Board of Directors

Our board of directors is governed by self-nominating volunteers who generously give us their time and share our passion for change in Nova Scotia. Working with our executive director, they provide invaluable practical experience and knowledge to help set overall policy and strategic direction for the organization.

David Miller

David Miller

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Sylvia Parris-Drummond

Vice Chairperson

Sylvia is currently the CEO of the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI).  Sylvia provides leadership to the organization through the identification of opportunities, awareness and capacity building, and the implementation of initiatives designed to improve the education environment for African Nova Scotian learners and educators.

Sylvia has over 25 years of experience in the field of education, and extensive public-sector involvement through which she has gained a deep understanding for what it takes to conduct meaningful policy analysis, strengthen citizen engagement, and develop relevant education, multicultural and diversity programs.

Both Sylvia’s educational background and work experience are rooted in core Africentric principles. She holds a Masters of Arts in Life Long Learning - Africentricity, a Masters of Education – Curriculum, and a Bachelor of Science, Home Economics/ Education.

Her passion and commitment to Nova Scotian communities through volunteering is evident through the breadth of her community involvement, which includes the Akoma Family Centre, her Church community, the Black Business Initiative (BBI) Community Investment Fund, by donating her skills to provide strategic planning and board development sessions for non-profits such as the Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre.  She has worked with the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Nova Scotia Department of Justice, the Nova Scotia Community College and operates her private consulting firm.

Known for getting things done in a thoughtful, respectful and engaging way, Sylvia’s experience, knowledge and leadership qualities are highly regarded.

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Max Lessard


Max is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has over 11 years of experience providing assurance services to public and private companies operating in various industries. Max graduated from Dalhousie University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and went on to obtain his Chartered Accountant designation in 2009.

Max joined the Feed Nova Scotia Board in 2018 and also serves on the Audit Committee. Aside from his work with Feed Nova Scotia, Max is involved with a number of other local organizations, from donating his time through the Economics for Success program put on by Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia, to participating in fundraising activities for Heart & Stroke of Nova Scotia and the Make a Wish Foundation.

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Susan Hazelwood

Member Agency Representative & Board Secretary

Susan has a life-long passion for helping people less fortunate than herself, especially women.  Her volunteer work at First Baptist Church Food Bank in Dartmouth and at previous organizations (Coverdale, Alice Housing, etc.) have put her in a position to do just that.  She has been on many boards so she understands how they work and what their role is with respect to the day-to-day operations of the organization. Her position as Agency rep allows her to bring a hands-on food bank perspective to the Board level.

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Kristen Hollery

Member Agency Representative
Dr. Robert Strang

Robert Strang

Dr. Robert Strang is Chief Medical Officer of Health in Nova Scotia appointed in August 2007.  He received his medical degree from University of British Columbia and completed Family Practice and Public Health and Preventive Medicine residencies at UBC.

As Chief MOH, he has provided leadership around the renewal of public health in Nova Scotia as well as raising awareness around the importance of creating policies and environments that support better health for Nova Scotian families and communities.  He is passionate about public health and has worked with non-government organizations such as Smoke Free Nova Scotia, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Public Health Association of Nova Scotia.

"Being on the board of Feed Nova Scotia is a wonderful opportunity to merge my belief in community service with key public health issues of food and economic insecurity."

Dr. Ahmad Hussein

Ahmad Hussein

Ahmad is a three time alumni of Dalhousie University. His first 2 degrees were a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in MicroBiology and Immunology. He honed his efforts in applied medical research with a focus on infectious diseases by creating novel vaccines. Ahmad has worked for the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at the IWK followed by working at ImmunoVaccine developing the pandemic flu vaccine for H1N1. Ahmad has published his research in the top journal of his field as well as presented in national and international conferences.

Looking for new challenges, Ahmad pursued a degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery and runs a successful practise in downtown Halifax. In addition he is the founder and CEO of Nile Fiber Atlantic Canada, Inc. An agricultural biotech company that supplies alternative renewable biomass to the fiber industry as a replacement to trees.

Ahmad is also the Chairman of the board for the Ummah Mosque and Community Centre as well as a director of the Ummah Society. These two organizations have a membership of over 10,000 people representing over 60 countries. He is also a proud director for The One North End (O.N.E.) Community Economic Development Society and a member of the Dalhousie Dentistry Alumni Committee. Ahmad is married to a Haligonian and has 3 children where they reside in Halifax. Ahmad looks forward to serving his fellow Nova Scotians by tackling the serious issue of food insecurity.

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Lisa Haydon

Lisa W. Haydon is the President and Founder of Pivotal Coaching Inc. She left her comfortable corporate career to follow her passion of helping people realize their potential and companies realize high performance. Lisa and Pivotal Coaching are known for differentiated programs and results in leadership development and sales effectiveness.  

Lisa joined Feed Nova Scotia's board knowing that people can't realize their potential if they don't have enough food. She also wanted to be part of the team tackling the tough and very important issue of addressing food insecurity!

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Nadine Bernard

Nadine is CEO of two consulting companies Slow Cooked Dreams Consulting focuses on poverty reduction strategies through literacy, education and hands on workshops and Indigevisor Advisory and Consulting working in the construction and private sector.

Nadine has sat on a variety of community boards and committees in the areas of health, justice and education that promote initiatives that help positively support our communities.  She is a strong advocate on Indigenous Food Sovereignty education and promotion in her communities that is firmly rooted in her Mikmaq heritage. Her most recent award with Public Health of Nova Scotia as Public Health Champion recognized her efforts in Innovation, Culture and Leadership with food security workshops and 82 trained facilitators that host programs all across Nova Scotia and in PEI.

Mohammad Ali Raza

Mohammad Ali Raza

Mohammad Ali Raza immigrated to Canada to reunite with his family in 2014.  He practices corporate law with Cox & Palmer supporting businesses in a wide variety of sectors. From drafting complex contracts to advising on consumer protection laws, Mohammad Ali is keen to provide practical solutions to the challenges his clients face at every stage and aspect of their business operations.  He is currently the chair of the firm’s Ocean Innovation group.
Mohammad Ali joined the Feed Nova Scotia board in 2019.  In addition to his work with Feed Nova Scotia, he is also Vice-President & Director of the Pakistani Canadian Association of Nova Scotia. 

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Chaz Thorne

Chaz is a partner at the consulting firm Barn Raisers where he specializes in innovation and creativity strategy for medium to large size organizations. He brings a depth of expertise in strategic planning and engagement to the board and separately chaired the committee that created Nova Scotia's Biggest Potluck. Academically, he studied as a classical actor at the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.