Malcolm Shookner (ASI President) has an extensive background in community development, social research, health promotion and public policy in the non-profit, academic and public sectors. He has worked on many projects that use indicators to measure the quality of life, sustainability, health and well-being of communities. Malcolm was formerly the Chief Statistician for Nova Scotia Community Counts (retired), a provincially supported website that provided information for and about communities.

Doug Crossman, P3R Consulting, Prince Edward Island, has 35 years of involvement in the mental health, public health and health promotion fields. His experience ranges across clinical practice, community advocacy, service system administration, academia-research, as well as extensive policy and program development at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, with Mental Health Services in Nova Scotia, CMHA Nova Scotia, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Doug recently established P3R Consulting in Stratford, PEI.

Meghan Hallett is from Belnan, Nova Scotia and is the mother of two. She works with diverse communities, with a focus on equity and inclusion, as a program and development officer with the Government of Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Randy Hatfield received his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of New Brunswick.  He then attended the University of Alberta where he earned his Masters degree in Political Science. He attended law school at the University of Toronto and completed his degree at the University of New Brunswick. In 2002 he accepted the position of Executive Director of the Saint John Human Development Council (HDC).  The HDC is the only social planning council in the Maritimes.

Cathy Leslie, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Community Health Board Coordinator has expertise in community development, program development and evaluation, working with non-profits and community outreach. She believes that small, rural communities form the essential character of Nova Scotia, driven by the rural values of determined effort, careful use of resources, and giving help to each other.

Donovan Taplin is from the Town of Wabana on Bell Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, where he is the youngest person ever elected to a municipal council in the province. Donovan has served on the NL Premier’s Youth Advisory Committee, and undertaken volunteer roles with the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation and the ASI. Donovan is a Students on Ice alumnus and an ambassador of Memorial University where he studies Folklore and Communications. Most recently, Donovan is a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, and served as a delegate for the Young Diplomats of Canada at the Y7 Summit in Tokyo, Japan.

Patsy Beattie-Huggan (ASI Coordinator) is the founder and President of The Quaich Inc., a PEI based health promotion and consulting company. Patsy has a broad background in nursing education and health system redesign, and is firmly committed to building capacity within communities. Her creative work in health promotion, including leadership to the development of the Circle of Health, has been widely recognized.