The following people have been predominate figures in the Emergency Management world of Nova Scotia. They have all made great contributions to our organization as well as performed as some of our greatest supporters along the way.
Due to their contributions to our organization, they have been presented with Honourary Lifetime Memberships to SCEPA. Please read below about these amazing people.
Bill is considered by many as the Father of Emergency Management in Nova Scotia and the architect for what was to become SCEPA. Bill Received his Honourary Lifetime Membership and award at the 2006 AGM meeting.
Winston was another representative of EMO who sat on the Provincial Board. Winston was not only a great supporter of the Provincial Board, but a very active and supportive member of the Eastern Region committee. Winston is now Retired. Winston received his Honourary Lifetime Membership and award at the 2007 AGM meeting.
Barry Manuel has served since 1997 as the Emergency Management Coordinator for Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). He started his public service career with the Dartmouth Police in 1978 and was that city's Emergency Measures Coordinator from 1993 - 1996, after which the former cities of Halifax, Dartmouth, Town of Bedford and Halifax County Municipality were amalgamated. His emergency-related experience includes the crash of Swissair Flight 111 in 1998, humanitarian assistance to 7,000 air travellers stranded at Halifax Airport after terrorist attacks in the United States in September 2001, and Hurrican Juan in 2003. Mr. Manuel's community spirit was honoured in 2002 when he was selected by the Metropolitan Halifax Chamber of Commerce as the inaugural recipient of its Person of the Year award.
John Webb, Registered Social Worker, Nova Scotia.
John is from Halifax and since 1999 has been the Provincial Director of Nova Scotia's Emergency Social Services program, working with the NS Dept of Community Services. John is also the Chair of the Council of Emergency Social Services Directors (CESSD) of Canada and is a social services coach for the Canadian Emergency Preparedness College's EOC/SITE course in Ottawa. Before becoming ESS Director in NS, John was the District Manager in Halifax responsible for the Income Assistance and Employment Support programs, while doing emergency preparedness as "other duties" for approximately 20 years. He has been involved in 55 mid-size or large scale emergencies in Nova Scotia since 1996, including Swiss Air 111 crash in 1998,The Sunrise Manor fire in 2008, Sept 11, 2001, Hurricane Juan, etc. In October of 2005, John had the opportunity to go to Louisiana as an American Red Cross volunteer for three weeks, where he managed a Red Cross shelter. John told us he is pleased to have been able to work with SCEPA in the important work they do in preparing special care facilities across the province for emergencies or disasters that could happen at any time in any area of our province.