Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia welcomes new board members and honours partners

On July 7, community members joined the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia for its 2015-2016 Annual General Meeting at the Nova Scotia Hospital Site in Dartmouth.

Updates to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Board of Trustees

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Board of Trustees nominated and elected a new Chair:

Mike Elgie: Community Volunteer. Mike has served on the Foundation Board for three years. The Former Chair of the IWK Foundation Board, he brings extensive governance experience to the role.

The Foundation was pleased to welcome the following new members to its Board of Trustees:

Alisa Alyward: Regional Vice President, RBC. Alisa leads a market which includes 15 retail stores in the HRM. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s.

Faten Alshazly: Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of We Us Them. Faten is also a professor at Dalhousie University and NSCAD University. She was named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.

Jennifer Simister: VP of Finance and Operations at STI Technologies Ltd, CPA, CA. Jennifer also serves on the Foundation’s Finance & Audit Committee.  |

The Foundation was also pleased to acknowledge the service and dedication of retiring Board Member:

Barbara Hall: Community Volunteer


Vision Awards

The Mental Health Foundation presented Vision Awards to the following individuals and groups:

Outstanding Volunteers

Edward Ma: Edward has been a dedicated volunteer with the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia since he first joined the Mental Health Foundation for HUGS day in 2014. He makes it a priority to take part in every event possible, taking on any task required with enthusiasm and energy.  

Madi Sutton: Madi first began volunteering with the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia when she was in grade 10. She brings compassion and optimism to the cause through every event she takes part in.

Partners in Our Vision

The Windsor Foundation: Since 2010, the Windsor Foundation has supported mental healthcare in Nova Scotia through quality of life programs for the most vulnerable. It has supported a variety of programs including baking and cooking, family activities, music therapy and gardening. 

This past fall, the Windsor Foundation extended its support of music therapy to vulnerable seniors in long-term care. The Enhanced Quality of Life Extramural Program:  Bringing Music Therapy to Vulnerable Seniors in the Nursing Home Setting is a pilot program promoting accessibility for music in all nursing homes in Nova Scotia.

Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Grants Committee: This year, for the very first time, the Foundation launched a Quarterly Community Grants program. This required its dedicated committee members to go from scoring grants once a year, to five times a year. It also allowed the Foundation to award more grant funding and to become more proactive than ever before.

The Foundation extends its thanks Committee Members Shawn Hiscott (Chair), Darrell Johnston, Mary Black, Shauna Blundon, Harvey Gilmour, Patricia MacArthur, Belinda Seagram, Nick Peters & Barbara Hall.


Outstanding Achievement

Matt and Rod Burgar: Teamed up with his father and agent, Rod Burgar, on February 19, 2016 for the Foundation’s A Different Stage of Mind event, Matt took on the persona of Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan took away the Top Fundraiser Award with a final tally of over $62,000!

Throughout the fundraising process leading up to the event, Matt and Rod were a dynamic duo: scouting large donations and practicing tirelessly. The Mental Health Foundation is so grateful for their efforts.

Program Announcement

Mental Health First Aid Community Grant: The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to be partnering with friends at St. John Ambulance to offer a new Named Grant for Nova Scotians looking to improve their knowledge of mental health and addictions.

The Mental Health First Aid Community Grant presented by St. John Ambulance is available to individuals and organizations who are working toward changing the way people think. Learn more

The Foundation looks forward to a successful 2016-2017 year. The Foundation’s 2015-2016 Community Report can be downloaded here





Jennifer Lewandowski, Communications Lead
Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia
T: 902.464.3210