National Philanthropy Day

Nova Scotia

Thank you to the presenters at this year's annual provincial conference, who lent us not only their time, but their expertise and knowledge.

2021 Provincial Conference Speakers

Philanthropy (noun) 
phi· lan· thro· py | /fə’lanTHrəpē/ 
The practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people. Goodwill to fellow members of the human race. 

Today is National Philanthropy Day, and we’d like to take the opportunity to thank our philanthropists, the people who help us do what we do. They give us their time as volunteers and money as donors and we appreciate every minute and every dollar. 

A group of philanthropists we’d like to extend a huge thank you to today are the presenters at last month’s provincial conference. These individuals lent us not only their time, but their expertise and knowledge. We brought together over 400 members of the Nova Scotia dementia sector to discuss a very important topic – Supporting Dementia in all its Diversity. Our speakers did not shy away from challenging topics, sparking insightful and innovative discussions. We couldn’t have done it without the 24 presenters who led 18 sessions. 


  • Rosanne Burke, 2021 Abe Leventhal Research Award Recipient
  • Jasmine Mah, 2021 Phyllis Horton Research Award Recipient
  • Sharon Davis-Murdoch, MA, Co-President and Founding Member, Health Association of African Canadians  
  • Juanna Ricketts, Patient/Family/Caregiver Advisor and caregiver for her Mum 
  • Ngozi Iroanyah, Manager, Diversity and Community Partnerships Alzheimer Society of Canada 
  • Dr. Kristen Jacklin, Ph.D., Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Campus 
  • Barb Hamilton-Hinch, Associate Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies, and Assistant Vice‑Provost Equity and Inclusion, Dalhousie University 
  • Mary Lukindo, Medical Sciences Student, Dalhousie University 
  • Dan MacKay, Halifax Q Publisher & Elderberries Society 
  • Jacquie Gahagan, Ph.D., Associate Vice President Research, Mount Saint Vincent University 
  • Pierre Roisné, Executive Director, Reseau Santé - Nouvelle-Écosse 
  • Dr. Melissa Andrew, Geriatrician, Nova Scotia Health 
  • Dr. Maia von Maltzahn, Geriatrician, Nova Scotia Health 
  • Lisa Harris, M.Sc., SLP-Reg, SLP(C), Speech-Language Pathologist, Instructor, Dalhousie University 
  • John Reid, Spouse of a person with dementia 
  • Robert Howlett, BRec, Manager of Community Services & Operations, St. John Ambulance NS/PEI 
  • Andrea Perry, OT Reg(NS), MHSc, Behavioural Resource Consultant, Nova Scotia Health 
  • Brittney Amirault, Behaviour Resource Consultant, Nova Scotia Health 
  • Jennifer Loucks, BRec, BAPsy, Behaviour Resource Consultant, Nova Scotia Health 
  • Dr. Paula McLaughlin, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Nova Scotia Health 
  • Marilyn Taylor, Research Team Member, lives with dementia 
  • Sandra Britten, Research Team Member, lives with dementia 
  • Heather Cowie, M.A., National Project Manager, Dementia-Friendly Canada, Alzheimer Society of B.C. 
  • Catherine-Anne Murray, OT Reg(NS), Occupational Therapist, Geriatrics Outreach, Geriatric Ambulatory Care, Nova Scotia Health 
  • Darren Doucette, Caregiver 
  • Tinaye Manyimo, CCIP, BBA, BACS, CERT ADed, Shumba Consulting 

A huge thank you as well to our sponsors. We couldn’t have delivered such an engaging program on such an interactive platform without their support. 

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