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2016- 2017 Board of Directors

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Acting President
Kerri Penney
Director of Community Development and Recreation Department
Municipality of St. Mary’s


Kerri is passionate about the sustainability of rural communities in Nova Scotia and loves to think outside the box when it comes to Recreation and Community development. She spends much of her time working alongside residents and organizations in St. Mary’s to THINK BIG and get creative in how programs and services are offered. Kerri spends much of her free time in the outdoors with her black lab Ruger and tries to be an example for women to get more involved in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and exploring.

Vice President of Monitoring
Rachel Bedingfield
Director, Parks, Recreation and Community Service
Town of Kentville








Currently Rachel serves as the Director of Recreation for the Town of Kentville in Nova Scotia. Previous to that, Rachel worked for the Department of Health and Wellness as the Physical Activity Consultant for the Central Region of Nova Scotia.  That position focused on working with populations facing health disparities and provided ways to use active recreation not just as a tool for the improvement of physical health, but as a catalyst for community capacity building. She currently sits as an Individual Member with Commonwealth Games Canada, and is Co-Chair of the Women Active Nova Scotia Leadership Group, an organization focused on promoting gender equity in sport, physical activity and recreation. Rachel is passionate about community access, gender equity and diversity and works hard to promote equity and fairness at every opportunity.

Vice President Finance
Justin Melnyk
Financial Accountant
NS Department of Finance and Treasury Board








In his role with the province, Justin is accountable to providing expert accounting advice and consulting services on complex corporate accounting and financial issues to all organizations within the consolidated entity, as well as sound financial reporting which is compliant with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Prior to his current role, he worked for seven years with KPMG LLP; two of which were spent in Melbourne, Australia on secondment. Outside of work, Justin is an advocate of recreation through a lifestyle which includes hiking, camping, soccer, hockey, and skiing to name a few activities. As a member of the Board, Justin is very happy to be a part of this admirable group.

Recording Officer
Mike McIsaac
Recreation Program Supervisor
Canada Games Centre


Mike is currently working as the Recreation Program Supervisor at the Canada Games Centre and has close to a decade of experience working in community recreation. He was a Physical Education Teacher for five years and also spent a year working in the Halifax Regional School Board’s Health Promotion Department as the Sport Animator facilitating partnerships between schools and the surrounding communities to help increase the amount of opportunities available for students to be physically active. Mike is passionate about offering youth the opportunity to participate in a variety of learning experiences aimed at maintaining a physically active lifestyle and providing them with a framework for active, healthy living that is challenging, rewarding and fun.


Director at Large (2 Years)
Paul Corbin
Recreation Director
Town of Stellarton








Paul has been working in Municipal Recreation for 10 years in Stellarton. During his time there, he has taken a strong focus on youth and was responsible for rejuvenating the local youth centre into a hub of activity and leadership development.  Paul became a High Five trainer and has fully endorsed the message and implements elements into his daily life. An early adopter would be an accurate description as Paul thoroughly enjoys trying out new ideas, activities and tech first. He brings this thinking into his work and provides new activities to his area. As an advocate for women in sports, he helped start the local Roller Derby Association. Paul has been brought up in a family of recreation and sport advocates and now shares those same beliefs with his own family and his community.

Director At Large (2 Years)
Heather Kelday
Executive Director
Nova Scotia Sea School








After a 15 year long voyage working in the fields of experiential and outdoor education, Heather is still pushing the boundaries of her own journey at the helm of the Nova Scotia Sea School as Executive Director. Heather’s adolescence summer camp experience led her to pursue a career in outdoor recreation and she attended Lakehead University where in addition to mastering a variety of technical skills in paddling, climbing, hiking and winter travel, she also obtained a Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation and a Bachelor of Natural Science and proceeded to obtain a Bachelors of Education in 2005.  In her 6th year as Executive Director for the Sea School, Heather is interested in increasing participation outdoors and facilitating networking opportunities for the outdoor professional community. In 2014, she chaired the 6th Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium conference in Atlantic Canada and has participated in the Outdoor Advisory Council for over a year.  She brings a unique perspective on risk management and program planning through her work at Sea School and in the field of experiential education.

Director At Large (1 Years)
Gregory MacArthur
Town of Truro











Greg MacArthur has been a Truro Town Councillor for the past 11 plus years and a former Deputy Mayor for three of those years. Greg has also chaired and participated in many other local, provincial and national boards focusing on police, heritage and economic development. Greg has been a huge supporter of recreation in NS and sits as a task force member for CPRA looking at parks across Canada. Over the last 2 years, Greg has been a member of the committee working on the new shared strategy for Recreation in NS. Greg has put a motion forward to the UNSM to support this shared strategy at their fall conference in November. As a RNS board member, Greg loves to get out and meet the various groups we represent across the province and loves bragging about RNS on the national and international scale.

Director at Large (1 Year)
Misty James
Community Recreation Coordinator
Yarmouth Recreation

Misty has worked on and off in Municipal Recreation since her teen years and after being out of the field for some time is very happy to be back at Yarmouth Recreation for the past 7 years.  She is very involved in Synchro in the province and particularly enjoys any time spent working and building relationships with older youth. Misty has a strong IT background and looks forward to connecting us all.

Director At Large (Student)
Garvin Cius

Acadia University


Being nominated to the board of Recreation Nova Scotia will allow him to exploit his arsenal which consists of teamwork, note-taking, creative thinking and time management.  By displaying these characteristics, this will allow him to help the province take the necessary steps to move in the right direction. He is currently pursing his undergraduate degree in Community Development at Acadia University. At Acadia he also plays on the varsity  Axemen Football team. His past 2 years at Acadia have given him the chance to seize numerous opportunities to better himself, such as the possibility to work with Recreation of Nova Scotia.

Ex Officio, Executive Director
Rhonda Lemire
Recreation Nova Scotia


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