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.
Dr. Deborah Norris (Vice Chair of the Board)
Dr. Deborah Norris is an Associate Professor within the Department of Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). Dr. Norris teaches undergraduate and graduate Family Studies courses. Her research program focuses on military families and the health and social service needs of persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities. With funding received through the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Dr. Norris has investigated age-related transitions of older parents caring for adult sons/daughters with life-long disabilities, exemplary practices of employers hiring and retaining employees with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and policy and program development.
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.
Norm W Andrews
Norman is a retired professional engineer who joined the Board in June 2014 after having served on the DASC “Building Committee”. The bulk of Mr. Andrews’s career was in engineering design with Nova Scotia Power and various engineering consulting companies. Mr Andrews also holds an MBA from Saint Mary’s University and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia. Norman’s brother Bruce Andrews was a long-time client of DASC.
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 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.
Kyle MacMullin (New 3Feb2020)
Kyle joined the DASC board in December of 2019. Kyle is a Corporate Lawyer who brings a unique perspective to the board having been trained as a Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) by Bell Canada while obtaining an MBA from Saint Mary’s University. Kyle also graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Business degree. Born and raised in Cape Breton, Kyle enjoys spending his free time volunteering in the community and giving back to those in need. When he’s not volunteering or keeping up with professional development, Kyle enjoys staying active and playing hockey.
Cathy Deagle Gammon Executive Director
Cathy has spent the last 24 years as Executive Director of DASC and the previous 16 years in various executive director positions in the sector. She is President of the Social Enterprise Network of NS (SENNS) and Past President of the DIRECTIONS Council of NS. Originally from Inverness Cape Breton and a family of 11; she graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Child Studies. Cathy has been described as ‘visionary and a true leader’ by her contemporaries.