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Clyde A. Paul – Chairman of the Board
Clyde was born in Halifax and has lived and worked here all his life. Educated through the Halifax Public School system and following his graduation from Queen Elizabeth High School, he attended Dalhousie University, obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1970 and followed by his Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1973. Following receipt of his LL.B, he commenced the practice of law in Spryfield, where he has lived and practiced for more than 47 wonderful years, and says he wouldn’t change a thing. In 2016 he was granted the distinction of being named to Her Majesty’s Queens Counsel. Clyde and his wife Pat have always been proud members and supporters of the Spryfield community.
Some words of wisdom from Clyde: “Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.”
Dan Doherty – Past-Chairman
Dan is a busy entrepreneur, as the owner of Chebucto News, Water ‘N’ Wine Spryfield, and a real estate agent with Exit Realty Metro for the past 15 years. He moved to Halifax from Fredericton in 1969 after receiving a Diploma in Business Administration from the Saint John Institute of Technology. He worked with CN Rail for 19 years in Halifax, Dartmouth and Truro. He and his late wife Linda opened Danielsons Tobacco in South Centre Mall in Spryfield in 1992, which he sold in early 2020. He opened Water ‘N’ Wine in 1993, running it at the Danielsons location. They’ve expanded over the years and now operate out of their spacious, bright building at 2 Mont Street, next to the Guardian Drug Store. He regularly runs wine specials, so be sure to keep your eyes open for their ads in the Chebucto News and on their Facebook page. Don’t have space to make wine at home? Let them do it for you! Dan volunteered for 13 years with Scouts Canada, running a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack, Scout Troup and then serving as Chairman of the 7th Sackville Group Committee. He was a founding member of the District 18 Business and Development Association, as well as its Treasurer for several years. He is a Past Chairman of the Spryfield Business Commission. Dan and his family own and publish the Chebucto News, a monthly community newspaper servicing the area from the Armdale Roundabout to Sambro and all of the communities in between. He lives in the new Governors Brook subdivision in Spryfield and while his Real Estate business encompasses all of HRM he is a tireless promoter of “Beautiful Downtown Spryfield” and the opportunities for growth and development in the community.
Irene Swindells – Honorary Lifetime Member
Irene is originally from Antigonish. She grew up in Newport Station and later Halifax. A graduate of Mount Saint Vincent Academy, Irene’s early employment was with Canada Permanent Trust. She met Harold Swindells, married and raised their son Gregory and their daughter Karen. Karen and her husband Brian King raised Declan, who is 18 and will attend university next year. Karen lost her battle with cancer 13 years ago at the young age of 42. Irene returned to the business life once her children were grown, and for more than 25 years has been the Administrator and Marketing Agent for Melville Heights. Irene is a board member of the Spryfield Business Commission. She’s been involved with many associations over the years, such as Mount Saint Vincent University Board, Chair of the Halifax Vocational School Board, Canada Mortgage and Housing Board, Advisory Council for the Order of Nova Scotia and Rockingham Heritage.
Wyatt Redmond – Vice Chair
Allen Kent – Treasurer
Allen Kent is the owner of the Canadian Tire Store located in the Spryfield Mall.
Dina Shay – Board Member
Lori Hennessey – Board Member
Lori Hennessey, REALTOR®, Team Lead, Owner of Hennessey Group, Royal LePage Anchor Realty, with her office situated in the heart of Spryfield. Born and raised in Herring Cove, Lori’s passion for her community and real estate means this is not just a job for her. Lori is a strong believer in the life Spryfield can offer her clients when searching for a new home, and is an active supporter of many local initiatives. In 2020 at only 31 years old, Lori ranked 6th individually out of over 3000 Atlantic Canadian Royal Lepage Realtors, and placed in the Top 35 Under 35 across Canada
Marshall Smith – Board Member
Marshall was born and raised in Riverview N.B. He joined the Army Reserves when he turned 16 and later attended the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton where he studied Engineering and worked at the Canadian Forces Base Gagetown. At the age of 20, he received a component transfer to the Navy and moved to Halifax. He purchased a home in Spryfield, where he has lived since. Marshall spent the next 9 years working full time as a Combat System Engineer Sonar Technician. Marshall fell in love with Halifax and saw an opportunity to spend more time in the community by switching careers to real estate. In 2018, he joined Exit Realty Metro and began looking for ways to become more involved in the business community. Actively involved in the Business Commission, Marshall enjoys taking their CPE courses and volunteers often at the Salvation Army in Spryfield. Marshall is currently writing his thesis to complete his Bachelor of Technology degree from Memorial University.
Matthew Cristoferi – Board Member
Matthew Cristoferi lives, works and volunteers in Spryfield. He’s the Branch Manager of Credit Union Atlantic.Beyond managing the CUA in Spryfield, Matthew is active in the community volunteering with the Halifax Northwest Rotary Club and previously serving as a volunteer GED instructor at the Captain William Spry Public Library. He greatly looks forward to being an active and contributing member of the Spryfield Business Commission.
Bruce Holland – Executive Director – Spryfield Business Commission
Bruce has held a variety of senior level positions in various fields in N.S., both in leadership and team roles. He has been actively involved with community-based organizations both professionally and on a volunteer basis, including his involvement on community boards and committees. As an accomplished manager, his experience includes leading teams in strategy development, change management and community management projects. Bruce is highly skilled at working closely with his team to develop creative solutions to achieve their strategic objectives. His innovative thinking, effective problem-solving and energetic leadership style motivates teams to deliver innovative solutions and achieve bottom line results.
Lorrie Boylen – Social Media Manager
Lorrie manages the social media for the Spryfield Business Commission, is a regular contributor to the Chebucto News, and Community Contact for Sambro on CBC’s Information Morning. She’s also a member of the Board of Directors of the Sambro Area Community Association (“SACA”) and owns and runs a 2-bedroom oceanfront Airbnb home in Sambro. She spent over 36 years in the legal field in the roles of administrative assistant, office manager and certified court transcriber. As a freelance writer, Lorrie crafts social media posts, web content, newsletters, customer case studies, white papers, blog posts, articles, press releases, special reports, ghostwriting, professional bios, informational copywriting, speeches and more.