Council members lead the Society and lend their voices and unique insights to decisions that impact Nova Scotia’s legal profession.
Council includes 21 voting members who are elected lawyers from across the province, as well as five appointed public representatives.
- Melanie Petrunia
- Mark Scott QC
- Andrew Nickerson QC
- Jacqueline Mullenger
- Frank E. DeMont QC, Q.Med
- Shannon Mason
- Jennifer C. MacDonald
- Bronwyn Duffy
- J. Patrick Young
- Angelina Amaral
- Kelly Rowlett
- Morgan Manzer
- D. Fraser MacFadyen
- David Hirtle QC
- Jamie Vacon
- M. Ingrid Brodie QC
- Michelle Kelly QC
- Angeli Swinamer
- Bryan Darrell
- Deepak Prasad
- Carole Lee Reinhardt
- Michelle Ward
902 401 5004
Read Melanie’s Bio
Melanie Petrunia is a partner at Nijhawan McMillan Petrunia, a litigation boutique in Halifax, where she practices civil, commercial and tax litigation. Called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2007, she began her legal career at Stewart McKelvey before joining the federal Department of Justice, Tax Law Services, where she spent eight years practicing tax litigation. Melanie regularly appears in the Tax Court of Canada in locations throughout Canada, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. She joined her current firm after a brief period as a sole practitioner. Melanie also serves as a part-time member of the Appeal Division of the Social Security Tribunal of Canada. She was a member of the Review Board under the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act from 2017 to 2020.
Melanie was elected to Council in 2019 as a Member At-Large. She currently serves on the Credentials Committee and the Racial Equity Committee.
Melanie co-taught a course on the administration of the Income Tax Act at Schulich School of Law and has also coached the Schulich team at the Donald D. G. Bowman Moot Court competition for many years. She is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and is frequently asked to speak on current issues in tax litigation. Melanie has been actively involved with the Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association previously serving as Chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Section.
Melanie has served as a board member with many community organizations including Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, Khyber Institute of Contemporary Art and Women’s Wellness Within. She is also a parent to three wild and wonderful children who always keep her busy.
Mark Scott QC
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Mark Scott QC graduated with his LLB in 1994 from the University of New Brunswick Law School and was first admitted to the NL Bar in 1995. In 1996, he was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar and he joined Burchell MacDougall in Halifax focusing on criminal defence, appeals and per diem work for both the federal and provincial Crown.
In 1998, Mark was appointed a Crown attorney in the Halifax office of the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service and in 2000 he moved to Special Prosecutions. In July 2019, he was appointed as Chief Crown Attorney of the newly merged Appeals and Special Prosecutions Section. Mark received his Queen’s Counsel (QC) designation in February 2016.
As a dedicated Society volunteer, Mark serves as a member of the Society’s Criminal Standards Committee and as Chair of the Complaints Investigations Committee. He has also assisted the Society by presenting at continuing legal education conferences and evaluating examinations skills at bar admissions courses.
Since June 2020, Mark has been Co-Chair for the National Heads of Prosecutions subcommittee on Preventing Wrongful Convictions. 2021 was his final year since 2008 as coach for Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law’s Gale Cup national moot competition and he is a Schulich School of Law second year moot judge.
Mark contributes to his community as the Board Chair for the Bayers-Westwood Family Resource Centre, a non-profit centre aimed at providing support for low-income and recent immigrant families in the Bayers-Westwood region of Halifax.
Andrew Nickerson QC
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Andrew Nickerson QC practises with Nickerson Jacquard Russell Barristers | Solicitors, a full-service law firm in Yarmouth. Andrew was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1978 and received his Queen’s Counsel appointment in 1997.
Andrew was on Council in the 1980s but also finished his third term on Council as the Southwestern District representative this past June. He has sat on many committees and currently serves on the Society’s Governance and Nominating Committee and the Distinguished Service Award Committee.
Andrew is recognized for his work in corporate law, business acquisitions, business financing, commercial law, fisheries law and taxation, and is often called on to handle real estate transactions. He also regularly handles a wide variety of civil litigation cases, many of which are related to commercial matters, construction or shareholder disputes.
Representing some of Western Nova Scotia’s leading companies, Andrew also regularly performs agency work for several Halifax law firms. He has substantial international experience and has managed legal matters for clients doing business in Africa and Southeast Asia and supervised litigation in the United States and the United Kingdom. Andrew regularly appears before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada.
From 2006 to 2013, Andrew served as a member of the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal. Since 2014, he has been a Small Claims Court Adjudicator sitting in Yarmouth, Shelburne, Digby and Annapolis Royal.
Acting Executive Director
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Jackie started life at the Society in February 1995 when she joined as an instructor in the Skills Course. She became Director in 1997 and has been at the Society for more than 26 years. Prior to coming to the Society, Jackie practiced law with Buchan, Derrick and Ring in Halifax, after graduating from Dalhousie Law School in 1987. She practiced as a litigator, doing mostly family law, but also working on public interest litigation. She appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada with Anne Derrick in R. v. Morgentaler in 1993.
At the Society, Jackie was involved with the implementation of the Legal Profession Act, the new Civil Procedure Rules, the legacy Bar Examination, the Land Registration Act education, and the inception of the Legal Services Support regime, as well as the implementation of the PREP program. Jackie is involved with the Ad hoc Advisory Group for the Fair Registration Practices Act, the Admissions and Education Counterparts committee of the FLSC, and is past President of ACLED (the group of admissions and education directors across Canada). Over the years, she has sat on many committees and working groups related to the practice of law.
Jackie loves working with the profession and has seen many of her students go on to become Council Members, Presidents, QCs and Judges.
Members of Council
Frank E. DeMont QC, Q.Med
Federation Council Member nominated by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
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Frank E. DeMont was nominated to the Federation Council by the Nova Scotia Barristers Society in September 2021. He previously served as President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society from 2018-2019 and chaired several committees during his term on NSBS’ Council. Frank continues to Chair the Society’s Professional Responsibility Policy and Procedures Committee and its Code of Professional Conduct Committee.
Frank practices as a Mediator and Arbitrator, and in the areas of Municipal Law, and Commercial Law. He also works as Town Solicitor for the municipality of New Glasgow, a position he has held for more than a decade. Prior to opening his own firm, Frank worked for five years as a staff lawyer at Nova Scotia Legal Aid.
Frank currently also serves as Vice-Chair of the Nova Scotia Labour Board and is a past Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Atlantic Institute. He is also on the Minister’s list of Arbitrators of Nova Scotia. He was named Queen’s Counsel in 2012.
Frank earned his Bachelor of Law degree from Dalhousie University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Saint Vincent University.
Cape Breton District
902 563 2770
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Called to the bar in 2004, Shannon is the Managing Lawyer of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Conflict Office in Sydney. She has practiced both family and criminal law, with a current concentration in child protection. Shannon is the Chair of Nova Scotia Legal Aid’s Children and Family Services Act best practices committee.
Shannon recently joined the NSBS Complaints Investigation Committee and the Professional Standards (Family Law) Committee.
Shannon is a board member of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton. An active member of the Cape Breton Barristers’ Society, she has served as a past President, and currently sits on the Supreme Court Family Division Liaison Committee, the Court Administration Collaboration Committee and the Library Committee. Shannon has mentored articling students and junior associates.
Jennifer C. MacDonald
Cape Breton District
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Jennifer C. MacDonald is a Partner at Portside Law LLP in Sydney, with a practice focused largely on family and children’s law. Jenn was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 2009 and the Nova Scotia Bar as a transfer in early 2011. She has worked extensively in child protection, both doing Agency work and representing Respondents. Jenn spent the last three years working in Eskasoni First Nation representing Mi’kmaw Family and Children’s Services of Nova Scotia in Indigenous child protection. She worked for five years in family, child protection and social justice law with Nova Scotia Legal Aid and the four years prior working in general litigation and family law in private practice in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. She has appeared at all levels of court in Nova Scotia and has served on a number of Bench and Bar committees through the courts.
Jenn is a passionate advocate for access to justice and has served on a number of access to justice initiatives. She acts as a per diem Summary Advice Counsel, has been a volunteer Parent Information Program facilitator at the courts since 2014 and served on Legal Aid’s Children and Family Services Act (CFSA) and Gender Equity Committees. She has served on the Family Services of Eastern Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors since 2018 and presently serves as the Executive Treasurer and is a past Board Member for Junior Achievement New Brunswick and was a committee member for Nova Scotia’ chapter of Health Providers Against Poverty.
Jenn has a Bachelor of Laws from University of New Brunswick (2008) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Memorial University (2005). She founded and ran a small business consulting firm as a law student and in 2007 was named the Student Entrepreneur of the Year for New Brunswick by Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship and CIBC Small Business. Jenn is also a self-professed adrenaline junkie, marathoner, skydiver, downhill skier, hiker and world traveller. She lives in Sydney, Cape Breton with her husband, 6-year-old daughter and rescue pup.
902 752 5143
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Bronwyn Duffy of MacIsaac, Clarke & Duffy in Stellarton, has operated with her partners the same full-service firm and private practice for the whole of her career. Her practice is diversified, ranging from prosecution and administration of all criminal and regulatory federal legislation in Pictou County as agent counsel for PPSC, a town solicitor for over ten years, to residential and commercial real estate.
Bronwyn has extensive experience in municipal law, which involves development and expertise in municipal corporations and inter-municipal shared service and sale of service agreements. She has a particular interest in government policy and programming advising, having been contracted by several municipalities for drafting and development of by-laws and review and opinion on regional planning documents in relation to appeals to the NSUARB. She has also served as general counsel for participating municipal units in Pictou County to form regional government.
With a full roster of professional volunteer contributions, Bronwyn is on the Executive Committee of Council, is co-Vice Chair of the Complaints Investigation Committee, and is appointed to the Finance Committee, and the Distinguished Service Award Committee.
Throughout her professional occupation, Bronwyn has maintained a commitment to education in law, and before that in science. Prior to her career in law, she obtained a Master of Science in Neuroscience, employing psychophysical methods to explore the biological computations that enable neural circuits to locate sound in space. Bronwyn has published four papers in science, including in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, Hearing Research, and Library and Archives Canada. Bronwyn has received a series of awards over the years, including the Alistair Fraser Scholarship in law and a national NSERC graduate scholarship in science.
Bronwyn and her husband have a busy teenager and five-year-old, and she maintains a passion for running and triathlon, qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2018, and in 2017 for the age-group Triathlon World Championship. She is active in the community, volunteering for various youth-in-sports initiatives, including Swim Nova Scotia, Truro Centurions Swim Club, Go Truro youth running and Youth Triathlon Truro.
J. Patrick Young
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J. Patrick Young is a Senior Crown Attorney with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service in Pictou. He was called to the Bar in Nova Scotia in 2010, having previously been admitted to the P.E.I. Bar in 2006 and Alberta in 2007, and has appeared in all levels of Court in the province.
Patrick was elected to Council in 2019 to represent the Central District. He has been a member of the Society’s Law Professional Standards (Criminal) Committee since 2013, and serves on the Governance Committee, and the Distinguished Service Award Committee. He has also served on the Executive of the Pictou County Barristers’ Society since 2011, and in 2016 he became its President. He currently sits as Co-Chair of the PPS Education Committee.
Patrick regularly presents to Crown Attorneys at conferences and education workshops, various police agencies, and public groups on the subject of criminal law and justice.
Patrick and his wife, Melanie, a lawyer in a busy private practice, have two children. He coaches their baseball teams, is Chair of their school’s Parent Advisory Committee, and has volunteered at their breakfast program.
902 305 4657
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Angelina Amaral, BA, MEd:LLL, JD, is a L’nu Lawyer and a member of the Miawpukek (Conne River) First Nation of Newfoundland and Labrador. She has focused her legal career on community-development and capacity building for her Nation. She has helped Mi’kmaw communities by drafting a number of community-based protocols including: the Building a Bridge protocol for the use of section 84 of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act; the Mi’kmaq Inclusion in the Process of Accountability for Hunting and Fishing Offences Protocol; the Mi’kmaw Sentencing Circle Protocol; the Mi’kmaw Custom Adoption Protocol; and the Wikɨamanej Kikmanaq Program protocol.
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Kelly Rowlett is a Senior Staff Lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid and has spent the last 15 years of 25 years as a member of the Nova Scotia Bar practicing in the area of mental health law.
Kelly is the proud mother of two girls, stepmom to a son and daughter and Nana to two grandsons.
She has worked to implement and advance the Dartmouth Wellness Court since 2008 and is actively involved in the expansion of wellness courts throughout Nova Scotia. She has also worked with the Society in the past on the Fitness to Practice Committee and is currently working with the College of Nurses on both their Fitness and Discipline Committees.
Kelly regularly speaks at local universities, conferences, and consults throughout the country in the area of therapeutic justice. She is very honoured to have been selected to fill an interim position as one of the Halifax District Council Representatives for the remainder of the current term.
902 420 3450
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Morgan Manzer graduated with degrees in business administration and laws from the University of New Brunswick. He is currently a Staff Lawyer for Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA) practising child protection and family law. Within NSLA he is an active member of the Equity & Racial Diversity Committee and the Equity Audit Steering Committee.
For the first half of 2020, Morgan was seconded to the Society’s Equity and Access Office to advise on equity and access issues affecting the NSBS and the legal profession more broadly. He acted as a Practice Manager for nine articling clerks for the first year of the new Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) launched through the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) on behalf of the NSBS.
In early 2021Morgan concluded four and a half years as Chair of Halifax Pride’s board of directors. He continues to lead their policy and governance committee. Morgan presently serves as a Trustee on the board of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia and previously served on the board of the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia.
In November 2019, he was presented the Zöe Odei Young Lawyers Award from the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Nova Scotia branch, for his work within the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
D. Fraser MacFadyen
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D. Fraser MacFadyen graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1985. He proceeded to article and then practice in BC until 1989.
In 1989, Fraser returned to Nova Scotia and joined Stewart McKelvey where he currently practices in the commercial area with a current concentration in more complex commercial property matters.
He has previously an instructor for several years with the Society’s Bar Admission program and he co-instructed Corporate Finance at Dalhousie Law School. Fraser was also previously the President of the CBA Real Estate Subsection for NS.
Fraser has contributed to his community throughout his career and is the past Chair of Feed Nova Scotia (2005-2010) and he was a board member at Halifax’s Sacred Heart School.
David Hirtle QC
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David Hirtleis a sole practitioner with Hirtle Legal Services Inc. in Lunenburg. His areas of practice include civil litigation, family law, criminal law, real estate, and estates and trusts. He was previously employed with Power, Dempsey Cooper & Leefe in Bridgewater. He was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1998.
David joined Council in July 2017 as the acclaimed byelection candidate for the Southwestern District for the 2017-2019 Council term. He was acclaimed to the position again in 2019. David currently serves on the Credentials Committee and the Trust Account Regulations Working Group. He was previously a member of the Professional Standards (Criminal) Committee.
David is an active volunteer in the legal community, his home community of Lunenburg and in the province. He has been a member of the Lunenburg County Barristers’ Association since 1998 and currently serves as President, a post which he has held since 2012. Since 2013, David has sat as a non-voting member of the CBA Nova Scotia Council. He is a past active member of the Lunenburg & District Volunteer Fire Department and is now an Honorary member. Since 2013 David has served as a member of the advisory board for CNIB Nova Scotia.
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Jamie A. Vacon is a bilingual Mi’kmaq lawyer, and grew up in Quinan, NS. He has a Bachelor of Laws and graduated from the Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaq Initiative in 2006. He was called to the Bar in 2011.
Jamie is currently a Senior Lawyer with the Legal Aid office in Yarmouth. Jamie’s practice is mostly in Criminal Law with a passion for Indigenous/ Customary Law.
Jamie is the co-chair of the Truth and Reconciliation sub-committee, he is on the Racial Equity committee, the Provincial Judicial Appointments sub-committee, and the Nomination committee. He has worked on many mentorship programs for both the Judiciary, students and lawyers.
M. Ingrid Brodie QC
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M. Ingrid Brodie QC began her career in 1990 as a staff lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid in Yarmouth practicing family & criminal law for four years. For the next 16 years, she was a Crown Attorney with the NS Public Prosecution Service (PPS) in Yarmouth then Kentville handling increasingly complex cases.
She had a four-year hiatus after 9/11 when she was seconded to the NS Department of Justice in Halifax engaged in strategic planning and policy development regarding issues in policing, counterterrorism, organized crime, and emergency management.
In 2010, Ingrid was appointed Chief Crown Attorney for the Western Region of the NS PPS managing financial, human resource and administration issues as well as supporting all manner of legal work including major cases. She has contributed to two key initiatives in the past ten years as Co-Chair of the NS PPS Equity & Diversity Committee and a steering committee member and assigned Crown to the Mental Health and Drug Treatment Courts based in Kentville. In 2017 she was appointed Queen’s Counsel.
In 2006-2007, she was a member of the Attorney General’s Safer Streets & Communities Task Force. From 2010 -12, she was a mentor for the Society’s mentorship program for women lawyers and then on the planning committee and a presenter at the Society’s UnCommon Law event in the Annapolis Valley in 2014.
Throughout her career, Ingrid has contributed to her community as a volunteer and member on non-profit boards. She served on the board for Juniper House, NS Coalition for Children and Youth and most recently for the last nine years on the board of PeopleWorx.
Ingrid has volunteered for the VON Infant Daycare Program, the Yarmouth Interagency Committee for the Prevention of Violence, the Annapolis Valley Sexual Violence Partnership, and Girl Guides.
Michelle Kelly QC
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Michelle Kelly QC is a partner in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer. Called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2004, Michelle’s practice focuses primarily on insurance defence work, as well as commercial litigation and property litigation, including expropriation work. She has appeared at all levels of court in Nova Scotia, consistently appears in front of the NSUARB and has been involved in many mediations and commercial arbitrations.
Michelle was elected to Council in 2019 as a District Representative for Halifax and was appointed to Council in 2021 as a Member at Large. She currently serves on the Gender Equity Committee, the Professional Responsibility Policies & Procedures Committee and the Supreme Court Liaison Committee.
Michelle was appointed to the Nova Scotia Advisory Council for the Status of Women in 2014 and currently sits as their President. She is also the Chair of The Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women. The Coalition consists of advisory bodies from across the country dedicated to advancing women’s issues within their individual regions but who come together in the interest of women on a national level. Michelle is also a board member of the Jamaican Cultural Association of Nova Scotia.
Michelle has been consistently recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in Personal Injury and as a leading practitioner in Insurance Law by the publication The Best Lawyers in Canada.
902 755 0398
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Angeli Swinamer is a partner at MacGillivray Law. She currently represents Plaintiffs in personal injury litigation including cases arising from motor vehicle accidents, long term disability denials, and slip and falls. She has previously appeared before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.
Angeli was called to the Bar in Nova Scotia in 2017. She moved to Canada from the Philippines in 2011 and was accredited by the National Committee on Accreditation (Federation of Canadian Law Societies) as having an equivalent Canadian Law degree in 2016. She worked as a Research Analyst and Intake Specialist for MacGillivray Law before commencing her articling year in 2016.
Angeli graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of the Philippines. Prior to law school, Angeli graduated magna cum laude from the same university with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She was called to the Philippine Bar in 2010 and practiced as an Associate in a law firm in Southern Philippines. She appeared before provincial and criminal courts in her hometown of Davao City.
While pursuing her J.D., Angeli worked as a Legislative Researcher for the House of Representatives. She was engaged in volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and held the position of Chairperson for the Union of Journalists of the Philippines.
Angeli, her husband, Jon, and daughter Hadassah live in rural Pictou County and happily reside in their self-sustaining family homestead.
902 422 7884
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Bryan Darrell, P. Eng, FEIC of Halifax was appointed as a Public Representative on Council in 2019 and also currently serves on the Governance & Nominating Committee.
A professional engineer, Bryan is the Senior Executive Director, Infrastructure Department of Seniors & Long Term Care for the Province of Nova Scotia, where he oversees the development, planning and delivery of major provincial health care projects. He is recognized nationally as an expert in health care infrastructure management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University, a Diploma in Engineering from Saint Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the Technical College of Nova Scotia (TUNS).
Bryan brings vast board and governance experience to the Society, having served as both a Councillor and President of Engineers Nova Scotia, as board member of the Capital District Health Authority, as Chair of the Dalhousie Legal Aid board, as Treasurer of the Halifax Community Investment Fund and the St. Margaret’s Sailing Club, among others. From 2008 to 2018, he sat on the National Research Council’s Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.
An active community member, Bryan volunteers with local organizations such as Feed Nova Scotia, Hope Blooms, Ride for Cancer and Harbour Swim.
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Deepak Prasad, M.O.M., AdeC, BA(hons), CPS, CTSS, CTR, BCECR, CATSM, CCISM, Deepak is a Police Officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a doctoral student at London Metropolitan University. Deepak was the first Divisional Wellness Coordinator for the RCMP Nova Scotia Division and authored the first Divisional Integrated Wellness Strategy. Prior to joining the RCMP, Deepak worked with the Canada Border Services Agency as a Border Services Officer and as a Police Dispatcher.
Deepak has attended various post-secondary institutions focusing his studies in the area of leadership and first responder wellness, these institutes include the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, Laurier University, and the University of Toronto. In addition to his studies, he holds six international professional designations in first responder wellness.
Deepak is currently the Vice-Chairperson and Commissioner with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, and he sits on a number of non-profit boards including St. John Ambulance NS/PEI, Nova Scotia International Tattoo Foundation, and Family Services of Eastern Nova Scotia.
Deepak is originally from Vancouver, BC, but now lives with his partner Tara in Halifax.
Carole Lee Reinhardt
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Carole Lee has enjoyed an extensive career in executive leadership and management supplemented by a Graduate Degree in Management and a CPA designation. Her expertise in organizational development, strategy and financial management saw her leading major initiatives in investment, immigration, innovation, policing, and productivity. During her three-decade career in the public sector, she produced over a thousand policies, three hundred business plans and over a hundred strategic plans through collaborative processes. For the past six years, she has focused on leading member-based organizations and consulting on policy and governance matters.
Carole Lee lives in Mahone Bay and enjoys getting out on her water on her vintage Boston Whaler, mountain biking and restoring her mid-century modern home. She is a dedicated member of the “Home Exchange Network” and loves to travel.
902 759 2388
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Michelle Ward of Westville was appointed as Public Representative on Council in September 2017.
Michelle is the Executive Director of the Kids First Association, which offers programs and services to children and families in Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties. Managing an organization of over 30 staff and overseeing the policy development, budget management, funding relations, community outreach and other operational tasks, Michelle brings 20 years of leadership experience to her position on Council. Through her tenure as Executive Director of Kids First, she has formed excellent working relationships with local partners, provincial departments and federal funders, and has demonstrated a strong understanding of the social determinants of health, diversity and social inclusion. In addition to her work with Kids First, Michelle also works as a clinical therapist for Family Services of Eastern Nova Scotia, where she provides telephone grief support for individuals across the Northeastern region of the province.
Michelle has served on a number of committees relevant to her profession. She currently serves as Chair of the Nova Scotia Association of Family Resource Programs and as Chair for Pictou County Early Years Network. She previously served as the Chair for Pictou County Partners for Children and Youth. Michelle also serves on committees for North East Network for Children and Youth, Antigonish Early Years, Guysborough Early Years, Quality Improvement and Safety Team, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Northern Network and many others.
Michelle has also shown extensive involvement within her community. She served as a member of the board of directors for the Pictou County Women’s Resource and Sexual Assault Centre, and of the Student Advisory Committee for Highland Consolidated Middle School. From 2011-2015 she was the secretary of the Westville and Area Minor Hockey Association. Additionally, Michelle has volunteered with the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association, Catholic Children’s Aid Society and United Church Emergency Refugee Relief.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis Xavier University, as well as a Bachelor of Social Work from Dalhousie University. Michelle is a Registered Social Worker with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.
With her keen interest in law, Michelle believes that her experience of working within systems designed to support vulnerable populations will add an important perspective to Council.