|I am one of those lucky people who has a chance to do something about history. I don’t mean I’m going to make history, but I have a chance to retell a piece of history and by doing so I want to give my great-grandfather the recognition he so deserves as one of the people who shaped early Canada.
My great-grandfather was Dr. Peter H. Bryce – he uncovered health abuse and high death rates at residential schools in 1907. He was the chief medical officer for the Department of Indian Affairs at that point, and his revelations and advocacy for Indigenous people cost him his job, his reputation, and his career.
And yet that is only one episode in a remarkable career. He wrote the first health code in Ontario in 1884, and that legislation was copied across Canada and in many parts of the U-S. He stopped epidemics and brought clean water and safe disposal to thousands of communities.
I have been researching Dr. Peter Bryce for over five years and I used some of my findings as a cornerstone for my Master’s thesis on media narratives and coverage of Indigenous people. Along with film-maker Peter Campbell, I produced a short film on Peter Bryce for middle-school students in partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Currently we are working on a full documentary on him. You can find out more about Finding Peter Bryce on my blog.
But that isn’t all, I am also a teacher, student, musician, husband, father, and dog lover. I have thirty-four years of experience working in media and teaching communication.
I began working in broadcast journalism in 1982, taking on various roles over a 16 year career including producer, reporter, anchor and news director. In 1998 I began teaching full time, first at Dubai Men’s College, and since 2000 at Camosun College in Victoria. Currently I am teaching digital media production and journalism at Camosun.
Talent is as common as table salt. The difference between a talented person and a successful one is a lot of hard work.
– Stephen King
I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. ― Albert Einstein