DGHF Board adds three new members

Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation adds three new Board Members, including former SMU and Dalhousie Board Chairs

September 14, 2021


Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation adds three new Board Members,
including former SMU and Dalhousie Board Chairs

DARTMOUTH: The Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of three new board members following their Annual General Meeting held online on September 9, 2021. The motion to add Candace Thomas, Q.C., John Fitzpatrick, Q.C., and Sandra Lambie passed unanimously at the AGM.

The addition of these new board members comes as the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation is celebrating completing the largest campaign in their history and is embarking on their next campaign that will include bringing an MRI to the Dartmouth General Hospital for patients in the Central Zone.

New Board Members Candace Thomas and John Fitzpatrick bring significant board experience, having both served on numerous boards and are former chairs of the Dalhousie and SMU and Boards respectively. They will bring great perspective, knowledge, and skill to their new roles on the DGHF Board. John Fitzpatrick has served as past campaign co-chair for the Foundations Above and Beyond campaign.

Returning to the role of Auxiliary President, Sandy Lambie is going to lead the DGH Auxiliary’s continued support of the Foundation, as well as provide support and guidance to the exceptional auxiliary volunteers.

About the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation:

The Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation raises funds from the community to help support the needs of the Dartmouth General Hospital (DGH). These funds support capital construction, the purchase of priority medical equipment, professional development opportunities and new technology for DGH. When people donate to our Foundation, the funds stay here in our community and have a direct impact on the lives of our patients. With the generous help of our donors, we have been able to fund life-changing projects where the sole benefit is enhancing patient care.

The Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation is governed by a voluntary board of directors with representatives from the local community and the hospital. Funds are raised through major gift solicitation, community mail appeals, special events, planned giving, memorial gifts, other fundraising activities, investments, and parking revenue.


“It is a distinct pleasure for me to be able to welcome Candace, Sandra and John to the Board of Directors of our Foundation. Their experience, expertise and dedication are a powerful combination and the entire Board and Foundation staff are thrilled to have them join the team. A special thank you to our outgoing board members Peter Boyd, Rob Miedema, and Susan Thorpe. They have worked tirelessly on behalf of the Foundation for the past nine years and the accomplishments and advancements we have seen over that time are due in no small part to their efforts.”

  • Bruce Delo, DGHF Board Chair

“I am looking forward to working with Candace, John, Sandra, and the entire board as we embark on the next phase of our plans for patients in Dartmouth and Central Zone. I am so excited to work with these amazing volunteers as we launch the campaign for an MRI at the Dartmouth General for patients in Central Zone and as we enhance our outreach programming in the Preston Township for African Nova Scotian Patients. We will see direct impact for the patients of the Dartmouth General!”
– Stephen Harding, DGHF President & CEO

 “I am very excited to join the board of the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation.  As past Campaign Co-Chair for the Above and Beyond Campaign, I have seen firsthand the impact that philanthropy has made in partnership with government.  The new Fred Smithers Centre for Orthopedic Care at the Dartmouth General is a great example of what can be created when government works with philanthropists to make an impact.  Bringing an MRI to Dartmouth will further augment the impact of this centre, and I am happy to be a part of that process.”
– John Fitzpatrick, Q.C.

“Following retirement and on returning to Dartmouth I began volunteering at the Dartmouth General Hospital because it was “Dartmouth’s Hospital”. I wanted to be part of a hospital that I believed in, a hospital that cared for my family and my community.”
– Sandra Lambie, DGH Auxiliary President

“I am very much looking forward to joining the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation board and being a part of the incredible impact for patients in HRM and beyond. I have been so impressed by the commitment of the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation to involve and listen to patients in the Preston Township to strive to deliver outstanding inclusive care for African Nova Scotian patients and pleased to see the early results from the DGH TD Cardiac Health program for the Prestons. DGHF is taking action, and I like that.”
– Candace Thomas, Q.C.

DGHF Board Members (alphabetical):

•Jennifer Alward

•Sharon Davis-Murdoch

•Bruce Delo

•Joseph Diab

•John Fitzpatrick

•Richard Flynn

•Mark Gascoigne

•Dan Gibson

•Ann Janega

•Georgia Lloyd

•Paul O’Hearn

•Candace Thomas

•Mark Sherman

•DGH Representation –Dr. Natalie Cheng

•Auxiliary Representation –President, Sandra Lambie

•Nova Scotia Health –Non-voting Representation -Vickie Sullivan

•Nova Scotia Health –Non-voting Representation –Dr. Todd Howlett

•DGHF –Non-voting Representation –Stephen Harding

•DGH –Non-voting Representation –Cynthia Isenor

Media Contact

Kiana Pace – Marketing and Communications Officer
902-266-6428 | kiana.pace@dghfoundation.ca


About the new Board Members:

Candace Thomas, Q.C.: Candace is the Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for the Province of Nova Scotia.  Prior to her appointment as Deputy in April 2020, Candace practiced corporate law as a partner in the Halifax Office of Stewart McKelvey and previously practiced with the law firm Soloway, Wright in Ottawa, Ontario where she started her legal career. Candace was selected by her peers to be included in the 2017-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada for her work in corporate law and received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2017.  In 2018 she was named one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women, and in 2019 she was included on Chatelaine Magazine’s list of Women of the Year. 

Candace has always been an active community leader and champion of literacy and higher education, which she believes are social equalizers that lead to self-empowerment and self-sufficiency.  She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the East Preston Empowerment Academy Society and the International Women’s Forum – Atlantic Chapter. She is a past Chair of the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University (the first woman and first person of colour to hold the position in the university’s 200-year history), a past Director and Vice Chair of the Black Business Initiative Society and she co-chaired the successful inaugural capital campaign for the Halifax Central Library. In recognition of her volunteer commitment, in 2017 Candace received the Community Service Award from the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch.

Candace is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University (Bachelor of Arts) and the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University (Bachelor of Laws). A proud native of East Preston, Candace resides in Dartmouth with her husband and their 15-year-old daughter.

John Fitzpatrick, Q.C.: John, a proud partner at BoyneClarke, is a Partner practicing in the areas of Mortgage Enforcement, collections and Real Estate. He is a past member of the firm’s Executive Committee and is the Creditor Practice Team Lead.

John was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008 and has been included in The Best Lawyers in Canada since 2012.

He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 2014 Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service.

In 2016, he was inducted into the Bertha Wilson Honour Society.

John has been recognized for his involvement in a number of community organizations and charities.

He is a member of the World Wildlife Fund Canada Board of Directors and is a former Chairman of the Saint Mary’s University Board of Governors. He currently sits on the board of the Halifax International Airport Authority.

Sandra Lambie: “Following retirement and on returning to Dartmouth I began volunteering at the Dartmouth General Hospital because it was “Dartmouth’s Hospital”. I wanted to be part of a hospital that I believed in, a hospital that cared for my family and my community”.

Sandra retired from the Public Service, having worked for Department of National Defence in the position of the Construction Engineering Administrative Officer. She began her career at CFB Shearwater followed by positions held at CFBs Gagetown, Shilo and Winnipeg.

When Sandra and her husband Jim returned to Dartmouth in 1998 they both became involved with volunteering at the Dartmouth General. Sandra is a buyer for the DGH Auxiliary Gift Shop. The Shop is the main source of the Auxiliary’s financial support to the DGH Hospital and Foundation.

Sandra is the President of the DGH Auxiliary, a position she has previously held twice.