Staff & Board
Membership Services Coordinator
Exams and Evaluations Coordinator
CEC Records Manager
Online Quiz Coordinator
Director of Personal Training & PLAR Assessor
Director of Older Adult Fitness Leadership
The NSFA Board consists of Executive Directors & Representative Directors. The Executive Directors are the President, the three Vice Presidents, and also includes the Executive Director of the staff as a non-voting member.
The representatives each represent a group within the membership of the NSFA. They are certification reps (RT/PT, and Group-based certifications), geographical zones (Northern, Central, Western, Eastern in Nova Scotia, as well as Newfoundland & Labrador), and those who advocate for diversity from communities that are marginalized or under-represented in Nova Scotian businesses (Black/African Nova Scotian Community, Disabled Persons Community, 2SLGBTQ+ Community, Indigenous Community, Racialized Persons Community).
See full list below for vacant positions.
Executive Board Members
Vice President Governance
PT & RT Representative
Group-Based Exercise Representative
Provincial Zone Representatives
Central Zone Representative
(Halifax & Hants Counties)
Eastern Zone Representative
(Guysborough, Antigonish, Inverness, Victoria, Richmond, & Cape Breton counties)
Western Zone Representative
(Kings, Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, & Lunenburg counties)
Newfoundland & Labrador Regional Representative
Northern Zone Representative
2SLGBTQ+ Community Representative
Disabled Community Representative
Indigenous Community Representative
Any NSFA member interested in filling one of these roles can email Vice President of Governance, Jessica Goreham-Penney (email@example.com). The currently vacant positions are all Zone & Community Representative roles. You must live in the zone of or be a self-identified member of each of these groups to hold the position.
- VP Communications (Social media, announcements, member awards, annual holiday card campaign)
- VP Operations & Finance (aka Treasurer; budgeting, seeking funding sources)
There are no vacant Zone positions.
Community Group Representatives:
- Black/African Nova Scotian Community
- Racialized Persons Community
The NSFA operates according to 5 Zones for regional representation. They are Western, Northern, Eastern, & Central in Nova Scotia, and the province of Newfoundland & Labrador.
The 4 zones in Nova Scotia are grouped by county.
Western: Kings, Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, & Lunnenberg
Northern: Pictou, Colchester, & Cumberland
Eastern: Guysborough, Antigonish, Inverness, Victoria, Richmond, & Cape Breton
Central: Halifax & Hants
"THANK YOU" To Our Past Board Members!
The following people have served on the NSFA Board of Directors in the past:
Stephanie Nairn, Shanice Julian, Mo Baiumy, Sandra MacLean, Debra Calnen Tanner, Robinson Myers, Margaret Lee, Tim Adham, Janice MacKenzie, Brittany Smith, Daphne Arsenault, Rayanne Hunter, Brigitte MacInnes, Jennifer Ross, April Stroink, Doreen MacLean, Tim MacInnes, Sheila Rafferty, Pat MacDonald, Debbie Murphy, Delores Forrest, Sandra Ryan, Marie Mullaly, Todd Sarty, Frann Dunn, Andrea Mounce Helence, Janice Forand and Sandra Jamieson.
The NSFA also has six standing committees:- Certifications & Professional Development
Linda Donnelly has a BSc in Physical Education and is a Registered Certified Kinesiologist and completed NSFA Group Exercise, Resistance Trainer and Older Adult certifications. In addition she has taught Aqua Fit and worked as a personal trainer. She also has a provincial Teachers License in Physical Education and taught all school levels. She has a parallel interest in the Performing Arts and worked as a professional dancer and theatre performer. Her years of training include gymnastics, ballet, jazz, modern, tap, folk dance and circus arts.
Her employment history reflects 20 years of rich experience in recreation, education, self-employment, business, non-profit, and government type work.
Linda teaches Exercise Theory and Older Adult Leadership
Judi Harvey has been a Fitness Professional for almost 25 years. She teaches group, aqua, older adult, kickboxing and Zumba (Zumba, Gold, Aqua and kids). She is also a Stott certified Pilates Instructor, and will be completing her Yoga Teacher Training spring 2017. She has been the Fitness Leader Coordinator for the YMCA in Kingston ON and has lead other private clubs in Ontario.
Her favourite job is teaching older adults, and seeing how exercise changes their lives.
Judi teaches Group Exercise Leadership, Aqua Fitness Leadership, and Older Adult Leadership
Ashley Lushman has a Dance Teaching Diploma specializing in Ballet & Stage. She is certified through the Society of Russian Ballet and Performing Arts Educators of Canada to teach ballet and jazz. While Ashley’s passion is dance she has also been teaching fitness classes since she was 16 years old. She has her NSFA Group Exercise and Mind and Body certifications as well as her YogaFit Level 1.
She also a Lead Coach for Sportball Atlantic, a non-competitive, skill based sports education program for children ages 16 months and up. She is dedicated to teaching others and has a love for learning.
Ashley teaches Mind & Body Leadership
Terri Roberts (BA, BEd) is a fitness and dance instructor with Halifax Recreation and Mount St. Vincent University's Ath/Rec Department. She is the first Nova Scotian to be Bellyfit® certified and to become a Master Trainer with Bellyfit® International. She is a course conductor and the Executive Directors of the NSFA which includes representing us to the NFLA board. She has a Master of Arts degree in Women & Gender Studies from Mount St. Vincent University. Her Master's Thesis was on the social and professional impact of gender stereotypes on the teaching practices of exercise educators.
Terri teaches Exercise Theory, Mind & Body Leadership, and Resistance Trainer Leadership
is a retired Canadian Forces Medical Technician. After leaving the military she became a Personal Trainer who specializes in working with children and
teens. She has taught fitness and first aid courses all over Canada.
Susan is currently the Director of Personal Training
and the PLAR assessor and former chair of the First Nations Truth & Reconciliation Action
Items Committee. Susan is currently working on a Bachelor of Healthcare Administration from The University of Athabasca.
She is certified in Personal Training, RT, ICE and YTL
Susan teaches Personal Training and Indoor Cycling Leadership
Tisha White has been a group fitness instructor for 15 years and has a passion for overall health and wellness. She completed her BSc in Health Education from Dalhousie University as well a certificate in Adult Education from Henson College. Tisha received her Group Exercise Leader certification through NSFA and went on to complete Schwinn cycling certifications as well as Jillian Michaels SHRED. In 2012, she completed her 200hYTT from Therapeutic Approach in Halifax and has enjoyed offering classes in a variety of settings, including all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
Tisha prides herself on being able to offer classes that are welcoming and accommodating to all, regardless of fitness level.
Outside of teaching, Tisha is a mom who works full time and enjoys music, art, golf, SUP, adventures and camping in the desert.
Tisha teaches Indoor Cycling Leadership and Mind & Body Leadership
The Nova Scotia Fitness Association is a non-profit organization.