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Staff & Board


Executive Director

Terri Roberts


Membership Services Coordinator

Zena Snider


Exams and Evaluations Coordinator

Stacey McKay 


CEC Records Coordinator

Judi Harvey


Arabic Translator

Zane Hadad


Online Quiz Coordinator

Jessica Goreham-Penney


Director of Personal Training & PLAR Assessor

Susan Skulech-Hardiman


Director of Older Adult Fitness Leadership

Linda Donnelly


Board of Directors:


Susan Hardiman

susan @nsfitness.ca

Vice President Governance

Jessica Goreham-Penney


Central Zone Representative

(Halifax & Hants Counties)

Heather Creamer


PT & RT Representative

Rick Horsman


Vice President of Finance & Operations

Janice MacKenzie


Vice President of Promotions & Communications

Stephanie Nairn


Group Exercise Representative

Deanne Oickle-Conrad


Western Zone Representative

(Kings, Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, & Lunenburg counties)

Tracy Cormier


Newfoundland & Labrador  Regional Representative

Lisa Moores


Racialized Persons Community Representative

Mohamed Baiumy


Indigenous Community Representative

Shanice Julian


LGBTQ Community Representative

*this role is currently shared by two people:

Corey DeGagné


Lisa Trembley


Vacant Positions

Any NSFA member interested in filling one of these roles can email Vice President of Governance, Jessica Goreham-Penney (jessica@nsfitness.ca).  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:

  • Eastern Zone (Guysborough, Antigonish, Inverness, Victoria, Richmond,  & Cape Breton counties)
  • Northern Zone (Pictou, Colchester, & Cumberland counties)
  • Black Community
  • Disabled Persons Community

NSFA Zones

As of November 22, 2020 the NSFA now 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.  They are:

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:

Terri Roberts, Margaret Lee, Tim Adham, Janice MacKenzie, Brittany Smith, Jessica Goreham-Penney, Daphne Arsenault, Rayanne Hunter, Brigitte MacInnes, Jennifer Ross, April Stroink, Doreen MacLean, Tim MacInnes,  Sheila Rafferty, Pat MacDonald, Debbie Murphy, Rick Horsman, Delores Forrest, Sandra Ryan, Marie Mullaly, Todd Sarty, Frann Dunn, Andrea Mounce Helence, Janice Forand and Sandra Jamieson.  

(If we missed your name please contact us to be added).


The NSFA also has six standing committees:

  • Certifications & Professional Development
  • Resource Generation
  • Promotions & Communications
  • Ethics
  • Awards
  • Events
If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Terri.

Course Conductors:

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.

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 is ON. Her favourite job is working and teaching to older adults, and seeing how exercise changes their lives.

  Ashley Lushman has her Dance Teaching Diploma specializing in Ballet and 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. 

Doreen MacLean is a Registered Dietitian with the NSDA, having taken her B.Sc. in Applied Human Nutrition at MSVU. She is a consulting dietitian in private practice, as well as a DANCEPL3Y™ instructor for which she was the first certified instructor on the East coast! Doreen has been a past member of the NSFA board.

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 is currently at MSVU working on a Master of Arts degree in Women & Gender Studies.   Her Master's Thesis is in progress and she is researching the social and professional impact of gender stereotypes on the teaching practices of exercise educators.   She is fitness certified in GEL, RT and yoga.

Susan Skulech-Hardiman is a Personal Trainer who specializes in working with children and teens.  She has taught fitness and first aid courses all over Canada.  Susan is also the former Vice Chair of the NSFA Board of Directors, and former chair of the First Nations Truth & Reconciliation Action Items Committee.  She is currently the Director of Personal Training and the PLAR assessor.

The Nova Scotia Fitness Association is a non-profit organization.

We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people.  

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