Board of Directors

Board Chair

Dorothy Edem

Dorothy is a registered occupational therapist. She graduated with degree in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie in 1997 and a Master degree in Health Services Administration in 2004.

Dorothy has extensive experience in Mental Health and psychosocial rehabilitation, including teaching, design, implementation and evaluation of Recovery-Oriented Services. She is currently working as Program Leader with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) Mental Health and Addictions Program.

In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor and with the School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. She is a member of PSR/RPS Canada Board and one of the founding members and president of PSR Nova Scotia Chapter.

Dorothy moved to Halifax from Cape Breton in 1994 to attend Dalhousie university and has lived in Halifax for the past 22 years. Dorothy is hard working, optimistic, pleasant, trustworthy, flexible, people-oriented, enthusiastic and fully committed to contribute positively to any organization she works with.

Vice Chair

John Keizer

John has over twenty years of diverse entrepreneur, business and public affairs experience including media, marketing, government, industry trade, educational and corporate relations with a strong retail background. He is a proven team leader with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of an organization.

John is committed to community involvement and contribution. He is owner and operator of the local business Keizer’s Freshmart, in Eastern Passage. John and his Keizer’s Freshmart team are heavily involved in supporting and improving the local Eastern Passage community.

John’s previous experience includes the distinction of owning the first franchise of a stand-alone Booster Juice location in Atlantic Canada, which successfully introduced the brand to the local market. A graduate of Saint Mary’s University, John also brings many years of valuable business, public relations and community relations experience to the Board from a variety of roles with Sobeys.


Andre Moore

Andre has a volunteer background spanning more than 35 cumulative years. He has contributed his volunteer efforts to many organizations including the North End Community Clinic, Metro Community Homes Association, and Wadening Wings Of Hope, a charity in South Sudan.

In these volunteer endeavors, Andre has been an active Board member, focusing largely on helping organizations achieve financial stability, strategic planning success, and strong communications/government relations.


Rick Anderson

Rick brings over 40 years of broad Human Resource and Labour Relations experience gained in the Municipal and Provincial sectors to his role on our Board. 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 is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Twin Oaks Birches Charitable Healthcare Foundation, and Board  Chair of The Birches Board of Directors.

Mary Donovan

Mary’s Biography Coming Soon!

Tom Emodi

Tom has practiced, researched and taught architecture since 1973 in Australia, Canada, The Middle East, China and Africa. Between 1983 and 2004 he was a Professor in Architecture first at The Technical University of Nova Scotia and then at Dalhousie University. He served 6 years as Dalhousie’s Founding Dean of Architecture and Planning (1997-2003). Currently he serves as the Chair of Ryerson University’s Programme Advisory Committee for the Department of Architectural Science and on the Board of Directors of Ocean View Continuing Care Centre in Nova Scotia.

Tom is Owner and Principal at TEAL Architects+Planners Inc. Colleagues and clients appreciate Tom’s strong capacity to develop and communicate design ideas using simple graphics to guide team strategies and actions. He is passionate about working collaboratively with clients and their communities to determine environmental, economic and social priorities.

Tom and the TEAL team have a portfolio of innovative projects including planning, urban design and architecture for public and private sector clients.

Peter Lamey

Peter is a lawyer, practicing in the areas of tax, corporate law, and estate planning at the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer.

A lifelong Nova Scotian, Peter was raised in Chester, completed a Bachelor of Arts at St. Francis Xavier University, and attended law school at the University of New Brunswick before returning to Halifax to begin his practice.

Peter is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Canadian Tax Foundation, and the Canadian Bar Association, and is also an avid sailor and gardener.

Paul Matheson

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Karis Mitchell

After relocating from England in 2008, Karis fell in love with Canada and its communities. Her education and experience showcase her passion for working with communities in Nova Scotia, particularly seniors.

She currently contributes her talents as a Mental Health Counselor as part of the Mental Health and Addictions team with Emergency Medical Care Inc NS.

In previous work in Long-Term Care, Karis identified gaps in services related to psychosocial needs of residents with Dementia, and was instrumental in developing and executing training sessions to educate front line staff on best practice approaches to their daily interactions with residents.

Karis holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Sociology and Gerontology and a Bachelor of Social Work from Dalhousie University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work with the University of Waterloo. Karis, her husband Erik and their dog Leia are new residents to the community of Eastern Passage, NS and love to be by the ocean.

Kyle Peck

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Chris Xiao

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