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2016- 2017 Board of Directors

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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.

President Elect
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.

Vice President of Monitoring

Misty James
Community Recreation Coordinator
Yarmouth Recreation









Misty returned to Municipal Recreation as Community Recreation Coordinator with Yarmouth Recreation 10 years ago after being employed in the IT field for several years and is excited to be part of the recreation community. She has a passion for the outdoors and especially enjoys working with youth In leadership development. Sher has been involved with synchronized swimming at a provincial level for the past 25 years as a coach, evaluator and director of the provincial team program. Her spare time is spent both outdoors and in; kayaking, fishing, boating and hiking or crafting and gaming. Whatever it is, it is always an adventure.

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 
Cody Brown
Parks and Recreation Director
Village of Bible Hill











Cody Brown is currently the Parks and Recreation Director of Bible Hill in the Fundy. A UNB Kinesiology graduate, he was been in Bible Hill since the Fall of 2015, prior to which he Lived on Grand Manan Island working as their Recreation Director. Cody is particularly interested in promoting  outdoor recreation to youth, and programming activities that empower individuals to go out and then replicate them on their own ow with friends and family. In his spare time he coaches Trampoline and Tumbling, play’s euphonium in the Truro Concert Band, paddles and hikes. 

Director at Large (1 Year)
Julia Stephenson
Active Living Coordinator
Town of Kentville












Julia comes to her role in community recreation from the public health field. She has worked in health promotion in British Columbia and Ontario for seven years, and prior to that in summer camps and outdoor education, before relocating to the East Coast. The transition to municipal recreation has allowed her to focus on areas she is passionate about including: outdoor play, active transportation, bringing girls and women into sport and recreation, and building strong, connected communities. Julia is thrilled to be living in the Annapolis Valley, where she can hike, run, explore, canoe and camp!

Director at Large (1 Year)
Levi Denny
Eskasoni Sports and Recreation

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
Crystal Watson
Recreation Nova Scotia


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