Chairman’s Biography
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Biography George Egan Chairman/Director Born December 25, 1948, George Egan grew up in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He attended St. Ambrose School and the Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School. He graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1970 and 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts and Education. Following graduation, he served as Private Secretary to the Honourable Alexander B. Campbell, Premier of Prince Edward Island and later as Executive Assistant to the Honourable J Fraser Mooney, a provincial cabinet minister in Nova Scotia, before moving to the Nova Scotia Department of Social Services as an Assistant Regional Administrator. In the social and academic fields, he served as the Administrator of the Yarmouth Day Care Centre, the Hebron Residential Centre, Executive Director of the Yarmouth Arts Regional Centre, and worked with the Diocese of Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island. He has served on boards of directors with hospitals and homes for special care. For a time, he managed the Yarmouth Candy Company, a family business, before teaching full time. Between 1989 and 2011, Mr. Egan was a teacher of English, history, and political science, at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, Yarmouth, NS. He also served as the academic advisor to the International Student Program at the school and has participated in the program as a host parent to international students. Since 1992, he has written the various war related stage and movie dialogues and scripts of the Wartime Heritage Association’s 440 Productions, and is involved in historical research and writing. From 2000 to 2004, he was twice nominated for both the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence and the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. On April 18th, 2005, he was honoured with a Nova Scotia Award for Teaching Excellence during the 2005 Education Week (April 17-23) for exceptional contributions to the theme "History: Look in Your Own Backyard". The award was presented at the Pier 21 National Historic Site in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 2005, he was again nominated for the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. The GGA annually salutes history teachers in the classrooms of our nation who have inspired and challenged students to explore Canada's past. Nominees must demonstrate that they have excelled in the teaching of Canadian History or Social Studies. The award recognizes excellence in the teaching of Canadian history. In 2009, as recognition for his contributions and connections to Fleet Air Arm Veterans through the Wartime Heritage Association’s Remembrance Initiatives, he was invited to Buckingham Palace for the Fleet Air Arm Naval Centenary (Fly Navy 100) Garden Party on July 9th. Retired from teaching in June of 2011, Mr. Egan remained as a volunteer at the Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School with the International Student Program until 2021. He continues his Wartime Heritage Association involvement, with research and writing on World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Telegraphist Air Gunners history and heritage for the Association website and as a guest speaker on wartime history. On January 17, 2023, he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Metal (Nova Scotia) in recognition of contribution to the wartime history of Nova Scotia. He has four children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He currently resides in Dayton, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. June 14, 2023
George Egan