David Graham| Executive Director
As Brigadoon Village's Executive Director, David is at the hub of all creative goings-on and oversees the organization's business development and strategic planning activities. He's well-versed in campfire songs, encouraging of others and best of all knows everything about St. FX University!
David has been involved professionally in the camp industry for more than 20 years. For 15 years, he was the Director and CEO of Camp Kandalore, a private co-ed summer camp and Outdoor Education Centre located near Algonquin Park in Ontario. He has also worked previously with the Easter Seal Society in Toronto and Canadian Adventure Camp in Temagami. David is the treasurer of the Canadian Camping Association (CCA), the Vice Chair of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Oncology Camps (CAPOC) and has spoke on industry topics at conferences in Japan, Australia, Turkey, the USA and across Canada. David is also the recipient of the Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence from the Ontario Camps Association.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Francis Xavier University, and enjoys whitewater canoe trips, playing and coaching basketball, and travelling with his wife and four children.
Jen Kelday | Director of Programs and Operations
Jen Kelday has been an enthusiastic member of the Brigadoon team since 2010, and is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with organizations to help run camps at the Village. Jen also oversees all aspects of the programming and operations at the Village. Jen has spent most of her career working in the outdoors at parks, outdoor centers, camps and schools. Jen is involved as a board member on various community organizations and resides in the Annapolis Valley with her family.
As if being a recreation and programming whiz weren't enough, Jen also holds a Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science and a Bachelor of Education.
Even if she didn't handle the fun stuff, Jen would still be on the top of the list that fellow employees want to hang out with. Seems like she's always smiling and laughing, even when things go awry, as they sometimes do... when writing lengthy reports... late Friday afternoon.. preceding a full summer of camp.
michelle bohaychuk | DIRECTOR OF development
Donors and partners who work with Michelle appreciate her warm and gracious demeanor, and the fact that she always goes the extra mile taking care of their portfolios. Michelle comes to us after working in the corporate sector for thirteen years, and then transitioning to the not-for-profit world in 2010.
Michelle is a strong supporter of creating a culture of giving- in her life, her family, and her community.
Michelle sits on the Board of Directors with the NS Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where she has chaired the Mentorship & Membership portfolios.
On weekends, when she isn't responding to emails or entering data, she can be found taste testing delicious local cuisine with her husband, Kevin, and twin girls, Abigail and Mya.
sally banks | registrar & ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR
Sally is our go-to staff person for all administrative and registrar duties. She manages all camper registrations, and keeps all of the staff organized!
Sally graduated from the Nova Scotia Community College Information Technology Program, and has gained extensive experience working for ING Insurance and the Department of National Defence.
And best of all, she's a camp kid! With fifteen years experience as a camper and staff person, Sally is certainly our shining gem in the messy arts room.
vanessa nasrallah | development officer
"Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about." - Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
If you’ve met Vanessa, you know she is an eternal optimist, always focusing on the brighter side of things, with a big smile and a unique laugh.
Vanessa attributes her disposition to one of the most difficult times in her life, the loss of her brother, Alex to leukemia & lymphoma in 2013. This difficult loss taught Vanessa to practice a deeper level of patience and understanding, and that kindness can go a very long way.
Vanessa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication & Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University, and an Advanced Social Media Strategy Certificate in Social Media from the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications and Hootsuite.
Sarah murphy | Marketing & communications officer
Sarah is a proud Newfoundlander, but an even prouder camp girl! Joining Brigadoon in October fulfills her nearly decade long dream of becoming a “professional camp counselor”. She has worked with Timber Lake Camp in New York State for the last 7 years, being a General Counsellor, to Girls Head Counsellor, and everything in between.
With a degree in International Business from Memorial University, and an almost complete Certificate in Digital Media from NSCAD, Sarah couldn’t be any happier to combine her love of camp, children, leadership, and marketing, and help Brigadoon give extraordinary kids the chance to be ordinary.
“A rainy day at camp is better than a sunny day anywhere else!”
Jess is new to the team as of October 2016. She comes to us from a background of camp, travel and administrative work. She attended a camp in Muskoka, Ontario for seven years as a camper until she worked on staff for five seasons from 2010 to 2014. She did everything at camp from washing dishes to being the Sailing Director to ending her time there as the Girls Section Director. Her passion for children is what brought her to Brigadoon.
She graduated from Saint Francis Xavier in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Development Studies. She very much enjoyed her time at StFX, which is what made her relocate to the East Coast from Whistler, BC where she moved to for a year after graduating. Jess is very excited to be part of the team!
George Hardy | facility manager
George is responsible for all maintenance and overall upkeep of Brigadoon Village. Previously, he worked as a Maintenance Technician with Grand View Manor for more than fifteen years and recieved his designation of Systems Maintenance Technician through Buildings Operation and Management Institute.
George has a great passion for the outdoors and enjoys hunting, fishing and camping with his family.
Just don't ask him to travel to the city. Ever.
DIANNE KENDALL| RED SEAL EXECUTIVE CHEF
In 2014, Dianne moved to Nova Scotia from Montreal where she spent the several years feeding professional athletes, rock stars, world leaders, and the business elite. Although, she will admit that she loves feeding Brigadoon Campers more! Her passion for food is constantly driving her to seek out new recipes and information to provide campers with dietary restrictions healthy, tasty, and fun meals. In December of 2016, Dianne earned the prestigious Red Seal Chef Certification.
Dianne is camp Mom and is always looking after campers and staff, because let’s face it, sometimes a warm cookie will fix just about anything.
When Dianne is not working she loves spending time with her family, reading, enjoying the sunshine, and of course cooking.
TIFFANY MACINNIS | summer director
Tiffany is thrilled to be returning to her home province of Nova Scotia, after having spent the last few years working as a Camp Director in BC. She has spent the better part of her life at summer camps and is passionate about the benefits of the camp experience. She has degrees in Music and Education and has a great deal of experience working with children both in and outside of the classroom. She is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology. Tiffany has worked in a variety of different programs and atmospheres, including those geared towards at-risk youth and children with autism. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys tea, music, books, and playing outside.
brendan loughnane| off season program coordinator
Brendan is the Off Season Coordinator at Brigadoon Village. Brendan grew up in Coldbrook, just down the road from Brigadoon Village, so he feels right at home up on Aylesford Lake. Brendan previously worked with the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority as a residence counselor and has been visiting Brigadoon every summer since “Camp See-Ya” first started. In the summer of 2015 Brendan worked as the Head Counselor for our summer program and stayed throughout the Fall season to work with some of the off season bookings. In March of 2016 Brendan returned in his new role as Off Season Coordinator, working on site with all the amazing groups that use our facility during the Spring, Fall, and Winter months.
Brendan thoroughly enjoys being outdoors. Some of his favorite activities are snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, reading, camping and just anything that can get him out into the forest.