Tara and her daughter are new permanent residents in Canada and are grateful to live in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia), the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw people. One of Tara's Tandem Truths is that she also calls Vermont home, having spent much of her life there.
Tara is a community organizer with a passion for building trust in relationships and organizations. She is a Co-Founder of WholeHeart, Inc., a US-based charitable organization, whose mission is to support inner transformation that leads to social transformation. Tara is a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator, prepared by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. She is also a certified Life and Wellness Coach, trained by the Canada Coach Academy (ACC).
Tara has served in numerous leadership positions, including as a School Board Chair. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Courage & Renewal. In her various organizational roles, Tara has had the privilege of working with young leaders and activists, PhD scholars, school administrators, physicians, CEOs, and philanthropists--seeking to lead lives of greater integrity and purpose.
Tara finds magic in the wisdom of children, the beauty of the natural world, and the power of a good open and honest question. She enjoys working, learning and laughing with her husband, Brian.
Brian lived on 3 continents before he was 4 years old. He now lives in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaw people. His Tandem Truths often relate to identity, place and belonging.
Brian has devoted his personal and professional life to creating spaces where individuals can show up as themselves. In doing so they find belonging, expand their sense of self, and increase their abilities to make a difference in their worlds. He focuses these efforts in his work in masculinity, leadership development, Community Youth Development, and Circles of Trust®.
Brian was prepared by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal in 2014, as a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator. He has also been involved with HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development since 1995 where he has been a staff member, Executive Director and is currently a Program Associate. Brian also has along history facilitating with the Tatamagouche Centre.
Brian is a certified Dialogue for Peaceful Change mediator; and has trained in the Tatamagouche Centre's participatory education model ASPIRE.
He is an avid volunteer in his community and co-founded the Bridgewater Community Garden Network and Art Happening Bridgewater. Brian is a musician, writer, grows organic garlic, and lives in a straw-bale home with his wife Tara and their daughter in rural Nova Scotia.
Brian was featured in the Saltwire Network's People to watch in 2019, and profiled in The Philanthropist Journal