Our Board of Directors


Founding President


Dr Bruce Mills – On July 25th, 2017 this community lost a visionary. Dr Bruce Mills President of reachability passed.
Without Dr. Bruce Mills hard work and dedication thousands of Nova Scotians would lack access to services and supports designed to equalize the playing field – one ability at a time.
His warmth was only matched by his incredible ability to help no matter what the issue.
Dr Mills has led this agency for over 15 years with a deft hand and a clear voice.
He will be profoundly missed.
– Tova Sherman



John P. Merrick – One of Atlantic Canada’s most prominent advocates, John provides legal representation on a wide range of high-profile matters. He acted as Counsel to the Commissioner of the Public Inquiry into the Westray Mine Disaster and is presently the Consumer Advocate in water, gas and electric power rate applications.

John represents individuals, companies and organizations in every kind of proceeding from litigation in all levels of courts (including the Supreme Court of Canada), arbitrations, regulatory hearings, mediation, public hearings, negotiation and dispute resolution proceedings

He acts as an arbitrator and mediator and holds a mediation certificate from the Harvard Law School Mediation Program.

In addition to his practice he teaches at Dalhousie Law School and has participated as organizer and faculty in a number of professional education programs.

He is consistently listed in Best Lawyers in Canada and recommended by Lexpert.

Vice President


Sandra Smith Muir – is a long-time partner and board member of reachAbility. She has worked over 20 years with the Federal Human Rights Commission being heavily involved with the promotion of equality and human rights. Sandra is currently employed as a regional manager with the federal government. She lives with her family in Bedford, N.S.



Sherry Ryan – Bio coming soon.



Daniel Conrod –  is a local haligonian with a Finance Degree from Bishop’s University. Daniel joined the board in early 2016 as Reachability’s treasurer. On a day to day basis, Daniel works for the Royal Bank of Canada. Daniel volunteers many days a year to other organizations as well, as he sits on the board at Sail Nova Scotia and the Sail Canada Race Management Sub Committee.  Some of his volunteer events range from the Canada Games, to the Pan American games as well as World Championships for the International Federation of Disabled Sailors. Daniel is an extremely eager and go getting individual.



Chuck Ford – Chuck was born in Manchester, England and he grew up in the Eastern Townships in Québec and Nanaimo, British Columbia.  In 1993, Chuck drove from Vancouver Island to Sackville, New Brunswick to attend Mount Allison University.  He immediately fell in love with the Maritimes and decided to make it his home. Chuck earned his law degree from the University of New Brunswick Law School in 1999 and was called the Nova Scotia Bar in 2000.

Chuck is a long serving volunteer, and a Board Member, with reachAbility, and he served on the LISNS Pro Bono Hub Advisory Committee. Chuck was formerly the Nova Scotia representative on the CBA National Pro Bono Committee, and he is actively engaged in several pro bono legal projects, including the LISNS Public Navigator Program.

In his spare time, Chuck enjoys swimming, running and cycling, but not necessarily in that order. Chuck lives in Bedford with his beautiful and talented wife, Shelley, and their three rambunctious children.


Scott Eckstein – Scott Eckstein is a local business owner who was raised right here in HRM. Scott has been in corporate sales for over 26 years both locally and internationally. Through the 15 years he spent immersed in the technology boom while in Ottawa Canada during the late 1980’s and 1990’s, Scott learned many different aspects of business from  Sales and marketing to partnerships and strategic business development. Never losing his roots and sense of home Scott returned to Halifax in 2002 working with local technology companies before starting S3 Solutions with his business partners. His commitment to the city and the people of it has resulted in working with Reachability with a commitment to helping in its growth and exposure!