Meet the small but mighty team who are committed to building strong, vibrant and diverse communities throughout Nova Scotia by enabling and inspiring effective philanthropy. We are a group of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Daniel Holland

CEO

About Daniel

Daniel joined CFNS as CEO in June 2020. A tri-sector leader with experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, this role allows Daniel to combine his passion for community with his business sensibilities so we can do even more good. Recognized as a natural collaborator, convening conversations about how to effectively support others, his profile is one that leverages a mix of consulting, business development, financial markets advisory, and operational roles that support growth for businesses and charitable organizations. Through his facilitation experience and empathetic relationship building, Daniel is trusted to help the organizations he leads to develop, grow and realize important operational and business goals. A lifelong volunteer, Daniel is certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors with the ICD.D designation.

Brenda Smith MacLeod

CFO

About Brenda

Brenda joined CFNS in 2023, bringing more than 15 years’ experience in a variety of areas, including internal reporting, bookkeeping, controllership, and auditing, having worked in both the private and charitable sectors. A CPA, Brenda is a big picture thinker, whether it be providing technical assistance, project management or brainstorming for future growth. She thrives on seeing projects through to successful completion, figuring out challenges and seeing a client’s business flourish. Her oversight helps ensure our fiduciary duties and responsibilities are not just met but upheld with trust and confidence.

Joanne Elliott

Director of Communications

About Joanne

Joanne joined CFNS in September 2022. A seasoned communications professional, she has experience working in the marketing, publishing, telecommunications, insurance and philanthropic sectors. From stakeholder relations to telling stories of impact, Joanne cares about the details and achieving results through listening and collaboration. Having grown up in a small, rural community where everyone knows your name and helping neighbours is what you do, she recognizes the importance of relationship building, and engaging and empowering people in strengthening their communities and the causes they care about.

Carly Levy

Stewardship & Donor Relations Manager

About Carly

Carly joined CFNS in January 2024, adding a decade of dynamic experience in development, donor relations and communications to our team. With a talent for turning numbers into narratives, she’s not just about hitting targets, but creating meaningful connections. 

Whether she is telling stories of impact, streamlining donor experiences, or raising funds for community good, Carly is on a mission to make philanthropy personal. Rooted in a small rural community, she values tight-knit and genuine relationships and sees every donor as a partner in building up Nova Scotia communities. Carly is dedicated to ensuring a meaningful and collaborative philanthropic journey, where every interaction is more than a transaction—it’s a catalyst for positive change.