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In Nova Scotia, from 2001 - 2007, more than half of all deaths among males under age 40 were the result of preventable injury.

Injuries Are Costly


Our Leadership Team for 2017/2018

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.

Christine EisanCo-Chair, Christine Eisan
Senior Policy Advisor 

Christine Eisan has over 10 years experience working with the Nova Scotia government. She is currently the Senior Policy Advisor with the Traffic Engineering and Road Safety group in TIR. She has been with the department for over 8 years, involved in a number of key pieces of road safety legislation such as Graduated Driver’s Licensing, Bicycling legislation, and “Low BAC (0.05-0.08 suspensions). She was also heavily involved in the Crosswalk Safety Task Force reports and the Drug Driving Symposium in 2013. She is responsible for a number of files that closely align with IFNS’ mandate and interests. Before working at TIR she was a policy analyst with the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, Services for Persons with Disabilities program.
She earned her Masters of Public Administration from Dalhousie University. At Mount Saint Vincent University she completed her Bachelor of Arts with an Honours Degree in History, doing her honours thesis on the Nova Scotia Task Force on the Status of Women.  She has experience in policy analysis and development and has a keen interest in social public policy and working with community organizations. She also loves travelling!

Beth Currie Picture6Treasurer, 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.

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.

MattBowesDr. 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.

NY picture Dr. Natalie Yanchar
Pediatric General Surgeon

Natalie Yanchar was a founding member of Injury Free Nova Scotia in 2006 and worked for its first ten years as an Associate Professor in Pediatric General Surgery at Dalhousie University and the Medical Director of the Trauma Program at the IWK Health Centre, the Level I Pediatric Trauma Centre for the Maritimes.  She has MSc degrees in both Experimental Surgery (University of Alberta) and in Community Health and Epidemiology (Dalhousie University) and holds cross-appointments with the Dalhousie Departments of Emergency Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology.  In addition to her clinical role, Natalie has a strong research interest in clinical management of trauma, pediatric trauma systems and primary injury prevention.  This interest allows her to co-lead work on Pediatric Trauma Systems and access to Pediatric Trauma Care within the Scope of the CIHR Team in Child and Youth Injury Prevention.   Collaborative links as Chair of the National Trauma Registry and Executive member of the Trauma Association of Canada provide opportunities to engage other experts and stakeholders in her field of research.  Finally, she is also a strong advocate for evidence-informed policy development in the areas of childhood injury prevention, sitting on the National Expert Advisory Committee of Safe Kids Canada and chairing the Injury Prevention Committee of the Canadian Pediatric Society.  

Dal grad photo (1)Felicia Rushton
Health Promotion Graduate and Nursing Student

Felicia is a recent graduate from Dalhousie University with a BSc in Health Promotion. Originally from rural Nova Scotia, Felicia is excited to bring her thoughts and ideas to the IFNS team! Through work on Felicia’s internship she was able to find passion in mental health and addictions through a health promotion lens. Felicia’s interests are focused on rural substance use and addiction, and bettering the access to services for rural Nova Scotians. She
 is currently advancing her education, aligning a Nursing degree with her Health Promotion one.

Kate McLeodKate MacLeod
Residence Conduct Coordinator

Kate MacLeod is originally from Newmarket, Ontario and currently resides in Halifax with her partner and their dog. She graduated from Dalhousie in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion. Since graduating, Kate has worked in a variety of settings including provincial government, non profit, and research. Kate has been working at Dalhousie University with the ResLife team since October 2016 as a Residence Conduct Coordinator. Kate thoroughly enjoys working with and supporting students so she decided to pursue a career path in Student Affairs. In her free time, Kate loves going out for a good meal and visits with friends and family!