- Halifax West
In 2016, Richard Zurawski was elected Councillor for District 12 —Timberlea, Lakeside, Beechville, Clayton Park, Wedgewood— in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) elections. An extension of his duties as a councillor, he serves as the chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee for the HRM.
Richard has taught a wide-range of subjects spanning high school to graduate university courses. His personal growth as a student and as a lifelong learner has taken him from a specialization in mathematics and physics to his current studies as a PhD candidate in education at Mount Saint Vincent University, where he specializes in the relationship between the media and the sciences.
Public outreach is an important aspect of Richard’s life, and he has been lucky enough to publish four books, in addition to working as a documentary filmmaker, keynote speaker, on-air meteorologist and a radio talk show host. As a business entrepreneur, he has successfully managed multi-million dollar productions and liaised with a wide array of business partners around the world, marketing his products to a global environment.
Richard’s career in the media has covered every medium, from print to radio to television. As a popularizer of the sciences, he is prolific. He currently co-hosts a weekly radio science show on Q104 in Halifax, and created and hosted a Saturday morning call-in show called “Richard Zurawski’s Science Files” for NEWS 95.7. He also co-hosted the weekly broadcast of the “Science Files” on the Rick Show in Halifax and the Eric Drodz Show in Kitchener. Additionally, he was the on-air meteorologist and science authority for the Rogers Broadcast Group in Alberta, Ontario and the Maritimes.
Richard has a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Windsor, an M.A. in Educational Research from Mount Saint Vincent University, and is a PhD ABD in Education at Mount Saint Vincent University. His work to promote science and learning at all levels was recognized in November 2013, when he was awarded the Discovery Centre’s Science Champion Award.