It is a privilege to represent Caregivers Nova Scotia Association as their Executive Director. All caregivers are an integral part of our communities and deserve recognition and support for their meaningful contributions.
In 2009 I was honoured that the residents of Chester/St. Margaret’s gave me the opportunity to represent them as their Member of the Legislative Assembly, (MLA). I held this position until the Spring of 2017 and from 2009 to the Fall of 2013, I was entrusted with being appointed a member of the Executive Council for the Province of Nova Scotia. I served as the Minister of Community Services, Seniors, and the Status of Women. I was grateful I was able to influence positive change in supports and programming for persons with intellectual disabilities and for seniors. I participated in expanding the Caregiver’s Benefit, restorative care, and self-managed programs.
Prior to 2009, I worked in non-profit for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Canadian Living Foundation Breakfast for Learning. I was employed in municipal government positions in HRM, Halifax County and the Town of Lunenburg. I also had an opportunity to work in the corporate world with the Premier Group of Companies. My educational background includes a diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting and a Degree in Public Relations/Communications.
I am a caregiver and at one point for three adults at the same time with varying degrees of disabilities ranging from a stroke victim to my mom who had frontal lobe dementia.
My personal caregiving experience, employment, volunteer history, and education allows me to have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to improve and address the needs and supports for the vital work of unpaid caregivers.
Contact Denise: Director@CaregiversNS.org | 902.421.7390