Staff & Board
Membership Services Coordinator
Exams and Evaluations Coordinator
CEC Records Coordinator
Online Quiz Coordinator
Director of Personal Training
Director of Older Adult Fitness Leadership
Vice President Governance
Central Zone Representative
(Halifax & Hants Counties)
PT & RT Representative
Vice President of Finance & Operations
Vice President of Promotions & Communications
Group Exercise Representative
Western Zone Representative
(Kings, Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, & Lunenburg counties)
Newfoundland & Labrador Regional Representative
Racialized Persons Community Representative
Indigenous Community Representative
Any NSFA member interested in filling one of these roles can email Vice President of Governance, Jessica Goreham-Penney (email@example.com). The currently vacant positions are all Zone & Community Representative roles. You must live in the zone of or be a self-identified member of each of these groups to hold the position:
As of November 22, 2020 the NSFA now operates according to 5 Zones for regional representation. They are Western, Northern, Eastern, & Central in Nova Scotia, and the province of Newfoundland & Labrador.
The 4 zones in Nova Scotia are grouped by county. They are:
Western: Kings, Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, & Lunnenberg
Northern: Pictou, Colchester, & Cumberland
Eastern: Guysborough, Antigonish, Inverness, Victoria, Richmond, & Cape Breton
Central: Halifax & Hants
"THANK YOU" To Our Past Board Members!
The following people have served on the NSFA Board of Directors in the past:
Roberts, Margaret Lee, Tim Adham, Susan Skulech-Hardiman, Brittany
Smith, Jessica Goreham-Penney, Daphne Arsenault, Rayanne Hunter,
Brigitte MacInnes, Jennifer Ross, April Stroink, Doreen MacLean,
Tim MacInnes, Sheila Rafferty, Pat MacDonald, Debbie Murphy, Rick
Horsman, Delores Forrest, Sandra Ryan, Marie Mullaly, Todd Sarty, Frann
Dunn, Andrea Mounce Helence, Janice Forand and Sandra Jamieson.
(If we missed your name please contact us to be added).
The NSFA also has six standing committees:
Linda Donnelly has a BSc in Physical Education and is a Registered Certified Kinesiologist and completed NSFA Group Exercise, Resistance Trainer and Older Adult certifications. In addition she has taught Aqua Fit and worked as a personal trainer. She also has a provincial Teachers License in Physical Education and taught all school levels. She has a parallel interest in the Performing Arts and worked as a professional dancer and theatre performer. Her years of training include gymnastics, ballet, jazz, modern, tap, folk dance and circus arts. Her employment history reflects 20 years of rich experience in recreation, education, self-employment, business, non-profit, and government type work.
Judi Harvey has been a Fitness Professional for almost 25 years. She teaches group, aqua, older adult, kickboxing and Zumba (Zumba, Gold, Aqua and kids). She is also a Stott certified Pilates Instructor, and will be completing her Yoga Teacher Training spring 2017. She has been the Fitness Leader Coordinator for the YMCA in Kingston ON and has lead other private clubs is ON. Her favourite job is working and teaching to older adults, and seeing how exercise changes their lives.
Ashley Lushman has her Dance Teaching Diploma specializing in Ballet and Stage. She is certified through the Society of Russian Ballet and Performing Arts Educators of Canada to teach ballet and jazz. While Ashley’s passion is dance she has also been teaching fitness classes since she was 16 years old. She has her NSFA Group Exercise and Mind and Body certifications as well as her YogaFit Level 1. She also a Lead Coach for Sportball Atlantic, a non-competitive, skill based sports education program for children ages 16 months and up. She is dedicated to teaching others and has a love for learning.
Patricia MacDonald B. Ed (Phys. Ed), M.Ed (Educ. Psych), Certified NSFA GFL, RTL, OAF, PFT, Certified Personal Trainer CPTN. She is the former Fitness Officer at Mount Saint Vincent University. She has been affiliated with the Nova Scotia Fitness Association since its inception, September 1989. Pat has held various positions at the NSFA from Office Administrator to Chair, and for the last 10 years as part of the Professional Development Committee. Pat has been teaching fitness classes, training clients, and designing and conducting the NSFA certification programs since 1990.
Doreen MacLean is a Registered Dietitian with the NSDA, having taken her B.Sc. in Applied Human Nutrition at MSVU. She is a consulting dietitian in private practice, as well as a DANCEPL3Y™ instructor for which she was the first certified instructor on the East coast! Doreen has been a past member of the NSFA board.
Terri Roberts (BA, BEd) is a fitness and dance instructor with Halifax Recreation and Mount St. Vincent University's Ath/Rec Department. She is the first Nova Scotian to be Bellyfit® certified and to become a Master Trainer with Bellyfit® International. She is a course conductor and the Executive Directors of the NSFA which includes representing us to the NFLA board. She is currently at MSVU working on a Master of Arts degree in Women & Gender Studies. Her Master's Thesis is in progress and she is researching the social and professional impact of gender stereotypes on the teaching practices of exercise educators. She is fitness certified in GEL, RT and yoga.
Ocean Samuel lives for good teaching and good fitness! Even as one of our newest Course Conductors she's hardly a rookie. She's been guiding and mentoring clients and new fitness instructors for years. She teaches group exercise and yoga in downtown Halifax. She is also the chaired the development committee for our Mind & Body Leader (MBL) certificate.
Susan Skulech-Hardiman is a Personal Trainer who specializes in working with children and teens. She has taught fitness and first aid courses all over Canada. Susan is also the former Vice Chair of the NSFA Board of Directors, and former chair of the First Nations Truth & Reconciliation Action Items Committee. She is currently the Director of Personal Training and the PLAR assessor.
The Nova Scotia Fitness Association is a non-profit organization.