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Board Members

The AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia Board composition consists of a maximum of 17 directors, with eight (8) regional directors and nine (9) members-at-large.

2015 board
Photo: 2014 Board Members

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  • Suzanne Kennedy, Chair

    Suzanne Kennedy is a Privacy Officer with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She has a background in law, nursing and is certified as an Information Privacy Professional. Suzanne has been involved with ACNS, on the Board and working with the Policy Committee, for a number of years. Her concerns about discrimination and stigmatization of persons living with HIV/AIDS arose from her time as a registered nurse in the 1980s. Her concerns grew stronger during her time at law school when she was learned more of the struggles that PHAs and their families endured in fighting for their rights under the law. Her master’s thesis involved a review of the right to privacy and freedom from discrimination for those infected with HIV and Hepatitis A & C. Suzanne chose to volunteer with ACNS in the hopes that her contribution to ACNS as a Board member and advocate could lead to positive change.

  • Eric Ross, M.Ed.

    Eric brings his strong interest in social justice to the ACNS Board. Bylistening to and understanding people's stories and experiences, he helps giving voice to those who are marginalized, unheard or have been silenced. He works in the Halifax area as a counselling therapist with a specialization in music therapy.

  • Dave St. Laurent

    Hailing from rural Alberta, Dave moved to Montreal in 2008 to enrol in the Bachelor of Commerce program at John Molson School of Business, Concordia University.  Moving to Halifax to further his studies, he graduated with his MBA-CMA from the Sobeys School of Business, Saint Mary's University in 2013. Dave has a strong desire to be involved in the issues facing his community. To help affect positive change he joined the ACNS Board in 2014. Dave currently works for the Halifax International Airport Authority as Manager of Business Improvement, and also serves as Treasurer on the Board of Shakespeare by the Sea. 

  • Alex Gallant

    new board member, info coming soon

  • Tara Lapointe

    Tara Lapointe is a Naturopathic Doctor who’s life’s passion has been working with people to optimize their health. As the owner of Dartmouth Naturopathic Health Centre, she is a huge advocate of health promotion. She has been serving on a volunteer basis with HIV/AIDS related groups for over 10 years, and has a special interest in treating HIV positive individuals in her naturopathic practice. Tara is honoured to contribute her time to affect positive change in a strategic way at ACNS, an organization whose mission and goals are quite close to her heart.

  • Chester Goluch

    new board member, info coming soon

  • Mike Sangster

    new board member, info coming soon

  • Jonathan Burg

    Originally born and raised in Montreal, QC, Jon moved here almost 12 years ago. He a D.E.C. from John Abbott College in Correctional Intervention but decided to carry on with his education and continued on to McGill University where he completed his B.Ed. in Kinesiology. He has been working the past 12 years for the Department of National Defence coordinating their Fitness and Sports Cell for the East Coast Navy. He loves his job as fitness and sports are his passion. Both travel and volunteering are some of his other pleasures in life. He has been on the board of Directors for Run for the Cure a few years ago and has volunteered for other local events in the city. For the past 5 years he has been helping out the local homeless community with supplying winter items, water and fruit, however in 2014 expanded his network to incorporate not only winter Items but personal items as well through a network of business professionals. With dental hygienists and hair stylists on board, Jonathan Coordinates services and supplies with local shelters and food banks. In 2012 Jonathan also began volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. His journey began building homes in Anchorage, Alaska but has continued on to lead and coordinate his own teams to El Salvador, New Orleans and Costa Rica multiple times. Jon first volunteered with the AIDS Walk for life BBQing two years ago and enjoyed everyone he volunteered and spoke with. When there was a need for new board members, he jumped at the opportunity to work with such great people towards such an important cause.

ACNS Staff

All successful organizationshave a team whose goal is meaningful change. Each ACNS staff member makes his or her own unique contribution to our success. We are proud of the level of dedication and commitment they embody in making Nova Scotia a better place through support, education and empowerment.

  • Dena Simon

    Executive Director
    902.425.4882 ext 227
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  • Ned MacInnis

    Program Support
    902.425.4882 ext 224
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    Ned MacInnis

    Ned holds the position of Program Support at ACNS. Involved in the AIDS movement for over 20 years, Ned has provided support and sexual health education with Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men, conducted training and education sessions, and has worked with People Living with HIV/AIDS creating health promotion strategies. His ancillary work includes: HIV/AIDS Education in Jamaica Project, Mount Saint Vincent University; Peer Outreach Worker: Stepping Stone Association; Consultant: Prison Outreach, Counseling, Education and Resource Development, Correctional Service of Canada; Research Assistant: Promising Practices in the Engagement of People Living with or At-Risk for HIV/AIDS in Rural Canada, Thompson Rivers University. He says “The greatest lesson I have learned here is this: I am not a salmon; I do not have to swim upstream. I have developed a strong passion about community-based work and as a result, I have learned to live life to its fullest. Carpe Diem!”

  • Chris Aucoin

    Gay Men’s Health
    902.425.4882 ext 222
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    Chris Aucoin

    Chris has been Gay Men’s Health Coordinator with ACNS since 2008, but has been associated with ACNS, in both paid and unpaid capacities, for much longer. An educator, writer and freelance designer, he has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, a diploma in graphic design, and broad community-based experience in cultural industries and social justice stretching back two decades. His work in social justice has included poverty and food security, and a wide range of GLBTQ support, social and political causes.

  • Elena Fodor

    Fund Development
    902.425.4882 ext 228
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  • Michelle Johnson

    Program Coordinator
    902.425.4882 ext 226
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    Michelle Johnson

    Michelle joined ACNS in 2011 as Program Coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology,and a Bachelor of Social Work with a focus on social justice. Michelle sees her role as one of ally, creating, implementing and evaluating programs designed from a harm reduction approach to teach sexual health, illness prevention, and stigma reduction. With 7+ years experience, she feels programs are most effective when they are both creative and engaging. Her goal is to empower individuals and communities to define solutions from a ‘strengths based’ approach. Michelle is passionate about tutoring and enjoys working with individuals as they become more confident and empowered through understanding. 

  • Lori O'Brien

    Support Services
    902.425.4882 ext 225
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    Lori O’Brien is the Support Services Coordinator at ACNS. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Before ACNS, she worked at The Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia with female clients in conflict with the law. There she discovered a passion for working with people involved in the correctional system. She has volunteered at Feed Nova Scotia for 6 years and is passionate about food security. Lori has a background in researching substance use and abuse and has developed programs surrounding these topics. She understands the importance of listening, empathizing and supporting clients in a non-judgmental way. Her approach is one that is guided by patience, respect, and open-mindedness. She is deeply committed to helping people make positive changes in their lives. In her free time, Lori enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with loved ones.

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AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia
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Halifax NS B3J 1G6


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