Directors

OFFICERS 

Co-Chair, Dan Steeves
Health Promotion Team Lead
              

danDan 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.
 


Co-Chair, Angela Davis
Health Promoter

Angela DavisAngela 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. 














Treasurer - Dr. Matt Bowes
Chief Medical Examiner

MattBowesDr. 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.



         
                             




DIRECTORS 



Sarah Hergett
Mental Health Promotion Coordinator

 

Sarah Hergettfeb2018Sarah 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 Davis
Health Promoter

Angela DavisAngela 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. 















Beth Gillis
Health Promotion Specialist

Beth Currie Picture6Beth’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.



 

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Did You Know?


We often say it is not that we are drinking in our communities but how we are drinking that is the issue.  When risky consumption patterns and attitudes towards alcohol are adopted by a community as a whole, the harms escalate, - and we all suffer.