Our Board of Directors

The Halifax Association for Community Living is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors.


Lauren Murphy  - chair

Lauren is a passionate and energetic advocate for persons with exceptionalities. She practices family law with a focus on children. Lauren is originally from PEI and has lived in Halifax for six years, where she has volunteered for various organizations in the community. Her passion for working with individuals with exceptionalities began in high school and has continued throughout her education and career. Lauren has been on the HACL board of directors since November 2016 and was elected as President in January 2018. She served as interim secretary in 2017. Lauren is passionate about board governance and transparency and looks forward to the future growth of HACL.

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lorna bushor - vice chair

Lorna first volunteered for the Association in 1979.  She is a retired Bank Officer and had previously sat on the Boards of The Nova Scotia Association for Community Living and Halifax Adult Services Society.  Her most vivid recollection was when the parents of children with intellectually disabilities related stories of their achievements after meeting in the basement of St. Catherine’s Church in 1954.  Today we see the results.


Samantha Collier - secretary

Samantha joined the HACL in 2017. She is currently a Social Worker for the Department of Community Services and works with the Regional Residential Services Society. Samantha moved to Halifax from Cape Breton seven years ago. She enjoys spending her time advocating and working with persons living with disabilities. 

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yvonne fenwick - treasurer

Yvonne’s interests have always been focussed on the environment and the well being of children.  She has two children, Heather and Michael.  Mike has an intellectual disability and this has involved her in many issues and causes advocating for inclusion.  Yvonne has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Université de Moncton.  She spent her whole career with the federal public service, retiring from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in Moncton, NB.  Her experience lies in accommodations, records/materiel management, security, health and safety, sustainable development. as well as, development work with The Atl. Innovation Fund.  She’s chaired many committees, hosted workshops and consultations. Yvonne holds a Toastmasters TM Silver Designation and is bilingual. She was a long-time member and executive of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Moncton;  chairperson of the SE Chapter of the Conservation Council of N.B.   She also worked on many federal Charitable Campaigns

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Jeff fenwick

Jeff Fenwick is a retired Air Canada pilot with 37 years’ experience flying large aircraft around the globe. Having flown nine different types of aircraft commercially, flying meant a life of continual study. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mount Allison University. He has served on the Boards of Lake District Recreation, the national Board of Canadian Airline Pilots Association, and the Cobequid Multi Service Center (now Cobequid Community Health Centre Foundation). His time with CALPA included many seminars and retreats for the Pilot Advisory Committee, including many related to  Employee Assistance Programs. Jeff was on the CMSC Board when they opened their first site on Memory Lane in 1980 and was Finance Committee Chairman and Vice Chairman when they added a second story 10,000 sq. ft. enlargement of the building. Jeff has a step-son with an intellectual disability. His current interests are dancing, travel, and photography.


Rebecca Vorstermans

Rebecca Vorstermans is an Organizational Development Advisor with Property Services Valuation Corporation (PVSC), the award-winning, independent organization responsible with assessing all property in Nova Scotia.
Using her background in public relations and change management, Rebecca works to improve organizational effectiveness by maximizing employee potential and ensuing the alignment of the organizations strategy, structures, processes and values.
Rebecca is a creative and strategic problem solver and enjoys the challenge of piecing together different elements to build something that benefits everyone. Rebecca recognizes the need of a community to achieve a purpose, a principle she learned at a young age growing up in a small farming town in central British Columbia.
As a member of the HACL Board of Directors, Rebecca is keen to tap into and evolve the associations unique qualities and relationships to build a community where all people are accepted as responsible, contributing members of their family and society.