Executive Director- Jennifer Myers
Jennifer recently joined the Epilepsy Association of the Maritimes as their Executive Director. Jennifer is a motivated entrepreneur with experience in many fields within health, dental, pharmacy, retail, military, pastoral care, non-profit and union environments. Jennifer is passionate about helping others and joined the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia (BIANS) as their Executive Director in 2021. She now brings that passion to EAM.
Jennifer is a graduate of NSCC with the Denture Technology Program and opened Coburg Dental Clinic, where she was owner and operator for five years. She was awarded the Academic Award for Highest Standing in Denture Technology. Her work experience in accounting, Department of National Defense, management experience, office management experience, her passion for the cause as well as her past role as Executive Director of BIANS give Jennifer an excellent background for her new role with EAM at ED.
Jennifer enjoys volunteering in communities and has volunteered with various organizations such as Children’s Training Center, Girl Guides of Canada, Children’s Wish Foundation, Homeward Bound Pound, and more. She is a board member with CHWUC Cole Harbour Woodside United Church. She organizes the Widow’s Lunch monthly for their Widow’s monthly gathering and fellowship, and their Cole Harbour Cares program, which helps refugee families coming to Canada.
Along with volunteering, Jennifer cares for environmental sustainability and revels in the great outdoors. She is passionate about her community and earnestly supports local businesses. Jennifer brings a wealth of experience from her past roles to benefit our association.
Education & Support Coordinator- Susan Rahey (she/her)
Susan Rahey recently joined the Epilepsy Association of the Maritimes Team as their Education and Support Coordinator, but her involvement with EAM dates to the late 1980s. Her interest in epilepsy diagnosis and management predates that by about 10 years when following her graduation from Dalhousie University with a BSc in Biology, she began her future career at the Victoria General Hospital as a student in electro-neurophysiology technology.
Susan was employed for over forty years in healthcare, both in frontline care and management positions. She held numerous leadership roles in local, regional, and national healthcare-related organizations. She retired in 2020 as the Neurophysiology Program Coordinator, with responsibility for coordinating the Epilepsy Medical and Surgical program at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, NS.
She has received many distinguished awards from societies and organizations in which she has participated. However, she ranks her proudest achievement in her leadership role in the planning, fundraising, and construction, together with her mentor and colleague of more than 30 years, Dr. R. Mark Sadler, of the newest and most patient-centered Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in Canada, which opened in 2017.
In 2017, Susan received the Clinical Care/ Advocacy Award from the Canadian League Against Epilepsy. She Credits Dr. Sadler and the division of Neurology, QEII HSC and especially her patients for sharing their lives with her.
Purple Day Support Coordinator- Jordan Thomey (she/her)
Jordan Thomey is from Bedford, NS. She graduated high school from Charles P. Allen high school in 2021. She started with EAM volunteering in March 2022 and started working here as a Purple Day Coordinator at the beginning of September 2022. She’s done work with non-profits since the sixth grade and has hosted her own Christmas Toy drive since 2016. She has volunteered with the Bedford Fusion Youth Group and was an intern there for six years; after her internship, she worked there as a Youth Recreational Coordinator.
Jordan has always been passionate about working in non-profits, and those values come from direct impacts from non-profits that have changed her life and she understands the amazing things they do for our communities. She is excited to have this opportunity to work with EAM and learn more about the epilepsy community!
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