Recreation Nova Scotia Staff
Marc Seguin, Executive Director
Marc and his family recently relocated to Nova Scotia from Ontario. He brings with him many years of experience in municipal recreation leadership positions, intergovernmental relations, a strong background in fundraising and financial management, facility development, and direct support to provincial recreation organizations.
Debbie Bauld, Program Manager
Debbie graduated from Dalhousie University's Bachelor of Recreation and was hired immediately with Halifax County Recreation. She worked as a Regional Supervisor of Programs and Park Development for more than 17 years until she made the decision to stay at home with her three children. During this time, she started a small business as co-owner of a used bookstore - Mulberry Books and enjoyed working as an entrepreneur until 2002 when she was hired as the first Coordinator of HIGH FIVE in Nova Scotia. She oversaw the implementation of the two year pilot and for 16 years she has watched HIGH FIVE grow and flourish throughout the province. Whether on the sidelines as a soccer mom, teaching Sunday School or facilitating a HIGH FIVE Trainer Workshop, Debbie has seen the difference that HIGH FIVE can make for children, for leaders, and for organizations. Debbie is currently a Project Manager with Recreation Nova Scotia and oversees the Recreation for Mental Health Project, the Physical Literacy Instructor Program Pilot as well as HIGH FIVE.
Graham Mounsey, Program Manager- Shared Strategy
Graham moved to Nova Scotia from Edinburgh, Scotland in late Summer 2018. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Sport Science at The University of Edinburgh, Graham began a journey in sport and recreation working initially with the governing body of basketball in Scotland. Graham then switched to skiing and snowboarding working with Snowsport Scotland for almost 5 years helping to build participation, develop workforce amongst clubs, and run a series of Alpine and Freestyle events. In amongst this Graham has conducted work with UK Sport projects in Zambia as well as with the International Projects department of The Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Anjeanette (AJ) LeMay, Employment Programs Coordinator
Anjeanette is a mother and educator living close to the forest, lakes and ocean of Mi'kmaki (Nova Scotia). Raised in Southern Ontario, AJ has relished the opportunity to work in outdoor and experiential education throughout Canada, as well as South Africa and the United States.
AJ continues to practice her outdoor skills through teaching and leadership support with the Nova Scotia Sea School, Hike Nova Scotia, along with schools, and various government departments. She is a PHE Canada National Mentor in Outdoor Learning and Outdoor Education. As an Outdoor Council of Canada and Paddle Canada instructor, she is focused on building bridges for people of all ages to connect with and learn through the outdoors.
AJ's favourite part of working with RNS is getting to engage with the incredible humans making positive contributions to their communities. As a project manager, she is known for her skill sets in cat-herding and dot-connecting.
In her spare time you'll find AJ adventuring outdoors, exploring second hand bookstores, growing and cooking good food, and sharing laughter.
Heather Beaton, PRO Administrative Coordinator
Heather found her passion for community recreation while studying Therapeutic Recreation at Dalhousie. After graduating in 2017 Heather worked in a youth and community development capacity with the YMCA. She currently also works with Positive Action for Keppoch Society in a programs and inclusion capacity. Heather is an active member of the community volunteering coaching track and field, chairing the Pictou East and Central Community Health Board, and with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
In her free time, Heather loves everything outside, skiing, biking, hiking, camping and running!
Jillian Anderson, Financial Coordinator
Jillian along with her husband, Jonny and daughter Jovie live within the HRM and enjoy all that Nova Scotia has to offer by leading a very active lifestyle.
Jillian is a talented professional and wears many hats. She is a mom, an Accounting Professional, a Fitness Instructor and a CPA student. She has been in the world of Finance/Accounting/Business for 14 years and brings a lot of great experience to RNS.
Jillian is excited to take on this position as an accounting professional, but also as someone who is passionate about health and wellness, and mental health advocacy. Jillian, like many of us, has been working from home for the past two years and is excited to be in the office again for a few days a week to share coffee and morning chats!
Cassandra Manuel, Provincial Recreation and Sport Inclusion Manager
Cassandra Manuel is originally from New Westminster, BC. Growing up Cassie was always involved in community sports, but it was lacrosse that found the way to her heart and ended up playing the sport for 11 years. Recreation has always had a strong role in her life so much so, that she ended up making it into her career path and completed a degree in Therapeutic Recreation at Douglas College. While completing her undergrad Cassie worked within the inclusion department of two separate municipalities, in different capacities with a focus on inclusion and recreation. Her internship took her to Calgary, Alberta where she worked at a youth addictions day treatment centre. Realizing the affordability of Calgary, Cassie stayed in Calgary and transitioned to working with adults as a Community Recreation Therapist for CMHA. Missing the coastal life, Cassie and Dakota, and her dog Tyson made the move across the country to Nova Scotia in 2018. Cassie realized her passion for community inclusion and recreation, and decided to pursue a masters in Leisure Studies at Dalhousie University to focus on Inclusion Policy for Persons living with Disabilities in Municipal Recreation Departments across Canada. During her degree, she found her dream job as a Sport and Recreation Inclusion Consultant, a role designed to support sport and recreation organizations in becoming more inclusive and accessible to diverse populations. As an adult, Cassie can be found enjoying any hiking trail with her dog Tyson and friends, at the beach or any body of water, laughing with friends while playing board games, or at a live music show.