Who is NCHD?

Meet the steering committee of National Capital History Day:


The National Capital History Day steering committee: From left, Shawn Ruest, Kristin Riddell, Adam Green, Ruth Dunley, Alison Peters, social media coordinator Caroline O’Neill, Ruth Bouttell and Erin Gurski. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

Ruth Bouttell is a contemporary studies teacher based at St. Paul’s High School in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Bouttell’s interest in the development of families and societies helps her bring a human-centric view of Canadian history to the classroom. She has championed experiential learning for her students, recreating both social situations and different time periods, in order to bring history alive in the classroom. She is also teaching a history methods course at the University of Ottawa, where she is on a two-year partial secondment to the Faculty of Education.

Ruth Dunley is a veteran journalist and editor. She has a doctorate in history and received a Bachelor of Education in 2010. She was a Fulbright Scholar in 2004-5 at the College of William & Mary and directed Ottawa’s Cappies program until she began working to found National Capital History Day.

Adam Green is an adjunct professor of history at the University of Ottawa, and has degrees from Queen’s University and a doctorate in history and Canadian studies from the University of Ottawa. He has been published on a range of topics, including Aboriginal history, Canadian-American relations, the digital humanities, and the history of Canadian identity. Once a full-time academic, Adam currently works for the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), and is a past Acting Director of Research of that organization. He is also on the Board of the Ottawa Talmud Torah Afternoon School.

Erin Gurski has a Master’s degree in history from Carleton University. Specializing in 20th century nomadic Irish history, she is also working as a research assistant on an upcoming exhibit at the Museum of History. Gurski hopes to continue on to PhD in history with the eventual goal of teaching future historians.

Alison Peters is the Registrar for National Capital History Day and is the National Recruitment Specialist for McMillan LLP. She has a diverse background, having formerly worked for Postmedia in Administration. Previous to that she was in the hospitality industry for more than 10 years, working for the The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in Australia, Japan, U.S. (Michigan) and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Kristin Riddell has worked in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for 17 years as an English and history teacher and is now a vice-principal at Glebe Collegiate Institute. In 2011, she was a finalist in the Ottawa Capital Educators’ Award and she received the Director’s Citation from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for her significant leadership contributions to students and staff over an extended period of time.

Shawn Ruest is a contemporary studies educator who engages his students
by challenging them to make important historical decisions in simulation-based activities. Shawn has almost a decade of experience working and volunteering with youth in various organizations including: the City of Ottawa, Youth Futures, Path- ways to Education, the SWAG Program and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Youth Engagement Section. Shawn has worked with at-risk youth, youth from first-generation families and Aboriginal youth. He has received an official commendation for Professionalism and Compassion with Youth from the RCMP.

Susan Cole is the treasurer for National Capital History Day. A retired Mathematics and English teacher, Cole taught at Earl of March Secondary School for 34 years. While at Earl, Cole was the costume designer for many of the student musicals and continues in that role with Orpheus Musical Theatre Society and the Catholic Education Foundation. She served on the Ottawa Cappies steering committee for a number of years and is pleased to be part of National Capital History Day.

Tegan McGregor is the official designer and illustrator of National Capital History Day, having designed our logo, rulebook, posters and program. She graduated from Algonquin College and since then has worked as a freelance designer and illustrator. She resides near Toronto.

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