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May 2014

Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College Announces New Director of School Operations, Director of Gaelic

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Positive things continue to happen at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College, with the hiring of two new employees. Kevin Dugas has joined the staff at the Gaelic College as the new Director of School Operations. A world-class piper and piping instructor, Mr. Dugas is a member of the Colaisde na Gàidhlig piping group, Nuallan, as well as one of Canada’s premier pipe bands, 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel, based in Halifax, NS. Along with his experience in piping, Mr. Dugas boasts an impressive education, holding a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from McGill University, along with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. FX University. As the Director of School Operations, Mr. Dugas will oversee all educational programming and partnerships at Colaisde na Gàidhlig.

Fluent Gaelic-speaker, musician, and dancer Colin MacDonald has been hired as the new Director of Gaelic at the College. Mr. MacDonald continues his work at Colaisde na Gàidhlig, after serving as a Gaelic Cultural Interpreter, instructor, and education assistant throughout his time there. Coming from a family of musicians, MacDonald is a much sought-after piano and guitar accompanist, as well as an accomplished Gaelic singer, and Gaidhlig aig Baile instructor. Mr. MacDonald holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Studies from Cape Breton University, where he majored in Celtic Studies. Following graduation from CBU, MacDonald continued his studies in Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, on the Isla of Skye, Scotland. While at the Gaelic-language college, MacDonald focused on the study of Scottish Traditional Music. In addition, Mr. MacDonald has completed the Bun is Bàrr intensive Gaelic-language mentorship program offered through Gaelic Affairs. As the Director of Gaelic, MacDonald will oversee all Gaelic educational programming, including immersion, and on-site language training at the Gaelic College.

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