Release: Al MacPhee and Joseph & Violet Diab named as Campaign Leaders for the Lead On campaign for Dartmouth General

Campaign Cabinet Announced for the Foundation’s Campaign to fund an MRI, Orthopedic Robot and Diversity and Inclusion Priorities for the Hospital

Dartmouth, NS: The Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation is proud to announce the Campaign Cabinet for their Lead On Capital Campaign. These exemplary community leaders have committed time and resources to raise funds to support priority equipment, technology, and programming aimed at reducing wait times for patients.

The Campaign Cabinet is chaired by Al MacPhee, a celebrated Dartmouth community business leader. Al’s infectious optimism, love of Dartmouth, and unwavering commitment to supporting healthcare make him the perfect candidate to lead this group of volunteers.

The DGH Foundation is also proud to announce Joseph and Violet Diab as Honorary Chairs of the Campaign. As well-known community Leaders and generous philanthropists, the Diab’s are natural partners to represent the Lead On campaign for Dartmouth General Hospital. This campaign is significant to Joseph and Violet as they have long wanted to bring an MRI to Dartmouth General and made the inaugural gift to support the purchase of the machine following the Province’s announcement that Dartmouth General would be the newest home of an MRI in HRM.

Together with the Campaign Chair and Honorary Chairs, other members of the Campaign Cabinet include:
•Barbara Manning – Business Leader and Entrepreneur. Founder of MILLERMANNING
•Rear Admiral Brian Santarpia – Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic
•Bruce Delo – Senior Consultant, Delo Management Consulting
•Dr. Carla Pittman – Radiologist at Dartmouth General Hospital
•Dan Gibson – Retired Partner, The Shaw Group
•Denis Connor – Past Chair of First Angel Network, Retired Executive Bell Aliant
•Fred Smithers, O.C., MBE – Iona Resources Holdings Limited
•Jack MacKinnon – Retired Owner, Carstar Dartmouth
•Anita MacKinnon – Community Volunteer
•Jody Sampson – Vice President, Talent & Customer Experience at Southwest Properties
•John Fitzpatrick K.C. – Partner at BoyneClarke LLP
•Mark Sherman – Retired VP & COO, Irving Oil
•Tim Brownlow – Director of Government and Industry Relations at Atlantic Towing Limited
•Tracy Mahoney – Community Volunteer


“The Dartmouth General Hospital is a hospital to be proud of. It was built by the community, for the community and has grown into a hospital that provides wonderful care to patients and families from all across Nova Scotia. I am so proud to be working with the DGH Foundation and the group of community and business leaders who have come together to help make the hospital even better. The DGH has a long history of firsts and I look forward to seeing what the future will bring as we all work together to continue to advance innovation and quality care at DGH.” – Al MacPhee, Campaign Chair

“I am so honoured to work with these incredible community leaders to help bring the latest technology to Dartmouth General for our patients. The Lead On campaign is all about demonstrating leadership for our patients and driving innovation in healthcare. These campaign volunteers embody the essence of truly selfless leadership. From Robotics to an AI-enabled MRI to new African NS Healthcare Bursaries, this campaign will deliver huge societal benefits for our patients.”. – Stephen Harding, President & CEO, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation

“We are pleased to give back to a hospital that has given so much to its community. It is so important for Nova Scotians to have the resources and access to the care they need to thrive. We are honoured to help lead this campaign, and bring together a movement to support a hospital that has meant so much to our family, neighbours and the broader community.” – Joseph and Violet Diab, Honorary Campaign Chairs