Rick Anderson

Chair

Rick brings over 40 years of broad Human Resource and Labour Relations experience gained in the Municipal and Provincial sectors to his role as Board Chair. During his career he has worked as a negotiator, mediator, and Senior Administrator. He has presented at Interest arbitration, and on occasion sat as an arbitration board member.

 

Rick, his wife Carol, and their daughter Chelsea moved from Ottawa to the Head of Chezzetcook in 1993, where Rick began work with the Worker’s Compensation Board and subsequently the Provincial Government.  Immediately prior to retirement he served 13 years as Senior Director, Health Sector Labour Relations for the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. Since retirement, he has served on the Nova Scotia Labour Board.
 

Rick joined the Board of The Birches in 2016 and was selected as Chair in 2017.  He is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Twin Oaks Birches Charitable Healthcare Foundation.

Wayne Currie

Treasurer

Wayne was born in Sheet Harbour and is one of 8 children. He has been involved in volunteer work most of his life, starting as a child helping neighbours, volunteering as an altar boy and helping out with other activities in the church.  Until recently Wayne served on the board of the GHMS, Sheet Harbour for more than 20 years. He has also served on many committees for his church and business.

 

He achieved a BA from St. F. X. and worked in the insurance industry, owning and operating a brokerage with his wife of 42 years, Ann. He eventually became a consultant for a larger Canadian company.

 

An avid sportsman, Wayne played Little League baseball as a youngster and was a coach in his teen years.  He played and coached on several hockey teams along the Eastern Shore, and participated in city leagues. He still enjoys these sports today, along with curling and golf. You may also see him in the community fishing and hunting, although he admits he gets the license every year but not always a deer claiming the “walk in the woods” is what it’s all about.

Anne Caudle

Director
 

Anne is a retired educator who has lived in Musquodoboit Harbour since 1972. She received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Saint Francis Xavier University and a Master of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University.


As an educator she was involved in public schools in Cape Breton, Labrador, Dartmouth and, until retirement, in Halifax Regional Municipality with a primary focus on literacy and inclusive education.  In an adjunct capacity with Mount Saint Vincent University she supervised Bachelor of  Education students during practicum and Master of Education students within the Literacy Clinic.


Throughout retirement her interest in literacy continued as a Board Director with the Eastern Shore Family Resource Association and as a member of  the Family Literacy Project.  Most recently Anne has served as a coordinator responsible for facilitating educational opportunities for newcomers. She continues to be involved with issues which affect the quality of life within her community. She has served on the Board of Directors of The Birches  since 2014.

Daniel Tucker

Director

Daniel holds a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Carleton University and is a Professional Certified Coach.

He was appointed Commissioner of the Public Service Commission in January 2013. Previously, he spent many years in management, responsible for program delivery in many parts of the country.

 

From 1997 to 2001 he served as Chief Financial Officer & Assistant Commissioner, Finance & Administration, Canada Customs & Revenue Agency and from 2001 to 2005 as Assistant Commissioner Human Resources, Canada Customs & Revenue Agency and then Canada Revenue Agency.
 

From 2005 to 2007 he was Federal Public Servant-in-Residence, School of Public Administration, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University where he was subsequently Senior Adviser from 2007 to 2016.

From 2008 to 2017 he was President of Dan Tucker and Associates Inc., a firm specializing in Professional Coaching, Human Resources Management, Labour Relations, Leadership and Change Management. In this capacity he worked both within Canada and internationally.

 

Yvonne Kilfoil

Vice-Chair

Yvonne is a retired English teacher, having graduated from St. F. X. University, where she received her B.A. and  B.Ed. degrees. She has lived on the Eastern Shore since 1978 when she and her husband settled to raise their family. For fifteen years she taught English and Social Studies at the junior high level, and then English at the senior high level for ten years. In the latter position, she also was English Department Head for eight years. She was a co chair of the Accreditation Committee at ESDH for four years and worked with the school board's Planning For Improvement initiative for several years.

 

As well as being an active member of her church community, Yvonne has also volunteered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation for twelve years, and the Canadian Diabetes Association for three. Following her retirement she volunteered at Oyster Pond Academy and at Twin Oaks Hospital for two years.
 

Having made the Eastern Shore her home, Yvonne sees her volunteer work as a board member at The Birches as an opportunity to continue to be involved in the life and future of her community.

Michael Brine

Director

Biography Coming Soon

Wayne Brown

Director

 

Originally from Saint John, New  Brunswick, Wayne went to Dalhousie Medical School and then moved to Musquodoboit Harbour to start his career in 1974. He has lived in Musquodoboit Harbour for the past 44 years.

 

Shortly after arriving in Musquodoboit Harbour he was involved in the building of the new Twin Oaks Hospital, where he was Chief of Staff for a number of years.

 

Wayne is involved in the Cancer Society, the Kidney Society, and many community groups.He has greatly enjoyed serving the community of Musquodoboit Harbour.

 

He is proud to have raised his family here, and pleased to be involved in the further evolution of The Birches.

Carole Jones

Director

Carole is a retired Registered Nurse with a nursing background in England, Ontario, and Manitoba, followed by 20 years in the administration of community based programs for seniors and those with chronic health challenges.
 

Since retirement, she has lived in West Jeddore. She has spent the past eleven years volunteering throughout the Eastern Shore, promoting health related activities within the non-profit sector -  including seven years with the Old School, six years with the Community Health Board, ten years with Emergency Response and eight years with the local Community Association.
 

For the past two years, she has worked as a Regional Co-ordinator, supporting agencies in the rural areas and within Halifax to promote and build the capacity of seniors to remain living independently.
 

Currently, she serves as a Board member with the Musquodoboit Harbour and Area Chamber of Commerce and Civic Affairs, the Harbour Lites Seniors Club, and continues as a volunteer with the Eastern Shore Emergency Response Team. 

John Verlinden

Director

Recently retired, John served as Corporate Director, Communications and Community Engagement for Northwood for 20 years. During that time, he saw many changes both in the approach to care for the elderly and in the evolving relationship with the Department of Health.

 

As head of Communications, he was in charge Northwood’s website, advertising strategy, all print media and media relations. As Corporate Director for Community Engagement, John nurtured relationships within the wider community and worked closely with the Northwood Foundation to raise funds and plan events.

 

He taught at Mount Saint Vincent University in the Public Relations program for seven years as a part time professor, helping students learn the art of writing for media.

 

He is active in his community, serving as President of the Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society and overseeing the operation and future development of the Railway Museum. He was a member of the Board for the Musquodoboit Harbour and Area Chamber of Commerce and Civic Affairs and is the current Chair of the Oyster Pond Academy’s School Advisory Council. He has worked with the Twin Oaks/The Birches Foundation to raise money for projects that benefit the community, and was an active member of the Musquodoboit Harbour Area Lions Club to help raise money for various causes that benefit the community. John was recognized for his work in the community with a Volunteer Appreciation Award from the province, the Community Spirit Award from the Chamber and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

 

John lives in Musquodoboit Harbour, is married with two daughters and two grandchildren.