2018-2019 Board of Directors 

Jamie-Leigh Haughn - Feed Nova Scotia
President president@vmpns.com

Jamie has been working in the Volunteer Resource Management field for 6 years. She is currently the Volunteer Services Manager at Feed Nova Scotia where she supports 700 Individual volunteers and over 130 groups and is always looking to have fun with a purpose! This is her third year on the board of VMPNS and she has loved every minute of it! She’s looking forward to her first year as President and is excited to work with each and every member of the network!

Kylene Mellor, CVA - IWK Health Centre
Kylene has been working with volunteers for almost 15 years.  As a certified Volunteer Administrator, she has had the privilege of working with volunteers with a variety of organizations across the country.  Currently, she is the Manager of Volunteer Resources with the IWK Health Centre.

She truly enjoys working with and motivating volunteers and brings knowledge and expertise in all areas of the volunteer cycle.

When not at work, Kylene can be found volunteering for a number of organizations, enjoying live music or planning her next road trip!


Annette Carter - Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Secretary info@vmpns.com

Annette is passionate about building relationships and connecting people.  She worked in the broadcast industry for 20 years and then decided it was time for a change. Annette completed the Volunteer Management Leadership Certificate Program from Humber College and currently enjoys working as the Volunteer Services Manager at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. When she isn't volunteering with various community organizations, she enjoys reading, Pilates, yoga and exploring new places near and far with her husband.

Andrea Robinson

Andrea is a Certified Professional Accountant with 20+ years of financial management experience with a variety of public, private and not-for-profit organizations. She enjoys helping businesses build the financial strength, flexibility and balance to grow and expand, and can often be heard saying, “You can’t manage unless you can measure!” 

Andrea has served as Treasurer on a number of Boards over the years, and is a Volunteer Advisor with the Canadian Executive Service Organization where she combines her love of international travel with her passion for financial literacy to help build sustainable economic development around the world.  When not working or volunteering, she can often be found at the yoga studio.


Sylvia Calatayud - YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs Professional Development Lead

Sylvia is the Volunteer Coordinator at the YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs. She established the volunteer programming at the YMCA where she manages more than a 100 volunteers to support newcomers to get established in the community. She has been working as an educator and facilitator for over 20 years. Sylvia has a Masters degree in Education from Mount Saint Vincent University and in Art Therapy from Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. She enjoys working and supporting volunteers. She likes reading, walking and doing yoga.

Tracy Clarke - Diabetes Canada
Communications Lead

Tracy has been with Diabetes Canada for 12 years. In that time she has held a variety of roles with the organization, but most recently as the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator-Atlantic, her most rewarding role to date. Having started as a volunteer with the health charity, she feels she is somehow completing the circle.

She has a background in nutrition and is passionate about all things related to food, traveling and reading. One of her favourite pastimes is hanging out with her 98-year-old grandmother – her biggest inspiration.

Leah Hunnakko Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlantic
Director at Large

Leah has been happily managing volunteers for over two years at the Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlantic and brings with her three years of HR work experience as well as an Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management. She feels grateful to work with so many amazing volunteers and is inspired every day by their giving spirit and dedication to their community.  Prior to getting involved in HR and volunteer management, Leah completed her Fine Arts Degree at NSCAD University and continues to enjoy a variety of artistic pursuits in her spare time.

Mark McIntosh - Phoenix Youth Programs
Director at Large

Mark works with Phoenix Youth Programs as Community Engagement Manager. In his role, he manages the organizations volunteer program, and provides direction and support to staff working with nearly 300 volunteers. His experience in the field of volunteer engagement spans more than 24 years, where he has built volunteer capacity for organizations which include the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, CNIB, Hepatitis Outreach Society, and Help Line Society. Mark is a graduate of Humber College with a Certificate in Volunteer Management Leadership, and holds a Certificate in Human Resources Standards for Non-Profit Organizations.

Elizabeth Spence - Museum of Natural History
Membership Co-Lead

Liz works with a variety of educational program, public program, and animal care volunteers at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History and coordinates the school and group bookings for the Museum. Liz has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Masters of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University, and has volunteered with different environmental education programs. Currently, Liz volunteers with the McIntosh Run Watershed Association.

Gordon Spurrell - Nova Scotia Health Authority
Membership Co-Lead

Gordon has been a Coordinator of Volunteer Services with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (and its predecessor Capital Health) for 20 years. Gordon brings to the Board a wealth of experience of working with countless healthcare staff and volunteers; leadership in building volunteer engagement; supervising volunteers; and, mediating concerns between staff and volunteers.

For more than 40 years, Gordon has displayed his passion for volunteerism by being an active volunteer himself with a number of non-profit, fundraising, church and health related organizations. He has also served on, and/or chaired, volunteer Boards at the local, provincial and national level.

Gordon has a BA degree from MUN, a M.Ed. from MSVU, and is also a Certified Coach Practitioner. Gordon has owned his own successful coaching business now for 10 years. In his “spare” time, Gordon likes to read, research, garden, canoe, and is a very competitive card player, just ask his wife and friends.