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Bruce Holland – Executive Director – Spryfield Business Commission
Bruce Holland 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.
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, 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 the past 44 years. In 2016 he was granted the distinction of being named to Her Majesty’s Queens Counsel. Clyde and his wife of 44 years, Pat have always been proud members of the Spryfield community.
Dan Doherty – Past-Chairman
Dan, a native of Fredericton, moved to Halifax in 1969 after receiving a Diploma in Business Administration from The Saint John Institute of Technology. Dan spent 19 years working for CN Rail in Halifax, Dartmouth and Truro. He and his late wife Linda started Danielsons Tobacco in South Centre Mall in Spryfield in 1992 and Water ‘N’ Wine in 1993. He became a REALTOR® in 2005 and is a real estate agent with Exit Realty Metro. He sold Danielsons in early 2020 and still owns Water ‘N’ Wine Spryfield, now located at 2 Mont Street. During the 19 years that Dan worked for CN Rail, he spent 13 years involved in Scouting, running a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack, Scout Troup and then serving as Chairman of the 7th Sackville Group Committee. Dan was also a founding member of the District 18 Business and Development Association, as well as its Treasurer for several years. Dan 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. Dan 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 is originally from Antigonish. Irene 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 daughter Karen. They are proud grandparents to grandson Declan. Irene returned to the business life once her children were grown, and for the past 22 years has been the Administrator and Marketing Agent for Melville Heights. Irene, who has served as a board member of the Spryfield Business Commission, has been involved with many associations over the years. 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, to name a few.
Kurt graduated from Memorial University School of Pharmacy in 1990. He spent the next 15 years developing a career with Merck & Co. while continuing to practice in community pharmacy part-time. He has held positions in Sales, Continuing Professional Education development and accreditation, Management of Population Health Outcome Studies and Sales Team Management. In 2005, Kurt entered Saint Mary’s University EMBA program and decided to re-focus his career in community pharmacy joining Shoppers Drug Mart. He completed his MBA in 2008 and was given the opportunity to become an Associate/Owner. Currently, he is the Associate/Owner of a Shoppers Drug Mart Store 134, located at 315 Hearing Cove Road, a complex retail business of 65 employees that also services approximately 800 LTC and retirement living beds.
Scott is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University Sobeys School of Business and a serial entrepreneur. Scott began investing in the stock market at the age of 14 and by the time he was 19, he had bought and sold 5 businesses. Scott has been featured in business magazines and has represented his province of Nova Scotia at several business symposiums. He formerly owned and operated Green Roots Landscaping Limited and Halifax Asphalt Care and Northern Seamless Gutters. Scott currently owns Mortley Investments and invests in commercial real estate. Along with business activities, Scott prides himself on giving back to the community. He currently serves on several Boards of Directors in the Halifax area. For the past seven years, Scott has been an active volunteer firefighter with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency.
With over 35 years’ experience in the financial industry, Mike brings a passion to helping CUA members achieve their financial goals. Mike promotes a team concept to helping members achieve these goals by leveraging the great teams he has at the Annex and Spryfield branches. Mike moved to the Spryfield area as a resident in 2010 and fell in love with it. As of October 2018, Mike has been given the leadership opportunity to manage the new CUA branch in Spryfield and continue to manage the Mumford road branch at the same time. Since the opening of the Spryfield branch, Mike has become very active in the Spryfield community and now as a board member of the Spryfield Business Commission, he has more of an opportunity to show his passion and leadership for the Spryfield Community. Mike is an avid skier and a Canadian Ski Patrol member, a Ski instructor and volunteers his time at the local Nova Scotia Ski mountains of Martock and Wentworth in the winter months. He also loves to cycle in the spring, summer and fall months and can be seen often at Long Lake Trail on his bike. It’s safe to say that Mike is Spryfield proud.
Alice Morris is a longtime resident of Spryfield. She joined the Spryfield Business Commission’s Board of Directors in March 2013. She has been the manager of Bowlarama Spryfield since October 2011. Alice is enthusiastic about her job and has introduced many improvements and new programs for the patrons of Bowlarama. She loves meeting new people and enjoys the interactions she shares with their guests. Her primary short-term goal focuses on designing a family-friendly atmosphere of music, video, lighting and fun at Bowlarama. She and her husband have been married for over 39 years and together, they have five daughters and nine grandchildren.
Nadine Garrison has worked at the Spryfield Head Shoppe for the past 32 years. It is with the continued feeling of friendship and support from the Spryfield community, that when the opportunity arose, Nadine became an owner of the Head Shoppe. Nadine’s goal serving on the Board of Directors is to continue to build a great place for businesses to grow and support local people.
Wyatt Redmond is a proud business owner, father, motorcyclist and is very involved in his community. 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. With over 38 years in the business, Wyatt is immensely grateful for his community’s support over the years, and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
Dina has been a part of the RBC Herring Cove Road location for 13 years and with RBC for 22 years. In her 22 years with RBC, Dina has held many positions, but her most tenured role was as Manager, Client Care at the Herring Cove Road Branch, which she held for 12 years before leaving Herring Cove Road in 2017. Dina continued her career at the RBC Financial Intelligence Unit until the opportunity arose to return to the RBC Herring Cove Road as Branch Manager. Since returning as Branch Manager in April 2018, Dina has joined the Spryfield Business Commission Board and has continued to be an active part of the community. Dina has always appreciated attending events in the area and showing RBC’s support throughout the years. Dina is proud to be “back home” in Spryfield and takes pride in knowing that she is again part of an area that continues to build great relationships and a great community.
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 and speeches.