Burris Devanney grew up in Halifax, NS. He took degrees at Saint Mary’s, Dalhousie and the University of Ottawa. He enjoyed a full career as a high school teacher and administrator in Halifax, but also found or created opportunities to work in six African countries – Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Malawi. For twenty years he managed an NGO working in education, health and community development in West Africa. He and Louanne live in Halifax. They have two children, Sara and Matthew, and one grandchild, Henry Burris Leitch.