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Chair - Jim Horwich, Halifax

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.

Jim is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the Canadian Tax Foundation. As well, Jim is the past chair of the AC Group's Management Committee, serves on the AC Tax Committee, and is the past chair of the Professional Standards Committee.

 Treasurer - Jim Merkley, Cape Breton

Jim was added to the board at the December, 2012 Annual General Meeting, and now serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. A recent graduate of the CMA program, he is the Vice President of Operations for the Cape Breton District Health Authority. His education includes 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 still serves 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 PSMR 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 PD, even for those approaching end of life.


Vice Chair - Charles Cox, Truro

Charles holds degrees from Saint Mary's University in Business, and Dalhousie University in Law, and is a graduate of Director's 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, Chair of the Tourism Committee, Vice Chair of the Police Commission, and twice Deputy Mayor of Truro. Charles has also served as Chair for the Halifax District Board of Referees, Director of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, Director for the Atlantic Lotto Corporation, and as an Advisory Board member for Kerr Controls Ltd.


 Director - Ian Dunbar, Halifax

Ian is an Associate at the 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.


 Director - Greg MacQuarrie, Halifax

Greg leads Deloitte's Atlantic Human Capital Practice out of the Halifax office. He recently relocated to Halifax from Toronto where he was very involved with the Alzheimer's Societies of Canada, Ontario, and Toronto. His father, a Maritimer, has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's. Greg is looking forward to sharing his skills with the PSMR as we work together to make the Maritimes a better place for those who live with Parkinson Disease.


 Director - Giles Oland, Halifax

Giles is the founder and CEO of ShoreEast Technologies Inc. ShoreEast provides technology consultation to business and service providers focusing on IP communications and Cloud Computing services. He received his Industrial Technology degree with a minor in Management from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and is a graduate of the Wallace McCain Institute (UNB) Entrepreneur Leadership Program.

Giles is a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship and currently serves on the Management Committee of the Wallace McCain Institute, and is also Member at Large for the Parkinson Society Maritime Region Board of Directors.


 Director - Dale Ritchie, Moncton

Dale has a B. Comm and did post-graduate studies in Computer Science and Finance, from Saint Mary's University, and is President of McKenzie College. With a wide variety of creative interests and decades of business experience, Dale has led the College to be one of Atlantic Canada's most respected post-secondary institutions.


Director - France Levesque, Miramichi

A native from Edmundston, France has a Business Administration Certificate from NBCC. With over 7 years of experience in the financial industry, she has dedicated the last three years as Branch Manager for the Bank of Montreal.

France is fluently bilingual and has a great passion for volunteering and community involvement, being an active member of organizations such as the Rotary Club of Newcastle, Miramichi Chamber of Commerce, and Saint John Ambulance. France came to be involved with PSMR after participating in the Miramichi Superwalk in 2012.

Director - Don Larkin, St. Peter's Bay

Don holds an EMBA from Saint Mary's University, an Advanced Certificate in Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution, as well as a Diploma in Public Relations from the University of Kings College. Don is currently retired, bringing with him an extensive career in sales and management as President of the CHS National Distribution Company, National Sales Manager to Riviera Sunglasses, and Regional Auditor to the National Sales Manager of Sears.

Don has been an active member of the Eastern P.E.I. community, as the General Manager of the Eastern P.E.I. Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) from 1998-2010. He has worked on over 100 community development projects in Eastern P.E.I's 17 communities, and has designed and implemented programs for lending and business start-ups.

Don was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1998, and is currently enjoying a relatively healthy and active lifestyle. His hobbies and interests include family, antique cars, motorcycles, flying, travelling, and P.E.I.


Director & Chapter Liason by Appointment - Ron Cote, Glace Bay

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.

 Past Chair - John McCarthy, Halifax

With a history of over 20 years volunteering with not-for-profit organizations, focusing on governance, fund development, and organizational change management, John brings experience and commitment to the community.

John's personal interest in Parkinson's stems from his father's experience with the disease; diagnosed in 1993, Frank McCarthy courageously lived with Parkinson's until his passing in 2009.

John works for the Capital Health Board of Directors, as their first-ever Board Development Officer. He, his wife Stacey, and daughter Halle, live in Halifax.




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