Community Chapel - James Brooks & Dr. Leah McMillan
James Brooks has spent his whole life in the GTA. Born in North York and raised north of the city in a small community called Stouffville. James has attended Springvale Baptist Church in Stouffville his whole life, and has also served in many ministry teams at Springvale, in particular with the youth. He attended Stouffville District Secondary School, and upon graduation was admitted to Tyndale University College for the Leading Edge program. It was here he feel in love with the Tyndale community, both his fellow students and also the faculty. He went on to graduate with a BA in History in 2007.
In 2009 after a couple years in the workforce James applied for a position in the Tyndale Admissions office. He worked there for 3 years, recruiting students from York Region, Simcoe County and parts of the United States. Again he fell in love Tyndale and knew that it was an amazing community driven by passion for Christ and education. In 2012 the opportunity came up for James to move to Student Life to take over the position Coordinator, Intercultural Initiatives. He now works in that office helping to coordinate local and global outreach initiatives. James is also currently enrolled in the MTS program at Tyndale Seminary.
Dr. Leah McMillan
Dr. McMillan’s most recent work studies the impact of global social policies on local development. Her publication, “The Impact of Global Education Policy: Missing Out on the ‘Local’ in Southeastern Africa”, examines the impact of the Education for All policy in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia, and exhibits her passion to merge international development policy into sustainable practice. Dr. McMillan is committed to maintaining research projects that connect research with policy and practice, with the overarching goal of alleviating the challenges of poverty, inequality, and underdevelopment.
Dr. McMillan’s current research examines the possibility for improved socio-economic and environmental practices in natural resource governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of a North-South Institute project examining this challenging issue, Dr. McMillan is compiling a Ghana case study for natural resource governance. In the long-term, she will introduce a comparative study that includes Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia.
Dr. McMillan is a trained project evaluator and has worked for organizations in Ghana, Tanzanian, and a Miq’Maq community in Nova Scotia in this capacity. She has considerable training in gender sensitivity and community development, including courses at the Dubai Women’s College, United Arab Emirates, and the University of Legon, Ghana.
Dr. McMillan is also the international development internship coordinator and advisor for all IDVP majors.