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Advisory Committee

The Neighbourhood Program Advisory Committee is a group of volunteer community members who work with program staff to ensure the Neighbourhood Program continues to meet the needs of seniors in the community.
Meet your current Advisory Committee members:


Barbara Adams

Upon graduation from Dalhousie School of Physiotherapy in 1984, Barbara Adams gained experience in cardiac rehabilitation, intensive care, neurology and geriatrics. Over the years, she has taken on various managerial and supervisory roles within both Ontario and Nova Scotia. Barbara has excelled as both researcher and clinician at the NS Environmental Health Centre in the management of chronic pain and fatigue, and has presented her research nationally and is a frequent guest speaker for the Arthritis Society. Barbara has also written a book entitled “Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Owner’s Manual” (copyright 2008).

After 18 years with the Capital District Health Authority Barbara transitioned into the private practice world. Barbara works as both the Clinical Director for PhysioCare At Home and as a Physiotherapist and is active in falls prevention for the elderly. She also runs a chronic pain program at the Atlantic Balance and Dizziness Centre. Barbara is a keen volunteer for various organizations and serves on many committees, including HRM’s Serving Seniors Alliance and CARP NS as their Health Chair. Barbara started the Eastern Passage and Area Business Association as well. She is a proud mother of 4 and enjoys spending time outside as well as traveling with her husband.

Hazel Joyce

Hazel Joyce is an active and vibrant community volunteer. She not only is a vital member of the Neighbourhood Program Advisory Committee, she also serves on the Ocean View Spiritual Care and Palliative Care Committees. She has been an integral part of Ocean View since it opened its doors in 1967. Hazel is also a member of various other community organizations including: The Catholic Women’s League and Hope Cottage.


Hazel retired from the Eastern Passage Post Office after 38 years of serving our community. She has received the Archdiocesan Medal from Archbishop Prendergast for commitment to St. Andrew's Parish as well as the Queens Medal from the Lt. Governor, Moira Freeman for her volunteer work. When Hazel is not busy with all of her volunteer work, she enjoys family time with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.



Jerry Smyth

Born in Maine and raised in New Brunswick, Jerry’s career began with a bang having served for 2 years in the US Army’s 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam.  Jerry has served numerous not-for-profit, charitable organizations as Executive Director, including the Canadian Association for Community Living, New Leaf Enterprises and Moncton Employment and Training Services.  He retired as CEO of Shelter Nova Scotia in 2009. 


Under Board experience, Jerry can include President and Founding Board member of the Atlantic Halfway House Association, Workshop Council of NS, President of the NB Association of Supported Employment, and Canadian Council of Rehabilitation and Work representing New Brunswick. Jerry has also served Ocean View as a member of the Board of Directors, retiring in the spring of 2017.



Lloyd Jackson CD, PMSC

Lloyd’s military career has placed him in numerous roles around the world and in Canada. He has worked in Public affairs, the Nova Scotia Premiers office and with the UN.


Lloyd and his family have lived in Eastern Passage while Lloyd served around the world with the Canadian Forces raising two daughters, Nicole and Victoria, here. Eastern Passage is home.


Lloyd has been president and a coach for numerous years with minor and junior high basketball. Presently, he volunteers as sports editor for the Beacon. Active in the community, Lloyd offers his training and experience to the advisory committee at Ocean View. 



Vernon Rankin

Vern graduated from NSCC in 1955 with a degree in plumbing; however, he holds many certificates in the mechanical contracting trade. He then ran his own business from 1957 until 1982 when he was hired as Director of Building Services at Oakwood Terrace Nursing Home while also owning and operating energy management company. In 2000, Vern retired from Oakwood Terrace, however, he continues to work in the energy management business.


In 2003, Vern joined the Board of Directors at Ocean View Manor, and in 2005 became Chairman of the Board.  When his term expired, he joined Ocean View Foundation Advisory Committee and has transitioned to the Neighbourhood Program Advisory Committee.


In 2011, Vern also became a member of the Board of Directors at Oakwood Terrace. He is presently still actively involved with both organizations.

If you are interested in joining our advisory committee, please email to see if there is a space available. We are always evolving to meet the needs of our members and our community, and we welcome and appreciate your input.

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