Board of Directors
Mr. Bert Lewis
Chair, NSHSC
Port Hawkesbury
Mr. Peter Konings
Falmouth
Mrs. Margaret Ann MacCuspic
Grand River

Mr. Ed Colquhoun
Amherst

Ms. Helen Morley
Mount Uniacke

Ms. Robyn McIsaac
Secretary-Treasurer 
Avonport

Dr. Joy Armson
Halifax

Mr. Gordon Moore
Chair, NSHS Foundation
Halifax

Mr. Frank Barteaux 
Vice Chair
Bedford

Mrs. Odille Campbell
D'Escousse
Ms. Anne Mason-Browne
CEO, NSHSC
Halifax

Mr. Perry Jackson
Past Chair, NSHSC
Canning

Mr. John Sylliboy
Halifax

Ms. Tammy Manning
Halifax

Mr. Scott Barnett
Halifax

 

 Board Executive Committee

Mr. Bert Lewis
Chair, NSHSC
Port Hawkesbury

Mr. Frank Barteaux 
Vice Chair
Bedford

Ms. Anne Mason-Browne
CEO, NSHSC
Halifax

Mr. Perry Jackson
Past Chair, NSHSC
Canning

Ms. Robyn McIsaac
Secretary-Treasurer 
Avonport

 

 

Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres (NSHSC) was established in 1963 and is the healthcare organization responsible for providing hearing services to all Nova Scotians and speech-language services for preschool children, adults, and home-schooled children. To learn more about NSHSC go to the NSHSC Annual Report, Strategic Plan, or About Us.

The NSHSC is funded primarily by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, with additional support from the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Foundation, and contracted services.

Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres is a society with a governance board comprised of volunteers, most of whom have had some direct involvement with the Centres, either as a client, as a family member of a client who has been helped by the hearing and speech services which the Centres provide, or someone who has a personal interest in promoting speech and hearing. 

Board members come from a variety of backgrounds and from different areas of the province. They meet monthly (in the evening) to provide governance oversight to the CEO and senior management. A term of office is typically three years. The meetings are a wonderful way to become familiar with the services provided by NSHSC.

The NSHSC Board of Directors welcomes new members as current members complete their terms. There is no greater satisfaction for a volunteer than to know that, in some way, their efforts have made a difference in the quality of life of a child or an adult.

Role of the Board of Directors:

The Board of Directors represents the public in ensuring appropriate organizational performance of Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres in accordance with the Memorandum of Association and NSHSC Board Bylaws and Policies. The Board of Directors is responsible for: 

  • Establishing strategic direction
  • Providing for excellent management
  • Overseeing organization activities and resources
  • Ensuring Board effectiveness and accountability.  

The Board governs by fulfilling the following responsibilities:

Policy Formulation

The Board establishes and reviews regularly policies to provide guidance to those empowered with the responsibility to lead and manage the operations of Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres (NSHSC) through the CEO. The Board Policy and Governance Review Committee leads this work.

Decision-Making

On matters that specifically require Board approval, the Board’s decisions are informed by alternatives that are consistent with NSHSC Memorandum of Association, Board bylaws and policies, NSHSC values and the NSHSC Ethics Framework to advance NSHSC mission and goals.

Monitoring

The Board regularly monitors and assesses organizational performance and outcomes. The Board periodically reviews its roles, responsibilities, and its accountability to NSHSC stakeholders during the NSHSC Strategic Planning cycle.

In addition to the responsibilities described above and in the Bylaws and Memorandum of Association, Directors are responsible for attending every regular (generally monthly) Board meeting, participating in Board Orientation, Education and evaluation activities, and participating in Board committee or NSHSC working groups.

Individual roles and responsibilities of the Directors are outlined in the NSHSC Board Member Commitment Form. Directors will acknowledge their individual responsibilities and disclose any potential conflict of interest by signing the “NSHSC Board Member Commitment Form”.

Recruitment of New Board Members:

Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres (NSHSC) is seeking volunteers to serve on its passionate and engaged Board of Directors. The Board of Directors Nominating Committee uses standard recruiting procedures to ensure the Board has access to the competencies and stakeholder representation (e.g., client and regional) required to govern effectively.

If you are interested in submitting your expression of interest in serving on the Board and receiving more information on the NSHSC Board of Directors please email NSHSC at: info@nshsc.nshealth.ca.

Click here for the NSHSC Board Expression of Interest Form