Board of Directors

Hank Middleton webHank Middleton

Hank Middleton was acclaimed President of the NSSBA in June 2016. First elected to the CSAP in 2008, Hank has served on the following CSAP committees: plannification stratégique, vérification, resolutions, politiques and relations publiques (chair for three years). 

Active in the NSSBA/ACSNÉ since becoming a school board member, Hank was the alternate to the director for three years until assuming the role of CSAP Director on the NSSBA/ACSNÉ Board of Directors in 2011. He has served four years on the Nominations Committee, five years on the Resolutions Committee, three years on the Education Committee (Chair 2015-16) and was Chair of the Communications Committee for three years. He was also a member of the NSSBA Ad Hoc committee on Board Self-Assessment. Hank also served as 2nd Vice-President before the position was eliminated and was Vice-President of the NSSBA/ACSNÉ in 2015-2016. 

DaveDave Wright

Dave was acclaimed at Vice-President of the NSSBA in June 2016 after serving as Director for the Halifax Regional School Board. He was Chair of the Communications Committee as well as Treasurer for the Association before taking on his current role. He also sits on the Governance Action Plan Steering Committee.

He is serving his first term as Chair of the HRSB and has served on both of HRSB's existing Committees, Audit (former Chair & Vice Chair), the Policy Development and Review (current Vice Chair) as well as the Ad-Hoc Governance Committee.

In his other life, Dave has worked at Defence Research and Development Canada for 14 years. In his community he has served on many committees, including as a Director on both the Second Lake Regional Park Association and the Sackville Youth Group. He has volunteered with Girl Guides and was a long-time Scout Leader. He has two young children attending Elementary and Junior High Schools.

Dave firmly believes in public education and is proud to be an active, contributing member of both HRSB and NSSBA. He got his start in education at his children's school serving on the Parent Teacher Organization as well as the School Advisory Council before being elected for School Board.


Sue RitchieSusan Ritchie
Past president

Susan Ritchie is currently serving her fourth term as vice-chair for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board (AVRSB). Since elected in 2004, she has been actively involved through serving on various committees including Education; Operations, Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding & Human Rights (RCH); Finance; Human Resources; Suspension Appeal; and chair of Planning and Priorities Committee. The AVRSB elected Susan to the NSSBA Board of Directors for four consecutive years, where she has served on both the Education and Communications Committees.

Susan now serves as Past-President of the NSSBA. She believes NSSBA plays an integral role in ensuring a collective provincial voice is recognized, while working together with the various partners in education. Understanding the challenges of the eight unique boards within the province and providing support, guidance and professional development to each board ensures a unified voice when working together for the needs of students. While juggling work, family and various board duties, Susan maintains a passion for public education and values NSSBA's accomplishments, as well as the work that continues collectively.

IMG 5371Jackie Foster
Annapolis Valley Regional School Board

Jackie grew up in Greenwood and worked for the Department of National Defense in Halifax for 10 years. She has been actively involved in schools as well as being a volunteer in many local and provincial community Groups. Jackie has served on the AVRSB since 2006. She is Chair of the Operations Committee, Third Member of Board Executive and also serves on the Planning & Priorities, Education, Finance & Audit, RCH, Suspension Review, and Attendance Committees. She believes "communication, commitment, consulting, and putting our students first is essential to Nova Scotia's future successes." 

SandraMargettieSandra Margettie
Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board


AdamAdam Davies
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board


BlairBlair Samson
Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial

Blair represents the Richmond region and sits on comité des finances, comité de négociations and comité de communication et relations publiques.

GinGin Yee
Halifax Regional School Board

VernonVernon Simms
South Shore Regional School Board


RichelleRichelle MacLaughlin
Strait Regional School Board

Richelle was first elected to the Strait Regional School Board in October 2008. As a parent with children directly affected by school board decisions, she strives to make choices based on what is best for students. Richelle's focus includes enhancing communications strategies at all levels and striving for better sustainability and efficiency by working with community partners. She has fifteen years experience in the school environment, including six years as a school bus driver and teacher assistant; and nine years serving on various school committees.Richelle and her husband Mark have four children and live in St. Joseph's, Antigonish County. 

AndreaAndrea Huskilson
Tri-County Regional School Board



Affiliate Members

Eleanor-BernardEleanor Bernard
Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey

Eleanor Bernard is the executive director of Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey, an education authority that develops alternatives and promotes Mi'kmaq education, interests and rights and has jurisdiction in Mi'kmaq educational matters in Nova Scotia.

A member of the Mi'kmaw community from Eskasoni, Nova Scotia, Eleanor graduated from St. Francis Xavier University where she received her masters of education in 1999 with a major in Curriculum and Program Development. Her other degrees include a bachelor of arts from Dalhousie University in 1985 and a bachelor of education from the University of New Brunswick in 1991. Eleanor is married to Barry Bernard and is the mother of four children – Candace, Barrie, Keenan and Hunter – and a grandmother of three.

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Karen Hudson
Black Educators Association