The Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association (NSPA) is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, supported by an Executive Committee and four Standing Committees.
Members are warmly invited to contact the Association at any time. If you would like to connect directly with any of the board members, send an e-mail to email@example.com and we will assist.
Past President: Piaf Des Rosiers-de Lint
Directors & Officers:
Monica MacDonald, Secretary
Kelley Whitten, Treasurer
Evan Belyea, Dalhousie 2nd Year Rep.
Jason Murphy, Dalhousie 1st Year Rep.
The NSPA has four active standing committees that support the work of the Board on a project basis: the Advocacy Committee, the Awards Committee, the Professional Development Committee, and the Public Relations Committee. Committees generally meet 4-8 times per year and offer a great way for members to get involved with the work of the Association without a significant time commitment. If you are interested in becoming a committee volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair: Jessica Bergevin
Mandate: The Advocacy Committee is responsible for advancing the NSPA’s chosen advocacy priority or priorities. This includes confirming an annual advocacy goal from the list of priorities. The goal can be the same goal from the previous year. However, the members of the Committee must confirm the goal and, if applicable, review progress on an active advocacy strategy.
Members of the Committee will be responsible for taking action on the tasks identified in the advocacy strategy, which may include:
• Meeting with local, provincial and federal politicians
• Writing letters to the editor
• Posting messages on their own social media accounts
• Working with the public relations committee on posts that specifically support advocacy efforts
• Delivering presentations to relevant audiences
• Meeting with individuals within the Nova Scotia Health Authority
• Facilitating relationships with members of other health and/or social service professions
Members of the Committee will need to follow an agreed upon set of messages prepared in pursuit of the advocacy goal active within a given year.
The Committee is also responsible for liaising with the NSPA’s public relations committee and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s (CPA) communications team on matters related to advocacy and matters that may overlap with public relations.
Chair: Anthony Bernard
Mandate: The Awards Committee is responsible for developing, co-ordinating, and promoting the Awards Program of the NSPA. It also promotes other awards and activities that recognize exceptional contributions and/or excellence amongst Branch members. The NSPA Awards Program is a mechanism for appropriately recognizing persons who have demonstrated leadership, excellence, and/or a high level of service within the Association/profession.
Chair: Natalie Doucette
Mandate: The Professional Development Committee is responsible for identifying, developing, co-ordinating, and promoting relevant educational opportunities for members of the NSPA. Such opportunities may be directly related to clinical practice, management, or research within the physiotherapy profession, or they may relate to broader personal and professional skills development. The Committee is also responsible for liaising with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Business and Professional Development Department on matters related to professional development. A member sits on the National Professional Development Committee.
Co-Chairs: Jessie Roy and Doug Vincent
Mandate: The Public Relations Committee is responsible for identifying, developing, co-ordinating, and promoting opportunities that foster positive public awareness and understanding of the physiotherapy profession. Committee activities include creating targeted advertising, website development, social media messaging, designing brochures/print media, and managing relations with media, government, and members of other health and/or social service professions. The Committee is also responsible for liaising with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Communications Department on matters related to public relations.