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 sipping a hot cup of coffe while drawing in her sketch book.
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.
Anjeanette (AJ) LeMay, Employment Programs Coordinator
Anjeanette is a mother and educator living close to the forest, lakes and ocean of Mi'kmaki (Nova Scotia). Raised in Southern Ontario, AJ has relished the opportunity to work in outdoor and experiential education throughout Canada, as well as South Africa and the United States.
AJ continues to practice her outdoor skills through teaching and leadership support with the Nova Scotia Sea School, Hike Nova Scotia, along with schools, and various government departments. She is a PHE Canada National Mentor in Outdoor Learning and Outdoor Education. As an Outdoor Council of Canada and Paddle Canada instructor, she is focused on building bridges for people of all ages to connect with and learn through the outdoors.
AJ's favourite part of working with RNS is getting to engage with the incredible humans making positive contributions to their communities. As a project manager, she is known for her skill sets in cat-herding and dot-connecting.
In her spare time you'll find AJ adventuring outdoors, exploring second hand bookstores, growing and cooking good food, and sharing laughter.
Heather Beaton, PRO Administrative Coordinator
Heather found her passion for community recreation while studying Therapeutic Recreation at Dalhousie. After graduating in 2017 Heather worked in a youth and community development capacity with the YMCA. She currently also works with Positive Action for Keppoch Society in a programs and inclusion capacity. Heather is an active member of the community volunteering coaching track and field, chairing the Pictou East and Central Community Health Board, and with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
In her free time, Heather loves everything outside, skiing, biking, hiking, camping and running!
Kimberly Halliday, Community Recreation Student
Kimberly graduated from Memorial University in 2018 with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and English. Her passion lies within the sports world as she has played soccer since she was five years old.
Additionally, in keeping physically active, she loves to travel. During her time at Memorial, she had the opportunity to study live theatre in England in a 2-month endeavor with a group of 25 students. She had the opportunity to travel around to a few different countries during her stay, including her favorites, Amsterdam and Paris.
After taking a year off to figure out what she truly wanted to do, she went back to school at NSCC Truro Campus to study Community Recreation. Over the last two years, she has found a real passion in learning how to provide recreational activities to all.
For the month of May, she will be partnering, through Recreation Nova Scotia, with the Valley region to aid the development of the adaptive equipment loan program. She will be gathering stories from participants, creating a best practice guide for purchasing equipment, develop a list of suppliers, and audit what is currently available to the community. She is extremely excited about this opportunity and would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in making this happen.