Celebrate and hear Rosemary’s story at IWD2017!
- Graduated from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard University – PhD in History of Religions/Medieval History (1991)
- Taught at Concordia University, Montreal, and served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (1991-2000)
- Served as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University (2000-2010)
- Served as Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Brock University; teaching full time in the program, known as MARS (2010-2014)
- Author of Understanding Christianity: Origins, Beliefs, Practices, Holy Texts, Sacred Places published by Duncan Baird, London (3rd edition)
Community service highlights:
- Recipient of the Key to the City of St. Catharines for Contributions to Brock University and the City of St. Catharines in June, 2010
- Volunteer, Hospice Niagara, Day Hospice and Bereavement Programs (2015-current)
- Member, City of St. Catharines Arts and Culture Advisory Committee (2016-current, 2001-2003)
- Member, City of St. Catharines Art Awards Sub-Committee (2016-current)
- Chair, Foster Festival Board of Directors (2016-current)
- Recipient, Patron of Innovation Award from Innovate Niagara (2015)
- Recipient, City of St. Catharines Patron of the Arts Award (2011)
- Chorus Niagara Board of Directors, Chair of Fundraising and Development (2010-2013)
- Board of Directors for the neXt Theatre Company (2009-2012)
- Member 1812 Legacy Council Task Force (2007-2010)
- Recipient of Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International (February, 2013)
- Co-chaired the Niagara Regional Culture Committee (2005-2010)
- Founding member of the 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council and President (2007-2010)
- Member, Downtown Revitalization Committee, St. Catharines (2008-2010)
- Member, Board of Directors, Rodman Hall (2001-2003)
- Chair, Advisory Board, Rodman Hall Art Gallery (2007-2010)
- Recipient of the Laura Sabia Award for Contribution to the Arts (2010)
- Recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Arts and Community (2009)
- Founding Incorporation Member and member Board of Directors, nGen (2008-2010)
- Vice-President, Canadian Federation of University Women, St. Catharines Chapter (2009)
- Board of Directors, Niagara Symphony (2004-2007)
In Rosemary’s Words
After retiring from teaching and administration at Brock University, I have turned my attention to other passions. These include continued work in arts advocacy, volunteer work at Hospice Niagara and my own writing.
Perhaps one of the most soul-satisfying aspects of my retirement is the volunteer time at Hospice Niagara, for the Day Hospice and for the bereavement programs. Utterly rewarding.
And, I continue to write, best described as historical fiction. I am currently working on a novel, called God’s Tokens, a story that takes place in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany in 1348, a time of plagues and famine throughout Europe.
Most importantly, I remain a dedicated arts advocate; I am a true believer in the success of St. Catharines and Niagara. My partner, Nance Sigafoos, and I moved downtown, into a century home with a real history, to be up close and personal with all the extraordinary changes happening downtown. Great neighbourhood; great neighbours. We enjoy our proximity to the market, to a wonderful array of cafes and restaurants, bookstores and shops, and most especially to the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre. Our family includes Harper, our amazing 18-year old daughter who is about to head off to university. Then there are the furry members of the family. Two dogs – Pixie, a Norwich terrier and Tiger Lily, an adorable Pug, and two rescued elder cats with wondrous purrs – Whiskers and Cricket.