Funeral Service Instructor Bios
Janet Arnold M.Sc., RSW
Janet Arnold teaches the Psychology of Death and Dying course for Mount Royal's Funeral Service programs. She is a Registered Social Worker and graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology (Counselling). Janet is a member of the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW), the Alberta Hospice and Palliative Care Association (AHPCA) and the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She has over 20 years' experience as a counsellor, educator and public speaker. Janet works at Mount Royal University (MRU) as an access advisor with Accessibility Services and as a counsellor with Student Counselling Services. She has also taught the Psychology of Death and Dying course for the Department of Psychology at MRU. She was nominated for the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Compassion Award in 2012.
Janet has a passion for working and volunteering in the areas of death, dying and bereavement; loss, trauma and crisis management, and suicide intervention and prevention. She currently volunteers with the Calgary Fire Department Critical Incident Stress Management Team as a mental health professional. Her previous experience working with the Canadian Mental Health Association Suicide Services program, the Calgary Police Service Crisis Unit and the Calgary Health Region Care at the End of Life team have provided her with experience and knowledge she is eager to share with others. Janet enjoys engaging students in a collaborative learning process by integrating theory with life experience and current events. She believes it is important for people to develop their own personal understanding of death and dying as this awareness is essential to the creation of a caring and compassionate community.
Patrick Church BA, MTS
Patrick Church was born and raised on a farm in the Drumheller area. Patrick completed a Bachelor of Arts in History (University of Alberta) and a Master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy (College of Emmanuel and St. Chad at the University of Saskatchewan). In 2000, Patrick began his studies with the Funeral Director and Embalmer Certificate with Mount Royal University. Patrick has been licensed in Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba, serving as a funeral director, embalmer and manager. He also has had the opportunity to work as an embalmer in Japan. He is a firm believer in the Mount Royal University programs and has taught Business Practices, Embalming Theory, Funeral Directing, and the Laws and Regulations course.
David Root was born and raised in Calgary. He was born into the Pierson family that runs Pierson's Funeral Service, so has been around the funeral profession his whole life. After serving a mission for his church in California, he started his Bachelor of Science Degree at Mount Royal and worked part time at the funeral home. After about six months, he decided to transfer to the Funeral Director program and licensed as a Funeral Director. He currently manages Pierson's Funeral Service and teaches the Introduction to Funeral Service, Embalming Theory and Funeral Directing courses. He is a member of the Alberta Funeral Service Association and is involved in selected independent funeral homes. He has also served on the advisory board for Mount Royal since his graduation.
He started his career in funeral service in 1991 by graduating from the Alberta School of Mortuary Science (precursor to Mount Royal's Funeral Service Education) under the instruction of the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science. Brett's career began in his home town of Nipawin, Saskatchewan but much of his professional experience has been spent in Southern Alberta, managing various funeral homes including his current position at South Calgary Funeral Centre.
He has served on various committees with the Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC), participated on the board of directors with the Alberta Funeral Service Association (AFSA) and was President of AFSA from 2003 - 2005. Brett is also accredited with the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practitioners (APFSP).