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 Boudreau

NSHA Zone 1 Western

/ Lynn Boudreau is a physiotherapist who is currently in the role of professional practice leader in Nova Scotia Health’s Western Zone. During her time in direct patient care, Lynn worked in a variety of clinical areas, but spent the majority of this time in geriatric rehabilitation. She subsequently took the role of professional practice coordinator for physiotherapy in Central Zone. At that time, she was an active member of the Central Zone Ethics education committee. Once she transitioned to her present role in Western Zone, Lynn continued exploring her interest in ethics through her membership in the Western Zone Ethics committee.


Cheryl Smith

Advisory Council Chair

Zone 2 Northern

Dr. Cheryl Smith is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner working for Nova Scotia Health.  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.


Ashley Cameron

Zone 3 Eastern

Ashley Cameron is a Registered Nurse, currently practicing as a Health Services manager at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital within the Women and Children’s Health Program.   In her previous role as a Quality and Patient Safely Leader she participated in the regional ethics committee which focused on clinical ethics consults.  With the development of the Eastern Zonal team Ashley transitioned to that committee, which focus on Organizational Ethics reviews, policy development and education.  Ashley will be representing the Eastern Zone.


Gail MacDougall

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.”


Angela Arra

IWK Health Centre

Angela Arra is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with children with medical complexities at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Angela is a graduate of the University of Western Sydney (Australia) and Canyon College (USA) where she completed her Masters of Science in Nursing in 2006.

Over the past twenty-six years, Angela has held a variety of nursing positions in both Canada and the United States.  Most of her clinical experience has been in the specialty of medical-surgical nursing in both adult and pediatric settings.  She has worked as a staff nurse, clinical instructor and nurse educator prior to her current role as a CNS.

Angela came to Nova Scotia in 2004 to work as the CNS for Children with Chronic Illnesses.  She works with patients and families whose children have complex medical needs, including those who are dependent upon technology.  She has chaired the IWK Ethics Committee since 2010.


Farhana Kanth

Department of Health and Wellness

Farhana Kanth is the representative from the Department of Health and Wellness on the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network. Farhana is currently a member of the Quality and Patient Safety team dedicated to improving the quality and safety of healthcare in Nova Scotia. Before this, Farhana worked in Corporate Policy where her role involved providing objective advice on cross-cutting and critical policy issues facing the health system and the government of Nova Scotia. Over the years, Farhana has gained extensive public policy experience having led and supported the development and implementation of a number of strategic healthcare and social policy initiatives. Prior to pursuing the field of health administration, Farhana worked as a dentist in a primary health care setting for seven years.

Farhana’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from India, Masters of Health Administration from Dalhousie University and Middle Management Leadership Development program from the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission. She also holds the Competent Communicator and Advanced Leader Bronze designations from Toastmasters International.

Farhana considers ethical decision-making an essential element of both clinical practice as well as public policy and is excited to be part of the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network Advisory Council.