Board Election 2024-25

Board Election 2024-25

Drs. Emmanuel Ajuwon and Janice Chisholm are the successful candidates in the 2024-25 Doctors Nova Scotia Board of Directors election.

2024-25 Board of Directors Election Results

One family physician outside Halifax Online votes Paper ballots Total votes  
Dr. Emmanuel Ajuwon 390 8 398 59%
Dr. Michel Saccone 279 2 281 41%
Total 669 10 679 100%
One specialist inside Halifax Online votes Paper ballots Total votes  
Dr. Janice Chisholm 216 5 221 31%
Dr. Sandy Kapur 176 4 180 25%
Dr. Caitlin Lees 145 1 146 21%
Dr. Philip Tibbo 87 0 87 12%
Dr. Naeem Khan 75 0 75 11%
Total 699 10 709 100%

Total voter stats
Eligible voters* 4648
Votes submitted** 751
Voting response 16.16%

*4566 members provided online ballots and 82 paper ballots, totaling 4648 eligible voters
** 751 members submitted ballots (741 online ballots + 10 paper ballots), members may have voted for one or both categories

Two candidates won a seat by acclamation: Dr. Jacob Puthenparumpil for the specialist outside Halifax seat, and Dr. Leisha Hawker for the family physician inside Halifax seat.

Board role

The Board of Directors is responsible for developing and executing the strategic direction, approving governing policy and overseeing the management of Doctors Nova Scotia.

Length of terms

All seats are for three-year terms. If elected, board members may serve two consecutive three-year terms.

Board meetings

There are approximately six meetings per year, usually held on Fridays.


Board members are entitled to reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria as outlined in the association’s Honoraria and Expense Policy.

Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

Doctors Nova Scotia is committed to developing and supporting a more diverse, inclusive and equitable environment for both physicians and staff. We encourage applicants from equity-deserving populations to apply and self-identify when completing the skills and attributes survey.  We also encourage all applicants to share how they will bring an equity lens to leadership positions at DNS. Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is an integral component of DNS through our Strategic Plan and EDI framework. DNS considers EDI to be outcomes which are achieved through processes and tools such as reconciliation, decolonization and accessibility.

When DNS refers to “EDI work,” it is including the processes that can lead to the outcomes of EDI for all. The association’s commitments to EDI are upheld through regular education sessions; a Respectful Workplace Policy for staff, Board and committee members; external audits; a staff EDI committee; and routine application of an equity lens in all organizational decision-making. As outlined in our Board and Committee Diversity Policy, the Board will strive to foster a brave space that tackles challenging topics with respect and care, and where everyone feels comfortable participating.  If you have questions about how DNS can ensure a safe place for you or how the expression of interest process can accommodate your needs, we invite you to reach out to Samantha Graham, Chair, EDI Committee. 


Sonia Abi Ajab
Executive assistant to the President and CEO