Paul Randell - Chairperson

Paul Randell Chairperson

Originally from Corner Brook NL & Labrador, Paul joined The Flower Cart Group Board in 2016. Paul also Co-Chairs the Building Opportunities Capital Campaign and Chairs the Executive Director Evaluation Committee. Paul moved to New Minas in 2013 just before retiring from the Federal Civil Service as a Senior Technologist. Paul has made contributions to the community through the Rotary, assisting in the creation of a social recreational program for persons with disabilities, and devotes much of his time and energy toward supporting similar causes.

Having two children with autism, Paul is well aware of the roadblocks and issues persons with disabilities have obtaining meaningful employment. The valuable work of The Flower Cart Group in providing employment, training, experience and opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities has a deep personal meaning to him, and inspires his dedication to this organization.

Paul Randell - Chairperson

Larry Stillwell
Director

Larry was born in Middleton, NS and completed his high school years at Middleton Regional High School. He graduated from Dalhousie University with a science degree and attended Algonquin College and worked at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography as a Hydro graphic Surveyor.

His second career was with Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd in Ontario, where he held numerous positions and became Commercial Vehicle Operations Sales manager. Larry retired from Ford in 2015. Larry returned to the Annapolis Valley in 2016 and joined the Board in 2017. Larry also Chairs the Budget and Fiance Committee. Larry is also a member of the Capital Campaign Team.

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John Owen
Director

John is a resident of New Minas and recently retired from working in the Mining Industry. John has worked in Quebec, Newfoundland & Labrador, Northern Ontario, Chile and Australia. The first part of his career was spent in senior management in Maintenance Engineering and with the latter years in project management. Prior to being involved with international mining projects, John represented his employer on provincial and national committees and associations.

John joined the Board in 2018 and Chairs the Policy & By-Law Committee. John is also a member of the Capital Campaign Committee.

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Donna Randell
Director

Donna is the founder and Co-ordinator of Kaleidoscope in New Minas; a participant led program which creates recreational and social opportunities for people with disabilities aged 16 – 68+. Donna is a lifelong champion for people with varying abilities, she has been involved with many organizations that aim to empower and improve the lives of persons with disabilities such as SSENSE, SMILE, and Special Olympics.

Donna joined the Board in 2016 and brings ideas and energy to the Board. Donna is the Co-Chair of the Board’s Nominating Committee and sits on the Policy & By-Law Committee.

Two of Donna’s children also attend The Flower Cart Group.

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Pam Shelton
Director

Pam joined The Flower Cart Group Board in in June 2016. Pam spent 36 years as a Speech Language Pathologist with the Annapolis Valley School Board. During that time she often consulted with staff at The Flower Cart Group about the communication needs of participants and provided workshops on several occasions.

After retiring Pam was approached about serving on the Board and she jumped at the chance as she believe so strongly in the organization.

Pam is a past Vice-Chair and currently is a member of the Board’s Executive Director Evaluation Committee.

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Lisa Lowthers
Director

Lisa is the Learning Manager and Development Officer for Common Good Solutions – the first Community Interest Company in Nova Scotia. Lisa is a small business consultant and works closely with several social enterprises in the Valley region.
Lisa brings to the Board 30 years experience in community and business development, with several years working at Acadia University.
Lisa joined the Board in June 2016 and is a member of the Executive Director Evaluation Committee.

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Ash Despande
Director

Ash is a registered Occupational Therapist and worked in the mental health field for many years.

Ash is a past President of the Nova Scotia Occupational Therapist Association (1989) and a past board member of the Kings County Mental Health Association and Alzheimer Society. In retirement, Ash enjoys golfing and curling.

Ash joined the Board in June 2017 and is a member of the Board’s Executive Director Evaluation Committee.

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Holly Thompson
Director

Holly moved to New Minas in 1969 and attended NMES and Horton District High School. She lived in Fort McMurray, Alberta for 18 years when she was first married and moved back in 1999 as they wanted to raise her daughter in a small community.

Holly is currently retired and has worked in nursing, fund development/public relations and office administration. Holly is a lifelong volunteer with Girl Guides Canada holding various positions for over 40 years. She also is involved in local soccer (for 20 years) and is currently the Treasurer of two Clubs and has been a Rotarian for 17 years.

Holly joined the Board in June 2019 and is a member of the Budget & Finance and Nomination Committees. Holly is also a member of the Capital Campaign Committee.

Paul Randell - Chairperson

Ramona Jennex
Director

After teaching for 30 years with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, Ramona served as a Member of the NS Legislature and was a Cabinet Minister, holding a number of portfolios including Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. Ramona was also a member of Treasury Board and Chair of the Council of Minsters of Education.

Ramona officially retired in 2014 dedicates herself to projects and organizations that she is passionate about. She is past President of Tourette Canada and served on the Board of the Valley Honour Choir.

Ramona joined the Board in June 2019 and is a member of the Policy & By-Law Committee and Co-Chairs the Capital Campaign Committee.

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Liza Myers
Director

Liza is an associate with Waterbury Newton working out of the Kentville office. She practices in the areas of corporate, commercial, real estate, civil litigation, estate planning and personal injury law.
Prior to moving to Wolfville, Liza lived in Amherst for two years practicing with the firm Creighton Shatford Hibour. She is the former Treasurer of the Cumberland Barristers’ Society. Liza attended Dalhousie Law School and graduated in 2016.
Liza grew up in Windsor, NS, and attended King’s Edgehill School. She pursued her undergraduate degree at Concordia University and also played varsity rugby.
Liza joined the Board in June 2019 and is a member of the Policy & By-Law Committee.

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Mandeep Panesar
Director

Prior to retirement, Mandeep worked with two large Canadian Banks in various capacities including commercial account manager, personal banker and branch manager. He spent 17 years working as a senior financial planner with Bank of Montreal and TD.

Mandeep’s volunteer career started in Wolfville in collaboration with the Acadia football team, where he helped raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. He also sat on the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation for over 10 years.

Mandeep joined the Board in June 2019 and is a member of the Budget & Fiance and Nomination Committees. Mandeep is also a member of the Capital Campaign Committee.