Board of Directors 2021/2022

Faith Scattolon (Chair of the Board)

Faith is a graduate from Dalhousie University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science with a focus in marine biology. Before retiring in 2015, Faith worked with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) for over 34 years and, for the 9 years prior to her retirement, was the Regional Director-General for the Maritimes Region of DFO where she played a leadership role in change management, consultation, negotiation and in managing the human and financial management resources of a large scientific research and operational organization.  Faith has been a volunteer with Special Olympics Dartmouth for several years and is the mother of DASC client, Victoria.

Heather MacDonald (Secretary of the Board)

Heather brings a multidisciplinary approach to her work having worked in training, facilitation and program development for organizations such as Junior Achievement, YMCA, and Scouts Canada. During the course of her career, she has partnered with corporate organizations, governments, non-profit organizations, and small businesses. Heather’s deeply rooted passion for leadership, her work ethic, and her desire to help others comes from growing up in an entrepreneurial family in rural Nova Scotia. As a youth herself, Heather participated in Music and Theatre programs that have shaped who she is today. 
Heather is the Executive Director for the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning. She has a Recreation Management degree from Acadia University and recently graduated from the Executive MBA program at Saint Mary’s University.  Heather is also an active volunteer with Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon, DASC – Dartmouth Adult Services Centre, and the Halifax Music Co-op. Her love for life-long learning reflects a determination to help youth and communities succeed.

Veronica Hunt (Treasurer of the Board)

Veronica Hunt, CPA, CA is an experienced senior manager with Grant Thornton LLP, relocating to Halifax from Calgary in 2013, and focuses on providing financial statement audit and advisory services to a number of clients in the Atlantic region – focusing on primarily those with a governance board or function. Veronica has always been actively involved in the community, and since relocating to Halifax, was the previous Treasurer for Make A Wish (Atlantic Provinces) and joined the Board of DASC in March, 2020 in addition to a number of other volunteer and community activities over the years. Outside of work, Veronica enjoys travelling and photography (usually at the same time) and has recently started kayaking and taking advantage of living so close to the water.

Wade Keller

Wade Keller joined the board of DASC in late 2020.   He brings experience in media, government and business to the role.   Wade is currently The Atlantic Regional Director of Corporate Affairs for Labatt Breweries of Canada.  He has previously worked in the Nova Scotia Premier’s Office.  Before that he spent many years with CTV-Atlantic, CBC, and Global television.

Wade has served as a board member with Special Olympics Nova Scotia and the North End Halifax Business Improvement District.    He lives in Dartmouth, and is an avid participant in many sports, although not very good at any of them.

Jim Fagan

Jim has been working in the field of disability with both adults and children for 40 years and has been an appointed member on DASC’s board for 24 years. Holding a Master’s of Science in Psychology and various counsellor and therapy training, Jim is Director of Resident Services at the Regional Residential Services Society (RRSS). Jim has also taught part-time at NSCC as well as at the university level. Jim also provides a variety of counselling and therapy training for individuals supported in the community.

When he is not at work, Jim loves to spend time with his family, friends, his family dog, travelling and experiencing different things, people and food.

Sarah Houle

Sarah is a Physiotherapist with a special focus on working with seniors and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. She completed her BA with Specialization in Kinesiology at the University of Ottawa and went on to graduate from Dalhousie University with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy in 2014. Sarah has pursued additional education in areas including orthopedics, acupuncture, concussion management and vestibular rehabilitation. She is passionate about community-based health care and works full-time providing in-home Physiotherapy services.

Keisha Wright, Board member at large

Keisha Wright completed both her undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts) and law degree at Dalhousie University. Keisha graduated from law school in 2018 and began working at Stewart McKelvey where she is now an associate in their corporate group. She has an active general corporate practice with a particular interest in mergers and acquisitions, securities and banking and finance.

Wayne Forster (Vice Chair)

Wayne is a facilitator, consultant, and coach with almost 30 years of experience in organizational and human resource development, involving change management, organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, continuous improvement, human resource planning, training and learning, team building, recruitment and retention, and performance management. He is also the author of three published books and numerous articles for business and HR magazines in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Wayne is a former Chair of Nova Knowledge, a former director of the Atlantic Network for Early Childhood Development, and was a board member many years ago of Anchor Industries Society in Lower Sackville where he first met Cathy Deagle Gammon.

Jeff Casey

Finished at Dal in 1995 with a bachelors in History and Psychology. Swim coach for Halifax Special Olympics from 1993 -1996. Taught English in S. Korea from 1996-1998. Jeff worked full time at the IWK in mental health in varying roles (youth care worker, child mental health worker, case manager) since 1999. Working on the psychiatric inpatient unit and in Community Mental Health. Completed contract work/volunteer  for the Department of Community Services as a tutor and providing children in care with a place of safety. Jeff is a frequent traveler to coffee growing destinations in South America (through Cup of Excellence) to evaluate and purchase fair trade/organic coffee through TAN Coffee, a family business. He spends a lot of time in the summer at his cottage on the south shore. 

Henk van Leeuwen (Executive Director)

Henk’s career is rooted in storytelling and community service. For 17 years, he worked as a broadcast journalist and administrator with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in several cities. For the past 11 years, Henk has served in leadership roles in the non-profit sector. Henk joined the DASC team as our Executive Director in May of 2021. He previously served as leader of local organizations such as Easter Seals Nova Scotia and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax. Henk is excited to once again be supporting persons with disabilities and their families, and serving the DASC mission of inclusive employment. He is eager to share the story of DASC’s programs and people with our supporters, customers, funders, and community partners. Henk also belongs to the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside, a volunteer service group dedicated to helping people in need locally and abroad.