Staff

Our Managing Director, Cindy MacKinnon, has been with DEANS since the launch in 2011.  She was the Executive Director with Pictou County Tourist Association leading up to the amalgamation with Antigonish Eastern Shore Tourism Association.  

Cindy is a graduate of Mount St Vincent University and the NSCC and is very involved in her community.  She and her husband and son manage the Scotia Park ballfield and she also coaches the high school girls ball team while being involved in the minor ball program.  She’s held several volunteer positions with various non profits and is genuinely passionate about growing tourism.  

Cindy believes in owning what we do and working together to make our region shine. 

‘Things happen when we recognize each other’s strengths and focus on what we do have rather than what we don’t have; we will be stronger working as a team.”

Kara Allen, Visitor Services Coordinator, is a graduate of both the Hospitality Services and Business Marketing Programs at the NSCC-Pictou Campus. 

She began her tourism career at the former Heather Hotel in Stellarton and did her one month work term with the former PCTA for her business marketing class. In the summer of 2001 Kara joined the staff at the VIC in Sutherland’s River and has enjoyed Visitor Services ever since. She currently manages the VICs in Pictou and Westville and liaisons with the VIC’s in the DEANS region. 

In her spare time Kara enjoys going for drives, taking photos and painting.

Board Members

President

Past President 

Vice Chair 

Treasurer

Secretary 

Director 

Director 

Director 

Director 

Director 

Director 

Director

Director

Wes Surrett

Karen Wenaus

Meryl Atkinson

Lynne Delorey

Kim Putinta

Chandra Gavin

Larry McLean

Alain Bosse

Allayna Munroe

Dick Webster

Ann Marie Bagnall

Leigh MacFarlane

Bill MacMillan

Pictou County

Guysborough

Halifax

Antigonish 

Halifax

Antigonish

Antigonish

Pictou County

Pictou County

Pictou County

Guysborough

Guysborough

Guysborough

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