Injuries Are Costly


            Our Leadership Team for 2018/19

danCo-Chair, Dan Steeves
Health Promotion Team Lead

Dan is the Health Promotion Team Leader for the Nova Scotia Health Authority's Community Mental Health and Addictions Program, and he is also Co-Chair of Injury Free Nova Scotia. His career has included teaching children, adolescents and adults in a wide variety of settings including public schools, alternative schools and University . He has been an adolescent addictions counselor as well as a substance abuse researcher.  More recently, Dan has been exploring the culture of substance use in Nova Scotia and how it is impacting health, learning and communities. He is a dedicated hockey dad who lives in Halifax with his wife and daughter.

Beth Currie Picture6Co-Chair, Beth Gillis
Health Promotion Specialist

Beth’s appreciation for Health Promotion & Prevention started with a passion for healthy living, and helping others achieve an active, safe and healthy lifestyle.  Beth graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University in 2007 with a BSc. Human Nutrition degree and Dalhousie University with a BSc. Health Promotion in 2010. Beth started her career as a Nutritionist with a community-based program working with pregnant women, new mothers and babies facing challenging life circumstances. Currently, Beth holds the position as Consultant with Public Health, Eastern Zone of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. This role allows her to provide influence and support in healthy public policy, research and prevention initiatives for alcohol, tobacco and gambling in Cape Breton.
When Beth is not working, she enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends. Beth is committed to working to help her community and has a strong interest in alcohol policy, injury prevention, mental health and addiction. Besides all of her health promotion interests, she is a self-proclaimed food critic and loves trying new restaurants and tasting food from around the world. Beth hails from the beautiful fishing village of Port Morien and currently resides in Sydney, Cape Breton.

MattBowesTreasurer - Dr. Matt Bowes

Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Matt Bowes is the Chief Medical Examiner of Nova Scotia. A medical graduate of Queen’s University, Dr. Bowes completed his anatomical pathology training at Dalhousie University and his forensic pathology training at the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department. He returned to Halifax, initially as a medical examiner and consultant forensic pathologist, but was soon appointed Chief Medical Examiner. He is a current member of the Forensic Pathology Specialty Committee and the Forensic Pathology Examinations Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.



Jenna_HopsonJenna Hopson

Health Promotion Coordinator

Jenna has experience working in the field of public health policy, health promotion and injury prevention. Jenna began her health promotion career working in Ontario's Public Health system focused on Injury Prevention and Chronic Disease Prevention. Upon returning to her home province of Nova Scotia, Jenna  worked for the IWK Child Safety Link as a Health Promotion Specialist focusing on child passenger safety.  Jenna currently is the Social Marketing Coordinator assigned to the Alcohol Strategy for the Western area of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. 
Jenna holds a Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Waterloo.  A native of the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia, Jenna now lives in Halifax with her husband, daughter and two sons.

Sarah Hergettfeb2018Sarah Hergett

Mental Health Promotion Coordinator

Sarah is very pleased to join the board of IFNS, starting with us in the 2014/15 fiscal year.  She holds a Master of Education in Counselling and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Dalhousie University. She has experience as an employee and board member of nonprofit organizations. She looks forward to bringing her knowledge, skill sets and enthusiasm for prevention work to IFNS.
She has a particular interest in the area of suicide prevention, leading the Annapolis Valley CAST Coalition (Communities Addressing Suicide Together) as Navigator. Sarah works to promote positive mental health, leading projects and initiatives in this area with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. Sarah works collaboratively with many community groups and organizations and believes that working together is the way forward. Sarah believes efforts to promote good mental health and coping skills and a focus on resilience and social-emotional learning will help decrease many harms. Living in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, Sarah will proudly promote a rural lens.


Angela DavisAngela Davis

Health Promoter

Angela is a health promoter who specializes in suicide prevention and mental health promotion.  She employs a critical, social justice focused lens to facilitate community capacity building on these issues. Educated at Dalhousie University, Angela’s work has been centred primarily in the non profit sector.  Angela's favourite ways 
to spend her time include hiking the trails and exploring the beaches of beautiful Nova Scotia with her family. 


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Did You Know?

In Nova Scotia, injuries cause the death of more young people aged 1-19 years than all other causes of death combined.