The
Thomas More Community


 

The mission of the Thomas More Institute, its volunteers and staff, is to provide adults of all ages with opportunities for lifelong and lifewide learning.

 

ANDREW BYERS,

B.A.

Chair

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Andrew Byers has been on the TMI Board since 1999 and became its Chair in 2013. He was also TMI President in 2014-15. Andrew began taking TMI courses in 1987 and, through the years, led and designed more than eighty courses on an eclectic mix of topics. From 2006 to 2013 he was Chair of the Curriculum Committee. In 1959, he received his B.A. from the University of Manitoba. And, from the early 1960s, he worked as a journalist and editor in London, Montreal, and New York. During his career he originated roughly sixty book titles, including a highly successful series of Canadian travel guides.

LEN RICHMAN,

M.A.

VICE-CHAIR

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An educator in the areas of literature, wilderness/outdoor pursuits, adult learning programs, international/multicultural studies, a “redirection” of interests after 60 resulted in becoming engaged in the performing arts: acting, directing, producing and writing. I am the Chair of the Admissions and Accreditation Committee and a course designer and leader. Outside of the Thomas More Institute, I am also involved with the following organizations: Quebec Drama Federation (QDF), Black Theatre Workshop (BTW), Advisory Board, Pointe Claire Library, Quebec Writers’ Federation (QDF), Playwrights’ Guild of Canada (PGC), Alliance of Canadian Cinéma Télévision & Radio Artists (ACTRA), Urban Arts project for youth-at-risk, James Lyng, English Language Arts Network (ELAN).

GREG PEACE,

B.Eng., B.A., M.B.A.

TREASURER

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Greg Peace currently works as a Quality Specialist at Pratt & Whitney Canada, a manufacturer of aircraft engines. He has twenty years of experience as a manufacturing and quality professional in the telecommunications, printing and aerospace sectors. He has a B.Eng. degree from McGill University, a B.A. from Concordia University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. Greg has been a student at TMI since 2005, a course leader and designer since 2012, and a member of the board of directors since 2013.

MARTIN BAENNINGER,

B.A.

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I am a retired senior international business executive and have been pursuing my own interests since 1994. I travel frequently with my wife, principally in Europe and North America, and both read and write extensively. I began taking courses at TMI in 2008.I am quadri-lingual and interested in contemporary art, gastronomy, and world affairs. Born in Montreal in 1945, I moved to the U.S. when I was four and grew up and had all my education there. Since graduating from university in 1967, I have resided in Switzerland, Germany, the U.K. and Canada and my wife and I have moved fourteen times since we were married in 1970—three of those times trans-Atlantic. My wife is a Scot from Edinburgh and we have resided again in Montréal since 1996—by far the longest we have ever lived anywhere. One of our sons is an artist and also resides in Montreal, where he manages his own communications company. The other lives in Vancouver and is the proprietor of a wine importation business. We have four grandchildren.

JAMES CULLEN,

M.A.

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Jim Cullen has been a discussion leader and course designer at TMI since the 1990s. He was President of the Thomas More Institute from 2006 to 2010. Prior to retirement in 2006 Jim was a policy analyst in the English sector of the Quebec Ministry of Education. From 1988 to 1992 he worked for the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, a secretariat of the Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Education. He was a professional with the Quebec Ministry of Education in the 1980s. He taught at Bishop Whelan High School in Lachine in the 1970s. Jim studied at Loyola College (BA, Theology), where he first encountered Professor Cathleen Going, who invited him to the Thomas More Institute. Jim also attended the University of Chicago and Concordia (MA, History and Philosophy of Religion). He and his wife Maureen are proud grandparents of Olivia and Tristan.

RON DOMACHEVSKY,

M.B.A., DIP Mgt, EMBA

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Ron's career spans thirty years with the Bank of Montreal. 18 years at the executive level in the areas of risk management, marketing and corporate finance. Since retirement in 2003 he has done extensive work in the community mentoring young entrepreneurs, conducted workshops in financial planning at the Cree Nation of Mistassini; and he has been involved with an NGO making loans to immigrant women entrepreneurs. Through the Canadian Executive Services Organization (CESO) he facilitated workshops in banking in a developing country. He was President of the Thomas More Institute from 2012 to 2014, a board member of the McGill Chamber Orchestra and Co-chairman of corporate fund raising for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

CAROL FIEDLER,

Ph.D

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As an undergraduate at Kenyon College, I developed a love of ideas, of great texts and of discussion about them. I went on to spend a good deal of time with ideas and texts, writing a Master’s Thesis on Nietzsche’s Twilight of the Idols, and a Ph.D. on Heidegger’s work on the Pre-Socratics, both at the University of Chicago. I spent two years teaching the major works of political philosophy while a visiting assistant professor at Skidmore College. With the birth of my children, I elected to spend as much time as possible with them. As they grew older, though, I was able to return to my love of reading and I found a place to do that at the Thomas More Institute. The approach to texts and belief in learning through discussion made me feel at home at TMI. I am now a regular course designer and leader, as well as a member of the Curriculum Committee.

ANNE FITZPATRICK,

Ph.D

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Anne Fitzpatrick came to TMI as a graduate student in the mid-60’s and never left. While teaching English and Humanities at Marianopolis College from the early 70’s and then serving for the last ten years before retirement as Associate Dean, she continued to lead and design courses at TMI. Telling favourites were To Be Thirty and To Be Fifty. In retirement, Anne continues to enjoy the opportunity for inquiry and discussion with like-minded participants. The last course she designed was on Siblings. Anne has been a TMI Board member for many years; she was Chair for 12 years until 2007, and is currently an active member of the Nominating and Curriculum Committees.

CLARE HALLWARD,

B.A.

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Clare Hallward was born in the UK, grew up in Argentina, married a Canadian and has lived in Canada since 1962. She has six children and 12 grandchildren scattered across the world. She got her B.A. at Thomas More in her sixties. She was Vice-President of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, chairing their Grant Selection Committee in the States. She co-founded Project Chance in Montreal, which provides single mothers committed to finishing their education with a program and an apartment for themselves and their children. She now lives in a residence for autonomous seniors, where she participates in the Current Events discussion, leads the Spanish Conversation and is learning to play billiards. She has been Chair of the Board of Directors of the Thomas More Institute and remains a member of the Board.

CHRISTINE JAMIESON,

Ph.D

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Christine Jamieson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Her specialization is in social ethics and bioethics. She has done extensive research for Health Canada on ethical and social issues concerning genetic technology, stem cell research and research involving human subjects. Elsewhere, she has probed foundational questions in relation to end of life issues such as euthanasia, care of the frail elderly, and withholding and withdrawal of treatment. Her research draws on the work of Canadian theologian and philosopher Bernard Lonergan and psychoanalyst and linguist, Julia Kristeva. In 2009-2010, she undertook a Joint Fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Ethics with the Centre for Clinical Ethics and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. She spends a few days each month engaged in clinical consultations and research in healthcare institutions in Ontario.

DIANE MOREAU,

B.A., S.L.T.C.

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Born in Sacramento, California June 30, 1947. Married to Pierre Moreau in 1972.Two children: Marie-Annick (m. Vadim) and Eric. Two grandsons: Maxim and Lukian.Taught Spanish and French before moving to Canada in 1975. Worked in family import business keeping Spanish, French and also Italian active. Became Curriculum Committee Coordinator at TMI in 2000-2006. Course designer and leader since 1995. A member of the Board of Directors and consultant to the Curriculum Committee.

DANIEL SCHOUELA,

M.A.

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TMI has been Danny’s intellectual “home” since 1992. After he obtained degrees from Clark University and the University of Chicago, the Institute quickly became a setting where he has welcomed the opportunity to investigate issues that have captured his attention and interest. Right from the start, Danny has been inspired by TMI’s passionate commitment to promoting exploration of questions in dialogue with others through careful reading and interpretation of texts. Over the years, he has designed and led many discussion courses on psychic and emotional development from philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives. In so doing, he has had the good fortune of rediscovering, from year to year, the joy of inquiry and the friendship of fellow learners.

  • personMEMBERS OF THE INSTITUTE launch
    • Beverly Birkman-McKendy, M.A.
    • Rosemary Bradley, B.Sc.
    • Barry Cole, B.A.
    • Eileen de Neeve, Ph.D.
    • Patrick X. Dias, Ph.D.
    • David Dussault, B.A.
    • Michael M. Gibbons, Ph.D.
    • George Gray, Ph.D.
    • Judith Gray, M.A.
    • Alexander Highet, B.A.
    • Peter Huish, M.A., Dip.T.R.E.S.
    • Morny M. Joy, Ph.D.
    • Pierrot Lambert, B.Ph.
    • Frederick Lawrence, Ph.D.
    • Kathe Lieber, B.A.
    • Laurie McRobert, Ph.D.
    • Gert Morgenstern, M.D.
    • Robin Nish, B.A.
    • Jennifer Patton, M.B.A.
    • Heather Stephens, Ph.D.
  • personGOVERNORS ADVISORY COUNCIL launch
    • Paul Caringella
    • Michael F.Czerny, S.J.
    • William V. Derby
    • Madlyn Ferrier
    • Elfride Kippen
    • W. Bruce Kippen
    • Roberta Machnik
    • Joseph Ribkoff
  • personCURRICULUM COMMITTEE launch
    • Jonathan Powers Ph.D., Chair
    • Imogen Brian, B.A.
    • Germain Derome, M.A.
    • Carol Fiedler, Ph.D
    • Anne Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
    • Claire English, M.A.
    • Jennifer MacGregor, B.Ed.
    • Daniel Schouela, M.A.
    • Joseph Vietri, M.A.
  • personADMISSIONS AND ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE launch
    • Len Richman, M.A., Chair
    • Jonathan Powers, Ph.D., ex officio
    • Christine Jamieson, Ph.D.
    • Sara Pistolesi, M.M.
  • personCOURSE DESIGNERS launch
    • Munirah Amra
    • Susan Anastosopoulos
    • Pauline Beauchamp
    • Susan Bramhall-Toimil
    • Germain Derome
    • Karen Etingin
    • Carol Fiedler
    • Clare Hallward
    • Rina Kampeas
    • Jennifer MacGregor
    • Imogen Brian
    • Louise Chênevert
    • Claire English
    • Anne Fitzpatrick
    • Christine Jamieson
    • Ginette Jubinville
    • Diane Moreau
    • Nathalie Popa
    • Roman Rogulski
    • Hari Thakur
    • Brian McDonough
    • Irene Menear
    • Karen Nesbitt
    • François Ouimet
    • Jonathan Powers
    • Christian Roy
    • Tony Rustin
    • Greg Santos
    • Danny Schouela
    • Murray Shugar
    • Hari Thakur
    • Michael Tritt
    • Joseph Vietri
    • Judith Gray
    • Peter Jankowski
    • Pierrot Lambert
    • Michael O'Brien
    • Len Richman
    • Heather Stephens
  • personCOURSE LEADERS launch
    • Munirah Amra
    • Susan Anastosopoulos
    • Paris Arnopoulos
    • Pauline Beauchamp
    • Paul Billette
    • Susan Bramhall-Toimil
    • Imogen Brian
    • Valerie Broege
    • Jerry Bures
    • Moira Carley
    • Jim Cullen
    • Germain Derome
    • Kay Dunn
    • David Dussault
    • Bob Enright
    • Karen Etingin
    • Carol Fiedler
    • Anne Fitzpatrick
    • Allan Flegg
    • Judith Gray
    • Clare Hallward
    • Pam Butler
    • Carole Channer
    • Louise Chênevert
    • Michael Danby-Smith
    • Claire English
    • Jackie Harvey
    • Pierrot Lambert
    • Patricia Sikender
    • Esther Spector
    • Len Richman
    • Mary Hughes
    • Christine Jamieson
    • Peter Jankowski
    • Rina Kampeas
    • Jennifer MacGregor
    • Brian McDonough
    • Irene Menear
    • Diane Moreau
    • Ferdinando Musano
    • Karen Nesbitt
    • François Ouimet
    • Greg Peace
    • Sara Pistolesi
    • Jonathan Powers
    • Roman Rogulski
    • Barbara Rolston
    • Christian Roy
    • Tony Rustin
    • Greg Santos
    • Danny Schouela
    • Murray Shugar
    • Penny-Anne Soper
    • Heather Stephens
    • Hari Thakur
    • Michael Tritt
    • Joseph Vietri
    • Ginette Jubinville
    • Nathalie Popa