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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

Wyatt Redmond – Vice Chair

Wyatt Redmond is a proud business owner of Beaver Enviro Depot, a proud father, avid motorcyclist and is extremely involved in his community.
He’s been a member of the Spryfield Business Commission since the SBC came into existence, joined our board of directors five years ago and is currently our Vice Chair.
Wyatt is a founding and active member of the Eastern Recyclers Association and has been on their executive board since 1998 and is currently their Vice President. In May 2019, the Eastern Recyclers Association presented Wyatt with the Business of the Year Award for 2019. As a recognized local leader in recycling and waste management, Wyatt is a strong supporter of the ‘buy local’ and ‘sell local’ initiatives.
He’s a residential and commercial property owner in Mainland south and has been proactive in developing the commercial and retail sectors in the Spryfield area.
Wyatt supports all community volunteer groups and organizations. He’s immensely grateful for his community’s support over the years, and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.


Allen Kent – Treasurer

Allen Kent is the owner of the Canadian Tire Store located in the Spryfield Mall.


Dina Shay – Board Member

Dina has been part of the RBC Herring Cove Road location for over 15 years and with RBC for close to 25 years. Dina has held many positions within the banking industry with her most current role as Branch Manager of the Herring Cove Road Branch.  Dina joined the Spryfield Business Commission Board in 2018 and is so pleased to be an active part of the community. RBC prides itself in helping clients thrive and communities prosper, and she is so proud to be a part of such a great organization.  She always appreciates attending events in the area, showing RBC’s support throughout the years.  Dina has lived in Spryfield since she was 11 years old and has raised her family in the Spryfield/Sambro area. She is proud to call Spryfield her home both personally and for work, as she feels such a strong sense of community here.  Dina continues to build great relationships and is looking forward to the opportunities that will continue to grow this community over the next few years. She wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!
Lori Hennessey

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 is an award-winning REALTOR, whose entrepreneurial spirit from owning income properties as well as property management, has given his real estate business a high level of experience, leadership and professionalism.  Marshall also has a Bachelor of Technology from Memorial University, so he is well-versed in the project management side of each deal he does.  Honesty and integrity, along with determination and dedication, are philosophies that Marshall strives for in all aspects of his life.  Applying these principles to his business has allowed him to be a top-producing real estate professional for the past 4 years.  He also volunteers as a board member on the Spryfield Social Enterprise with the goal of bringing affordable rental units to his community through various government partnerships. Continuing with the theme of volunteering,  Marshall is highly active in his community.  When Marshall is enjoying some downtime, you can find him spending time with friends and family, golfing, boating on the high seas of Halifax Harbour, or travelling



Matthew Cristoferi

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.



Michael Hatter – Board Member

Mike is a firm believer in “People Come First” and supporting local business. He is the founder of Hatter & Associates Insurance which is now part of the leading regional insurance brokerage, In addition to his Broker expertise, his extensive background covers various roles with a leading national insurer and an extensive network of clients throughout the region. He has earned the Chartered Insurance Professional and Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker designations and specializes in Commercial & Personal Insurance. Mike enjoys the opportunity to contribute to various volunteer boards over the years and is excited to be involved in the community where he grew up & the Hatter family lived for many years. Mike has been a board member with CDBC Bluewater, Halifax Executives Association, The Better Business Bureau, The Sackville Business Association, Various Insurer Advisory Boards and is a member of the Insurance Institute of Canada & Insurance Brokers Association of Canada. Mike has been actively involved in coaching minor sports and numerous charitable fundraising initiatives. In his spare time, Mike enjoys time with family, cycling, stained glass, woodworking and is an avid motorcycle & vintage auto enthusiast.



Marc Wilson – Board Member






Staff Members

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.





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