Dr. Glyn Bissix Leadership Award

Garvin Cius

Garvin (left, with Prof. Mary Sweatman) has been a strong, quiet leader in the Community Development program over the past four years. He is always there to provide a bit of advice or a few words of wisom to fellow students. He has also taken on more visible rolls in being a key organizer in the Martin Luther Kings events and serving as the program's representative on the board of Recreation Nova Scotia.

Past Recipients

2017   Emma Wallace

About Dr. Glyn Bissix:

This award was established in 2017 to honour Dr. Glyn Bissix, who has been teaching in the Community Development program (formerly Recreation Management) since 1974. It is awarded to a senior Community Development graduating student who demonstrates outstanding leadership to the program, university and broader community. For over 40 years, Glyn Bissix has contributed to the development of the program and its many transitions. He is a figure and personality that no one forgets. His impacts on students are far reaching and many alumni of our program credit Dr. Bissix for their professional success. When one considers the number of graduations that Dr. Bissix has attended – the number of students he has reached-and where these alumni are now both nationally and internationally, the geography of this impact is immense.

Glyn is a champion of active transportation, challenging the county and local municipalities to develop trails to support active transportation and to connect our communities. The Kieran Pathways Society, which Dr. Bissix created in honour of a close friend that passed away, has been largely responsible for the development of a rail to trail system connecting the communities of Wolfville, New Minas, Kentville, Port Williams and other towns. When he took leave from Acadia University to work for the provincial government, he was instrumental in the development of legislation that provided more opportunities for outdoor recreation on Nova Scotia’s land base, as well as the Nova Scotia Outdoor Leadership Development Program. His woodlot manual for owner’s of private woodlot’s provided opportunities for these owners to rethink how they manage their land. He is a teacher dedicated to providing challenging experiential learning opportunities and community projects for his students, as all those who have taken his intensive Policy and Planning course will attest. Dr. Bissix has been an exceptional role model for the criteria for this award over more than 40 years.