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Michael Melenchuk, Executive Director

 Michael Melenchuk

Michael Melenchuk has a passion for the Lifesaving Society. Since 2008 he has been on the Board of Directors of the Lifesaving Society in Nova Scotia. Always involved, he volunteered to represent Nova Scotia at the National level, participated in various committees at the Nova Scotia branch, and served as the Nova Scotia President from 2012 to 2016. His involvement in sport grew from regional competitions like the Nova Scotia Surf League to the international Rescue competitions in Australia, Germany, and Egypt. More recently, he has started doing research into Lifeguarding and Lifesaving, with papers on lifeguard hiring and lifeguard judgement being presented at the last three World Conferences on Drowning Prevention. He brings years of small business experience and a Masters in Business Administration to his new role as the Executive Director and he looks forward to being able to contribute to the long term success of Lifesaving in Nova Scotia.

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Paul D'Eon, Special Projects Director

paul deon When the province announced the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service (NSLS) contract had been awarded to the Lifesaving Society on March 8, 1999, Paul D'Eon was hired shortly thereafter to manage the program. Paul began working with the NSLS as a lifeguard in 1975 when the program was administered by the Canadian Red Cross. In 1984 he was promoted to the Coordinator role, and has been involved with the NSLS ever since.

Paul holds a B.A. in Physical Education and Recreation from Acadia University and has been involved as a volunteer with many recreation and sports related organizations, most recently as President of Recreation Nova Scotia and on the national steering committee for the Sport of Lifesaving. Paul's role with the Society is to manage the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service contract in addition to other responsibilities.

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Hylda Parsons, Member Services Manager

HyldaG Hylda joined the Lifesaving Society in October 2007, after 7 years experience as Office Manager for a small business. She has had extensive customer service experience, both in her previous position, and in the retail banking industry.

She provides administrative support for the Executive Director, as well as conducting the day-to-day business operations of the office.

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Makayla Weatherbee, Swim to Survive & Human Resources Coordinator

 Grace Kiley Makayla has been involved in Aquatics since she was a young competitive swimmer. She continues to pursue her passion of Aquatics by teaching the Lifesaving Society Swim to Survive and New Canadian Learn to swim programs, competing in Lifesaving Sport Competitions and teaching Lifesaving Leadership courses. Makayla has also held our NSLS supervisor role at the beautiful Nova Scotia provincial beaches. She continues her undergraduate studies in English and is excited to meet all the challenges of this new position. We are thrilled to have her on board!



 Volunteer Board of Directors

Scott Preston
Julian Zou
Vice President
Kayla Leary-Pinch
Past President
Michael Moore
Legal Advisor
Samantha Graham
Marcelle Coppillie
Scott Day
Sarah Elliot
Katarina Hakansson
Chris Hanlon
Hannah McLean
Hayley Nelson
Michael Thompson