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.

20160715_083202Nancy McGrath BA. MEd (Chair)

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, a teacher in the Mountain Lea and The Meadows Community School Programs, Secretary for the Family and Friends Council and member of the Friends of the Library.

20160715_083430Gail Grover (Vice Chair)

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. Gail is currently the Board Vice Chair.

John Smith (Secretary)

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

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

Alnoor Rajan Talwar (Member)

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.

That same year, he was diagnosed with Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Living with MS, he has an understanding of the difficulties of being disabled and is an activist for Accessibility Issues. No challenge is too big for him and he lives his life to the fullest despite his disability and challenges.

He also writes letters to newspapers, radio stations, and politicians about almost anything that he sees wrong. He even participated in a protest march against the Canadian Government’s Bill to make natural supplements and vitamins available ‘by prescription only’.

In 2011, he was selected to participate in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Cross Country Relay.

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.

20160715_081932Joan McLean (Member)

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 Mountains and Meadows Care Group upon her retirement in 2013.


Marilyn Booth (Member)

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 (Member)

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, has been a consumer member of the Quality Committee of the Board for about a year and a half, and is now a member of the Board of Directors of Mountains and Meadows Care Group.