Our Team

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Our Team

Derrick Hines - District Manager

Derrick Hines

District Manager
(902) 488-5133

I have been in the hospitality business for 30 years.

I was recruited into the industry shortly after graduating from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts. My roles in food services have included District Manager, Residence District Manager and General Manager. I have managed teams of up to 250 people ranging from student employees to seasoned unionized veterans.

I am thrilled to be bringing my passion, experience and high energy to Acadia Dining Services. I look forward to continue to mentor and motivate teams, delivering top-notch quality service and have fun while doing it.

My favourite meal at Wheelock is pulled pork.

Laura Miller - Director of Dining Services

Laura Miller

Director of Dining Services
(902) 697-3117

I was born in Kentville, Nova Scotia and attended Acadia in the early 1990s. I started with Compass Group Canada in 2001, in Ontario, which eventually led to my return home to the Annapolis Valley as the Director of Food Services at Acadia University. Creating a fun, comfortable dining experience at Wheelock Hall - the kitchen away from home - and exceptional service at our retail destinations on campus is my focus. I am proud of the team at Acadia Dining Services, we are customer focused and have exceptional talent. A truly dedicated group that is here to serve you.

My favourite meals served at Wheelock are the World Flavours buffets - especially those featuring east asian cuisine.

Becky Kennedy - Assistant Director of Dining Services

Becky Kennedy

Assistant Director of Dining Services
(902) 542-3049

I am the residential Dining manager at Wheelock Hall. I have been in food services for over 30 years and love what I do. I have worked at various universities in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and have been at Acadia the past 25 years. The favorite part of my job is meeting so many people and providing the best service possible.

My favorite meal served at Wheelock is the annual Christmas Dinner buffet.

Peter Welton - Executive Chef

Peter Welton

Executive Chef
(902) 542-3052

I graduated from the Culinary Institute of Canada, PEI, and am a Red Seal Chef. I have been in the food industry for 21 years and with Acadia Dining since 2012, first as the Sous Chef and now as the Executive Chef at Acadia. I am involved with all aspects of the daily food production whether it is at Wheelock or off-site catering. The culinary team here at Acadia strive to produce the best quality food for our customers and source as many local products as we can for our menus.

My favourite meal served at Wheelock is a toss up between the butter chicken thighs served on basmati rice with naan bread or the grilled salmon with pineapple mango salsa.

Kira Williams - Manager  of Retail, Catering and Conference Services

Kira Williams

Manager of Retail, Catering and Conference Services
(902) 542-3052

I was born and raised in Berwick. I graduated from NSCC Culinary Program in 2008 with top grades. I left my position of sous chef with Le Caveau, where I have worked for the last seven years, to come to work for Acadia Dining Services. I love living in the Annapolis Valley, where we have access to such beautiful local food. I've recently moved from the culinary team to join the catering team, and look forward to working together for your upcoming events!

My favourite meal served at Wheelock is sushi.

Arrian Long-Sorochan - Sous Chef

Arrian Long-Sorochan

Sous Chef
(902) 542-3052

I have been in the food industry for 10 years and with Acadia Dining Services since August 2017. I began working at Actons, here in Wolfville, as a dishwasher, which later grew into a line cook position as I developed a passion for food working at The Port Pub. I worked at The Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise, as well as Chives Canadian Bistro, Two Doors Down and Café Chianti; all in Halifax. I love working with the fresh local ingredients at home and at Acadia.

My favourite meal served at Wheelock is either the Biryani served on Basmati Rice or the Turkish Beef Kofta.

Darrell Schofield - Residence Dining Assistant Manager

Darrell Schofield

Residence Dining Assistant Manager
(902) 542-3097

I have worked in food service for 25 years. Currently I am a Floor Supervisor at Wheelock Hall but have over the years enjoyed many positions here, such as dishroom, busboy, pizza, culinary. In my spare time I enjoy hunting, baseball and hockey.

My favourite meal served at Wheelock is shepherds pie and onion rings.

Lynn Burns - Office Manager

Lynn Burns

Office Manager
(902) 542-0792

I am a Valley girl, originating from the Windsor area, and now reside in Wolfville. I have worked on Acadia's Campus since 1990, starting in the Maintenance Department, then migrating to Food Services. Currently I am the Office Manager for Acadia Dining Services. I am behind the scenes so my interaction with students, faculty and staff is limited but I do enjoy the interaction when it happens. Numbers and paperwork are my focus, which is sometimes demanding, but always interesting. I enjoy learning new things, so when new technology appears on the horizon, I am more than happy to dig in and find out all about it.

My favourite meal served at Wheelock is the Italian Wedding soup.

Rhonda Kelly - Residential Dining Assistant Manager

Rhonda Kelly

Residential Dining Assistant Manager

I started working in Wheelock Dining Hall in 1995 right out of high school. Over the years I have worked in just about every single station. From cook to baker to cold food production, I know the ins and outs of Wheelock’s operations.

While I have had a few part time roles in other food service and hospitality establishments through the years, I truly consider Acadia to be my second home. As of September I became an Assistant Manager in which I really enjoy. I believe that a positive attitude makes all the difference in life. I really enjoy working side by side with the staff to accomplish goals together and I look forward to supporting them each and every day.

My favourite meal at dining hall would have to be the holiday dinner buffet.

Lara Buys - Marketing & Student Engagement Manager

Lara Buys

Marketing & Student Engagement Manager
(902) 599-4057

I'm new to Canada, originally from South Africa, and very excited to be joining the Acadia community as the marketing and student engagement manager. I'm looking forward to working with our team here at Acadia Dining Services as well at the students and faculty of Acadia to make dining and food experiences an easy, memorable part of life at Acadia.

I went into marketing to make a difference in people's lives, and work with companies that see individuals as more than just a customer. Working in a roll that allows me to directly impact the university experience students will have is hugely exciting, and I hope add an extra level of excitement to the students' time at Acadia.

Madalyn Higgins - Dietician and Sustainability Manager

Madalyn Higgins

Dietician and Sustainability Manager
902-670-9584

My name is Madalyn Higgins and I am the Dietitian and Manager of Sustainability for Acadia Dining. I am excited to be back at my Alma Matre and working with Acadia Dining. As a Dietitian I work with students to help them meet their needs whether that be navigating Wheelock or figuring out how they can eat with their dietary restrictions. In addition as the Manager of Sustainability I am working towards helping increase our local food procurement and help out with events such as Organic Week. I look forward to meeting more students and discover more tasty foods!

Brett Ells - Assistant Manager, Wheelock Dining Hall

Brett Ells

Assistant Manager, Wheelock Dining Hall

I was born and raised here in the valley, and am excited to join Acadia Dining Services as the assistant manager at Wheelock Dining Hall, ensuring everything runs smoothly so that students & guests can enjoy their meals with us. A familiar face to many students, I have been part of the Acadia University community since 2015, as part of the security and residence life teams before joining Acadia Dining Services. I'm always available if you need any assistance in the dining hall.

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