"I had the pleasure of meeting Terry through a course at CBU. As one of her students I was able to learn so much from Terry through her hard work and dedication to human rights, injustices that happen locally and far away, and also the resiliency and strength that she carries. I also had the opportunity to work with her on the Indigenization of the University. Terry is one of my favourite professors because of her passion for what she teaches and also the kindness and love she shares with those surrounding her. Today, I consider Terry a friend and someone I hold close to my heart, which I feel very grateful for as she is someone I think so highly of as an inspiration and role model in my life." - Kalo Sylvester, L'nu womxn.
“I have had the good fortune to be a participant in a week-long Jam session that was led in part by Amber Buchanan and although I have never been involved in anything like it before, that week has continued to resonate with me. As 'facilitant', organizer, and promoter Amber and her passion and energy led a group of 30 people through some very challenging mental/social terrain to emerge stronger after 6 days. Any workshop or course that Amber offers is sure to be insightful, transformational and fun. Her excellent use of traditional Gaelic song and other customs as vehicles to explore personal growth and conflict are unlike anything else currently offered on the planet.” - Robert Pringle, Gaelic Electrician, West Bay, Cape Breton
“Amber brings her full and focused self into every interaction. Putting all in her presence at ease, she sets the perfect tone for learning and communication, allowing such space and honouring for all in attendance. I've gained so much from her learned approach, her vast knowledge base, intuitive ways, peaceful interactions, and great care for detail and inclusion. My respect for her runs deep as I greatly admire her gifts of leadership, maturity, and healing spirit. Put your trust in Amber, you won't be disappointed.” - Margie Beaton, Director of Marketing, Gaelic College, Baddeck, NS
"I have been involved in community development work in Cape Breton for the past 40 years. So I've worked with many in the field so when I say that I see Terry Gibbs as a very talented and committed educator for action, you can put some weight behind that! As a professor of political science Terry is a very unique "academic" in that she voices her perspective and it is one of justice and equity and she is an activist concerned with working together to create a better world. I had the good fortune of going to India to participate in a course on Global Citizenship offered by Terry. We spent 10 fascinating days at Navdanya, an eco-farm started by the world-renowned economist Vandana Shiva. During those days, Terry led us through a process of learning through doing and reflection. We spent our days working, thinking, and in dialogue. We worked together in the fields and we brought every part of ourselves to the experience -our hands, our minds and our hearts." - Janet Bickerton RN Med, Health Services Coordinator, Ally Center of Cape Breton.
“Amber is simply a fantastic person - someone I admire a great deal and am happy to work with in any capacity. Not only is she brilliant, sensitive, assertive, understanding and always seeking to deepen connections, she engages in any task wholeheartedly and authentically, and is always accountable and truthful. I appreciate that Amber makes herself known and shows up in a real way; that I can trust what she says and that she will always bring her true self. In a group setting, she has a wonderful ability to bring people together by empowering the individual. I am delighted to hear about her new venture and excited to see all the good things it will bring to anyone she works with.” - Kenneth MacKenzie, Director of Education//VP Beinn Mhàbu, Colaisde na Gàidhlig, Mabou, NS
“I love how Amber truly believes in her work and how it can benefit others. She shines in this type of group endeavour.” - Stacey MacLean, MacKinnon’s Harbour, Cape Breton
“I have been involved in a variety of personal development/learning situations with Amber for the past 5 years. She brings deep compassion, keen perception, amazing intuition, sensitivity, and strong powers of articulation and clarification to every encounter. She does all this while maintaining a light touch and a ready sense of humor. She is a person of great personal integrity and I would trust her implicitly with important matters and matters close to my heart.” - Pat Norton, Retired Teacher, Wolfville, NS
“It's been such a delight for me to partner and work/play with Amber these last 8+ years on the Nova Scotia Gaels Jam. Amber brings a heart of pure gold to transformational work. She cares deeply about her community, listens with grace, and opens up space for connection, healing, and meaningful collaborations to emerge. She can be trusted to speak her truth and listen to yours with equanimity and compassion. Amber brings spiritual grounding and deft skill to facilitating conversations that matter.” - Shilpa Jain, Executive Director, YES! -yesworld.org
“Well, your timing and care is wonderful. You have a great ability to see and name how people are feeling (or not feeling) and your invitations to notice are always spot on. It is a special gift.” - Amber Power, Head Chezzetcook, NS
“I would like to endorse Amber Buchanan in her very grounded and welcoming manner she hosted and facilitated a number of Gael Jam stay-in and online sessions I have attended over the past few years. I found that Amber brings to each session an array of what I would call 'healing tools' and a wide knowledge of expertise to support a person to sit and openly and examine the life experiences and range of emotions that they wish to address. She guides in a sensitive, respectful and fun manner through allowing for whatever arises to be in the present in a non-judgemental, compassionate manner. If you are looking for a life coach or excavator to journey a bit with she is very much worthy of spending time with.” - Gráinne Ní Fhoighil, Ireland