Our Panel of Conversants

Pat Watson


From 1995-2009, Patricia Watson was President of P.W. Associates, Incorporated which specialized in Management and Employee Development and Training. She was also an adjunct faculty member in the Management Development Program for women at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Since retiring, Patricia has been involved in singing at various churches and music festivals and theatres. She is presently volunteering to read, online, to the second grade class at New Ross Consolidated School. She is the chair of the Bridgewater Anti-Racism Task Force.    

Patricia is a graduate of Antioch University. She received her license as a Practitioner (spiritual coach) in 2004. Patricia also has a love for jazz and gospel music and sings with the Patricia Watson Quintet, Ocean Blue Quartet and Seaside A Cappella Women’s Chorus.    

Kevin Parks


“We sing because we can” and “because we have a story to tell” (John Bell). For Kevin, every voice is a beautiful instrument of praise, adoration, supplication and lament, expressing the range of our humanity and telling our relation to that which is holy.  The voice is personal, it is ours, a unique gift, meant to be shared complete with imperfections, plainly because whatever voice we have—whether it rings clear as a clarion or is barely audible in a rasping whisper, or not audible at all but conveyed through the interpretive signs of our hands or the written word—it is a gift from God.

Kevin Parks is a Worship Animator and Pastoral Musician with a passion to engage and enliven what is deep in our souls through a well-selected text and tune. Kevin’s priority is to model practical, collaborative, collegial approaches to liturgical planning and worship leadership.  Music ministry has taken him across the country to serve in United Church, Anglican, Presbyterian and Salvation Army congregations.  He is a sought-after clinician and music leader for conferences and events, a resource to musician colleagues, church committees and clergy. Beyond work at St. Andrew’s Halifax and AST, Kevin is on the development team for the United Church of Canada’s upcoming Worship and Music resource, ‘Sing 2025’. His partner, Dana Pardy, is a candidate for ministry in the UCC, and they have three ‘mostly’ grown children.

Hugh Douse

  Hugh Douse attended the Mico College and later did a B.A. in Media and Communication at the University of the West Indies, Mona where he is now pursuing postgraduate work in Cultural Studies. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at the UWI in the Institute of Caribbean Studies. Hugh is a former administrator at St George’s College and Calabar. He is the former Director of the Culture in Education Programme in the Ministry of Education. He has seved as Board Member and adjudicator of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. Hugh still conducts workshops for the JCDC. Hewas also the first Director of the choir of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica. In 2001 he founded the Nexus Performing Arts Company, and is its Artistic Director. He is an actor who has appeared in plays, commercials, television specials and movies, including “Better Mus Come”, “Almost Heaven” and “Ghetta Life”. He has won Actor Boy Awards for Musical Direction, Best Song and Best Score for the children’s musical series Anancy Chaptaz. Hugh has worked on arts-based cultural identity workshops in New York, Wales, Reading, Birmingham and London for young people, mostly of Caribbean descent, for the Jamaica Diaspora and the Jamaican High Commission. Hugh is a columnist with the Jamaica Observer, and a host of the Radio Talk show 96 Degrees on NewsTalk 93 FM.

Marjorie Lewis

  Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis
University Chaplain
Dean of the Manning Memorial Chapel
Acadia University

John Scott


Director, Manning Chapel Choir
University Organist
Adjunct Faculty, School of Music
Acadia University