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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.
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.
Scott is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University Sobeys School of Business and a serial entrepreneur. He began investing in the stock market at the age of 14 and by the time he was 19, had bought and sold 5 businesses. Scott has been featured in business magazines and represented his province of Nova Scotia at several business symposiums. Currently, he is the owner of Mortley Investments Inc which has investments in many industries including construction service, clean technology and battery storage, affordable housing and new home construction. Along with his business activities, Scott prides himself on giving back to the community. He currently serves on several Board of Directors in the Halifax area, and for the past 10 years has been an active volunteer firefighter with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency.
Johanna is an experienced leader, life-long learner, relationship builder, and collaborator, with the ability to drive change, build support, and get things done in a variety of organizations and sectors. New to CUA, Johanna is the Branch Manager for both Herring Cove Road and South Park Street locations.
Holding community development close to her heart, Johanna jumped at the chance of becoming a Board Member of the Spryfield Business Commission and a Member of the Rotary Club Northwest in Halifax, in order to support and contribute to the momentum that these organizations have already harnessed.
In the evening, you can find Johanna training with the Maskwa Masters, or driving her two children to their sport and other activities. On the weekends, you’ll find Johanna and her family either hiking on local trails or in the summer, taking their canoe out on a lake in HRM. Long Lake is a family favourite, especially when it’s warm enough to dock and swim off Goat Island.
Johanna is looking forward to building relationships within the local community and serving as a champion for local business in Spryfield.
Nadine has worked at the Spryfield Head Shoppe for more than 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.
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.
Kate Dunsworth Casey
Kate is the owner of Maison Property Appraisals Inc, a residential real estate appraisal company she founded in 2018. Born and raised in Halifax NS, she moved to Montreal in 1997, where she attended McGill University and began a career in banking with TD Bank after graduation. In 2010, she moved back to Halifax and settled in Kidston Estates in Spryfield, where she currently lives with her husband, Darren, their two children and their dog, Minnie. Kate left the financial services industry in 2012 when she began studying at the University of British Columbia to become a Certified Residential Appraiser. In addition to her career as a real estate appraiser, Kate volunteers with the NS Association of Real Estate Appraisers and has been very active in the life of her community as a Brownie leader, an active school volunteer and now serving on the board of the Spryfield Business Commission. She has also served on the board and continues to volunteer for Pathway to Progress Nicaragua, a non-profit dedicated to the education of children in Nicaragua. Kate loves strong coffee, snuggling up with a good book and cooking for her family. Other hobbies include camping, hiking, biking & running, gardening and home renovation.
Born and raised in the Spryfield area, Rick Dempsey has always considered this community home. He attended J.L. Ilsley High School, then furthered his education at TUNS University and NSCC. After trade school, Rick began his property management career with Annapolis Basin Group, followed by Scotia Investment, then his current employer DH Management. Between all of this, Rick also owned a successful business for many years where he further gained and strengthened his management experience. In Rick’s current day to day operation and management of the Spryfield Shopping Centre, he creates solid relationships with the great tenants he’s secured, along with developing the Centre itself. Thanks to Rick’s strong business sense and management skills, he’s transformed the Spryfield Shopping Centre to a Premiere and entertainment destination in the Spryfield area, which he demonstrates through his commitment to local activities. While Rick’s career and the Spryfield community are very important to him, he’s also very much a family man. Rick and his beautiful wife Paula are currently building a new home on the water, which they plan to enjoy with their 8 wonderful grandchildren.
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
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.