Remembering Sandra Spears

A young Sandra at a Pride event. She is wearing a black tank top and white pants, short blonde hair. Her hands are mid air signing. She is smiling looking at the camera.

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of Sandra Spears.


Sandra spent the majority of her life working as a sign language interpreter in the Maritimes. After graduating of the first class from NSCC in 1995, she spent many years serving as a staff community interpreter with the Society of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Nova Scotians (SDHHNS). Sandra was also a beloved interpreter for Halifax Pride, standing alongside many LGBTQ2AI+ community performers, entertainers, educators, and Drag Queens and Kings, to ensure that the Deaf community had full access to these vibrant events.


Her commitment to mentoring new interpreters and her unwavering support for the Deaf and LGBTQ2AI+ communities leave a lasting impact. Sandra’s contributions and spirit will be deeply missed by all who knew and worked alongside her.


We will miss you. Rest in peace. 


Click on the image for a video update from the Board.

The MAPSLI AGM successfully took place today! Thank you all.

The Re-Imagining and EDIA discussion afterwards gave the Board another critical perspective on the Vision, Mission, and Values Statements. Revisions were made during the discussion, and some are still needed. Revised documents will be available soon.

Your 2024-2026 Board of Directors are:

President: Ashley Campbell

Vice President: Natalie Turner

Secretary: Lynne Johnson

Treasurer: Cornella Steele (once upgraded to Active member)

Director 1: Pamela Burchell

Director 2: Betty MacDonald

Director 3: Starla Predham


Click on the image for a slideshow update from the Board.

Stay after the May 11 AGM for a discussion session (Zoom & in person). We will discuss the 4 drafts and the EDIA statement.

Your input is valued - we hope you can make it! All are welcome.