Board of Directors



Past 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.


Vice Chairperson

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.


Past Chairperson

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.



Partner, BoyneClarke

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.



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.


Director & PLC Rep

Vice President | Senior Project Manager, Grey Cardinal Management Inc.

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

Erin is a proud Special Olympics athlete who competes in a variety of sports, focusing on swimming and soccer. Erin has many talents and has co-hosted the Special Olympics Canada Awards show with Vic Rauter, as well as the SONS Inspired Gala with CTV personality Ana Almeida. Erin represents SONS athletes on the Canadian Leadership Council and still manages her job with Sobeys!



Partner, MDW Law

Tara Miller has served two terms 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!



Recently Retired, 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 Award! A volunteer leader with Truck Convoy and Provincial Games, Lorna somehow also finds time to be a successful sailing competitor



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.



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 a 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. 



Canadian Recruitment Manager, Michelin

Crystal has been a supporter and volunteer for Special Olympics NS for several years and bring that passion and enthusiasm to her board role. An important link as the Michelin representative on our board, she has also served on the GOC (Games Organizing Committee) for the Provincial Games as the Chair of the Dance and did a fantastic job along with her Michelin team members delivering an outsanding event for over 600 athletes! 



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.



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.



Patrick first volunteered with Special Olympics coaching soccer. His brother Alex has been a Special Olympic athlete in soccer, floor hockey, track and bocce. Patrick enjoys supporting athletes and contributing to the governance of SONS.



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.


CEO and Agent

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.