The mandate of the NSHEN Advisory Council is to oversee and direct the activities of the Network. This includes reviewing requests for ethics support and, as needed, setting priorities for NSHEN.


Lynn Corkum

NSHA Zone 1 Western

Lynn Corkum is a Registered Pharmacy Technician for NSHA in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Lynn has thirty years of pharmacy experience which include roles in dispensing, IV admixture, inventory management, order entry, information technology and medication reconciliation. Lynn is active on the SSRH Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee, the South Shore Area and Western Zone Ethics Teams and the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network Advisory Council. Lynn is a Pharmacy Technician council member at the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists and sits on their Governance and Nominating committees and Hearing Panel, as well as being a delegate of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour’s affiliate South Shore Labour Council. Lynn has always been passionate about the ethical treatment of the public and has dedicated much of her career to updating processes to improve and maintain patient safety. 


Cheryl Smith

NSHEN Advisory Council Chair

NSHA Zone 2 Northern

Dr. Cheryl Smith is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner working for the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA).  Primary focus involves seniors’ health in community and long term care settings.  Actively involved in committee work with the Cumberland Health Care Foundation, College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS), Nurse Practitioner Association of Nova Scotia (NPANS), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Board (AANPCB).  In addition, as an educator, Cheryl has taught multiple topics to diverse health providers and is currently affiliated with Dalhousie and Athabasca Universities.


Thomas Ashford

NSHA Zone 3 Eastern


Gail MacDougall

NSHA Zone 4 Central

Gail MacDougall M.S.W., is a recently retired social worker who currently serves as the Coordinator of Organizational and Policy Review Committee, Central Zone NSHA. She is also a member of the Ethics Leads Group, NSHA. During her career, Gail has worked as a clinician and educator in both the Department of Family Medicine and the School of Social Work, Dalhousie University. In addition, she has worked in the areas of child welfare, mental health, organizational consultation and served on many non profit community boards. She has provided leadership to the social work profession at the provincial, national and international levels.


Christy Simpson, PhD

Dalhousie University

Christy Simpson is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Bioethics at Dalhousie University. She is also the department’s Coordinator of the Ethics Collaborations Team which provides ethics support for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK Health Centre, and NSHEN. Her primary responsibilities include ethics education and capacity-building, policy development and review, and support for clinical and organizational ethics consultations.

Christy completed her doctorate in philosophy, specializing in bioethics, at the Department of Philosophy at Dalhousie University in 2001. During her doctoral studies, Christy also undertook two clinical practicums at local health care facilities, which stimulated her interest in the role of hope in health care. Her research in this area continued during a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta (2000-2002) and is still strong today. Other research interests include pediatric and organizational ethics, as well as rural health ethics. Christy and her co-author, Fiona McDonald, have recently (2017) published a book, “Rethinking Rural Health Ethics.”


Melanie Kelly

IWK Health Centre

Melanie Kelly, RN MN, has been at the IWK for the past twenty years in a variety of diverse roles from staff nurse to education. Her area of focus has been mental health and addictions with children and youth. She has always had an interest in vulnerable populations and involvement in committee work for both diversity and inclusion as well as ethics. She served as Chair for the Clinical Ethics Committee for the past 3 years. She looks forward to being the IWK representative for NSHEN.