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YMCA Governance

YMCA Board of Directors and
Honourary Trustees

YMCA Governance

As a leading charity, the YMCA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. This group of community volunteers provides vision, strategic leadership and stewardship for the Association. The YMCA Board of Directors meets regularly with an Annual General Meeting held every spring.


Join Our Volunteer Board of Directors

Drive Change in the Community

Currently Accepting Applications Until February 1st, 2024

The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth invites community-driven individuals to join our Board of Directors. This is more than a volunteer role; it’s a chance to impact lives and foster a vibrant, inclusive community.

Diversity & Inclusion: Seeking members who add lived experience and represent diverse communities, including Indigenous, Black, Racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, and persons living with a disability.

Specialized Skills: Looking for expertise in technology, resource development, health and wellness, or education.

Board Responsibilities: Board members engage in bi-monthly meetings, committee work, and contribute to policy and affairs management.

Term Commitment: Eligible for two three-year terms, with potential extension for those elected as Chair. Learn More

How to Apply:
Interested individuals should submit an expression of interest with a resume to Rupinder Elavia at [email protected] by 5:00 PM on February 1st, 2024.

Meet our Current Directors

Stephen MacDonald


Stephen MacDonald is the President and Chief Executive Officer at EfficiencyOne and is a relentless champion for the development and growth of the energy efficiency industry in Nova Scotia,

Sonya Fraser

Past Chair

Sonya Fraser is the Managing Partner with EY, where she works with both public and private entities to provide integrated professional services.

Lora MacEachern

Vice Chair

Lora MacEachern is a Senior Government Executive and Lawyer, with extensive experience in leadership, law, human resources, public policy, advocacy

Michelle Bussey

Michelle Bussey is the CEO of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Through NSAA, Michelle is working with industry, Government and communities to address the

Patty Faith

Patty Faith is a seasoned strategic communications and marketing professional with national level experience working with both publicly traded and not-for-profit

Kimberley Gannon

Kimberley Gannon is the Regional Director of Finance with the Federal Government of Canada, Atlantic Regional Office in Halifax, N.S.

Sian Wren

Sian Wren is Vice President of Business Transformation at Emera. In this role, she led a large team of internal employees and external

Dave Murray

Dave Murray is a local Franchisee with McDonalds Restaurants in Halifax Regional Municipality.

Ayo Makanjuola

Ayo Makanjuola is Chief Financial Officer at Millbrook First Nation.

Ayo holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Babcock University in Ikenne,

Jacob Woods

Jacob Woods is a Research Associate at the Nova Scotia Community College. Jacob is skilled in energy system analysis

Krista Jangaard

Dr. Krista Jangaard is the IWK Health Centre’s President & CEO. She first joined the IWK in 1996 in the division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and

Sarah McInnes

Sarah is a Partner at McInnes Cooper, specializing in Immigration & Employment law.

Mary Navas

With three years of marketing agency experience at NATIONAL Public Relations working with clients across Atlantic Canada, Mary brings a fresh perspective to communication strategies,

Kevin Stoddart

Kevin is a Managing Partner at KBRS, Atlantic Canada’s largest talent management and recruitment organization with over 75 staff and offices throughout Atlantic Canada and Ontario.

Safia Rahemtulla

Safia is an Associate Partner in the Consulting practice of EY and holds a CPA, CA designation, a Certified Internal Auditor designation and a Certified Third Party Risk

Samantha Nixon

Samantha is a Coordinator with the Canadian Red Cross, supporting International Emergency Response through collaboration with the Government of Canada.

YMCA Honourary Trustees

The YMCA Honourary Trustees are former Directors who continue to support and provide strategic counsel to the YMCA.

Gregory (Greg) D. Auld, Jennifer Berry, Lydia Bugden, Daniel M. Campbell, Wesley G. Campbell, Peter M. Conrod, Paul J. Dyer,
Peter Doig Peter G. Fardy, Lou Gannon, Mary Ellen Gurnham, R.F. (Bob) Healy, Fred Honsberger, Wilfred Jackson, John W. Lindsay Jr.,
Brian Jessop Cliff Langin, Carole McDougall, James MacGowan, Stuart MacLean, R.A. (Rod) McCulloch, Kirk D. McIntyre, Don C. Mills, Robert Richardson, L. Robert (Robbie) Shaw, George Waye, Sarah Young

Honourary Life Members

Audrey Manzer & Lou Gannon

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