CHRHS Board of Directors

  • John Stewart, Chair
  • Chris Mont, Vice Chair
  • Michael McFadden, Secretary
  • Cora Bell, Treasurer
  • Mary Ann Lapierre, Director
  • Ron Cooper, Director
  • Judith Tulloch, Director, Collections Lead
  • Alan Mitchell, Director
  • Jon Stone, Director
  • Brennan Lejean, Director
  • Keith MacMaster, Director
  • Paula Aceto, Director, Fundraising Lead
  • Krystalli Galvez, Director

Board Bios

Judith Tulloch, Secretary

Judith Tulloch was the fourth generation of her family to live on the family farm, Ayr Hill, at the top of Breakheart Hill (now the site of the Metro Link bus station).  After graduating from Dalhousie with a Master of Arts in history, she worked as a historian and cultural resource manager for Parks Canada in Ottawa and, after 1975, in Halifax. She retired from Parks in 2003 and decided then, given her professional background and long family ties to the community, she would take an active role in the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society.  Judith has served as Chair of the Board of Directors and today sits as Board Secretary, Board representative on the Collections Committee, and is responsible for development and implementation of policy for the Society.

Keith MacMaster, Treasurer

Keith MacMaster is the Purdy Crawford Fellow in Business Law and Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Keith concentrates on legal issues in environmental finance for banking and ocean-based industries. His work aims to enable an environmentally and socially sustainable mining industry for the post-pandemic, low-carbon world.  Before teaching, Keith practiced corporate and real estate law and is a licensed financial planner.

From Keith “I really like the idea of having a working farm in the middle of a city.  I want to contribute to further helping people understand the importance of farming and the environment on our society.”

Jon Stone

A resident of Cole Harbour, Jon Stone has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009, serving previously as Secretary and then Chair of the Society. Following a short hiatus, Jon returned to the Board of the CHRHS in 2022 with a focus on promoting the cultural and natural heritage of Cole Harbour, including taking on the role of CHRHS representative (and Chair) to the Bell Heritage Trust which preserves the historic Kaizer-Bell home atop Long Hill.

Jon is also Chair of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society and has a keen interest in folklore and folk music. Now retired, Jon worked in recent years as a senior heritage communications advisor with Public Services and Procurement Canada. Jon is also passionate about wildlife conservation and spent 14 years with the Canadian Wildlife Service.

Michael McFadden

“My participation in the Society is a continuation of a lifelong interest in history and sustainable local living. I am a retired Commissioned Officer of the Canadian Armed Forces flying Sea King (navy) and Kiowa (army) helicopters. Originally from Ontario, I elected to retire in this most beautiful and interesting province. My interest and passion in things local and historic has me currently active as a guide at the Shearwater Aviation Museum, HMCS SACKVILLE and on the trails of the Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association (CHPTA).  Until last summer I held officer positions in CHPTA but I have stepped back and work at my other volunteer jobs at a more people contact level. I am active in my Parish (Divine Mercy – St John XXIIIrd) and have been relatively active in the Green Party at the provincial and federal levels.

All these activities share a common desire for creating a sustainable, liveable and interesting future for my children (3) living in various parts of Canada, my Grandchildren in Toronto and my friends and those I have yet to meet and become friends.”