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Board of Directors

Chair- Jim Horwich

A native of Halifax, Jim is a graduate of Dalhousie University.  In 1983, Jim received his CA designation with Doane Raymond (Grant Thornton).  Jim has been in private practice since 1985 and has provided leadership in business advisory, assurance and taxation services for over 30 years to a broad and diversified owner managed and non-profit client base.  As an independent auditor and external accountant, Jim has reported on financial statements for a large number of greatly diversified business enterprises, non-profit organizations and industries throughout Nova Scotia.  As a tax advisor, Jim’s experience includes developing tax effective strategies dealing with growth, business succession, estate planning, personal and corporate tax minimization, and wealth preservation.  As a business advisor, Jim has successfully guided a number of clients through mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, financing proposals, debt restructuring, business succession and estate planning issues.

Jim has also been involved in the ongoing development, implementation and training of audit methodologies to DHR staff.

Jim is a member the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the Canadian Tax Foundation.


Treasurer - Jim Merkley, Cape Breton

Jim joined the Board of the Parkinson Society, Maritime Region at the December, 2012 Annual General Meeting, and now serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. A graduate of the CMA program, he is the Vice President of Operations for the Cape Breton District Health Authority. Jim holds a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa, and a Biology degree from Queens.

Jim is a proud member and past President of the Rotary Club of Sydney. He has also served with the March of Dimes, Canadian Diabetes Society, the United Way, and the YMCA. Jim was Chair of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Club and the Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex, and served as a member of the Sydney Tar Ponds Clean-Up Community Liaison Committee.

He and Wyneth have three children - Anne, John, and Glen. Jim's father lived for many years with Parkinson's, and he looks forward to the opportunity to focus his volunteer efforts as a member of the Parkinson Society, Maritime Region Board.


 Secretary - Jane Mitchell, Halifax

Jane is a marketing and communications professional with extensive experience in event marketing at the national and international levels, and in PR and sponsorship. Her strengths run from big picture thinking to tactical program implementation and includes strong communication and people skills. Prior to his passing, Jane's father lived with Parkinson disease for several years.

Jane has an interest and understanding in the importance of exercise in the lives of those living with Parkinson's disease, even for those approaching end of life.


Director- Dale Ritchie, Moncton

Dale is an entrepreneur and educator living in Moncton NB. Currently he has three businesses that cover mobile and online gaming, a post-secondary Arts and Design School and an Art Gallery. His community involvement is long and varied. It has included positions on several boards of Governors of Maritime universities and colleges, the Discovery Centre in Halifax and local service and not-for profit organizations. 


Director- Greg MacQuarrie, MBA, CMC, Halifax

Greg is a senior manager in the Halifax office of Deloitte and leads their Human Capital practice specific to the Public Sector. He recently relocated to Halifax from Toronto where he was very involved with the Alzheimer Societies of Canada and Toronto. His father, a Maritimer, has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson. Greg is looking forward to sharing his skills and knowledge with PSMR as we work together to make the Maritimes a better place for those who live with Parkinson disease. 



Director- Ian Dunbar, Halifax

Ian is an Associate at McInnes Cooper Halifax Office, with a focus on commercial litigation, estate litigation, insurance and construction law. Ian was recruited through his law firm for his legal expertise and interest in becoming more involved in a community based organization.


Vice Chair – Charles Cox

Charles holds degrees from Saint Mary’ s University in Business and Dalhousie University in Law and is a graduate of Directors College with C.Dir. and A.C.C. designations. He has been practicing law since 1977, founding both the Livingstone Cox firm, and the C.F. Cox Law Office.

A long standing supporter of the Truro community, Charles has served on the Truro Town Council for 15 years as, among other positions he held included, Chair of the Tourism Committee, Vice Chair of the Police Commission, and twice Deputy Mayor of the Town of Truro. Charles has also served as Chair for the Halifax District Board of Referees, Director for the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, Director for the Atlantic Lotto Corporation, and as an Advisory Board member for Kerr Controls Ltd.


Director - Ron Cote, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

Ron is the Vice President of the PSMR Cape Breton East Chapter, past Secretary Treasurer to the United Mine Workers of America, Project Liaison Officer to the Community Employment Innovation Project, and Officer Manager for the Vince Ryan Old Timers Hockey Tournament.

Ron, who has lived with Parkinson’s for six years, lives in Glace Bay with his wife Colleen. Ron has been very active within his community, having spent 25 years coaching little league baseball, ten years with the Police Boys club, and has served on the Parish council of his church. Ron keeps physically and mentally active fishing, bowling, working out at the gym, playing cards and solving crossword puzzles.

Director - Michael J. MacNeil, Member Liaison Representative 

Elected March, 2015

A career project planner from Sydney Steel, a retired board member of Steel Center Credit Union and a former member of the Cape Breton Minor Hockey Association.  Mike has coached several rep teams during his time with CBMHA and was an active official refereeing as well. 

He’s currently on staff of NSCC as an instructor in their customized training department and he has travelled the province teaching at the various campuses associated with NSCC.

Mike is living a robust life a robust life with Parkinson's disease since his diagnosis two years ago and when not teaching, he enjoys skating, gardening, woodworking, reading, traveling and spending time with his grandkids.

He lives in Coxheath, Cape Breton with his wife, Katherine Ann and they have two married daughters and four grandchildren.


Natasha McCarthy, Director

Elected March 2015

Natasha resides within Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island with her husband and two young daughters. She was diagnosed at in her mid-thirties with Young Onset Parkinson's disease.  Although Natasha’s life with Parkinson’s has affected her career path she remains highly engaged and very active on several fronts. She has routinely puts her extensive background in sales, marketing and public relations to work. Natasha’s career pursuits were primarily within the travel, tourism & hospitality sector.   

She's woman passionate about her community, her region and volunteering to help others in need. Natasha works diligently within her spare time in support of numerous fundraising projects for several worthy causes.  Now Parkinson Society Maritime Region will benefit from her energy and expertise.  


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7071 Bayers Road, Suite 150
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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