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. Joan is currently the Board Chair.


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.

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.

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.

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.