Representative Volunteers - Central/Halifax Regional Municipality

Lindsey Catherine Puddicombe

Lindsey is an outstanding student leader. She started Cheetahs for Charity, a volunteer club at her high school, to help create a better connection between students and community and to help foster lifelong volunteers. Lindsey has also volunteered with Special Olympics, Festival of Hope, Habitat for Humanity, and the IWK. She is passionate about making a positive difference in her community and has demonstrated the initiative, perseverance, and, most importantly, the genuine compassion to accomplish this goal. Lindsey has not only made a difference in the lives of others, she has inspired many of her peers and teachers to see the importance of volunteerism.

Rodger G J Smith

Rodger’s love for his home community of North Preston started when, as an adolescent, he and his brother would help his mother plan events in the community.

Rodger has helped implement many new initiatives and held many roles with a wide range of organizations such as the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children, Black Men Surviving the 90’s, The Preston Fund, East Preston Ratepayers, the local School Advisory Council, various political campaigns, St. Thomas United Baptist Church, New Beginning Ministries, North Preston Day Care Centre, East Preston Baptist Church Prison Ministry, 902 Man Up, Habitat for Humanity, The Preston March, The National Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association, and Preston Hockey Association. He also helps run community BBQ events, with community cleanups, and with social functions.

Rodger’s impact has been felt by all who have been blessed to work, volunteer, and be mentored by him.

Dolly Williams

Dolly’s personality is one of passion. She enjoys working with communities, seniors, the homeless, women and youth. She is always willing to help someone. She believes that we all need to give back to our communities and she does this willingly and lovingly from the heart.

Dolly has served on numerous boards and committees, including Congress of Black Women Preston and Area Chapter, New Beginnings Ministries, East Preston Ratepayers, East Preston Seniors, Halifax Senior Council, National Action Coalition of Canadian Women, Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia, Black Educators Association, Preston and Area Lions/Lioness, Preston Area Trails Association and Southeastern Capital Health Board, among many others. She has been the recipient of many awards and has delivered many presentations across Canada and other countries.

She currently sits on the Nova Scotia Community Links Board, is Chairperson of the Preston & Area Housing Fund Board, and a member of the Women Inter-Church Council of Halifax.

Rana Ali Zaman

Rana immigrated from Pakistan at the age of six and feels a deep desire to give back to the country that gave her a new life. She has been volunteering for 32 years and is deeply committed to the welfare and unity of all the diverse communities in Nova Scotia.

In the last few years she has dedicated herself wholeheartedly by either joining or creating new associations to improve communication and to bring together groups to share resources to address the needs of different communities or groups.

She is a founding member and president of several associations and either a board member or committee member on several more. These include the Dartmouth Masjid, Pakistani Canadian Association of Nova Scotia, United for One, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia Welcoming Committee, Caring Human Association, and the Immigrant Migrant Women’s Association of Halifax. She has been involved in fundraisers such as tea parties, fashion shows, Eid dinners, community events, and large scale festivals.

Liz MacBeth

Liz has been a driving force behind Open Harbour Refugee Association as co-founder and chair, as well as in the roles of volunteer manager, settlement coordinator, and mentor. The association sponsors at least one family of refugees per year. She is also founder and chair of Private Sponsors of Nova Scotia Roundtable and co-founded one of Nova Scotia’s first private sponsorship groups to work with ISANS in 2009 that was community and non-faith based. Liz also volunteers as a caregiver for a woman with multiple sclerosis and has volunteered with the IWK Read to Me Program and Out of the Cold Shelter. Liz is an inspiration to members of the volunteer refugee support group that she co-founded. Her commitment to helping others and ensuring those who are new to Nova Scotia are treated with the respect they deserve is admirable.

Mahbubur Rahman

Mahbubur is a passionate community leader. After coming to Halifax from Bangladesh three years ago to pursue a Masters in Civil Engineering at Dalhousie University, he devoted his time to volunteer in so many aspects of community, including housing, education, children, student life, event programming, fundraising, and urban life.

He has taken on leadership roles with Halifax Student Housing Society (which manages Peter Green Hall and Children’s Centre), Inglis Street Elementary Parent Teacher Association, Planning and Design Center, CKDU 88.1FM, as well as many roles as a student leader at Dalhousie University including Vice President of Dalhousie Student Union. He has also devoted his time to Fusion Halifax, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Cycling Coalition, Halifax Muslims, Ecology Action Center, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Arthritis Society and many more organizations.

Kate Sullivan

Kate’s enthusiasm and passion in the community is contagious. Through her volunteer efforts with Clayton Park & Fairview Neighbourhood Watch, Kate has helped raise awareness by communicating safety tips, City Watch alerts, and organizing crime prevention events along with Halifax Regional Police youth program. Through Engage Mainland North, Kate has educated residents about the importance of the democratic process through Get Out and Vote. She initiated the annual Hats and Mittens Project, which collects gently used hats and mittens for the less fortunate during the cold winter months. Kate also initiated and organized a Joint Emergency Management program for Mainland North in partnership with the municipal Emergency Management Office.

In her volunteer role with Chebucto West Community Health Board, Kate facilitated a health plan survey that will help prioritize community health priorities through the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She also volunteers with Hike Nova Scotia, and Chebucto Hiking Club. She was recently recognized in the legislature for her work with Clayton Park & Fairview Neighbourhood Watch and was nominated for a Mainland North Volunteer Award.

Ailin Chant

Ailin exercises her commitment to lifting up others while inspiring people to join her with her strong organizational ability, charm and leadership skills. Among Ailin’s many volunteer efforts she has been involved with Sacred Heart School of Halifax, as Head Girl and in numerous other roles. She’s also committed to Halifax Dance, Project ARC, Bedford United Church, the Nova Scotia Gambia Association, as well as with local charities, including Light the Night Walk for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Children’s Wish Foundation, Feed Nova Scotia, IWK and many more.

She continues to work on issues of gender and economic inequality with Starfish International in The Gambia and has found ways to use her talents of dance and drama to bring attention to issues of human rights while always helping those less fortunate to become visible to the world. Ailin plans to further her passion for making a meaningful contribution to the world by pursuing a degree in International Relations next year in university.

Warren B. Ervine

Warren has contributed to the communities of Halifax for many years, in many different ways. The organizations that have benefited from his support include: Halifax Regional Trails Association Fort Sackville Foundation, All Saints Anglican Church, Bedford Players Association, Uniacke Estate Museum and Park, Office of the Solicitor General, Metro Christian Prison Volunteers Association, Sackville Lakes Provincial Park & Trails Association, Atlantic Geoscience Society, and Titanic Society of Atlantic Canada, to name just a few. He gives generously of his time, energy, enthusiasm and talent. Warren has served HRM through his many talents of researching, counselling, organizing, teaching, designing, and writing. In September 2015, Warren was awarded with the Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia “Citizen of the Year” Award.

Rachel Brouwer

At the age of 15, Rachel’s achievements include developing a solar water pasteurization system, which is currently being tested in Uganda. She’s also been Bedford student coordinator of We Day, and works with young students through the Advisory Council for OWL magazine, and as a Les Tablettistes panel member. She has raised thousands of dollars for the IWK Foundation and is involved with Feed Nova Scotia, War Child India, and the Terry Fox Foundation.

Rachel has received many awards nationally and internationally for her invention, and locally for her volunteer work, including the Bedford Academy Youth Volunteer Award, HRM Junior High Citizenship Award, Bedford Academy Youth Philanthropy Award, Youth Community Hero Award from the Halifax Mooseheads, Youth Discovery Award, Bedford Youth Volunteer Award, Red Cross Youth Humanitarian Award, Young Women of Excellence Award. She’s also recently met with the Prime Minister, Premier of Nova Scotia, Governor General, and Science Minister of Canada.