MEDIA RELEASE – Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia Welcomes Four New Board Members

Dartmouth, NS – Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the board are Caroline Blair-Smith of Nova Scotia Power, Ben Hagon of Intent, Deepak Prasad of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and John Wills of Spyder Design Build Inc.

“I am pleased to welcome the new members to our Board of Directors,” says Donna Williamson, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia. “Our Board brings a diversity of backgrounds, skills and expertise that will bolster our efforts to serve more individuals in need of affordable housing solutions in Nova Scotia.”

Caroline Blair-Smith is Vice President of Human Resources at Nova Scotia Power and an accomplished leader with more than 20 years of experience in human resources. With a background spanning various roles for Halifax Regional Municipality, including Deputy Chief Administration Officer, she has honed her skills in conflict resolution, talent management and strategic leadership. An alumna of Dalhousie University, Caroline is committed to creating positive change in Nova Scotia.

Ben Hagon is a seasoned communications professional and entrepreneur who has led Intent, a full-service creative communications agency for non-profit organizations, for more than 15 years. With an extensive background spanning two decades in marketing and communications, Ben has garnered numerous awards across North America and is a sought-after speaker and consultant in the industry.

Deepak Prasad is a Sergeant with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a doctoral student at London Metropolitan University dedicated to advancing first responder wellness. With extensive experience in law enforcement and border security, he authored the RCMP Nova Scotia Division’s inaugural Integrated Wellness Strategy. Deepak’s commitment extends beyond his profession, as he serves on multiple non-profit boards and advocates for mental health, embodying a passion for supporting community well-being.

John Wills is the president and owner of Spyder Design Build Inc., overseeing design, development and construction projects across Atlantic Canada for more than 30 years. With extensive experience in land development and construction management, he has spearheaded major capital projects for prominent companies like Sobeys Inc. and the Jimmy Pattison Group. Beyond his professional endeavors, John has a history of supporting charity organizations and charitable events, including serving as the chair of The Great Big Dig, a fundraising event for the IWK.

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia thanks retiring board members Nathalie Amirault, Todd Brayman, Elaine Brunn Shaw and Shiv Manchanda for their service on the Board of Directors and commitment to Habitat for Humanity’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Additional information on Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors can be found here.

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About Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia
Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home. Since 1992, Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia has partnered with families in the province to build more than 70 safe, quality and affordable homes, with help from donors, volunteers and community partners. We are part of a network of 46 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Canada and hundreds more across more than 70 other countries.

For more information:
Caleb Freeman
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia
C: 902-225-6315

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