Paul grew up in Dartmouth and has been working with homeless people in the community for over ten years. He is our founding board member for this non profit organization. His unique background and experiences with this demographic gives him insight and trust among those in the community that helps to build the bond necessary to be effective. He has been active in programs involving the Salvation Army, Canadian Cancer Society, was employed as a Housing Support Worker and spear headed many campaigns for those on the street, in shelters and dealing with mental health issues. He has completed the St. John's Ambulance First Aid Training, Mental Health First Aid, Non Violent Crisis Intervention, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and teaches the Positive Life Skills Program. He is a father to three children, a proud grandfather and is often seen with his loving Pit Bull Gus.
Sujay is a local pharmacist and co-owner of Compass Pharmacies, which owns and operates seven drugstores in the Halifax area including Moffatt's Pharmacy one of Halifax's oldest operating pharmacies under its original name. Sujay has lived in Dartmouth for 45 years, graduated from Dartmouth High School, a Science Degree from Saint Mary's University and a degree in Pharmacy from Dalhousie. He has worked in almost every aspect of the pharmacy profession and in both rural and urban locations. He was one of the first Atlantic Canadian recipients for the Commitment to Care Award for Community Service in Pharmacy. He is passionate about his community, and his profession. He is the proud father of three children along with his wife Andrea.
Cheryl is a Registered Nurse that has been employed with Nova Scotia Health Authority for over 26 years. She currently works for Central Intake Mental Health and Addictions as a Nurse Rehab Counsellor at the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth. She has been involved in a variety of fields in nursing including 10 years as an Admissions Nurse and Charge Nurse at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth including working on the nursing/pharmacy committee there. Cheryl has shown her dedication to helping those who find themselves at a tough spot in life, spending her career in some of the most challenging roles and positions in her field. She is truly dedicated in making a difference and spends time in various volunteer activities. She is a proud mom to three wonderful children.
Janet has been employed with the Department of National Defence at 14 Wing Greenwood in their Health Records Management division for nearly two decades. She has been an active volunteer raising funds and awareness for the Canadian Cancer Society, Coldest Night of the Year support for homeless, Inn From the Cold, Salvation Army Christmas Kettles, Salvation Army Feed the Need Program and is very active and passionate in many areas in assisting those who help to support animal shelters. She is a mom to two very active children, and has been an avid supporter of several Christmas campaigns to see that those who may not have...do so.
Rev. John is a father, grandfather, and an ordained minister...Chaplin at The Salvation Army Centre of Hope in Halifax. He is also a Chaplin with the Halifax Fire Department. He has extensive experience working with all areas of Corrections, and has spent years visiting those incarcerated and supports many going through the court procedures. He is an instructor teaching Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Mental Health First Aid, and Non Violent Crisis Intervention . He has spent his life assisting those struggling and lost. Rev. John has been an advocate for many that for one reason or another can't speak on their own. He is called upon frequently for bereavement needs when those int the community don't have someone to offer funeral services and console the family. He also fills in ministering to several churches when called upon.
Gordon works as a lawyer at Allen Law Inc. and has been practising law for nearly a quarter-century in the Halifax area. Through his profession, he has had the opportunity to see the effects of poverty and has dealt with many issues affecting the homeless. Gord sees the Make Cents of Change Society as something that fulfills a real need and feels honoured to have been asked to help out on the Board. A lifelong resident of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, with the exception of a few years working in Toronto, he attended Acadia, York and Dalhousie Universities. Gord is the proud father of two adult sons and enjoys spending as much time being outdoors as possible and with being involved in the community. He enjoys music festivals, skiing and plays lousy hockey. He is a terrible surfer, but is working toward advancing to mediocre. He has been a board member of Jest in Time Theatre and commits a regular amount of his work toward pro bono causes, namely seeking to support issues involving freedom of expression, the arts, the environment and aboriginal related causes.