YOUR HEADING TEXT Ron Brunton
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In Brief

Family, travel, education, diving, music, working with wood, photography, good friends, good food, good wine, programming in C++, good beer, single malt whiskey, technology - these are a few of my favourite things. I have been connected with education since Kindergarten in Ontario in 1951. Until 1973 that connection was as a student. Since that time I have taught at the university level (Acadia) and as a teacher in the Nova Scotia public school system until August 1, 2000. My teaching career in the public school system involved every grade from 7 to 12, primarily in mathematics, but also in science and computer science. Throughout that time, I was actively engaged with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, starting out as a school rep, serving on the Local negotiating team, as Local President and in 1991 elected as a member of the Provincial Executive where I was subsequently elected as Second Vice-President and then First Vice-President. In 1996 I ran for NSTU President in the first ever universal suffrage election for the president. I lost! In August 2000 I was appointed to a term position on staff with the NSTU and that position was formally made permanent effective March 1, 2003. As of November 1, 2012 I am retired. I doubt that will conclude my involvement with education; there are opportunities to return to the university setting to teach graduate courses in leadership and projects in educational policy at the provincial and national level that I hope will come my way. I am exceptionally fortunate to have a wonderful wife, Donna, and two sons, Ian and Alan, both of whom are terrific young men. Ian is studying English at the graduate level here in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and Alan is in Germany with his wife Stefanie. She is leading a research team at Saarland University in Computer Science and he is employed doing research into 3D printing at a research facility in Darmstadt.

More Time for Play

I began playing guitar in 1966 and enjoyed many years of making music on a relatively regular basis until the early 90s. At that time my involvement with the NSTU assumed greater prominence and playing music, now including mandolin, mandola (tuned like a viola - ADGC) and cittern (tuned DADAD), faltered. I am looking forward to renewing my acquaintance with those instruments as I move into retirement. We also hope to travel more, with more destinations and longer stays. The Caribbean will continue to be a destination of choice for us, but with our son and daughter-in-law in Germany, I’m sure there will be more trips to Europe.
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