Angus Campbell

Executive Director

Caregiving changed my life.  I had the privilege of looking after my late partner for over a year who had suddenly become a paraplegic.  After his death, I decided to change my career path from Information Technology, Finance and Project Management to the not-for-profit sector.  I have worked at the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia, the Hepatitis Outreach Society, and the Halifax Sexual Health Centre in health promotion and management.

I continue to be involved with education, research and advisory committees.  My personal “Caregiving for People with HIV/AIDS” presentation has been well received by over 500 persons, primarily nursing students and healthcare professionals.  Many commented that this very personal story opened their eyes to issues that can affect caregivers and care recipients.

After starting with Caregivers Nova Scotia in 2012 as Operations Manager, I quickly felt at home and I enjoy the exciting and challenging work.  As the Executive Director since March 2013, I am very proud of our organization, and especially my team of colleagues.  We continue to expand our programs and services to meet the needs of Nova Scotia's unpaid caregivers.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at: |  902.421.7390 or 1.877.488.7390


Jennifer Briand

Caregiver Support Coordinator 
Western Region
(South Shore, South West, and Annapolis Valley Districts)

As Caregivers we understand how truly necessary we are to each other, that is why I am thrilled to help establish support and services to caregivers in Western Nova Scotia.

Providing support to family members dealing with cancer, and most recently dementia, has changed my perspective and how I live my life. It has taught me how to see the person beyond the disease, and the importance of living in the moment. I understand that fear of uncertainty, and know that outside support is essential and should always be available to caregivers and their families. I am committed to developing a network of support for caregivers in our region.

I have over 25 years experience working in clinics, restorative care centers, and the community providing direct support and programs for children and adults with special needs, communication disorders, and most recently seniors with cognitive impairment. As a long time community volunteer, I have had opportunity to serve on educational and advisory boards dedicated to improving life in rural communities. My most recent volunteer efforts have included; The Heart and Stroke Foundation, facilitating presentations and health fairs, and volunteering with Palliative Care at the South Shore Regional Hospital. 

Contact Jennifer:   here |  902.521.5592


Lynn Butler

Caregiver Support Coordinator 
Capital District

I have been with Caregivers Nova Scotia since September 2010. This work has been such a joy and I am continually amazed at all the work done by unpaid caregivers in our province and across Canada.

I was a caregiver to my brother who died in 2008 from pancreatic cancer and continue to be a caregiver at a distance to my mother who lives on PEI. As a caregiver I understand the challenges, joys, frustrations and grief that caregivers experience.

I am dedicated to doing my very best to support caregivers in Nova Scotia. I am constantly learning from this challenging and rewarding role, and I know that I will continue to grow from my experiences as a Support Coordinator.

Contact Lynn: |  902.421.7390


Maggie Roach-Ganaway

Caregiver Support Coordinator
Cape Breton Region

As the newest member of the CNS team, I realize the significance of the work this organization does, and I plan to continue this important work in the Cape Breton area.

I became a caregiver to my mother after she was diagnosed with Binswanger Disease, a form of vascular dementia.  Caring for her lead me to nursing and I became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1999.  After many years of caring for the elderly in a long term care facility my life took a different turn after my husband was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme stage 4-brain tumor.  The four years I spent as his caregiver has taught me that you need to follow your heart, which has led me to Caregivers NS.

As Support Coordinator for the Cape Breton Region, I hope to bring my experience and understanding to the many caregivers throughout the area.

Contact Maggie:    follow url |  902.371.3883



Brenda Sangster

Caregiver Support Coordinator
Capital District

I came to Caregivers Nova Scotia Association in July 2005 with over 25 years of work experience in Administration and Office Management. When I started with Caregivers Nova Scotia, I organized caregiver recognition events, workshops, and conferences. Now, on top of those responsibilities, I have transitioned into a Caregiver Support Coordinator role.

I have a desire to help those in need in whatever capacity I can. I have been a caregiver to my Mother for many years, and I try to bring everything I have learned and lived into my work as a Support Coordinator. I am now in a position to lend an ear and a helping hand to caregivers as they begin their caregiving journeys. I take joy in the experiences and challenges that present themselves in my work at Caregivers Nova Scotia, and my time here only reinforces my desire to help guide caregivers as best I can.

Contact Brend:   forex broker inc contact |  902.421.7390


Cindie Smith

Caregiver Support Coordinator
Northern and Eastern Mainland Region
(Colchester/East Hants, Cumberland, Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties)

Like my colleagues, I too have been a caregiver.

My younger daughter Maggie was born with a rare congenital condition and a 2-3 month life expectancy.  We were fortunate that her life was extended to almost five years during which I navigated our way through local services and the 12 departments at IWK which provided her (and us) with care.  Maggie died just before her fifth birthday.  Although we miss her terribly, her time had come.

More recently, I helped support my father-in-law through his journey with Alzheimer’s and his final days until his death at a local care facility – an experience which was both precious and very difficult.  Through this I have come to fully understand the value of exercising self-determination in caregiving and end-of-life decisions, augmented by a supportive community and cooperative healthcare providers.

Through my personal experiences and my work with CNS, I have learned that, regardless of the medical condition or disability, the issues of caregivers are similar.  They need others who understand the caregiving journey and will listen without judgment, even to negative feelings.  They need the knowledge to do a good job. They need to know that there is a limit to what they can do and that it is not only ok, but necessary, to have time to themselves.

“When you pray, move your feet!”

Contact Cindie:  source link |  902.324.2273 (CARE)


Carlye Stein

Research and Operations

By the time I joined Caregivers NS in June of 2013, I had already been a long-distance caregiver to each of my parents (mom as caregiver, dad as care recipient) for many years without realizing it. In the face of unrelenting challenges, I have seen how my parents have fought and overcome. They still love, laugh, work(!) and give everything they can to those around them. They are two of the strongest and bravest individuals I know.

At Caregivers NS I have met many brave women and men like my parents who have come to caregiving in myriad ways. I do research on caregiving in Nova Scotia and Canada, and incorporate what I learn into our print resources, our website content, and social media posts. These are fantastic tools to help raise awareness, let people know how we can help and what supports are available. 

I look forward to learning from my amazing colleagues and to contributing to Caregivers NS’s many meaningful projects. It is a privilege to work for an organization that does everything it can to ensure that unpaid caregivers are supported and their voices are heard. 

Contact Carlye:  |  902.421.7390


Board of Directors








Kathleen Rothwell - President
Mary Elizabeth MacLellan - Vice-President
James McRae - Treasurer
Ruth deMolitor - Secretary

Members at Large:
Larry Baxter
Ned Chase
Anne Corbin
Dr. Marie-Claude Grégoire
Mona O'Brien
Dr. Heather Robertson
Bill Tait
Jean Willison
Dr. Clotilda Yakimchuk


Winnie the Wonder Dog

Need a hypoallergenic pooch to smooch?  Winnie will gladly let you pet her for hours, especially if you know how to give a good belly rub. She is well-behaved and non-threatening -- although we wonder if she's looking to take over Angus' job as she likes to sit in his chair. She rarely barks and loves to please.

Winnie's a great addition to the team, but if you're not comfortable around dogs, she'll gladly have a snooze in one of our offices.


Say hi to the newest member of our team Jemma.  Her name means "precious stone" in Italian and we think she is a rare find.  She often likes to curl up in her bed in Angus' office, but she's very social if you want to pet her -- especially if you have a treat.