Don Kelly is a retired science teacher, outdoor education coordinator, and science consultant from Oromocto, NB. He is a founding member of the William Brydone Jack Astronomy Club (Fredericton), The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC)–New Brunswick Centre, and Science East, Inc. He has earned his “Explore the Universe” and “Messier” observing certificates from the RASC and is working on his “Isabel Williamson Lunar Observing” certificate. He serves on the RASC–NB Centre’s Education Committee and is a past member of the RASC’s national Education Committee. His BSc major is Geology and his MEd major is Curriculum and Instruction (UNB). He has sung in choirs and choral groups over the past four decades (The Yukon Choral Society, Oromocto United Church Choir, Gilbert and Sullivan Society – Fredericton, and Oromocto’s Lintuhtine Harmonies).
His two books – Mary Lou’s New Telescope and Le Nouveau Telescope de Chloe – are being called the longest travelled children books in publishing history, having been taken to the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk as part of his personal library, lending credence to International Year of Astronomy 2009. The books were calculated to have travelled 12.5 million kilometres during 6 months on the ISS.
Don is available to speak to students through WFNB’s Writers in the Schools (WiSP) program and can be contacted by email or at (506) 357-8397. He is a member of WFNB, WiSP, RASC–NB Centre, and Science East, Inc.
Mary Lou’s New Telescope/Le Nouveau Telescope de Chloe (2008, RASC)
“Education and Outreach is Worth the Effort!” – RASC Journal, August 2006
“The Jumbo Book of Space” – RASC Journal, October 2008 (book review)