gertie was a
kindly person who looked after us well. She and her husband, Ar-
chie, had purchased a house in Truro and moved there from their
farm somewhere else, with the objective of taking in boarders. We
learnt from her that a son of theirs had graduated some years ear-
lier from NSAC.
How did we cope with the town at large? Soon after arriving,
we discovered that, for the most part, there existed a massive so-
cial gap between the black and the white residents of the com-
munity and the twain did not
meet, not even at church. Two of
us arrived two weeks ahead of the
start of the school term, to capi-
talize on Steevie’s maths revision
course and immediately encoun-
tered what we detected as overt
racial prejudice. We had arrived
When the college term be-
gan and we could somehow be
identiﬁed as NSAC students, the
reception was diﬀerent. To us,
this was a totally inadequate salve
on an obvious sore. I had known
nothing of the racial situation in
Nova Scotia and was unprepared
for some of what I encountered.
For some unknown reason, I missed my ﬂight connection from
Montreal and had to take a later ﬂight, thus arriving in Halifax late
that night, making it necessary for me to overnight in Halifax. I
asked a taxi driver to get me to a modest hotel. We went to three
hotels and at each, were told “sorry, we’re full”. At the fourth, I was
told that the only room available was an expensive one, since they
were otherwise full. I was desperate and dug into my meager ﬁrst
year funds to pay for the room. In the morning, there was only one
other person in the lobby.
On the train to Truro, I reﬂected on the night’s experience and
was perturbed by it.
In Truro, we learnt of the clusters of black homes in the Hill, the
Marsh and the Island and of course, we visited them and made ac-
quaintances. But we were not there to change the status quo.
We were all mature and into our 20’s (or older) when we got to
NSAC, deﬁnitely serious students and prepared to ignore the social
tide in the interests of pursuing our goal. However, in my case, I
had been a member of a Y’s Men’s club (then the service club of the
YMCA) in my country and there was one about to be chartered in
Truro within months of my arrival. I was asked to join the club and
Fifty-Two Years Ago – A West Indian at NSAC
Submitted by Don Drayton (Class of ’58)
I attended club meetings and made friends socially. One family
in particular, the Doanes, let me know that I could consider theirs
my home away from home and I enjoyed many moments sharing
Here’s a funny little incident that I recall from this period.
Through Mrs. Elsie Doane, I learnt of the Community Concerts
which aﬀorded small communities, like Truro, the chance to have
high class musical performances. I took the opportunity of attend-
ing my ﬁrst full symphony orchestra concert. On the next occa-
sion, a piano recital, I was again the only black person in the audi-
ence and the gentleman sitting next to me periodically gave me a
Finally he could no longer contain himself and said in an ag-
gressive manner, “you are not from around here, are you?” I was
tempted to say, “yes, I am”, but good sense got the better of me
and I gave the appropriate response, “I am at the college”. He was
no longer agitated; he relaxed and ironically, soon went into slum-
In our second year we were installed in the newly opened Tru-
man Hall and therefore less dependent on Truro itself. Another
batch of West Indians joined us in their ﬁrst year and we were a part
of the life of the college, playing some of the games (no hockey,
while we wished there had been soccer and tennis), singing in the
Glee club led by Ed Shuh, debating and so on. Life was better!
At graduation, I was given the honour of being class valedicto-
rian (while Alan Elliot outdistanced the entire class academically)
and with my farewell words of appreciation on behalf of the class I
recall distinctly expressing a special note of thanks for all that had
been done for us, the West Indians.
My quick visit to Truro for our 50th anniversary, two years ago,
showed me an entirely diﬀerent Truro, physically. I could hardly
recognize the land marks of old and thanks to Fred Pearce, was
able to see the changes ﬁrst hand. He told me that there had been
a substantial drop in the black population of the town and I hope
that, over the years, race relations had seen a transformation for
the better. I was tremendously impressed by the staggeringly big
improvement and scope that had been gained by our alma mater
and the role played by classmate, Les Haley, in accomplishing this.
All of this makes me a proud alumnus of NSAC.
So, Cameron, there is your answer. Thanks for opening up this
opportunity for me to reﬂect on these aspects of our experience at
NSAC between 1956 and 1958.
Last fall, construction began
to construct a 2,000 meter
piece of Colchester Coun-
ty’s Cobequid Trail through
campus. A partnership with
the County of Colchester,
Town of Truro and the vil-
lage of Bible Hill, the Cobe-
quid Trail is a 14 km walking
and cycling trail network
through central Colchester County.
Cobequid Trail entrance points on campus include the woodsman
lot, Butterﬂy Meadow and the Bible Hill Recreation Park.
An oﬃcial opening will take place this summer.
Agricola News / Cover
Scott Jeﬀrey (Class of ’96) and wife, Angie, welcomed a group of
FAFU students into their Bible Hill home over Christmas. Jeﬀrey,
an aquaculture technician, thought it would be nice to celebrate the
season with students who were unable to return home. 周e group
enjoyed a pot luck dinner and cookie decorating.
Alumnus Shares Christmas with
Agricola News / Co-Presidents Message
The history of NSAC is rich with equine culture. In its early years,
NSAC was renowned for the quality and genetic superiority of their
equine breeding stock, playing a major role in enhancing the qual-
ity of horses on Nova Scotia’s farms and stables. In time, however,
with the transition from horse-powered to conventional agriculture,
NSAC’s equine unit eventually dissipated. But it has not been forgot-
Today, the maritime equine industry is diverse, strong and vi-
brant and growing with potential for new entrants. To capture in-
dustry demand in 2005, NSAC set forth in developing its Diploma in
Enterprise Management (DEM) - Equine program.
The objective of this program is to provide ﬁrst class education
and training to students who are
interested in the care and man-
agement of horses for recreation,
sport or business. The program is
designed to give students a solid
background in business manage-
ment while at the same time, tai-
loring to their equine interests.
In addition to business man-
agement skills, students gain
communication and leadership
skills and study courses in ani-
mal biology and genetics, equine
facilities management, equine
health, growth and nutrition.
While our DEM-Equine pro-
gram has proven strong to date,
the number one recommenda-
tion by current and prospective
students has remained consis-
tent - to have ready access to
horses on campus.
Having a small equine unit on campus would facilitate hands-
on learning, broaden learning objectives within the program and
would serve as a “home” for the students in the DEM Equine pro-
gram to help foster student pride.
In an eﬀort to harness program potential, a modest proposal to
construct an equine facility on NSAC’s campus, with the capacity to
house two horses, throughout the academic year was presented
to NSAC’s senior management committee. Details of this proposal
included proposition of the concept of a student managed facility,
whereby students would be responsible for the husbandry of the
animals and the care of the facility (under direct supervision by
This would enable students to obtain the desired hands-on
learning and access ﬁrsthand experience in operation/manage-
ment of a small (model) stable. Horses housed at NSAC would be
obtained from a rescue center, enabling students to take part in their
rehabilitation and help to improve the quality of life for the horses.
Not only would this facility be of primary beneﬁt to NSAC’s DEM
program, but this facility would also enhance the student learning
experience in other programs such as the veterinary technology and
the animal science degree programs oﬀered at NSAC.
Interest and support for such a venture has been well received
throughout NSAC’s community and the senior management com-
mittee has expressed their eagerness to proceed with the equine
facility as proposed.
The stable’s name has been chosen, “Barons Pride”, in light of the
signiﬁcance the infamous Clydesdale stallion, Barons Pride, had in
moulding the success and integrity of the equine unit in the early
years of NSAC. Barons Pride was a foundation sire to the Clydesdale
breed and was considered to be one of the greatest breeding stal-
lions ever known. Barons Pride was the sire or grandsire of numerous
great horses at NSAC, helping to
improve the quality of horses on
Nova Scotia’s farms and stables.
It goes without saying that
the construction of a facility of
such nature is a signiﬁcant ﬁnan-
cial undertaking. Though in-kind
and institutional support, at vari-
ous levels, a large portion of the
funding has been allotted to build
the structure itself. Through vari-
ous fundraising initiatives, NSAC’s
DEM program is committed to
raising as much of the remaining
funds necessary to ﬁnish the inte-
rior of the facility (purchase stalls,
lumber, matting, barn supplies,
fencing and pasture supplies)
and to help with annual up-keep
If you are interested in sup-
porting this worth cause, donations can be made:
Online - http://nsac.ca/donate/ (simply indicate “Equine Development
Fund” in the other designate space)
Mail - NSAC
Development & External Relations
PO Box 550, Truro, NS
Phone - 902-893-6721
We recognize the generosity of our alumni and are very grateful for
any ﬁnancial support.
If you are interested in learning more about this exciting venture, or have
questions regarding how you can help, contact Gillian Fraser 902-893-
6024 or the Development & External Relations oﬃce at 902-893-6721.
NSAC’s Barons Pride Stable Needs Your
Agricola News / Cover
C# Word - Process Word Document in C#
It enables you to move out useless Word document pages simply with a You are capable of extracting pages from Microsoft Word document within C#.NET how to reorder pages in a pdf document; move pdf pages online
Working to sustain the christmas Tree industry
in Atlantic canada
Christmas tree growing and exporting is a $100 million industry in At-
lantic Canada employing 20,000 people. In the future, most of these
trees may be NSAC created “SMART Balsams.”
NSAC’S Dr. Raj Lada, driven by
a commitment to rural sustainability, is
providing support and research to sus-
tain the Christmas tree industry in the
region. Lada has established the ﬁrst,
national Christmas tree Research Centre
(CRC) at the university.
“The Christmas tree industry
is being challenged by issues that, if un-
resolved, could result in a devastating
loss of business and community in the
Atlantic region,” explained Lada.
At the CRC, Lada and his team develop
products and technologies to enhance needle retention as well as
produce what they call a “SMART Balsam”, which epitomizes an ideal
tree - full, sturdy architecture, unique fragrance, blue-green needles,
retains its needles for up to three months or more and is pest free.
“Solutions need to be found to increase both needle retention
and the public’s interest in purchasing a real tree instead of an artiﬁcial
one,” he added. “If they are not, the Christmas tree industry in Atlantic
Canada will surely suﬀer.”
Researchers at the CRC will study needle retention as their main
focus to understand and intercept the hormone that triggers needle
drop. They already know trees are susceptible to stress and are quite
likely to drop their needles during stress and aggressive physical
movements, some of which are regularly used in the selling of trees
such as dragging, shaking, baling and transporting. They have also
discovered that LED lighting with a certain spectrum of wavelength
can delay needle drop.
Lada has also established the Atlantic Christmas Tree Research and
Development Consortium to open communication and discussion
among researchers in various universities, those working in the indus-
try and Atlantic provincial government departments.
This month, Lada will relocate his $6 million research program to
AgriTECH Park – the university’s com-
mercialization wing. AgriTECH Park
provides a fertile environment nec-
essary to grow and develop innova-
tive bio-economy products, services
& technologies within the agri-food,
marine & environmental sectors.
“I am very pleased to lead re-
searchers and those working in the
industry through this process as well
as to be part of the change myself,”
Lada has been awarded several grants and research support
through national, regional and provincial funding agencies includ-
ing Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency – Atlantic Innovation
Fund, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Cana-
da, AgriFutures – Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food,
NB Growing Forward, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources,
Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia and Smart Christmas Tree Re-
search Cooperatives Limited.
Awarded to nSAc
NSAC has been awarded nearly $42,000 from Innovacorp in support of
two important research projects led by Drs. Zaman and Rupasinghe.
Innovacorp’s Early Stage Commercialization Fund helps move
Nova Scotia university and community college research to market
by assisting the academic community in the pursuit of commercial-
Dr. Richard Donald, vice president of research, extension and
outreach at NSAC, welcomed the investment. “Problem solving re-
search that addresses the leading issues facing agriculture is critical
to the future sustainability of the industry,” he said. “We are grateful
to Innovacorp for investing in two of NSAC’s leading researchers.”
Dr. Qamar Zaman is working to devel-
op precision agriculture technologies for
Atlantic Canada’s wild blueberry industry
that will maximize horticultural proﬁtabil-
ity and minimize environmental impacts.
Dr. Zaman received $31,500 in support of
his variable Rate Sprayer technology.
Dr. vasantha Rupasinghe’s research in-
volves developing and commercializing
innovative, socially and economically ac-
food additives and ingredients, natural
health products and other bioproducts
from cool climate fruits.
Increased consumption of fruits and
vegetables as well as the use of novel
food ingredients derived from fruits and
vegetables will be important in helping
to manage current and emerging health
care challenges. Dr. Rupasinghe received
Dr. Qamar Zaman
Dr. Vasantha Rupasinghe
Dr. Raj Lada
Agricola News / Research
$10,000 for the design of a vacuum-based dryer system for his apple
chips technology in partnership with Noggins Corner Farm.
Innovacorp helps early stage Nova Scotia companies commer-
cialize their technologies for the global market. The organization is
committed to strengthening the province’s post-secondary research
commercialization capacity and entrepreneurial activities. The Early
Stage Commercialization Fund is supported by Nova Scotia Eco-
nomic and Rural Development.
canada Research chair
Valued at $500,000
Research excellence at
NSAC was awarded in
December with the pre-
sentation of a Canada
Research Chair valued at
$500,000 to the univer-
Dr. vasantha Rupasinghe
received a Tier 2 Can-
ada Research Chair in
fruit biochemistry and
bioproducts valued at
$100,000 annually for
the duration of the term.
Tier 2 Chair positions are
tenable for ﬁve years and
renewable once and are
intended for exceptional
acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their
“NSAC is proud to be part of the Canada Research Chairs pro-
gram and in particular of Dr. Rupasinghe and his leading-edge re-
search,” said Dr. Richard Donald, NSAC vice president, research, ex-
tension and outreach. “Dr. Rupasinghe’s research is a key component
of NSAC’s research program and contributes greatly to our ability to
support, healthy, sustainable communities.”
Dr. Rupasinghe’s research involves developing and commercial-
izing innovative, socially and economically acceptable value-added
foods, food additives and ingredients, natural health products and
other bioproducts from cool climate fruits.
Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables as well as the use
of novel food ingredients derived from fruits and vegetables, will be
important in helping to manage current and emerging health care
“Less in the abundance though they are, some non-nutrient
components in fruits such as polyphenolics have remarkable power
in promoting human health and wellness,” said Dr. Rupasinghe.
Research will be expanded to identify unique antioxidant com-
pounds of fruits that can play a major role in reducing the risk of
chronic diseases like brain disorders and heart disease. The new
funds will allow Dr. Rupasinghe to explore the processes of isolating
these valuable components from under-utilized fruit bio-resources
in Atlantic Canada and then to develop novel bio-products.
NSAC holds three prestigious Canada Research Chairs - one in
agricultural biotechnology, one in organic agriculture and currently
fruit biochemistry and bio-products.
The university, along with NSAC’s Alumni Association,
acknowledges the passing of the following alumni members
and extends our sympathy to friends and family.
Mr. Albert W. MacPhee.............................................................1938
Mr. Seymour M. Stewart ..........................................................1942
Mr. Emerson W. Hennigar .......................................................1942
Dr. James G. Purdy .....................................................................1943
Mr. Wilbert R. Telfer ...................................................................1947
Mr. C. R. MacLellan ....................................................................1948
Mr. Morley E. Smith ...................................................................1950
Mr. Eldon W. Chaisson ..............................................................1952
Mr. Gordon A. MacEachern ....................................................1954
Mr. Terry P. Flemming ...............................................................1959
Mr. G. Melvin Barclay ................................................................1961
Mr. Carl E. Upham ......................................................................1962
Mr. Philip Stead ..........................................................................1965
Mr. Dana M. Patterson ..............................................................1982
Mr. David A. van de Sande .....................................................1997
Many classmates reunited and NSAC memories were reﬂected in
2010. From coming back to campus to weekend getaways, the num-
ber of class reunions increased signiﬁcantly.
Class of ‘50
The Class of ’50 took advan-
tage of NSAC’s annual Open
House in July and returned for
a private tour, as well as the
staﬀ and alumni BBQ. Class
members also enjoyed an
evening of “show and tell” at
the Best Western Glengarry in
Class of ‘60
NSAC’s Class of ’60 celebrated their 50th anniversary in July.
Class members and wives had a guided tour of campus, before
having lunch in Jenkins Hall and attending NSAC’s staﬀ and alumni
BBQ in the Athletic Centre.
Attendees enjoyed breakfast at class member, Garth Cof-
ﬁn’s house, the next morning
before heading to the valley,
where members either partici-
pated in the Agri-Golf Classic
or went sightseeing.
Class of ‘70
The year 2010 also marked a milestone for the Class of ’70. Forty
years after graduating, classmates reunited in July for the annual
Class of ‘59
Members of the Class of ’59
gathered twice this past sum-
mer. In late June, classmates met
in Berwick, NS, enjoying the day
at Lone Pine Farm. In July, a larger
group spent an afternoon in the
Truro area. After sharing “news and
views” over lunch at the Palliser Res-
taurant, class members visited the
Glooscap Heritage Centre and NSAC’s aquaculture centre. The
group later joined Classes of ’50, ’60 and ’70 members on campus
at NSAC’s staﬀ and alumni BBQ.
Events & Reunions
Agricola News / Events & Reunions
Class of ‘56
As they have been doing every year for the past 10 years,
graduates and wives of the Class of ’56 spent a weekend in late
Gathering at the Gaelic College in
Cape Breton, the group shared many
stories and laughs, while also enjoying
tours of Baddeck, including to the Bell
Museum. A report from class members
also indicated the wives enjoyed a fair
amount of shopping.
Highlights from the reunion were guest
speaker Jim St. Clair, speaking about great
expectations, as well as having NSAC’s Co-
President and vice President Administra-
tion, Dr. Bernie MacDonald and wife Ann,
in attendance. Dr. MacDonald talked to the
class about the direction of NSAC and alum-
In the spirit of the local culture, the group also enjoyed class
member, Danny Stewart, piping in the hagus and a rendition of
Ode to The Hagus by other class member, George MacKenzie.
The Class of ’56 looks forward to their 55th reunion which will be
held at NSAC in July, 2011.
Class of ‘85
Members of NSAC’s first degree class (Class of ’85) celebrated their
25th anniversary by returning to campus. In October a group of class-
mates came back for a tour and a BBQ.
Classes of ’95-‘99
Along with their families, Aggies from ’95-’99 gathered in PEI
for a weekend celebration in mid-August.
ice cream Social
NSAC staﬀ and alumni gathered in the Alumni Gardens in late August
to enjoy the campus’ Ice Cream Social. It was a perfect day to enjoy
the nice cool treat!
Agricola News / Events & Reunions
First-Year Students Display
their Artistic Side – with hay!
Association hosted a bale
sculpting contest in Sep-
tember. This contest, which
was for ﬁrst year students,
took place during NSAC’s
annual Orientation week
In teams of resi-
dences and oﬀ-campus
group, students were
encouraged to work to-
gether, to express their artistic side and show their NSAC pride,
by creating a bale sculpture. To complete the task, groups were
permitted to bring two items on site to assist with the competi-
tion and were given a package of random items to use in their
Alumni judges, Jean
Lynds (Class of ’90), Barb
McDonald (Class of ’82),
Colette Wyllie (Class of
’10) and Dan Muir (Class
’10) were astounded with
the extent of the
The winning prize
of NSAC hoodies was
won by team Fraser for
their very creative “Fra-
ser House Devil” sculp-
Alumni in Victoria, Bc
A great group of NSAC alumni gathered at a reception in
victoria, BC in June with NSAC Development & External Relations
staﬀ Jim Goit and Alisha Johnson. Pictured L-R: Keith Fuller (Class
of ‘65), Bob Mitchell (Class of ‘73), Maureen Mitchell (Class of ‘77),
Michael Kelly (Class of ‘75), Brenda Kelly, Darrell Kelly (Class of ‘76),
Jim Goit and Roger Fuller (Class of ‘73).
open house 2010
hands on learning and
fun for all!
visits to the Rock Garden to watch as
the talented artists of the Truro Art Society
captured the beauty of NSAC’s campus.
Tours of our TREEhouse – an eco-
friendly home renovation project.
Interaction with Dean Falconry Services and Wildlife
Control. Learned about an environmentally friendly approach to
nuisance bird control.
Animal behaviour and training specialist. A demonstra-
tion on operant conditioning or “clicker training” with dogs.
Agricola News / Events & Reunions
Documents you may be interested
Documents you may be interested