Our Board Members

Debra Boudreau – Chair

Debra is Administrator of Tideview Terrace Nursing Home in Digby, NS; the first Eden Alternative Registered Home east of Manitoba. She has been in this position since 2005, prior to that she worked for the Continuing Care Branch of the Department of Health and in acute care as a regional manager. She has chaired the Continuing Care Council at HANS, and is a member of CCANS. She graduated from Dalhousie with an Occupational Therapy degree and furthered her studies in this area by doing a research based Master’s degree. She is actively involved in research with the Nova Scotia Center on Aging and is a member of their advisory board.


Gail Kaiser – Vice Chair

Gail is the Administrator at Nakile Home for Special Care in Argyle, NS. She has held this position for the past two years. Previous to this she was in multiple roles at Nakile and completed the LTC Management Program from HealthCareCAN. She graduated from Acadia and worked in hospital and community settings as a dietitian before moving to the long-term care field 15 years ago. She served on the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association and has been on the CCANS Board for the past two years.


Angela Berrette – Treasurer

With a Masters in Health Services Administration from Dalhousie, Angela spent a year doing prenatal program evaluation with the federal government before joining Saint Vincent’s Nursing Home to work in quality improvement. During the past 11 years with the home Angela has held five positions with the Home, most recently as its Executive Director. Previous to joining Saint Vincent’s she was worked as a call centre employee, an obituary writer and, as a law firm receptionist. She has found her calling in Long-term Care. Angela sits on the HANS Continuing Care Council and has served on the board of Chebucto Links for the past six years.


Marisa Eisner – Member at Large

Marisa’s career passion has always been in long term care. After graduation from St. F.X. with a degree in Nutrition Science. She completed a gerontology specialization as part of her Dietetics diploma. She has held positions as Director of Dietetics and Environmental Services in long term care facilities in Bonavista NL, Liverpool, NS, Bridgewater NS Additionally, she has had several years experience as a consulting with a variety of long term care facilities on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. In 2007, after completing a diploma in Long Term Care Management with CHA, her true learning began as Administrator of Hillside Pines in Bridgewater where she strives to make a difference in the lives of those who choose to live at Hillside Pines. She is looking forward to serving on the CGO Board in its continuing journey to advocate for seniors in care.


Lindsay Burke – Member at Large

Lindsay works collaboratively, in her role as Professional Development & Quality, with the care partner team at Windsor Elms Village to foster a resident-directed philosophy of care. With a focus on growing hands-on care partners; she plays a key role in organizational planning and setting educational and development priorities with a continuous quality improvement mindset.

Lindsay has a clinical background in Nursing, is a Dalhousie University Graduate, and did her Masters of Nursing through the University of Southern Queensland, AUS.

Lindsay is passionate about Geriatrics , is dedicated to health leadership, and enjoys fostering interprofessional education for the sake of collaborative practice. She is looking forward to serving on the CGO Board of Directors and contributing to positive change in the LTC Sector.


Michelle Langille – Member at Large

Michelle joined CGO in June 2018 and has been the Director of Nursing Services at Oakwood Terrace in Dartmouth, NS since April 2013. Prior to her move to long term care, Michelle spent 16 years at NSHA as a staff nurse and Health Services Manager in the Cancer Care Program/VG Site: acted in a 3 year role as the CDHA/NSHA lead for the Provincial Kronos Staff Scheduling Project and spent 4 years as a Clinical Supervisor in the private home care sector prior to that. Michelle’s passion in nursing is advocating on behalf of staff, residents and families for the sake of “something more and something better”. Michelle lives in Cole Harbour with her husband, is a mother of four, and grandmother of one. Michelle is an avid tackle football/hockey mom and loves riding her Harley motorcycle.


Michele Lowe – Managing Director

Michele joins CGO as its new Managing Director effective September 1, 2018.

She is a seasoned professional with a strong background in the not for profit sector. She has an 18yr. work history with Northwood. Also, she has been involved with continuing care as co-chair of the provincial Homecare network and various other sector working committees. She is a past board member at Windsor Elms and is currently with Oceanview Continuing Care and Grandview Manor providing strategic leadership with special projects.

Michele holds a degree in Public Relations from Mount St. Vincent’s University and a Master’s in Business from the Sobey’s School of Business, EMBA program.


Our Mission

The mission of the organization is: “To Support and Promote Community Governed Nursing Homes in Nova Scotia”. The CGO aims to achieve this mission by:

  1. Provide Networking Opportunities for Governors of Community Governed Organizations to learn and grow together in the provision of Long-Term Nursing Home Care in Nova Scotia
  2. Provide Opportunities for management and leadership of Nova Scotia’s Community Governed Organizations to network with peers facing common situations.
  3. Provide a forum for organizations to explore building capacity among organizations of similar governance models.
  4. Increase the competence and confidence of both Board and Management structures through the sharing of risk, quality, ethical, and financial management best practices
  5. To increase the understanding of the uniqueness of the Community Governed organization model and support similar organizations in how to operate efficiently and effectively.
  6. Advocate for the residents and staff within the Nova Scotia Nursing Home System.


Our Vision

Success through collective capacity.


Our Values

To achieve its vision of “Success though Collective Capacity” the organization has adopted the following values:

Collaborative: To share and utilize knowledge for building capacity and promoting a unified voice in addressing challenges facing CGO’s in long term care.

Equality: To treat all members equally and with respect regardless of individual organizational differences

Accountable: To be accountable for all actions and decisions regarding the CGO

Transparent: To be transparent in all our actions and decisions

Innovative: To work creatively and not be constrained by the way it has always been


Facts and Figures

  • CGO is a member-driven organization developed to support development of all Community Governed Nursing Homes in Nova Scotia.
  • Community Governed Nursing Homes in Nova Scotia provide comfort care and compassion for over 4000 seniors. This represents 58% of all Nursing Home Residents in Nova Scotia.
  • A population greater than the size of New Glasgow live and work in Community Governed Nursing Homes in Nova Scotia. This accounts for 4000 residents and roughly 6700 staff.
  • As a collective, translated into budgetary buying power, Community Governed Nursing Homes are second only to Capital District Health Authority.
  • There is more than twice the number of Nursing Home Beds (~6900) in this province than Acute Care Beds (~3000).
  • CGO represents 29 member organizations (73% of eligible organizations) that control over 85% of the non-profit nursing home beds in Nova Scotia.
  • The cost of membership is nominal. Each organization has an annual fee of $300+$15/bed.