Recreation Nova Scotia Staff
Crystal Watson, Executive Director
Crystal has spent the last 20 plus years in the recreation field working with individuals from various backgrounds. She attended Saint Mary's University for her psychology undergrad degree before heading to Dalhousie for her Bachelor degree in therapeutic recreation followed by a Master of Arts degree in Leisure Studies. She practiced as a Recreation Therapist for 10 years in the areas of transitional care, physical medicine and rehabilitation (SCI and MSK), neurosurgery and in junior high schools. She began teaching at Dalhousie as a sessional instructor which was when she developed an interest in post-secondary education. Prior to her current role as Executive Director for Recreation Nova Scotia, she was the lead core faculty at the Nova Scotia Community College teaching the Therapeutic Recreation Diploma Program where she completed a full program curriculum revision. She is currently enrolled in doctoral studies at Dalhousie pursuing her research interest in understanding the play experiences of African Nova Scotian children.
Debbie Bauld, Program Manager
Debbie graduated from Dalhousie University's Bachelor of Recreation and was hired immediately with Halifax County Recreation. She worked as a Regional Supervisor of Programs and Park Development for more than 17 years until she made the decision to stay at home with her three children. During this time, she started a small business as co-owner of a used bookstore - Mulberry Books and enjoyed working as an entrepreneur until 2002 when she was hired as the first Coordinator of HIGH FIVE in Nova Scotia. She oversaw the implementation of the two year pilot and for 16 years she has watched HIGH FIVE grow and flourish throughout the province. Whether on the sidelines as a soccer mom, teaching Sunday School or facilitating a HIGH FIVE Trainer Workshop, Debbie has seen the difference that HIGH FIVE can make for children, for leaders, and for organizations. Debbie is currently a Project Manager with Recreation Nova Scotia and oversees the Recreation for Mental Health Project, the Physical Literacy Instructor Program Pilot as well as HIGH FIVE.
Jacqualine Sommerfeld, Communications Assistant
Jacqualine is a communications specialist with a background in international development and political science, having received her B.A. from Saint Mary's University and her Advanced Diploma in Public Relations from NSCC.
With a love for travel and learning about different cultures, Jacqualine has traveled across Canada, through over 20 US states, and 8 countries on 5 continents including Tanzania where she spent time teaching business and computer skills to young adults.
Volunteering and giving back to the community is an important part of her personal and professional life. She has a passion for communications and believes in giving a voice to people who don't always have the opportunities or resources to be heard.
In her spare time, Jacqualine loves photography, animals, and creative arts, and can often be found taking pictures of nature, hanging out with her pets, or drawing in her sketch book with a hot cup of coffee.
Graham Mounsey, Program Manager- Shared Strategy
Graham moved to Nova Scotia from Edinburgh, Scotland in late Summer 2018. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Sport Science at The University of Edinburgh, Graham began a journey in sport and recreation working initially with the governing body of basketball in Scotland. Graham then switched to skiing and snowboarding working with Snowsport Scotland for almost 5 years helping to build participation, develop workforce amongst clubs, and run a series of Alpine and Freestyle events. In amongst this Graham has conducted work with UK Sport projects in Zambia as well as with the International Projects department of The Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Jared Goad, Administrative Support Manager
Jared has spent the past fifteen years in the sport community primarily in the sport of gymnastics. He was a national level competitor and now a national level coach and judge along with a Board Member for Gymnastics Nova Scotia. He attended the Nova Scotia Community College where he completed the Recreation Leadership diploma, and most recently completed his BSC in Recreation and Bachelor of Management from Dalhousie University. Jared has worked with many recreation and sport groups on a regional to national capacity. He is excited to be joining the team at Recreation Nova Scotia, and looking to bring his passion and enthusiasm to the organization.
Anjeanette LeMay, Training and Development Manager
Anjeanette’s work in outdoor and experiential education has taken her West, North, and East in Canada, as well as overseas. Her formal training includes a B.A. in Political Studies and Foreign Languages from Bishop’s University, and a BEd. in Physical Education, Environmental Science, and Adult Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Anjeanette loves connecting with students to build bridges to skill sets, and connecting with communities to grow local capacity for outdoor learning and adventure. Her most recent work has included traveling from Pubnico to Sydney delivering outdoor leader training workshops, and teaching in an alternative high school using an outdoor and experiential education approach.
Rachel Cunningham, Communications Intern
Rachel Cunningham grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and is a Public Relations student at NSCC. Before NSCC, her interest in human and political behavior influenced her to pursue a degree in Politics at Acadia University, where she was also a varsity athlete. As a competitive soccer player, Rachel spent her life involved with recreation and understands its important role in health and community development. After graduating from Acadia Rachel taught English in Italy where she discovered a passion for communication, recreation and working with people. Volunteering and giving back to her community is something she holds close to her heart. She loves working with organizations that serve to help others. The public relations program at NSCC has allowed Rachel to combine her love of outreach, storytelling, and creativity, and turn it into a career. She is excited to apply her skills during her internship at Recreation Nova Scotia and is looking forward to what her future holds.