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.


Erin Aubrey

Erin is passionate about giving back to the community of Halifax. Originally from Ontario, she fell in love with Halifax, its sense of community and the ocean shortly after arriving to pursue post-secondary education and hasn’t looked back. For over a decade Erin has supported and advocated for individuals with varying levels of (dis)abilities through community volunteer work, throughout her education and career. She works in Health Research, bringing skills to support evidence-based decision-making, program evaluation, knowledge translation, project management, grant writing and stakeholder engagement. Erin joined the board in the fall of 2018 and is very much looking forward to working collaboratively with the board team and the staff to foster the potential impact HACL will have in the years to come in the community of Halifax.


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.


Other Board Members include:

Kim Ashizawa (Secretary)
Omar Ariff
Anne Mason-Browne