Fresh Faces
Familiarize yourself with these four new faces that we are welcoming to Redeemer this fall!
3 min. read
October 1, 2016

Bruce Wilson.Bruce Wilson, Co-op Director

This July, Redeemer University College welcomed Bruce Wilson as its new full-time director of co-operative education. Wilson comes to Redeemer with a decade of experience as a co-op coordinator and assistant director of co-operative education at the University of Guelph, where he helped start five new co-op programs.


Bruce will be taking over from Paula MacKay, who left Redeemer in January for family reasons. We are grateful for Paula’s work in her short time as Co-op Director at Redeemer, and we are delighted that Bruce has joined Redeemer’s soon-to-be-launched Centre for Experiential Learning and Careers (CELC).

solomon 250xWayne Solomon, Assistant Professor of Business

After several years of searching, the Business Program is delighted to welcome a new business professor, Wayne Solomon. Solomon is a professional accountant with 20 years of industry experience. He has worked in industry and public accounting, along with having his own consulting business.

Solomon has a MBA from the University of New Brunswick, and is a chartered professional
accountant and a chartered global management accountant. He is currently the chief administrative officer for the Tataskweyak Cree Nation in Split Lake, Manitoba, and has worked as a chief financial officer for other First Nation bands. He and his family moved from their original home in New Brunswick to Ancaster in August.

michelle shocknessMichelle Shockness, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Michelle Shockness formally began her role as Assistant Professor of Social Work in July. Michelle has taught part-time at Redeemer since 2013.

Michelle is working on a PhD in organizational leadership, with a concentration in non-profit management at Eastern University. She has a MSW from the University of Toronto.

Her 25+ years of experience as a practitioner in the non-profit, private, and grassroots sectors include various direct practice and supervisory roles in community-based agencies and clinical settings. Shockness’s teaching and research mirror her work experience, and include a focus on marginalization and the experiences of marginalized groups in negotiating power and identity, with particular focus on women.

Josiah Bokma.Josiah Bokma, Chaplain

Hailing from rural Nova Scotia, Josiah and his wife have served as a missionaries in Uganda and Nicaragua. After graduating from Redeemer in 2007, he and his wife moved to downtown Hamilton to join a church plant that became New Hope Church.

Josiah is passionate about seeing people come alive in their faith, experiencing God as present and active in their lives, and seeing the kingdom of God as something so amazing that they will give their lives for it. He also loves exploring the diversity of cultures and faith expressions in our world.

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