Our Team

The NB Media Co-op is made possible by a dedicated group of volunteers. Board members are elected by NB Media Co-op members at the Annual General Meeting in September. The NB Media Co-op thanks the following team members as well as the many people who choose to remain anonymous who provide us with service and support.

Editorial Board

Kylie Bergfalk

Kylie Bergfalk joined the NB Media Co-op editorial board in 2019. Kylie is an advocate for women in Fredericton. She has been volunteering with Sexual Violence NB (formerly the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre) since 2017 and is presently employed by Sexual Violence NB as a project coordinator. Kylie has contributed to the Letters from New Brunswick’s Futures series and organizes a pop-up bookstore in Fredericton. Read Kylie’s contributions here.

Tracy Glynn

Tracy Glynn is a NB Media Co-op founding member, board of director, editor and news contributor. Her grassroots journalism began with The Dominion, the Media Co-op’s magazine. Tracy teaches in the Environment & Society program and School of Social Work at St. Thomas University and conducts research on the gendered nature of resistance to resource extraction. She is a board member of MiningWatch Canada and was the Conservation Council’s Forest Campaigner from 2006 to 2018. Read Tracy’s contributions here.

Matthew Hayes

Matthew Hayes is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Canada Research Chair in Global and International Studies at St. Thomas University. He is the author of Gringolandia: Lifestyle Migration under Late Capitalism with University of Minnesota Press, has guest edited special issues in Urban Studies and the Journal of Latin American Geography, and has published articles in Journal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesEthnic and Racial Studies, Ageing and Society, and Area, among other venues. He has contributed to Rabble.ca and The Conversation. He has been a contributing editor at NB Media Coop since 2010. Read Matthew’s contributions here.

Pete Johnston

Pete Johnston is a writer and researcher based in Saint John. As an Urban and Community Planner, he helped develop Saint John’s newly adopted Climate Change Adaptation Plan with the Atlantic Coastal Action Program. Pete is also a member of the Saint John District Labour Council. His current research is regarding agricultural land reserves and land-use in New Brunswick. In 2017, he formed the indie rock group, The Backstays. Read Pete’s contributions here.

Sophie M. Lavoie

Sophie M. Lavoie is a member of the editorial board of the NB Media Co-op. She writes and edits stories on arts and culture and supervises interns for the Co-op. Sophie had her first paying gig as a freelance journalist for Le Courrier de la Nouvelle Écosse in 1993. She is a professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton), a literary translator, and a member of the editorial board for the Canadian Journal of Hispanic Studies. Read Sophie’s contributions here.

Daniel Tubb

Daniel Tubb is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada. He is author of the book Shifting Livelihoods Gold Mining and Subsistence in the Chocó, Colombia. Dr. Tubb has ongoing research on oil palm plantations and agrarian change in Colombia, and on the impacts of resource projects in their early phase in Canada. Read more about Daniel here.

Board of Directors

Judy Burwell

Judy Burwell joined the NB Media Co-op board of directors in 2020 and serves as a volunteer, supporting and promoting the NB Media Co-op. Judy is also our membership coordinator. After a five-year hiatus in Ottawa, Judy is once again back home in Fredericton. Judy was an Associate Producer of CBC’s Information Morning Show in Moncton, Public Relations and International Services with the NB Red Cross in Saint John, and Manager of the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton until her retirement. Read Judy’s contributions here.

Sarah Kardash

Sarah Kardash rejoined the board of directors in 2020 after previously serving from 2011 to 2018. She assists with social media and email distribution of news stories. Sarah has distributed The Brief in Sackville, and also spent some time as membership coordinator. Originally from Ottawa, she lives in Sackville and works in student affairs at Mount Allison University.

Aditya Rao

Aditya Rao is a lawyer specializing in human rights law. He currently works for the Canadian Union of Public Employees and is a believer in the power of independent and cooperative media. He can be found on Twitter at @aditrao. Read Aditya’s contributions here.

Graphic Designer

Amélie Allain

Amélie Allain designs The Brief every month. A native from Tracadie, New Brunswick, she is now based in Saint-Georges, Québec. Amélie graduated from Conception Graphique (Graphic Design) at the Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick-Dieppe in 2013. She was introduced to the NB Media Co-op by a colleague during an internship at CFB Gagetown in 2014 and has been designing The Brief ever since. She is proud to contribute to the NB Media Co-op because it supports causes that need more public discussion.

Event Calendar Coordinator

Brian Beaton

Brian Beaton maintains the NB Media Co-op’s community calendar in addition to writing articles. Brian moved to Fredericton in 2013 from Sioux Lookout, Ontario where he had worked for 20 years with remote First Nations to develop a telecommunications network, a telehealth service and an internet high school owned and operated by the communities. Brian has four children and nine grandchildren. Originally from the Ottawa Valley, he grew up on a seven-generation dairy farm. Read Brian’s contributions here.

News Writers, Distributors and Sustainers

Susan O’Donnell

Susan O’Donnell became a reporter for the NB Media Co-op in 2017 after 25 years as a researcher at universities and the National Research Council, where she was a union leader for federal government researchers. From 2017 to 2020 Susan was also a member of the NB Media Co-op Editorial Board. Susan is an adjunct professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick and the primary investigator of the RAVEN project. She has a Master of Journalism degree from the University of Cardiff and a PhD in Communications from Dublin City University. Read Susan’s contributions here.

Jean-Claude Basque

Jean-Claude Basque is a sustainer and regular commentator on social justice issues for the NB Media Co-op. Jean-Claude is a labour and social activist from Tracadie. He worked for twenty years with the Canadian Labour Congress. He coordinated the Unemployment Insurance Campaign in 1996-97. He has been involved in many other issues, one been the fight against the privatization of water and the building of a hotel on Riverfront Park in Moncton. For the last 10 years, he is the coordinator of the New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice. | Jean-Claude est un supporter financier et un commentateur pour le NB Media Co-op. Jean-Claude est un activiste syndical et social originaire de Tracadie. Il a travaillé pendant vingt années pour le Congrès du travail du Canada. Il a coordonné la campagne de 1996-1997 contre les coupures au programme d’assurance-chômage. Il a impliqué dans de nombreuses campagnes, donc celle contre la privatisation de l’eau et de la construction d’un hôtel dans le parc Riverain à Moncton. Depuis, dix années, il est le coordonnateur provincial du Front commun pour la justice sociale du NB. Read Jean-Claude’s contributions here.

Gary Heathcote

Gary Heathcote has been a supporter of the NB Media Co-op since his arrival in the Fredericton area in 2011. A retired professor of Anthropology (Lakehead University, University of Toronto, University of Guam), he stepped up writing on social justice issues after arrival in New Brunswick, including a few pieces for The Brief and the NB Media Co-op website. More recently, he has been editing draft issues of The Brief, distributing copies, and finding new distribution venues for the broadsheet. Read Gary’s contributions here.

Gerry McAlister

Gerry McAlister has been a supporter of the NB Media Co-op from the outset and a downtown distributor of The Brief for several years. In 2004, Gerry moved to Fredericton from Ireland, where he was active in community and political organizations, including ‘Between,’ a group deeply involved in cross-community reconciliation during the war in Ireland in the 1970s, the Campaign to Separate Church and State, Amnesty International and the Labour Party. In 1970, he marched in his first demonstrations for the Irish Anti-Apartheid Association and the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association – hence he is almost 50 years active on the left.​ Read Gerry’s contributions here.

Grace Morris

Grace Morris is an avid supporter of alternative media sources and a distributor of The Brief. She is retired from a 30-year career at the Moncton City Hospital. She is a volunteer for many worthy causes including her local community centre, the Greenwood Lodge, was a past secretary of the Writers Federation of New Brunswick and sits on the Advisory Committee of Weldford Local Service District in Kent County.

Margo Sheppard

Margo Sheppard has contributed to news stories and commentaries to the NB Media Co-op. Margo is a Fredericton-based activist with a background in environmental policy and land use planning. Read Margo’s contributions here.

Jon Pederson

Jon Pedersen is a videographer who has made and assisted in the production of videos for the NB Media Co-op He is interested in social development, health and politics. His work can be found at pedersenvideo.com. Read Jon’s contributions here.

Josephine Savarese

Josephine Savarese is a faculty member in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at St. Thomas University. Justin Brake, Jennifer Brant, Annie Clair, Alain Deneault, El Jones, Masuma Khan, Bruce Livesey are some of the amazing people she has met through the NB Media Co-op through past service on the board and the editorial board. She remains a member and avid reader. In an article published in the 2016 collection Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada (Demeter Press), she praised the NB Media Co-op for its work bringing alternative stories about Indigenous resurgence and reclamation to the forefront. Read Josephine’s contributions here.

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas is a monthly sustainer of the NB Media Co-op.  He teaches Politics & International Relations at Mount Allison University, on unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaw Peoples.  His teaching and research interests focus on the role of Canadian actors abroad and on international political economy.

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