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The Nova Scotia Team
Board of Directors

Acting President 
Lawry MacLeod

Lawry MacLeod is a retired elementary school teacher and principal, 
living in Oxford, NS.  Both his son and his grandson have Hemophilia A 
which has kept Lawry involved with CHS provincially and nationally since 
1980.  Serving on the chapter executive in all capacities, Lawry also 
has been on the Million Dollar Club board, the PEP (Parents Empowering 
Parents)committee, is a PEP facilitator and was fortunate to be asked to 
speak at the World Federation of Hemophilia Congress in Orlando, Florida 
in 2016.  Currently, Lawry is acting president for the Nova Scotia 
chapter until the fall of 2018.

Rachel Wright

Samantha Kendrick

My name is Samantha Kendrick. I have a Platelet Dysfunction. I have been going to Maritime Adventures Camp since I was 14 years old. During this time, I have learned a lot about bleeding disorders and about myself.  Camp gave me the chance to meet people who are just like me, leading me to want to get involved with the Nova Scotia Chapter and help the future generations. I completed the Social Services program at NSCC and I am currently enrolled at Cape Breton University in the Bachelor of Arts and Community Studies program. My future aspirations are to help educate the membership and outside community about bleeding disorders, changes, new treatments, etc..  My most important goal is to help improve the quality of lives for people living with disorders.

Erin Van Dusen

Hi, my name is Erin Van Dusen and I’m a Special Education teacher at the secondary school level.  I’m an obligate carrier of Hemophilia B. My parents were both involved in the chapter when I was a child and I wanted to volunteer in an organization in which I feel personally invested. I started volunteering with the Nova Scotia Canadian Hemophilia Society as a camp counselor at Maritime Adventures Camp. I wanted to become more involved in the chapter by joining the Board of Directors as secretary in 2016. I am passionate about the importance of a supportive and inclusive bleeding disorder community and I hope to continuing learning and contributing to the CHS as a dedicated volunteer.

Director at Large - Youth Chair 
Emileigh Van Dusen 

Hi there, my name is Emileigh Van Dusen and I am the daughter of the late Neil Van Dusen. My father was an involved member with the NSHS for many years as well as an outspoken activist for victims of the tainted blood scandal. I myself am considered to have mild hemophilia B and began my involvement with the chapter when I was 16 years old as a MAC counselor/volunteer. Since then I have sat on the Joint Committee for a year, have been on the youth committee for one year, and am now your member at large in the Youth Rep position. I am a recent graduate who is currently working as a social worker within the HRM. My dream job would be to work as a social worker for the IWK children's hospital with children with bleeding disorders or at the adult bleeding disorder clinic. I am passionate about advocacy, education, working with youth, and improving our health care system. I look forward to giving back to a community that has provided me with so many opportunists. Thank you. 

Director at Large - Camp Chair 
Katie Hines

Currently Director at Large on the Nova Scotia board, Katie also served as Vice President for 9 years, Secretary for 4 and an additional 3 years in current role.  Katie is a carrier of Severe Hemophilia A with low factor VIII levels.  She has a 14 year old son who is a severe and a 9 year old son who is unaffected.  Katie is very active with her local chapter and has held committee positions with CHS, CCS, Healthpartners, NACCHO and also currently with the NHF and Wingmen Foundation in the US.  Her passion runs deep for summer camps and the impact they can have on our youth.  She strives to improve their quality of life with one week of fun and games and education.  If you've got questions about MAC, She's the one to call!  You can also check MAC out on Facebook and at www.maritimeadventurescamp.ca 

Director at Large - Clinic Liaison
Brittany Hoeg 

On March 1st, 2016, Brittany started her position as a factor product assistant with the Nova Scotia Provincial Blood Coordinating Program which allows her to work in both the Adult and Pediatric bleeding disorder clinics in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since starting in her position, she has had the chance to visit Maritime Adventure Camp, attend family weekends and Rendez-vous in Toronto. Brittany found the experiences eye opening and has recognized the hard work being done by the bleeding disorder community and its volunteers to improve the lives of people with rare bleeding disorders.

'I'm grateful to be able contribute in some way to such an wonderful organization and community of people'.


  • Opportunities for youth with hemophilia to attend an annual camp with their peers.
  • Scholarship and Bursary opportunities for eligible chapter members.
  • Advocacy resulting in federal and provincial compensation for members who received HIV/HEP.-C tainted blood products.


  • Ensuring that the best comprehensive care is available for our members.
  • Advancing the creation of a safer blood system for all Canadians.
  • Having the safest possible blood products available. 

  • Please click here  to access our by-laws voted on in September 2014.