Board of Directors

The Annapolis County Municipal Housing Corporation (ACMHC) is a volunteer governed, provincially funded, not for profit organization. The ACMHC 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.

Board Members

20160715_081932Joan McLean (Chair)

Joan resides in Centrelea, Annapolis County where she has had a rewarding career as a Registered Nurse for 37 years. Joan has been a member of the Board of the Annapolis County Municipal Housing Corporation upon her retirement in 2013.


Carol Ward (Vice Chair)

Carol lived and attended university in Sault Ste Marie prior to moving to Paradise, Nova Scotia in 1990 to open up a craft and convenience store. She now lives in Bridgetown with her husband Gordon. Carol also has 3 children, two sons and a daughter. Carol worked for 10 years with the Victorian Order of Nurses as a Coordinator of Community Supports and Volunteer Services. Prior to this, she was a support worker with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Victim Services. Carol has been the Chairperson of the Annapolis County Regional Housing Corporation for one year.

20160715_083202Nancy McGrath BA. MEd (Secretary)

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 Annapolis County Municipal Housing Corporation, a teacher in the Mountain Lea and ARC School Programs, Secretary for the Family and Friends Council and member of the Friends of the Library.

Rita Hurlburt (Member)

Rita was born in Nova Scotia and has lived in Bridgetown for the last 5.5 years. She is married with 2 children.  Rita is involved with the Board as saw a need to get involved in the community.  She wishes to be a part of  the progress and development of the Annapolis County Municipal Housing Corporation as parents have both passed when such care was not available.

20160715_083430Gail Grover (Member)

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.


20160715_083521Shaun Tanassee (Member)

Shaun is currently a grape grower in the Annapolis Valley and works with Benjamin Bridge noted for sparkling wines. Born in Vancouver he moved to Clarence in 2009. Shaun has been a volunteer supporting the community all his life.  He believes,  “without community, lifestyle has no meaning.”

DSC_0523Mary Steele (Member)

Mary is in her fourth year as a member of the Board of Annapolis County Municipal Housing Cooperation. Mary grew up in a rural community in western New Brunswick and graduated from the Saint John General Hospital School of Nursing.  Mary worked as a Registered Nurse in Halifax, Amherst, Kentville, Caledonia, Liverpool, Bridgetown and Middleton. In 1988, Mary graduated in Chiropody from The Smae Institute in England and opened her practice in Bridgetown. In 1993, Mary graduated from Acadia University with an Arts degree and a major in Canadian Studies. Volunteer roles have included those with the United Church of Canada in Bridgetown, representing the town on the Soldiers Memorial Hospital Board and Foundation as well as the Bridgetown and area Health Centre Society committee.



Interested in Joining?

Are you a committed, dedicated and community-minded person with skills to offer? If you are seeking a rewarding challenge, want to actively give back to the community and can commit six-ten hours per month, consider becoming a volunteer Board member with the ACMHC. We are currently interested in applicants with finance, legal, administrative and marketing competencies. If you would like more information about joining the Board of Directors, please contact our Chairperson Joan McLean.