Commissioner Carlos Beals
Carlos Beals, a lifelong resident of Dartmouth North, is an established community leader and strong anti-poverty activist with a deep-rooted passion that stems from his own lived-experience. Beals completed his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at Humber University in Toronto, Ontario, before returning to work with youth in Dartmouth. With more than a decade of experience in outreach, Beals has been actively involved in strengthening marginalized communities. Presently, Beals is the Senior Manager with Ceasefire Halifax, an anti-violence organization that uses a public health approach to address the issue of street violence amongst at-risk youth.
Beals is a recent recipient of the 2017 Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention from the Nova Scotia Minister of Justice, in recognition of his exemplary leadership, dedication and commitment to crime prevention.
Commissioner Carole McDougall - Vice-Chair
Carole is an active member of the community with a background as communications professional, teacher, mentor and volunteer. She has worked in Communications and Marketing for 30 years in both private and non profit organizations.
Carole taught elementary school at the former Richmond School (now Family Court), was media coordinator for the Inquiry into the Wrongful Conviction of Donald Marshall Jr., worked as Marketing and Promotions Manager with The Halifax Daily News and more recently was Communications Director with United Way Halifax. During her 18 years with United Way, she worked alongside community organizations, their staff and leaders as well as countless volunteers working daily to alleviate poverty and support people.
While working full time with United Way, she was also a part time instructor at Mount Saint Vincent University, teaching 3rd and 4th year Public Relations students the art and science of Strategic Communications Management.
Volunteering with community, charitable and cultural organizations is her passion. She was the first woman to chair the board of directors of the YMCA Halifax/Dartmouth and is a member of the Board of Trustees. She served two terms as Provincial Director of Canadian Parents for French. Carole was a member of the National Arts Centre Board of Directors. During her six years on the NAC board she co-chared the Human Resorces and Compensation Committee and the Marketing Committee.
Carole holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Education from Dalhousie University.
Commissioner Natalie Borden - Chair
A pharmacist and administrator, Natalie has extensive management and leadership experience with the Department of Health and Wellness, where she has worked since 2008. She is currently the Program Director, Drug Information System (DIS), and previously served as the Department’s Manager, Drug Utilization Review and Manager, Business Solutions for Pharmaceutical Services.
Upon graduating from the Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy in 1994, Natalie worked as a community pharmacist in ON, NS and NB, and in the insurance and benefits consulting industry. Outside of work, Natalie works with Nova Scotia Community College’s African Nova Scotian Student Tutoring Program and as a lab demonstrator with the Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy. She also serves as a public member on the Council of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
Commissioner Anthony Thomas
Anthony (“Tony”) Thomas is the Provincial appointee to the Board of Police Commissioners. Thomas is Cree First Nation from Norway House, Manitoba, but has been a band member of Sipekne’katik First Na-tion for over 15 years. Thomas has followed a traditional path, participates in cultural ceremonies, and is always willing to share his knowledge on traditional teachings from Elders involved in his journey. Thomas completed his Bachelors of Social Work in 2000 and began working for Correctional Services Canada in 2002. Thomas is currently a Federal Parole Officer with Correctional Services Canada.
In addition to periodically coaching and volunteering on his three sons’ hockey and lacrosse teams over the years, Thomas has also worked on multiple boards in HRM; including the Lake District Recreation Associa-tion (LDRA), the Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaq Law Program at Dalhousie University, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre for over 20 years.
Commissioner Becky Kent
Councillor, District 3
Commissioner Lindell Smith
Councillor, District 8
Commissioner Lisa Blackburn
Councillor, District 14