Board of Directors

Doug Townsend, Board Chair
Co-Owner, The Canteen on Portland & Little C Take-Out


Positive community impact is at the heart of Doug's involvement in The North Grove and the reason that he and  his wife and business partner, Renée, decided to build their business in Dartmouth. The North Grove provides them with a steady flow of inspiration and serves as a constant reminder of how connections made through food can play a critical role in changing people’s lives for the better.

Kristine Elliott-Grace, Vice-Chair & Treasurer
Partner & Director of Sales, Made with Local


Kristine believes that if 'food is love', The North Grove is the heart of the city. She is honoured to serve on the Board and is proud of the all-encompassing approach to wellness at The North Grove. The seeds of health, nutrition, parenting and social needs are planted each day, and nourished by a force of community change-makers.

Sharon Clark, Secretary  
Psychologist, IWK Health


Sharon is inspired by our desire to grow  – gardens, relationships, and communities.  The North Grove has a spirit that multiplies amazing ideas and creates a welcoming space for everyone. 

Cathy Chenhall, Past Chair
Full Time Mom & Community Volunteer


The North Grove embodies three of Cathy's passions: family, food and health. She loves being a part of The North Grove strengths-based approach to health, parenting, and addressing the social needs of individuals and families within Dartmouth North.

Shaune MacKinlay
Chief of Staff to the Mayor, City of Halifax

Shaune became involved with North Grove because she admires the work so many are doing to support families and build community capacity. She finds The North Grove to be a remarkable, welcoming place and is pleased to be able to serve on our board.

Erin Murphy
Facilitator, Institutional and International Programs, Dalhousie University
Erin believes that we all have an active role to play in ensuring our communities are inclusive, socially just, and vibrant. 
Jacqueline Ruck

Jacqueline feels privileged to live in a diverse, vibrant community and believes The North Grove empowers our community by creating a safe, welcoming environment to make connections and support one another. Jacqueline is honoured to support such a dynamic and important community hub.