Special Olympics Nova Scotia Board of Directors 2019-2020
President & CEO, Verge Technologies
Michael is a leader at all levels with roles as Region Coordinator, Provincial Games Organizing Committee and significant contributor on the 2018 National Summer Games organizing team. IT support for our new office, Motionball and the SO Inspired Gala are just some others. Michael has represented Canada as a Mission Staff at the 2015 SO World Summer Games in LA.
DR. MARY BLUECHARDT
President and Vice-Chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent University
Dr. Bluechardt has a long and entrenched history with Special Olympics going back to her role as a volunteer coach and professional researcher in Saskatchewan, leader for the development of our National Coach Certification Program Course, the VP Sport for Special Olympics Canada and so many key roles along the way for over 30 years.
TARA MILLER, Q.C.
Partner, MDW Law
Tara Miller is serving her second term as Board Chair with over 20 years of volunteer service to the movement. Tara uses her passion and leadership in contributing to SONS governance, events and fundraising. Tara loves the weekends at Summer Games where she can connect with athletes and volunteers directly!
Natalie has been a dedicated and passionate supporter of Special Olympics for many years, including serving as Board Chair. Natalie uses her professional acumen to assist in many aspects of SONS policy and organizational development and her sport background to ensure our focus remains on providing quality sport programs for athletes across the province. Natalie loves interacting directly with athletes and enjoys volunteering at our Provincial Games and various fundraising initiatives.
Manager, Business Analytics Department of National Defence
Lorna is a long serving Board member and Treasurer, utilizing her passion in many events including the SO Inspired Gala Auction for which she received the National Volunteer of the Year award! A volunteer leader with Truck Convoy and Provincial Games, Lorna somehow also finds time to be a successful sailing competitor.
Director & PLC Rep
Donna is the Chair for our “PLC” Provincial Leadership Council, representing Regional leaders across NS. She is Regional Coordinator for Special Olympics Dartmouth, an experienced coach, Mission Staff and Chef de Mission. Donna is a successful business owner/operator and still managed to find time to represent NS at the past 2 Special Olympics National Games.
Director – Athlete Rep
Natalie is a Special Olympic athlete and has been competing for 14 years including 2 trips to the National Games. A Board member since 2016, she represents SONS on the Canadian Athlete Leadership Council, where she displays great leadership on behalf of SONS athletes. Natalie also loves her job at Starbucks!
Branch Manager, Graybar Canada
Terry is a leader at all levels and recently presented the prestigious "Harry Red Foster" Award from Special Olympics Canada, showing his impact nationally. A vital leader of the 2018 GOC, SO Inspired Gala Committee, Summer Games teams and more. Terry does it all and has been dedicated to SONS since 1986.
David first volunteered at the 2007 Provincial Summer Games and was hooked. Now a regular member of GOC he has chaired transportation and the dance for the Provincial Games. An important part of the Organizing Committee for the 2018 National Games in Antigonish, David has served as a board member since 2017.
Co-Host on CTV Morning Live, Bell Media
Ana is a true ambassador for Special Olympics and happy to use her TV celebrity to promote and celebrate our athletes and events. Ana is a regular on SONS Motionball team, a host at the Truck Convoy, medal presenter at Summer Games and our feature host for the SO Inspired Gala.
Financial Advisor, Desjardins Financial Security
Dan is past President of the Canadian Progress Club - Halifax, and always a strong advocate for Special Olympics as part of his busy volunteer life. Dan connects with athletes and has delivered remarks at the Provincial Games opening ceremonies and several occasions, as well as Chair of the Golf Tournament.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Advisory & Restructuring, PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.
David joined the Special Olympics NS Board in 2012 and is a supporter of our many events and fundraising activities. David enjoys volunteering at the Provincial Summer Games and brings his family for the entire weekend to volunteer and support our athletes.
Senior Account Executive, Eastlink
Grahame joined the Special Olympics Nova Scotia team in 2010 and brings a positive energy, business background and can do attitude to the initiatives we undertake. A key and consistent member of the SO Inspired Gala committee, our signature event, Grahame enjoys our SO athletes and is committed to making sure they have quality programs across Nova Scotia.
Hannah recently joined the Provincial Board in 2019, but had already demonstrated her leadership, enthusiasm and commitment to Special Olympics as the first Nova Scotia Event Director for MotionballU. The inaugural event at Saint Mary's University was very successful and a catalyst to other universities now hosting their own. Hannah connects regularly with our athletes and a great promoter of SONS on social media channels.
Owner, Solucore Elevator Consulting Limited
Jamie is one of the longest serving board members and twice Board Chair. Jamie uses his business acumen and tenacity to promote the organization and steps up to support athletes at every opportunity. Jamie was the Chair for Bocce at the 2018 National Games and now known affectionately as "The Bocce King".
Canadian Recruitment Manager, Michelin
Kate has been an important leader in the very beginning of delivering SONS youth programs and a regional coach for swimming and track. Kate's first-hand knowledge working with SO athletes, her enthusiasm for the organization and connection to Michelin are a valuable combination and offers an important perspective to board discussions.
Vice President & Managing Director, BMO Private Wealth
Marc's formal involvement with SONS was as co-Chair for the highly successful 2018 National Summer Games. Marc's leadership and teambuilding talents, personal integrity and generosity are some of his many attributes. A former athlete at St. FX, current Chair of the NS Sport Hall of Fame and a passionate ally for Special Olympics we are pleased to have him on our team.
MARY ANN CROWLEY
Real Estate Broker/Owner, Real Time Realty
Mary Ann is a trail blazer both provincially and nationally in the sport of Figure Skating as the first coach from Canada to take Figure Skating to the World Games. Her coaching career is legendary with her athletes reaching World Games and top of the podium virtually every time. A former Regional Coordinator and board member since 2001, Mary Ann never loses focus on our athletes.
Executive Director, Atlantic University Sport
Phil brings a professional skill set that supports our organization on many levels utilizing his detailed knowledge of the sport system locally through nationally. His experience with running a large multi-sport organization and events both logistically, financially and promotionally is invaluable. Phil joined the board team in 2014 and continues to make a significant and positive impact.
COO, Verge Technologies
Phil continues to show his value in stepping up to deliver quality programs for our athletes. A board member since 2015 he has served as Sport Chair at Provincial Games in several sports and a key member of the Sport Committee for the 2018 National Summer Games. He is a team captain for Motionball, a trained leader in developing our "ALP" Athlete Leadership Program and the current Jenga King.
Vice President, COPC
Scott joined the SONS Board in 2016 and has two sons who are proud Special Olympics athletes in a variety of sports. Scott is a dedicated and talented volunteer coach with the SO Halifax Golf program and loves the opportunity to connect with athletes at sporting events, social and fundraising activities.
Executive Consultant, BrokerLink
Tom is the former CEO of ABC Insurance and recently began his retirement. Recruited to the SONS Board in 2008 he has Co-Chaired our SO Inspired Gala and volunteers at many events. Tom and his wife Connie are integral leaders at our Provincial Summer Games as they team up to organize and announce the prestigious medals for our athletes.
Robin is a strong and talented leader in many areas including his term as Chair of the SONS Board, and as an integral member of the 2018 National Games Organizing Committee. Robin’s exemplary career in law enforcement connected to Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee where he has been crucial to its success provincially and selected to run the torch across the U.A.E. and into the Opening Ceremony for the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi. Robin uses his depth of experience in organization development and leadership to support and propel SONS in pursuit of its goals.
CEO, Special Olympics Nova Scotia
Michael’s involvement began in 1990 as a volunteer coach, taking his team to the 1994 National and 1995 World Games before being hired as Program Director in 1999 and CEO since 2005. Playing and refereeing hockey, golf and boating are some pastimes enjoyed. Mike values his relationships with amazing volunteers/colleagues across NS and Canada. Special Olympics has truly become a second family. Selected as Chef de Mission for Team Canada at the 2019 World Games in Aub Dhabi, he still finds ways to stay close with athletes.