Meet the Board
Heather Kelday, President
After a 15 year long voyage working in the fields of experiential and outdoor education, Heather is still pushing the boundaries of her own journey at the helm of the Nova Scotia Sea School as Executive Director. Heather’s adolescence summer camp experience led her to pursue a career in outdoor recreation and she attended Lakehead University where in addition to mastering a variety of technical skills in paddling, climbing, hiking and winter travel, she also obtained a Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation and a Bachelor of Natural Science and proceeded to obtain a Bachelors of Education in 2005. In her 6th year as Executive Director for the Sea School, Heather is interested in increasing participation outdoors and facilitating networking opportunities for the outdoor professional community. In 2014, she chaired the 6th Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium conference in Atlantic Canada and has participated in the Outdoor Advisory Council for over a year. She brings a unique perspective on risk management and program planning through her work at Sea School and in the field of experiential education.
Mark Muise, VP Finance
Mark has over 20 years experience as a professional accountant and takes pride in being a good steward of the resources of not-for-profits. Mark is also an advocate of inclusive recreation for everyone regardless of the abilities they possess. Mark enjoys many recreational activities such as running, lawn work and especially pick-up hockey.
Misty James, Vice President of Monitoring
Misty returned to Municipal Recreation as Community Recreation Coordinator with Yarmouth Recreation 10 years ago after being employed in the IT field for several years and is excited to be part of the recreation community. She has a passion for the outdoors and especially enjoys working with youth In leadership development. Sher has been involved with synchronized swimming at a provincial level for the past 25 years as a coach, evaluator and director of the provincial team program. Her spare time is spent both outdoors and in; kayaking, fishing, boating and hiking or crafting and gaming. Whatever it is, it is always an adventure.
Mike McIsaac, Recording Officer
Mike is currently working as the Recreation Program Supervisor at the Canada Games Centre and has close to a decade of experience working in community recreation. He was a Physical Education Teacher for five years and also spent a year working in the Halifax Regional School Board’s Health Promotion Department as the Sport Animator facilitating partnerships between schools and the surrounding communities to help increase the amount of opportunities available for students to be physically active. Mike is passionate about offering youth the opportunity to participate in a variety of learning experiences aimed at maintaining a physically active lifestyle and providing them with a framework for active, healthy living that is challenging, rewarding and fun.
Kerri Penney, Past President
Kerri is passionate about the sustainability of rural communities in Nova Scotia and loves to think outside the box when it comes to Recreation and Community development. She spends much of her time working alongside residents and organizations in St. Mary’s to THINK BIG and get creative in how programs and services are offered. Kerri spends much of her free time in the outdoors with her black lab Ruger and tries to be an example for women to get more involved in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and exploring.
Jeannine Faye Denny
Jeannine is from the community of Eskasoni, the largest Mi'kmaq community in Nova Scotia. She is passionate about recreation and using it as a tool to support her community's wellbeing with a strong interest in improving the mental health of children and youth. A well respected leader in her community, Jeannine readily shares her knowledge of Mi'kmaw traditions with all those she encounters. When given the opportunity to personally recreate, Jeannine enjoys working out at the gym in her free time.
Cody Brown, Director At Large
Cody Brown is currently the Parks and Recreation Director of Bible Hill in the Fundy. A UNB Kinesiology graduate, he was been in Bible Hill since the Fall of 2015, prior to which he Lived on Grand Manan Island working as their Recreation Director. Cody is particularly interested in promoting outdoor recreation to youth, and programming activities that empower individuals to go out and then replicate them on their own ow with friends and family. In his spare time he coaches Trampoline and Tumbling, play’s euphonium in the Truro Concert Band, paddles and hikes.
Julia Stephenson, Director at Large (2 Year)
Julia comes to her role in community recreation from the public health field. She has worked in health promotion in British Columbia and Ontario for seven years, and prior to that in summer camps and outdoor education, before relocating to the East Coast. The transition to municipal recreation has allowed her to focus on areas she is passionate about including: outdoor play, active transportation, bringing girls and women into sport and recreation, and building strong, connected communities. Julia is thrilled to be living in the Annapolis Valley, where she can hike, run, explore, canoe and camp!
Clare Steele, Director At Large
After a six year career as an Elementary Education teacher, Clare returned to her Recreation roots 3 years ago as the Recreation Coordinator in Westville. Clare brings with her experience working with youth in a variety of areas including onboard Disney Cruise Line as a Youth Activities Counsellor. Clare’s passion for youth and community development are always at the forefront of her work and she is passionate about empowering youth to live an active and balanced life. In her spare time Clare can be found teaching yoga, paddling, or on a nearby trail with a couple of four-legged sidekicks.
Kevin Waters, Student Director At Large
Kevin Waters is a Recreation Management student in his second year at Dalhousie University. As a member of the joint degree program at DAL, he is able to learn skills in both the recreation and management sides of the field. Kevin is from Hubbards, Nova Scotia where he has been a member of the Chester Recreation and Parks Department Team since the summer of 2015. The first 2 summers in Chester were spent as Summer Staff where he facilitated programs for youth in his community. Since May 2017, Kevin has worked for the Chester Recreation Department as the Summer Manager. In his new role, Kevin plans the summer programs and activities and coordinate the summer staff accordingly. Kevin is also a coordinator for the Dalhousie Recreation Orientation, which provides a friendly camp experience for first year Dalhousie Recreation students to become engaged with their fellow classmates. Finally, Kevin’s love of sport has brought him into the Recreation field. He now currently is an avid gym member and is a volunteer assistant coach for the South Shore Sledge Sharks, which is a para ice hockey team located in Bridgewater. Kevin hopes to use all these experiences and his time at Dalhousie to pursue a career in Recreation post graduation.