Board of Directors

Join the ILNS Board of Directors

WHO WE ARE: ILNS is a registered charity that champions the rights of persons with disabilities. The vision of ILNS is that all Nova Scotians with disabilities have the ability to live a full, independent life at home, work, and play within an inclusive community.
30% of Nova Scotians who are 15 or older have at least one disability.
WHAT WE DO: The ILNS Board of Directors is a governing board that supports the vision of ILNS through information and referral, peer support, independent living skills/individual advocacy, and access to unique programs geared to community needs.
Did you know? Nova Scotia has the highest rate of disability of any Canadian province.
WHAT WE NEED: We are looking for community members who have lived experience with disability and the following skills:

  • Financial literacy
  • Human resources
  • Communications
  • Governance
  • Fundraising
GET IN TOUCH: If interested - please contact one of our nomination committee members:

Michael Coady


Mike has served on the ILNS board of directors since 2014, and resumed his role as chair of the board in 2018. Mike graduated with a law degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Dalhousie in 2019. He competed his articles with Stewart McKelvey and is now a Crown Attorney with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service.

Mike is actively involved within both the disability and Halifax communities. Notably, as a QE2 Foundation ambassador, he was the face of the Revitalizing Rehab QE2 campaign and the keynote speaker at their fund-raising kick-off and conclusion.

Within his community service, Mike has rappelled from two Halifax skyscrapers into his wheelchair to raise money for Make-A-Wish and Easter Seals. He has also happily participated in speaking engagements at local schools and at organizations affiliated with ILNS.

Taylor Coady


Taylor joined the ILNS board in February 2019 while completing his Master’s in Business Administration at Dalhousie University. Now graduated, Taylor works as a consultant, helping organizations to assess opportunities, manage risk, and develop programs and strategy. Taylor also has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. While attending UNB, Taylor volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society and helped organize the launch of the Relay for Life fundraiser on campus. Originally from PEI, Taylor moved to Halifax in the summer of 2015 and has loved being a Nova Scotian ever since. In his free time Taylor enjoys reading, painting, and playing soccer.

Susan McLearn


Susan joined the ILNS board in June 2020 and has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, NS. She has held career positions ranging from accounting for a shrimp fishing vessel in Lunenburg to Retail Accountant, Financial Analyst, and supervisory positions in Accounting and Financial Operations.

Susan wants to add value to her community and ILNS brings forward that opportunity. She looks forward to learning more about ILNS and the programs that are offered to Nova Scotians. In her time away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, cooking, and online shopping.

Sebastien (Seb) Clairmont


Seb joined the ILNS Board in June 2020. He is a social work student with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Dalhousie and experience in the non-profit mental health sector. He intends to pursue social work practice in the addictions and mental health field while being involved in local community non-profits. 

Seb is passionate about human rights, disability advocacy, overdose prevention, and mental health management. He is involved in CMHA's National Youth Council; and is a mentor for students at Dal where he works several jobs supporting student success. He enjoys gaming, walking his dog, and experimenting with new crafts in his free time.

Nancy Walker


Nancy joined the ILNS Board in 2017. She is not new to the non-profit sector and the disability community. She has three children and her middle son, Ben, has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Nancy has been a keen advocate for her son in particular, and those in the autism community more broadly. She has sat on numerous boards, both in the community and professionally and understands the commitment of being a board member. Most notably, she started the Ben James Autism Summer Camp which is now run by Autism Nova Scotia, and currently runs the Adolescent/Young Adult Autism Summer Program which is run under the umbrella of ILNS. In her professional life, Nancy is a Physiotherapist who teaches as an Instructor at the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University.

Andrew Taylor


Andrew joined the ILNS board in June 2020. He is passionate about working with people who want to make Nova Scotia an inclusive and accessible place to live, work and play. He has several years experience helping businesses and nonprofits ensure their spaces are open and inviting to people of all abilities. He also offers workshops and training focused on the attitudinal barriers that can occasionally hinder communication between those who identify as people with disabilities and the wider community. 

Steve Noel


Originally from Halifax, Stephen Noel, M.Ed, who has had a disability since age 16, has worked at St. Mary’s University since 1996. Steve has an honours degree in Psychology from St. Mary’s and a masters degree in Counselling from Acadia University, with additional masters level courses in Clinical and Pastoral Psychology. He works as an Education / Employment and Career Advisor at the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities. Steve is a passionate life long learner with years of advanced training in Psychosynthesis and also in Logosynthesis. He is also a passionate volunteer course organizer and workshop facilitator with the Art of Living Foundation, an international not for profit humanitarian & educational organization. A former ILNS board member (2001 – 2010), Steve is glad to be back on the board again.

Jim Arnott


Jim joined the ILNS board in June 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s University as well as a Human Services Diploma from Nova Scotia Community College. Jim has extensive experience as a banker and as a caseworker at the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services. Finally, Jim volunteered for six years at the Community Justice Society and also with ILNS as a previous Board Co-Chair and the ILNS representative to Independent Living Canada, our national umbrella organization.

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