About the Institute

The Sable Island Institute, a registered not-for-profit, is a multidisciplinary organization that will conduct and support Sable Island programs ranging from biodiversity surveys to public outreach initiatives. The Institute is expanding on the roles of the Friends of the Green Horse Society (FGHS), and will continue the Society’s key projects and events. The FGHS enthusiastically supports the Sable Island Institute, and the two organizations are presently collaborating on several projects. The Sable Island Institute is registered under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act S.C. 2009, c.23.

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Friends of the Green Horse Society

The Friends of the Green Horse Society (FGHS) is an inspiration and a partner in the development of the Sable Island Institute. For over a decade, the FGHS, a not-for-profit organization registered under the Nova Scotia Societies Act, has conducted on-island monitoring and research programs (such as biodiversity surveys for lichens, mosses, and invertebrates), and organized educational and public awareness events for schools and public interest groups. But there have been green horses turning up for almost fifty years. As for these two, we thank Sandra Barry.  Read more…

Contributors

A growing list of individuals are contributing their energy and talents to the Sable Island Institute. Gina Little is sharing her photos, and Elizabeth Leadon recorded her experience on one of Adventure Canada’s visits to the island. Read more…

Our Officers & Directors

Zoe Lucas

President

Zoe Lucas has over forty years experience as a naturalist on Sable Island, conducting various research and monitoring programs including terrain restoration projects and biodiversity studies. She is a Research Associate with the NS Museum, and has an Honorary Doctorate degree from Dalhousie University.
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Susan Tooke

Vice President

Visual and media artist Susan Tooke focuses her work on environmental issues. A celebrated illustrator of children’s literature, a week on Sable Island transformed her art and created a permanent connection to the island.
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Dorianne Rheaume

Secretary

With Board experience at the Canadian Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Dorianne Rheaume has experience in the development of standards for training and practice, and also research and advocacy activities.
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Dominique Gusset

Dominique Gusset has over 30 years experience as a cinematographer and documentary filmmaker and a passion for environmental communication. She first visited Sable Island in the early 1980s, working with the terrain restoration crews.
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Andrew G Horn

Director of Science

Andy Horn is Research Adjunct at Dalhousie University, specializing in the behavioural ecology of animals, especially birds. He has been involved with research and conservation of Sable Island’s bird life for over 20 years.
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David Hopper

Treasurer

For 35 years David Hopper worked in resource and environmental departments for the provincial governments of British Columbia and Nova Scotia. David is a cofounder and past chair of the LindaJoy Media Arts Society, an NPO, which presents awards to aspiring filmmakers in Atlantic Canada. 
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