Who is on the MHACCCA Board of Directors?
- Kent Smith (President) is currently the Core French teacher at Gaetz Brook Junior High. Previously, he was the owner of Eastern Shore Cartage (ESC), a family-run business based in Sheet Harbour. He received a Commerce Degree from McGill University in 2002 with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Behaviour. After university, Kent returned to Sheet Harbour to work with ESC. After holding the positions of Office Manager (2002-2007) & General Manager (2008-2012), he purchased ESC in 2012 and subsequently (2015) sold it to The Municipal Group of Companies. Kent is the extremely proud father of 5-year-old Maia, an award-winning student at École des Beaux-Marais in Porters Lake.
- Margo Hudson (Vice-president) is a long-time resident of Musquodoboit Harbour, having lived in the community since the early 1980’s, and is a co-founder of the Eastern Shore Family Resource Association. For many years she volunteered for the Nova Scotia Career Development Association promoting leadership opportunities for career development practitioners provincially and nationally. Margo is an Executive Director of a Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre; a seasoned leader with years of management and strategic planning experience helping not for profit organizations develop, she has a passion for forward momentum and growth to support people and organizations reach their goals.
- Lisa Barry (Treasurer) although a new resident of the Eastern Shore, came to live in Nova Scotia from Ireland in 2008 with her husband and children. Lisa is a Certified Professional Bookkeeper and has a bookkeeping and tax business with offices in Musquodoboit Harbour and Dartmouth. She has served as Treasurer on the Boards of Windsor Junction Community Centre (5 years) and Dartmouth Work Activity Society (2 years).
- Kristina Oje (Secretary) has lived in Musquodoboit Harbour for over 5 years, combining families with a resident whom has extensive family roots and history in the Harbour. Bilingual, mother of 4 children, owner and proprietor of RED OWL Administrative Services, Kristina has over 25 years of administrative experience working for private corporations and health services. Her talents are numerous and include banquet organizer, pamphlet and advertising document designer, optimal organisational skills and “Let’s get it done” attitude.
- Michael Brine is a lifelong resident of Musquodoboit Harbour. He is a lawyer at Zareski Law Inc. in Musquodoboit Harbour. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick in 2009 and his Juris Doctor from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2012. In addition to his law practice, Michael is an instructor of Canadian Business Law for the Canadian Institute of Management. Michael has been a volunteer with multiple athletic groups in the local and surrounding areas.
- Ryan Murphy is the owner of Bread & Better Small Business Solutions. He graduated from Dalhousie University with an Industrial Engineering degree dedicated to improving business processes. He founded Bread & Better with the aim of sharing his process improvement knowledge and skills with local small businesses to help improve the local economy. Ryan has extended his Eastern Shore improvement efforts to community development, chairing the Wild Islands Tourism Advancement Partnership, and now, serving on the board of directors for MHACCCA.
- Debbie Stevens was born and raised in the West Island of Montreal where she worked in Customs Brokerage. In 2015 she started teaching customs and transportation at several Ontario colleges. She is blessed with woodworking skills making furniture and turning bowls, however now focusing on small pieces. In May of 2018, she took the plunge, fulfilled a life-long dream to live on the ocean and became an entrepreneur, opening Seaside Crafts, Antiques and Collectibles in Musquodoboit Harbour. She looks forward to spending many years in the harbour, running her shop and traveling around the Maritimes meeting great people and buying unique items.
- Jennifer Baker is a lifelong resident of the Musquodoboit Harbour area and looks forward to raising her family in the community. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Commerce and Certificate in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University in 2013 and has established a career as a Human Resources Professional. Her experience working with health care, private sector and manufacturing organizations enables her to approach challenges with a unique set of best practices. She is passionate about process improvement, increasing community engagement, and loves the satisfaction of a successfully hosted event.