Basia is an associate lawyer working in civil litigation at the law firm Valent Legal. She obtained her undergraduate degree from McGill University in 2017, and her law degree from Dalhousie University in 2020. Basia also received a specialization certificate in Health Law and Policy upon her graduation from law school. Basia’s legal interests have prompted her involvement with the Pro Bono Dalhousie program. She has completed work for the Right to Know Coalition of Halifax, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, and the Dalhousie Department of Psychiatry. She has also completed two internships, one with the Health Care Decisions Division of the Nova Scotia Public Trustee, and the other with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness Pharmaceutical Services and Extended Health Benefits Branch.
Beth Swarbrigg is a professional fundraiser with over 15 years of experience across the non-profit and higher education sectors. After graduating from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Arts, Beth moved overseas and eventually settled in the UK. She volunteered and worked at Trinity Hospice (London) before moving to roles at the British Red Cross and Macmillan Cancer Support. Beth was Director of Fundraising at Hospice in the Weald (Royal Tunbridge Wells) for four years before returning home to Canada and settling in Bedford with her husband and three children. Beth volunteered with Hospice Halifax before joining the Board in July 2019.
Betty Hutchings is a transformational leader with proven success in leading organizations through significant change. She is owner of Halifax-based Bonavista Business Solutions, a company specializing in facilitating people and organizational change, business process improvement and technology optimization to deliver measurable results; improved customer and employee experience, efficient operations and increased profitability. Betty has held executive positions with telecommunications and energy industries throughout Canada. She has led consulting assignments across a broad spectrum of publicly traded, private and not-for profit organizations. Leading a balanced, healthy, environmentally conscious, supportive and inclusive lifestyle is a cornerstone of Betty’s personal brand. Her diverse community service is complemented by an active lifestyle as an outdoor enthusiast; a long-distance runner, cyclist, downhill skier, and wilderness hiker. Her volunteer mentorship of young leaders and professionals is her way of giving back to the business environment and community where she has been so richly supported.
Cynthia Dorrington is the owner of Vale & Associates Human Resource Management and Consulting Inc. Established in 2004, Vale & Associates is a boutique consulting firm specializing in providing strategy and advisory services as well as training and development for organizations. As President Cynthia does consulting work with small to medium-sized organizations across various industry sectors with companies experiencing such things as challenges with mergers/acquisitions, business growth, culture change and/or succession planning. Working in areas such as organizational strategy, people strategy, diversity and inclusion, change management, governance, organizational assessments, supplier diversity, performance management, project management, HR advisory services, training and development as well as team building and effectiveness, Vale & Associates has been able to provide consulting services to a number of clients locally, nationally and internationally.
Glenna Thornhill, BN, RN. Glenna retired in December 2016 as a Community Consult Nurse with the Palliative Care Service in Central Zone after 27 years working mostly with patients in the community. She volunteered with Hospice Halifax doing various events over the past years and has returned to the board after acting as the interim nurse manager in 2018. Previously, Glenna served 2 years as a board member.
Jack Flemming After graduating in 1962, Jack began his career as a mechanical engineer working at Municipal Spraying & Contracting in Bedford, Nova Scotia. 12 years later, he started Ocean Contractors Limited which specialized in asphalt and ready-mix concrete. His successors, sons John & Scott, now run that business which has over 300 employees and includes Thompsons Moving and Storage, the oldest moving company in Nova Scotia which Jack purchased 15 years ago. More recently he became an owner of MagicLamp Limited, a software developer and consulting business based in Halifax. Founded in 1999, he, his wife Marion, and their family of four operate the Flemming Charitable Foundation which supports local charities serving men, women, and families. He has two Honorary Doctorates from Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s Universities. In 2003, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2019 Jack was inducted into the Nova Scotia business hall of fame. More recently, his passion has been the Halifax Hospice project, acting as chair of the capital campaign for the past 7 years.
Jonathan Caldwell, CPA, CA is a Senior Manager with Grant Thornton LLP’s Halifax office and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia. Jonathan graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2006, and obtained his Chartered Accountant’s designation in 2011. In his professional practice Jonathan works with small businesses, not-for-profit entities, pension and benefit plans and government agencies and provides advisory, assurance and consulting services on a wide range of accounting, management and taxation matters. Jonathan became involved with Hospice Halifax in 2016, serving on the audit and finance committee prior to joining the Board. In addition to his involvement with Halifax Hospice, he also is a member of the Board of Directors of Tennis Nova Scotia. Jonathan hails from Kentville Nova Scotia, but has called Halifax home since 2012.
Keith Fraser graduated from Dalhousie University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and from Nova Scotia Technical College in 1974 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Industrial Engineering. In 1977, he earned his CA designation. Keith joined Ocean Contractors in 1981 as controller, advancing to Vice President, and responsible for all financial and administrative matters including long-term planning and forecasting for the Ocean group of companies. Currently, he is Vice President of Briar Group Incorporated. Keith’s community involvement has included work with Junior Achievement, Sir Frederick Fraser School, Halifax and Dartmouth Senior Citizens Clubs, United Way, Dartmouth Chamber of Commerce, Hubbards Sailing Club and a number of committees of the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. He has also served as treasurer and auditor for a church and related organizations. Other experience has included assisting in the fundraising campaigns for the annual Bonny Lea Golf Tournament, Hubbards Sailing Club, Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, St. Andrew’s Church as well as Hospice Halifax.
Lisa Murphy joined the Hospice Board in 2019 and currently serves as Vice-Chair. Her passionate commitment to Palliative and Hospice Care in Nova Scotia generally, and Hospice Halifax in particular, was inspired by her own share of family tragedies and their - varying - end of life experiences. When done right, palliative and hospice care is a place of safety, a source of strength and support, and dignity for patients and family members alike. And Lisa believes Hospice Halifax does it right. Lisa was a lawyer in a former life and currently shares directorship of the family J&W Murphy Foundation with her sister Karen.
Phil Otto has a solid reputation for bringing clarity, creativity and tactical strategies to the brands he helps navigate. He believes the most prolific brands in the world are built on a single big idea and point of differentiation, and helps clients turn complex business challenges into simple, straight forward brand strategies. CEO of Halifax-based branding and marketing agency Revolve, Phil is considered one of Canada’s strongest brand strategists, works with clients across Canada and the US, and writes and speaks to business groups internationally about the importance of aligning business strategy with brand strategy. He has experience with clients of all size – from small startups and not-for-profits to multi-national corporations and government agencies – helping connect brand and corporate reputation to culture, values, employee behavior and customer experience. A father of four and named to Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Phil is a passionate supporter of entrepreneurism, local business and the community. He is Honorary Colonel of Canadian Airforce Base 12 Wing Shearwater; board chair of both Igility and Timberkids Charitable Foundation; and sits on the boards of AROI, Hospice Halifax and Children’s Wish NS Chapter. Phil is past chair of the board of directors of the IWK Health Centre and Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Foundation and has served on the board of directors of Mental Health Foundation, Strongest Families Institute and Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres.
As an Investment & Wealth Advisor with RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities, Riley is known for translating clients’ unique circumstances, needs and values into fact-based and understandable financial strategies; implementing those strategies through a diligent investment management process. Riley leverages his wealth planning expertise to help business owners, executives, professionals and their families navigate their financial futures – from retirement to philanthropy. Riley obtained his Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies with a specialization in Finance and Administration from The University of Western Ontario. His designations from the Canadian Securities Institute include Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®) and Certified International Wealth Manager (CIWM®). Riley also holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation. Riley gained a unique perspective on dedication and the pursuit of excellence through the sport of freestyle wrestling. Riley is a seven time Canadian National Champion in the sport; has competed in World Championships, and placed third in the Senior Pan-American Championships. Riley currently gives back to the sport as Wrestling Nova Scotia’s Director of Excellence. Riley attended King’s Edgehill School in Windsor, N.S. where he currently serves on the board of their Inglis Education Foundation.