Board of Directors

The Mountains and Meadows Care Group (MMCG) is a volunteer governed, provincially funded, not for profit organization. The MMCG is privileged to have an engaged, involved and dynamic Board of Directors whose role is to set the overall policy and establish the long-term goals of the organization. The Board’s vision, mission and ideas guide the day-to-day operations of the staff through the Administrator.

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Nancy McGrath BA. MEd

Nancy was born and raised in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia.  After graduating from Acadia University she moved to Ontario where she worked for the federal government. Obtaining a Bachelor of Education in 1988, she began her teaching career. Returning to Nova Scotia in 2002, Nancy continued teaching and achieved her Masters in Education in 2006.

Now that she has retired from teaching, Nancy continues to be active as a volunteer on the Board of Directors for the Mountains and Meadows Care Group as well as a teacher in the Mountain Lea and The Meadows Community School Programs

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Vice Chair

John Smith

John is from Newfoundland and Labrador but currently resides in Beaconsfield. He is married to Denise and has a daughter and a granddaughter. After high school, he pursued a Canadian Armed Forces (Navy) career and upon his Honourable Discharge from the Navy, he was a professional photographer, an Occupational Health and Safety Consultant and most recently, Executive Director of the Conception Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. John has post-secondary education in Security and Occupational Health and Safety programs.

John has held many leadership positions over the last 25 years including School Council Chairperson and underwater robotics mentor at Frank Roberts Junior High and Queen Elizabeth Regional High. John’s former executive positions are with Newfoundland & Labrador English School Board as Trustee, Manuels River Interpretation Centre as Director, Conception Bay South Main Street Business Improvement Association as Ex-Officio Director, Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of School Councils as President and Vice President, St. John’s Rod and Gun Club as Director, The Hub as Director, and Kilbride Housing Co-operative Society Ltd. as President and coordinated many worthy causes. Notable accomplishments: Winner of the Youth Ventures Mentor of the Year 2017, Nominee for Citizen of the Year for Town of Conception Bay South 2017, NL Summer Games 2016 torch relay bearer and Participated in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay August 26, 2011. 

He is also Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Quality Committee of the Board.



Alnoor Rajan Talwar

Alnoor Rajan Talwar is a writer and a spoken word poet whose passion for hope, peace and humanity permeates much of his work and life.

He was born and brought up in Mombasa, Kenya and moved to Canada in 1989. His background is in Hotel Management, Marketing and Communications. He has worked as a Project Manager for setting up hotels in Kenya, and was a successful chef, caterer and business owner in Toronto.

Alnoor is now retired and following his dream of writing as well as teaching. His first collection of poetry, ‘Unanswered Questions and Unquestioned Answers’, was published in 2006.

Alnoor has also been an enthusiastic volunteer in the community. He has recently joined The Valley Learning Centres and will be teaching ESL to new immigrants. He conducts Meditation classes, hosts two International students and teaches EAL at the Bridgetown Regional Community School.

He currently makes his home in Bridgetown. His writing continues to inspire and empower.



Gail Grover

Gail lives in Hampton Nova Scotia. Her education is: BRHS, VGS School of Nursing, McGill University, University of Michigan.  She worked at: Grace Bart Hospital, Montreal for 7 years, Veteran’s Memorial, Camp Hill 23 years as Head Nurse. Gail has a husband David, son, Marshall and wife, Jennifer, grand twins Marcus and Jeramy.  She volunteers for Brain Injury Assoc and Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion.


Marilyn Booth

Marilyn is a retired Social Worker who has worked in many social work settings since starting her career in Red Deer, Alberta. She has been a Family Court Worker, Child Protection Worker and a Family Mediator for the Government of Alberta. After moving to British Columbia in 1990, Marilyn worked for the Regional District of Comox-Strathcona as the first Victim Services Program Manager for the Courtenay RCMP and developed that program for the next 11 years.


After leaving Victim Services she was the Center Coordinator for the North Island Women’s Services Society for 4 years. In 2006 Marilyn and her husband, Hank Sawchuk, moved to the Annapolis Valley to be closer to her eldest daughter. Since arriving in the Valley Marilyn has served on the Annapolis County Police Advisory Board, the Advisory Committee on Child Welfare Issues for the Department of Community Services, and the Homecraft Committee for the Annapolis Valley Exhibition Association.


Marilyn is currently the Chairperson for the Bridgetown and Area Friends of the Library. She has been a community volunteer in many areas since her high school days. Marilyn is an avid gardener, quilter and reader. Marilyn and Hank have 4 children, 4 grandchildren and one great grandson.


Helen Huntley

Helen was born in Weston and graduated from West Kings District High School in Auburn.  She has worked in the Kentville area where she has resided most of her life.  Helen retired as Ward Clerk from the Operating Room at Valley Regional Hospital.  She has been a member of the Family and Friends Council at Mountain Lea Lodge since it began, and is currently Chair of the Quality Committee of the Board.


Nicola McCarthy

Nicola and her husband moved to Nova Scotia from the UK on her retirement in 2016, after many years of happy holidays at their home in Beaconsfield.  

Following an early career in childcare while raising her three children, Nicola moved into corporate life as a trainee with a global insurance broker in 1989.  Over the following fifteen years, she managed various teams including international insurance accounting, a major outsourcing project management program and corporate communications.  Moving on to Lloyds of London in 2004 to focus on operational risk management, Nicola developed and maintained the Business Continuity Plan for the Corporation of Lloyds, and oversaw the emergency management plan for the Underwriting Companies who used Lloyds as their key financial market.  


Moving from London to Wales in 2007, Nicola continued in her role as a Global Business Continuity Manager for a major credit insurance company, which included running incident management exercises at many offices throughout Europe and further overseas. She also assisted with the development, implementation and audit program for Financial Reporting Risk Management.


Nicola is an avid crafter and gardener, and is an active board member and Treasurer for the Bridgetown Garden Club.


Judy Green

Judy and her husband Allan live in Clementsport, NS. They have one son and three grandchildren who also live in the Maritimes. 

Judy started her career as an Airframe Technician with the Canadian Military. She raised her family while completing an honours degree in Computer Science from Acadia University. Judy worked on cutting-edge High-Tech solutions, while completing her Masters of Computer Science from Carleton University. She has gone on to own and operate four vastly different small businesses. 

Judy has served her community in many ways and can often be found volunteering with one or more organizations. She ran the Community Kitchen at Conway Workshop in Digby NS. In 2019, Judy and an action team of five volunteers created a program called Fresh Food Box Digby, delivering nutritious local produce every second week. Food was delivered, through community partners, to locations such as Brier Island, Weymouth, Bear River and Digby. 


Judy is always looking for ways that her skills can benefit her community. 


“If serving is beneath you, then leading is beyond you”.

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Mountain Lea Lodge
170 Church Street
Bridgetown, NS B0S 1C0
Phone: 902-665-4489
Fax: 902-665-2900

The Meadows Community
200 Church Street
Bridgetown, NS B0S 1C0
Phone: 902-665-4489 ext 814
Fax: 902-665-5265

Our Homes

Willow Vale Apartments
290 Church Street
Bridgetown, NS B0S 1C0
Phone: 902-665-5146 ext 860
Fax: 902-665-4691

Harbourside Lodge
62 Vancouver Street 
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2P5
Phone: (902) 742-3542

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