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Dr. Rod Buxton to be honoured with Legacy Conference
by Isabella Selk
Dr. Rod Buxton is the definition of a difference-maker.
A member of the Providence community for more than 20 years as faculty, he has dedicated himself to his work in the Seminary’s Psychology department. Given his life’s commitment to teaching and helping others, Providence will be honouring Dr. Buxton upon his upcoming retirement with a Legacy Conference in June 2016 entitled “Love Unleashed: Fragmented Lives Restored”.
Dr. Stan Hamm, Academic Dean of the Seminary, Associate Professor of Education and Christian Studies, and Department Chair of Christian Ministries at Providence believes recognizing Dr. Buxton’s contributions is a necessity.
“We felt it was important to honour his legacy,” says Dr. Hamm. “He has been teaching here for 25 years and has been an incredible champion, not only of the school but also of the program, both here at Providence and at the extension site in Calgary. His leadership within the department has been phenomenal, and he really has a vision that he works towards.”
Dr. Rolf Nolasco, Professor of Counselling Psychology at Providence, feels blessed to have had Dr. Buxton as both boss and friend. He admires Dr. Buxton’s commitment to the professional formation of counselling students as well as his humility.
“Dr. Buxton’s quiet but empowering leadership, wisdom, and caring presence has contributed to the continuing success of the Counselling program, getting it to where it is today,” says Dr. Nolasco. “He has touched many lives during his time at Providence, and we would like to honour him with this conference.”
Dr. Nolasco points out that those attending the conference will come away with a deepened understanding of the power of love in healing broken lives within the context of psychotherapy and human relationships. He hopes people will leave inspired and encouraged to love in the concreteness of their lives.
Plenary sessions will be led by Dr. Nolasco and Dr. Buxton, himself, and there will be additional workshops with other Counselling faculty with themes including compassion, human suffering, and friendships.
Dr. Hamm hopes the conference will not only reach counsellors, but also various groups of people including church leaders and interested individuals involved with counselling in some form. He says the integrated approach of theology and psychology is extremely important to the structure of the conference and the Counselling program itself.
The two-day conference will take place June 17-18 at the Otterburne campus. A celebratory banquet in honour of Dr. Buxton will be held the Friday evening.
Registration costs for the full two days, including two lunches, snacks, and the banquet, is $175, and the student rate is $125. Early bird registration before May 27 represents a saving of $25. Individual banquet tickets are $25, and breakfast and lodging for the conference is $67.80.
For any further information about the Legacy Conference, please email
(Top to bottom: Dr. Rod Buxton; Dr. Stan Hamm; Dr. Rodolfo Nolasco.)
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