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 CEO.
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.
Carol moved to Nova Scotia from Northern Ontario in 1990. Raised as a “military brat”, she worked several years in the banking industry while attending Algoma University studying Commerce and Economics.
After moving here, she was owner/operator of her own convenience store/ craft supply store shipping finished produces across Canada. Later she joined the Department of Justice Victim Services as a support worker helping victims of criminal code crime through the justice system.
Carol retired after ten years with the VON as Coordinator of Community Supports and Volunteer Services, developing several programs to assist seniors living in the place they called home.
Being very interested in her community, she is a member of the Lions Club and has been on the executive of several volunteer organizations.
Presently she is the Provincial Returning Officer for Annapolis and Assistant Returning Officer for the federal riding of West Nova.
Paula, her husband and two dogs moved to Granville Centre in the fall of 2019 from Ontario, just in time to enjoy Hurricane Dorian.
When Paula was a child, she moved with her family and lived in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia attending seven different schools before high school. Paula’s love for seniors began with her close relationship with her grandparents.
Paula has worked in publicity/promotion at an independent Toronto record company, a Toronto radio station and movie studio along with working at marketing companies prior to her mother’s diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The diagnosis changed her life. Paula returned to school to learn about gerontology and graduated within two years with honours for Activation in gerontology. She enjoyed many years in Ontario working as Director of Recreation at both privately and municipally owned facilities, trying to make a difference in both resident and staff lives.
Paula considers herself an advocate for seniors, their families, and staff. She spoke out publicly to the Ontario Legislature in 2014 (MUSH bill) explaining the need for the Ontario ombudsman, an independent body, to investigate complaints within Ontario long-term care homes, rather than the government. Unfortunately, the bill did not pass.
Paula’s favourite pastime is spending time with her husband, her two cats (Mr. Grant and Murray), walking her two dogs (Layla and Esther), reading, writing, and meditating.
Alnoor Rajan 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 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.
Ann was born and raised in rural P.E.I. where she received her early and later post-secondary education at U.P.E.I. and Holland College in Charlottetown.
A highlight of her earlier working career was the 14 years spent with the Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion in Charlottetown, P.E.I. assisting in veterans' advocacy.
After moving to Regina in 1997, Ann worked with the Regina Catholic School Board in administration until her retirement in 2009.
Ann has always had a keen interest in volunteering, with a special passion for Special Olympics, having served both on the local and provincial boards in Saskatchewan.
She was honoured by the province of Saskatchewan when presented with the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2002 for her work with Special Olympics and again in 2005 when presented with the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for her years of volunteerism in various areas.
After moving to Cornwallis Park, N.S. in 2009 with her husband Brent and daughter Brittany, she has continued to volunteer with various organizations in an effort to help give back to the community.
In 2021, Ann was recognized by the County of Annapolis for her efforts as a volunteer with various organizations.
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