About Silver Donald Cameron
One of Canada's most versatile and experienced professional authors, Silver Donald Cameron is currently Host and Executive Producer of TheGreenInterview.com, an environmental website devoted to intense, in-depth conversations with the brilliant thinkers and activists who are leading the way to a green and sustainable future. His literary work includes plays, films, radio and TV scripts, an extensive body of corporate and governmental writing, hundreds of magazine articles and 17 books, including two novels.
At The Green Interview, Dr Cameron interviews green giants like Vandana Shiva, Farley Mowat, Robert Bateman, Jane Goodall, David Suzuki, George Monbiot, and the former Prime Minister of Bhutan. Through its partnerships with Gale Cengage Learning, Films on Demand and Kanopy, the site's 64 interviews (as of September, 2014) are available in tens of thousands of libraries and educational institutions around the world.
Dr. Cameron also wrote and narrated The Green Interview's two documentary films, Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness (2010) and Salmon Wars: Salmon Farms, Wild Fish and the Future of Communities (2012). In addition, he is the writer and narrator of the ambitious GreenRights multimedia project on environmental rights (www.GreenRights.com).
As a writer, Silver Donald's subjects include history, travel, literature, politics, community development, ships and the sea, education and public affairs as well as nature and the environment. His most recent books are Sailing Away from Winter and A Million Futures: The Remarkable Legacy of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. A second edition of his classic study of shorelines, The Living Beach: Life, Death and Politics Where the Land Meets the Sea, was published in 2014 by Red Deer Press.
His books have received the Evelyn Richardson Award, the Atlantic Provinces Booksellers Award, and the City of Dartmouth Book Award. His TV drama Peggy was named Best Short Film at the Canadian Film Celebration and the Moonsnail Awards, and was also a Gemini Award finalist. His magazine articles have received four National Magazine Awards. Four of his radio dramas have been ACTRA Award finalists; The Sisters (available on CD) was also nominated for the international Prix Italia. He has won both a Mercury Award and a Wilmer Shields Award for corporate writing.
Silver Donald has been Writer-in-Residence at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the University of Prince Edward Island, and the University College of Cape Breton. He has been a member of numerous Canada Council juries, and has served as a consultant to many corporate, governmental and non-profit clients, including four federal departments, five provincial departments, several important corporations and major charitable foundations.
He has also been an active practitioner of community development, active in the credit union movement and numerous other voluntary organizations. He was the founding chairman of Telile, Isle Madame's community television station, and also a founding director of Development Isle Madame. He has served several terms on the executive and National Council of the Writers Union of Canada, of which he is currently past treasurer.
Dr. Cameron is also a distinguished educator, having served as the first Dean of the School of Community Studies at the University College of Cape Breton (now Cape Breton University). He previously taught at Dalhousie University, the University of British Columbia and the University of New Brunswick. He holds a B.A. from U.B.C., an M.A. from the University of California, and a Ph.D. from the University of London, England. In 2004 he received an honourary Doctor of Civil Law degree from the University of Kings College, and in 2007 Cape Breton University awarded him an honorary D. Litt. In 2012 he was appointed a Member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, the highest civilian awards conferred by his country and his province, respectively.
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Silver Donald Cameron is married to Marjorie Simmins, who is also an award-winning author and essayist. The couple divide their time between Halifax, NS, and Isle Madame, Cape Breton. Dr. Cameron has five adult children.
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