Dennis earned a Doctorate in Global Studies from the University of Saint Joseph (Macao), a Master of Arts in International Development from Saint Mary’s University (Halifax) and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an Option in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo (Waterloo). His doctoral research focussed on children’s rights during emergencies, namely the right to protection and the right to participation. He explored the ways children actively participate in their own protection during emergencies in Pacific Island countries with field research in Fiji and Tonga. In his Master’s thesis he used a children’s rights framework to analyze the reintegration of child soldiers in Mozambique, Sierra Leone and northern Uganda.
Dennis is a seasoned project manager and policy analyst. He has worked in civil society and government organizations in Canada, and abroad. His professional experience includes work in experiential education, youth engagement, programming for children and youth with learning disabilities and youth in conflict with the law, consulting on project design and evaluation, training and capacity building, academic instruction, and team management.
Dennis has presented at conferences and events and has facilitated panel discussions and workshops. He has served on a variety of boards and committees including for the National Alliance for Children and Youth (NACY), the Global Community Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo, the American Rhododendron Society Convention 2021 Organizing Committee, Hull Child and Family Services’ Diversity Committee, and The International School of Macao’s Awards and Recognition Committee, the Safe, Caring and Welcoming Committee, and the Staff Welfare Committee.
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