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Allan Banks

Keynote Speaker: Allan Banks

Allan received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education in the US and an M. Ed (Curriculum & Instruction) from McGill University. He has been an adult educator for over 30 yrs. He was raised on a farm in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley where his love of gardening and growing things began. He has operated his own daylily and landscaping business since 2006 (Harbour Breezes Daylilies & Japanese Irises).

He is a past president of The Nova Scotia Choral Federation and also the Nova Scotia Daylily Society. Presently, he is the assistant choir conductor for 2 community choirs and also the chair of the Board for Coastal Voices Men's Choir. Allan received the 1998 Reader's Digest award for Excellence in Educational Leadership and was recently the recipient of a certificate from the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly recognizing his contribution to his community for his business and volunteer commitments.

Allan grows over 100 varieties of Japanese and pseudata irises as well as more than 800 registered varieties of daylilies. He has been hybridizing daylilies since 2007 and has registered over 30 cultivars. He and his partner Shane Doucette live on their 3 acre coastal property on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore, with their cat Caesar.

Allan will speak Saturday July 28th at 7:00pm.

Peggy's Cove.

Optional: A Guided Tour Of Peggy's Cove

Join us on an unforgettable tour to the most photographed lighthouse in the world!

Peggy's Cove has been an artist and explorers paradise for well over 150 years. This picture postcard village, on the rugged Atlantic shoreline, stands on solid rock above the crashing surf.

The fishing village has long been a backdrop for tales of pirates and shipwrecks and today you will have some time to explore the rocks, walking trails, village and many quaint boutiques and gift shops in the cove.

Peggy's Cove has also been the muse for many artisans over the years. Perhaps the most notable is William Edward deGarthe, a Finnish-born painter and sculptor. See his famous tribute to the fishermen of Nova Scotia in the village of Peggy's Cove. This tour will have your camera working overtime as you see the beauty of the Peggy's Cove lighthouse against its powerful Atlantic Ocean backdrop!

The bus departs on Friday July 27th at 9:00am from the hotel.
Additional cost: CAD$30 pp.

Food and drinks tour: Halifax donair.

Optional: Taste Halifax Food Tour

Experience Halifax's exploding food scene as you're driven from South to North to eat and drink true local flavors.

This tour includes 5-6 stops to taste everything from exceptional seafood and award winning Nova Scotia cider to the famous Halifax "donair" and everything in between. Along the way, you'll go up the iconic Citadel Hill, and through the historic Hydrostone Neighborhood.

This tour is exclusive for the conference group and includes transportation with pickup at the hotel, a guide and all food and drink samples. Minimum attendance is 8, maximum is 24, so decide quickly!

Pickup at the hotel is on Sunday July 29th at 11:30am.
Additional cost: CAD$80 pp.

More is coming

As these are still early days, we don't have all i's dotted and t's crossed yet. As more information comes to light we will be sure to add it to this page. Watch this spot for:

  • Bus garden tours on Saturday
  • An additional speaker
  • More...