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 his daughter Maia, an award-winning student at École des Beaux-Marais in Porters Lake.
- Larry Wartman (Vice-President) is a new resident to Musquodoboit Harbour, moving here the summer of 2018 with his wife Jocelyn Corkum, a MH area native originally from Pleasant Point. Together, Larry and Jocelyn have two daughters and one son and are grandparents to 3 active grand children. Larry has spent the past 17 years as Regional Technical Manager for CBC, and the previous 19 years as Director of Broadcast Operations for CTV Atlantic. He has extensive experience in mechanical, electrical, environmental and project management areas and has spent his career mentoring, coaching and developing employees. Larry has participated in many volunteer activities, as basketball coach, university level referee and as a Director on many Executive Boards including IWK Foundation Steering Committee, Christmas Daddies Executive, and Nova Scotia International Airshow Association. He has served as Operations chair, Strategic Planning chair, Finance chair and Treasurer. Larry is an avid woodworker and gardener, and both he and Jocelyn look forward to putting down roots in their new community.
- 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 operates LBN Bookkeeping, a bookkeeping and tax preparation 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).
- Jennifer Baker (Secretary) 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.
- Ryan Murphy is a 7th generation resident of the Eastern Shore. He owns and operates Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean and Bread & Better Small Business Solutions. Ryan’s vision is ‘A prosperous Eastern Shore’. His Eastern Shore improvement efforts extend beyond his businesses and into community development, chairing the Wild Islands Tourism Advancement Partnership, serving on the board of directors for MHACCCA, and serving on the board of directors for Discover Halifax.
- 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.
- Delphine du Toit moved to Upper Lakeville 5 years ago. Delphine is a registered social worker (Dalhousie MSW). She runs a successful consulting business specializing in change management, leadership development, conflict management and coaching, with international and local clients. Delphine says she chose to live on the Eastern Shore because she experiences an authentic sense of community here (and because of its natural beauty). She is a social entrepreneur: there must be social value in any enterprise she becomes involved in. In her long career she has worked across Africa, and in China, India, UK, and Nova Scotia. She is an avid supporter of high-speed internet in rural Canada where ‘you can live in paradise and consult to the world.’
- Emma Murphy grew up in Musquodoboit Harbour with a family who is proud of our community and committed to improving the area. Upon graduating from Eastern Shore District High School, Emma moved to Halifax to attend Dalhousie University. Throughout the summers of her undergraduate degree, she spent time travelling in Western Europe. When Emma graduated from Dalhousie, she moved to Dublin, Ireland for a year, where she worked, travelled and experienced the Irish culture. After her year living abroad, she moved back to Musquodoboit Harbour. With her passion for the environment and community resilience, she decided to apply for Dalhousie’s Masters of Planning program. Although she was accepted to the masters program, Emma decided to take a different route by opening Uprooted Market & Cafe in order to apply her knowledge on a more local level.
- Alayne Jackson is the Senior Development Officer with CBDC Blue Water, a not-for-profit community economic development agency serving all of rural Halifax Municipality. In her role with CBDC, Alayne works with entrepreneurs in all stages of their business provided financing, training and business counselling to help rural businesses thrive and succeed. Alayne brings extensive experience in project management, finance and financial planning, business management, risk management and board governance, as well as a strong network of partners and resources. In her personal life, she has a broad range of experience in the not for profit and volunteer sector, and has worked with the Porters Lake Soccer Association, Eastern Shore Family Resource Association and other community groups working to create a vibrant, healthy community on the Eastern Shore. She has experience in grant proposal writing and special event management and working with multiple funding partners.