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

Chairperson
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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

Treasurer

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
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Chris MacIntyre

Chris is a corporate lawyer and Partner in the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper. His practice includes advising clients on the purchase and sale of businesses, debt financing transactions and a wide variety of corporate governance and regulatory matters. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association, and is an associate of the American Bar Association.

He holds Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees from Dalhousie University, as well as a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law.

Chris joined the Feed Nova Scotia Board in 2014, and has most recently served as Chair of the Board from 2017-2019. In addition to his work with Feed Nova Scotia, Chris is also a member of the Board of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development. 

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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."

Ahmad Hussein

Angela Simmonds

Angela Simmonds

Angela is from Cherry Brook and is the proud mother of three children AJ, Angelina, Adré , and wife to her life partner Dean Simmonds.

Angela is a lawyer and the Manager of Equity & Access at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, where she is responsible for managing initiatives that promote cultural proficiency, equity, diversity and inclusion in the profession and access to legal services. She also provides strategic advice on such matters to Council, Committees, stakeholders and communities. She previously worked for Nova Scotia Legal Aid, Federal Prosecution Service Canada, Department of Natural Resources, and the Halifax Regional School Board.

Angela has been able to use her legal knowledge, community background and grass roots approach to address anti-black racism, marginalization, gender and socio-economic inequities; discriminatory policies and practices within this province.  Angela has presented for United Nation Working Group advocating for African Nova Scotian communities right for legal property ownership.  Her passion and commitment to communities is echoed through her advocacy and community involvement; because of her work Angela was the recipient of the Judge Sparks Award in recognition for community commitment, Burnley “Rocky” Jones Human Rights Award and Canadian Association of Black Lawyers “Pathfinder” award.

Angela was featured in the Lawyers Weekly, and the Canadian Black Lawyers e- magazine.  She is a member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, The African Nova Scotian Decade for People of African Descent Coalition, Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF) and the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute. She was also a member of 2018-2019 Electoral Boundaries Commission.

Angela believes that education, community commitment and the law can be used as a tool to address anti-black racism and barriers impacting individuals most vulnerable to structural, systemic inequalities in our society. She joined Feed Nova Scotia’s board because she understands the challenges and impacts food insecurity creates for people.

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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.