Current Council

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.  

Officers

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Tuma Young QC

President

tuma_young@cbu.ca

902 563 1435

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Tuma T. W. Young QC is L’nu (Mi’kmaq) and grew up in a traditional manner on the Malagawatch First Nation.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Mi’kmaq Studies from the University College of Cape Breton; a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia; a Master of Laws in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the University of Arizona.  Tuma was called to the Bar in June 2001, becoming the first Mi’kmaq speaking lawyer in Nova Scotia.

Tuma was nominated for Second Vice-President for the 2019-2020 Council year by the Society’s Governance and Nominating Committee and was acclaimed to the position in February 2019. He was previously a Member At-Large of Council and was elected to the position in both 2015 and 2017. Tuma currently sits on the Executive, Finance, Nominating and Complaints Investigations Committees, as well as the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Working Group. Until his ascension to Second Vice-President, he was a member of the Society’s Code of Professional Conduct Committee and the Racial Equity Committee.

Currently, he works as an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies/Political Science at Cape Breton University. Tuma’s primary research area is the analysis of L’nu worldview to see how traditional concepts of governance can be used in contemporary institution development. He also researches Two-Spiritedness (gay/ lesbian/ bisexual/ transgendered) and community-based health and social research. In August 2017, Tuma was qualified as an expert witness on L’nuk Laws and Decolonizing Perspectives as part of his testimony at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

At CBU, Tuma has a pro bono law clinic for students, staff and community members where he provides free initial advice and, if necessary, referrals to outside lawyers. He also has a private Wills & Estates practice for a number of First Nations communities.

Tuma is a past Co-Chair of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s TRC Calls to Action Advisory Committee, which is charged with developing a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action #27 and #28. 

Tuma spends the rest of his free time with his partner Nicolaas and working on his photography portfolio.

Melanie Petrunia

Melanie Petrunia

First Vice-President

melanie@nmbarristers.com

902 401 5004

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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

Second Vice-President

mark.scott@novascotia.ca

902 424 6794

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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.

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Jacqueline Mullenger

Acting Executive Director

jmullenger@nsbs.org

902 422-1491

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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

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Jill Perry QC

FLSC Representative

jill.perry@nslegalaid.ca

902 563 2295

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Jill is Nova Scotia’s representative on Council of the Federation of Law Societies. In this capacity, she sits on NSBS Council as a non-voting member.   Jill will cease to be a member of NSBS Council when she assumes the position of 1st Vice President of the Federation of Law Societies in October 2021.

Called to the Bar in 2001, Jill received her LLB from the University of Victoria in 2000, her MA (history) from Memorial University in 1997, and her undergraduate degree in history and women’s studies from McGill University in 1994.  Jill is Managing Lawyer of the Sydney office of Nova Scotia Legal Aid where she has practiced family law (with a focus on child protection) since 2001.

Jill was President of NSBS in 2015/16.  She was first elected to the NSBS Council in 2007 as a member for the Cape Breton District, completing three consecutive terms in that position prior to her election as 2nd Vice-President of NSBS. She has been a member of numerous NSBS committees and currently sits on the Professional Responsibility Policies and Procedures Committee.

At the Federation level, Jill chairs the National Committee on Accreditation Assessment Modernization Committee and the CLE Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Canadian Common Law Approval Committee.  She was recently appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada Judiciary Advisory Board.

Jill’s community work has included coaching soccer for young children and serving on local community boards.  She is currently a board member for the Cape Breton YMCA.

Shannon Mason

Shannon Mason

Cape Breton District

Shannon.Mason@nslegalaid.ca

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

Jennifer@portsidelaw.com

902-564-5744

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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.

Bronwyn Duffy

Central District

bduffy@mcdlaw.ca

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 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

Central District

patrick.young@novascotia.ca

902 485 3570

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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.

Angelina Amaral

Angelina Amaral

Halifax District

aamaral@mikmaqrights.com

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.

Morgan Manzer

Morgan Manzer

Halifax District

Morgan.Manzer@nslegalaid.ca

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

D. Fraser MacFadyen

Halifax District

fmacfadyen@stewartmckelvey.com

902 420 3200

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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.

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Josie McKinney

Halifax District

josie.mckinney@novascotia.ca

902 424 8734

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Josie McKinney is a Crown Attorney for the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service in Halifax. Upon her admission to both the Nova Scotia Bar and the Ontario Bar in 2007, until 2010, Josie worked as a Staff Lawyer for the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic, providing a range of legal services for low-income Indigenous people (criminal defence, tenant rights, criminal injuries compensation, and Indian Residential School Settlement claims) and supervised law students enrolled at the Clinic. Since joining the PPS in 2011, Josie spent her first 6 years in Yarmouth and Shelburne before moving to Halifax in April 2018. In July 2020, she was appointed Nova Scotia’s first dedicated human trafficking prosecutor.

Josie was elected to Council in 2019 to represent the Halifax District. She has been a member of the Society’s Racial Equity Committee since 2015 and became co-Chair in January 2019.

From 2016 to present, Josie has been a member of the PPS Employment Equity and Diversity Committee. Recently, she co-wrote a new PPS policy on Fair Treatment of Indigenous Peoples in the Criminal Justice System and led the training of all NS Crown Attorneys on the policy. She is currently a member of the PPS Sexual Assault Working Group and, in the past, served as a Crown representative on the Tri-County Sexual Assault Response Team.

From 2012 to 2014, Josie was a volunteer with Project LEAD, which aims to give knowledge and decision-making skills to youth at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system. Josie has also provided educational sessions to children in grades P-12 on Mi’kmaq history/culture and residential schools.

Josie has delivered various CLE presentations to lawyers and other professionals on issues of cultural competency, in NS and NB. She has mentored law students and high school students and has supervised articling students. 

David Hirtle

Southwestern District

hls@eastlink.ca

902 634 8713

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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.

Jamie Vacon

Southwestern District

jamie.vacon@nslegalaid.ca

902 742 7827

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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

M. Ingrid Brodie QC

Member At-Large

ingrid.brodie@novascotia.ca  

902 679 6067

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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.

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Michelle Kelly QC

Member At-Large

mkelly@coxandpalmer.com

902 421 6262

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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.

Angeli Swinamer

Angeli Swinamer

Member At-Large

aswinamer@macgillivraylaw.com

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.

Public Representatives

Bryan Darrell

Bryan.darrell@novascotia.ca

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 Director of Health Project Services 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.

Keltie Jamieson

 keltiejamieson@outlook.com

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Keltie Jamieson of Bayswater was appointed as Public Representative on Council in June 2021. 

Keltie is the Sr. Director at Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health supporting standardization and readiness activities in preparation for a clinical information system implementation across the province. Keltie has spent her entire career in healthcare and specifically clinical informatics. In this role she is responsible for program development including strategy and planning, budget, human resources, vendor management, stakeholder engagement and technical oversight.  

Keltie is also a sessional instructor with Dalhousie Health Sciences program teaching Health Leadership. She is also a board member with Digital Health Canada and co-chair of the executive leadership advisory (CHIEF).  

Keltie holds a master’s degree from Royal Roads with a specialty in Leadership.

Carole Lee Reinhardt

creinhardt@eastlink.ca

902 624 8250

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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. 

Michelle Ward

mward@kids1st.ca

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.

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Dr. Rod Wilson, BScN., MD., CCFP, MHA of Halifax was appointed a Public Representative on Council in September 2017. He serves on the Complaints Investigation Committee.    

Dr Wilson started his career in health care as a nurse providing care to Indigenous communities in northern Ontario and the Northwest Territories before entering medicine. After graduating from McMaster Medical school in 1992, he continued to work with Indigenous populations in Labrador, Ontario and Yukon before coming to Halifax in 1997. Since that time, he has practiced in various emergency rooms and family practice offices in Nova Scotia, including the Northend Community Health Centre.  Since 2020,  Dr Wilson travels monthly to northwestern Ontario to provide clinical care to residents of Eabametoong First Nation. He also provides Medical Assistance in Dying to people across Nova Scotia.

Dr. Wilson has held a variety of leadership roles, including President of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSN, Deputy Registrar for Complaints and Investigations at CPSNS until 2012, Executive Director of the North End Community Health Centre, Physician Advisor at Nova Scotia Department of Health and most recently Chair of Section of Leaders at Doctors Nova Scotia

Dr. Wilson’s volunteer work includes the current Chair, board of directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Nova Scotia Division and previous board member and Chair of Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. He is also a passionate supporter of Shelter Nova Scotia and Adsum for Women and Children.