The NSSSA began as an idea among two students in Halifax, NS who attended Halifax West High School in 1986. The idea was based off an already established organization in Ontario known as the OSSSA (which has since been retired). The NSSSA was officially registered with the joint stock companies of Halifax in 1992, and the first Provincial Conference was held that same year. The 1992 conference known as L.I.N.K. (Leadership In Nova Scotia Kicks), was held at St. Pat’s High School in Halifax and was lead by NSSSA President Mark Fraser. It was attended by roughly 100 people. Guest speakers included Andy and Stu, a dance was organized by Sights and Sounds, and accommodations were provided by Dalhousie University.

1992 L.I.N.K (Leadership in Nova Scotia Kicks) Conference - St. Pat's High School, Halifax.

The initial conference barely resembled the current structure of the NSSSA, but the enthusiasm generated was carried over to the next year, and conferences have been held every year. As attendance grew, further restructuring of the organization was needed, and the regions were formed shortly thereafter, with regional conferences becoming a reality in the mid-1990s.

Provincial Conferences

L.I.N.K.’92 (Leadership In Nova Scotia Kicks)
S.L.I.C.E. ’93 (Student Leadership In Constant Evolution)
W.E.T. ’94 (We Excel Together)
B.L.A.S.T. ’95 (Bringing Leadership and Students Together)
F.L.Y. ’96 (Finding Leadership in Yourself)
S.L.A.M. ’97 (Student Leaders Achieving More)
W.I.L.D. ’98 (Working to Inspire Leadership Development)
J.A.M. ’99 (Journey to Achieve Motivation)
H.Y.P.E ’00 (Helping Youth Positively Excel)
S.L.I.D.E. ’01 (Students Leading In Diverse Environments)
S.M.A.S.H. ’02 (Student Motivation Achieving Spectacular Heights)
C.O.A.S.T. ’03 (Confidence in Our Actions Starting Today )
R.E.M.I.X ’04 (Redirecting Energy and Motivation Into X-cellence)
J.U.M.P. ’05 (Journey to Understand My Potential)
E.D.G.E ’06, Every Day Grab an Experience)
A.G.E.N.T. ’07 (Achieving Goals & Empowering Nova Scotian Teens)
S.T.O.R.M. ’08 (Students Teachings Others to Reach and Motivate)
P.O.W.E.R. ’09 (Providing Opportunities While Encouraging Responsibility)
B.E.Y.O.N.D. ’10 (Bringing Enthusiastic Youth Opportunities and New Directions.)
O.N.E ’11 (Offering Navigation to Empowerment)
F.O.R.W.A.R.D. ’12 (Finding Opportunities to Rediscover What Adolescents can Really Do)
R.E.V.I.V.E. ’13 (Realizing Everyone’s Value In Various Environments)

Inclusion Conferences

G.O.A.L. ’05 (Great Opportunities for Achievement & Learning)
G.R.O.W.T.H. ’06 (Gaining Respect Openly With Thought & Happiness)
D.R.E.A.M. ’07 (Delegates Reaching for Excellence And Motivation)
F.L.I.G.H.T. ’08 (Fearless Leaders Imagining Great Heights Together)
R.E.A.C.H. ’09 (Realizing Everyone’s Abilities and Creating Harmony.)
H.A.N.D.S. ’10 (Helping Adolescents Navigate their Dreams Successfully)
P.E.A.C.E. ’11 (Promoting & Encouraging A Cooperative Environment).
C.O.U.R.A.G.E. ’12 (Creating Oportunities to Understand the Responsibilities of Adolescents in a Growing Environment)
I.N.S.P.I.R.E. ’13
R.O.A.R. ’14
D.I.R.E.C.T.I.O.NS ’15
A.B.I.L.I.T.Y. ’16
R.O.O.T.S ’17 (Realistically Overcoming Obstacles to Succeed)
S.H.I.N.E. ’18 (Students Having Inclusive New Experiences)

Past NSSSA Presidents

Year President School Vice-President (Int) School VP (Ext) School Advisor Name
1992 Mark Fraser HW Graham Forsythe HW Cameron Morrison
1993 Tyler Hayden PVEC Jennifer Milbury PA Cameron Morrison
1994 Dave Brien CPA Seth Rose-Rudenski QEH John Cochrane
1995 Chris Webb St.P Renee Pelletier CARR John Cochrane
1996 Liz Dipchand Hfx.W. Joey Archibald(abdicated) HaW John Cochrane
1997 Darren Smith CPA Shelley Banks AUB John Cochrane
1998 Caleb Wheeldon HORT Matt Woo AUB John Cochrane
1999 Neeti Tomar HW Jess De Mello CH Lorne Abramson
2000 Tyson R. Hubley CPA Joyce Silver DHS Lorne Abramson
2001 Brennan Dempsey JLI Marc-Antoine Robertson QEH Lorne Abramson
2002 Andrew Arbuckle AMH Laura Decker LOCKP Lorne Abramson
2003 Kelsey Tonner SJA/ACAD MacKenzie Marshall AMH Lorne Abramson
2004 MacKenzie Marshall AMH Jill Fraser LOCKV Lorne Abramson
2005 Ty Walsh CKRH/SMU Ian Arbuckle AMH Lorne Abramson
2006 Heather MacDonald CEC/ACAD Chris Saulnier DHS/DAL Lorne Abramson
2007 Noah Logan SJA/NSCAD Shawna-Lynn Brake SHS/SMU Lorne Abramson
2008 Shawna-Lynn Brake SHS/SMU Sam Durnford PV/DAL Lorne Abramson
2009 Sam Durnford PVEC/DAL Matt LeMoine CPA/StFX Lorne Abramson
2010 Matt LeMoine CPA/StFX Evan Kennedy CEC Lorne Abramson
2011 Evan Kennedy CEC Rebecca Jordan BHS Chris Gordon SJA/Dal Lorne Abramson
2012 Emma Bartlett LHS/DAL Jessica Gravel BRHS Emma Beaton PVEC Lorne Abramson
2013 Gillian MacKenzie (resign) NRHS/MSVU Tiffany Holmberg SAERC/MSVU Quinn MacIsaac SHS/DAL Lorne Abramson
2014 Quinn MacIsaac SHS/DAL Erinn Musial/St.FX LHS/StFX Molly Marcott NRHS/Dal Lorne Abramson
2015 Holly Davy CHS/DAL Stephen Wentzell BCHS Lachlan Topshee CHS/U of Ott Lorne Abramson
2016 Maggie MacNeil RSN/Mt.A Meagan Kettley GA Micci Davy CHS Lorne Abramson
2017 Molly Anderson SJA/Mt.A Katelyn Libbus RRHS Liam Haliburton SRHS Lorne Abramson
2018 Zac Foran JHG Amy Oickle PVEC Mullen Boulter NRHS Lorne Abramson
2019 Eliza Nobes LHS/DAL Court Mahar DRHS Rebecca MacKeen GA Lorne Abramson

Conference Committee History

Year CC Conf CC CoChair School CC CoChair School Expanded Conference Meaning Location Advisor Name
1992 LINK Andrew DeMond HantsW none none Leadership in Nova Scotia Kicks St.Pat’s Cameron Morrison
1993 SLICE Tyler Hayden PVEC Jennifer Milbury PA Student Leaders In Constant Evolution St.Pat’s Cameron Morrison
1994 WET Jay Miller(treas.) HW none none We Excel Together Sackv.HS John Cochrane
1995 BLAST Adrian Jay SJA Lennettt Anderson CPA Bringing Leadership And Students Together Auburn John Cochrane
1996 FLY Alok Tomar HW Katie Green AUB Finding Leadership in Yourself NSAC John Cochrane
1997 SLAM Liam Arbuckle AMH Kristen Donaldson CPA Student Leaders Achieve More SMU John Cochrane
1998 WILD Dave Paynter SHS Shelley Banks AUB Working to Inspire Leadership Development NSAC John Cochrane
1999 JAM Erin Small AUB Paul Deveau CPA Journey to Achieve Motivation St.F.X. Lorne Abramson
2000 HYPE Matt Cameron DHS Isabelle Levert-Chiasson CARR Helping Youth Positively Excel St.F.X. Lorne Abramson
2001 SLIDE Katrina Orr CPA Amanda Alguire CK Students Leading In Diverse Environments St.F.X. Lorne Abramson
2002 SMASH Aimee Semel CPA David Louch CPA Student Motivation Achieving Spectacular Heights St.F.X. Lorne Abramson
2003 COAST Jenny Gammon SHS Jennalle Butcher QEH/MSVU Confidence in Our Actions Starting Today St.F.X. Lorne Abramson
2004 REMIX Laura Martin JLI/DALH Chance Chapadeau CARR Redirecting Energy and Motivation Into eXcellence St.F.X. Lorne Abramson
2005 JUMP Sarah Hill SHS/MSVU Helen Langille NOR/DALH Journey to Understand My Potential Acadia Lorne Abramson
2006 EDGE Jaimie Hale NNEC Megan Hines CPA/DALH Every Day Grab an Experience Acadia Lorne Abramson
2007 AGENT 007 Jane Walker DHS Heather Blom (resigned) JLI/KINGS Achieving Goals & Empowering Novascotian Teens Acadia Lorne Abramson
2008 STORM Danielle Moquin SMU Kyle Capstick CBU Students Teaching Others to Reach & Motivate Acadia Lorne Abramson
2009 POWER Paul Gray JLI/ACAD Kristen Higgins JLI/ACAD Providing Opportunities While Encouraging Responsibility Acadia Lorne Abramson
2010 BEYOND Abby MacIsaac CEC/MSVU Kristi Strowbridge PVEC Bringing Enthusiastic Youth Opportunities & New Directions Acadia Lorne Abramson
2011 ONE Jenny Burden AUB/NSCC Josh Stoodley (resigned) Offering Navigation to Empowerment Acadia Sarah Hill/Lorne Abramson
2012 FORWARD Chris Gordon SJA/DALH Jillian Vardy BHS/DALH Finding Opportunities to Rediscover What Adolescents can Really Do Acadia Sarah Hill/Lorne Abramson
2013 REVIVE Susan Huntington RHS/DALH Molly MacDonald NRHS/DALH Realizing Everyone’s Value In Various Environments Acadia Sarah Hill/Lorne Abramson
2014 CSQ Jeremy Crowther MCHS/CBU Sophie Boileau CHDHS/KINGS Challenging the Status Quo Acadia Sarah Hill/Lorne Abramson/Kristi Strowbridge
2015 TC Claire Haliburton SRHS Molly Marcott NRHS Taking Charge St. F.X. Kristi Strowbridge/Lorne Abramson/Sarah Hill
2016 XX@X Jenna MacEachern SAERC/DAL Tiffany MacLennan MCHS/St.FX Exceeding Expectations St. F.X. Chris Gordon
2017 Reaching New Heights Aidan MacFarlane CPA/Acadia Kassandra Kelbratowski ADHS/Acadia Reaching New Heights St. F.X. Chris Gordon
2018 Rise Up Patrick Wallace JHG/St.FX Katelyn Libbus RRHS/St.FX Rise Up St. F.X. Chris Gordon
2019 SYNERGY Mary Stackaruk MHS/SMU Alex LeBlanc JHG/St.FX SYNERGY St. F.X. Chris Gordon

Inclusion Committee History

Year IC Co-Ch IC Conf School IC Co-Ch School Expanded Conference name Location Advisor Name
2005 Mike McCarther GOAL SJA/ACAD Danielle Daigle Carref Great Opportunities for Achievements & Learning SJA (old) Lorne Abramson
2006 Mark Frank GROWTH MW/ACAD Juli Power SHS Gaining Respect Openly With Thought & Happiness Auburn Lorne Abramson
2007 Scott Lewin DREAM SJA/ACAD Allison Zwicker WK Delegates Reaching for Excellence And Motivation Auburn Lorne Abramson
2008 Tiffany MacInnis FLIGHT MW Amy Pinnell LHS Fearless Leaders Imagining Great Heights Together Auburn Lorne Abramson
2009 Amy Pinnell REACH LHS Brenna Farmer DHS Realizing Everyone’s Abilities & Creating Harmony Auburn Lorne Abramson
2010 Brenna Farmer HANDS DHS/NSCC Meagan Soley SJA/NSCC Helping Adolescents Navigate Their Dreams Successfully Auburn Lorne Abramson/ Amy Pinnell
2011 Taylor Owens PEACE SJA/DALH Madison Acker BHS/DALH Promoting & Encouraging A Cooperative Environment Citadel Lorne Abramson/ Brenna Farmer
2012 Islay Wright COURAGE CPA/DALH Xavier Hartley SJA/DALH Creating the Opportunity to Unite Relations And Gain Enthusiasm SJA Madison Acker/ Brenna Farmer/ Lorne Abramson
2013 Katie Zwicker INSPIRE CEC/NSAC Kathryn Hillier ARHS/MSVU Introducing Novascotian Students to Possibilities in Inclusive Respectful Environments SJA Islay Wright/ Xavier Hartley/ Lorne Abramson
2014 Haley Boone ROAR MRHS/MSVU Jessica Delorey JHG/St.FX Recognizing Opportunities, Ambitions & Rights MSVU Lorne Abramson
2015 Sarah MacArthur d.i.r.e.c.t.i.o.N.S. SA/Mt.A Jocelyn Brown SA/Mt.A Delivering Inclusive Relations in Education & Community to Improve Ourselves and NS MSVU Xavier Hartley/Lorne Abramson
2016 Robin Metcalfe ABILITY’16 SJA/St.Th Emma Miller LHS/Mt.A Achieving Beyond Imaginable Limits by Investing in Today’s Youth MSVU Meagan Soley/Lorne Abramson
2017 Micci Davy ROOTS’17 CHS/Mt.A Christina Nickerson St. FX Realistically Overcoming Obstacles To Succeed MSVU Meagan Soley
2018 Taryn Hanrahan SHINE 2018 JLI/Kings Emily Saulnier LHS Students Having Inclusive New Experiences MSVU Meagan Soley
2019 Ciara Harris THRIVE 2019 JLI/SMU Together Helping Reach Individual Victories Everyday MSVU Meagan Soley