Diocesan Bishop, The Right Reverend Sandra Fyfe

The Right Rev. Sandra Fyfe was elected Diocesan Bishop on September 12, 2020, and consecrated on November 30, 2020; the 17th person to hold the post. A graduate of Queen’s Theological College, St. John’s, NL with her Master of Divinity, Sandra was ordained deacon in 2000 and priest in 2001. She has served in the diocese of Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador as well as Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. She was Archdeacon of the South Shore Region until 2009 and Archdeacon of the Valley Region until 2017.

Rector and Dean, The Very Reverend Paul Smith

Paul grew up in Tilton, New Hampshire, where he and his family were active members of Trinity Episcopal Church. After completing a degree in Electronic Engineering, he discerned a call to ordained ministry which led him to pursue a degree in Psychology at Plymouth State University, in New Hampshire, before moving on to Huron College, London, ON where he graduated with a Master of Divinity. Ordained in the Diocese of Quebec, Paul served in Quebec and then in the Diocese of Western Newfoundland and Labrador. He then moved to Dartmouth, NS to serve as Rector of Christ Church until beginning his ministry at All Saints Cathedral in the fall of 2008. Among his interests are ministry with children, preaching, music, and pastoral care. Paul is married to the Rev. Frances Drolet-Smith and they have two adult children. Dean Paul can be reached at cathedraldean@anglicancathedralhalifax.ca

Associate Priest, The Reverend Dr. Helen Ryding

Helen was ordained to the diaconate and to the priesthood in 2008 and has since served as associate priest at the Cathedral Church of All Saints’. She was granted the Master of Divinity by the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax. Outreach work is one of her several activities at the cathedral. Helen graduated in dentistry from Queen's University Belfast and practised dentistry from 1964 until her retirement from the Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University, in 2006. She has served in private practice, public dental health and academic dentistry. She is married to David Lyttle. They emigrated to Canada in 1968 and have three adult children; two sons and a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, two grand-daughters, and a grand-son.

Office Staff

Sarah Underwood, Office Manager

Gillian Doucet Campbell, MA, CFRE, Engagement Leader 

With over 15 years of leadership experience in the social-profit arena Gillian is delighted to bring extensive development, fundraising, administrative, strategic planning, and supervisory knowledge to the Cathedral Church. Her work with organizations and churches is comprised of the creation and implementation of programs that engage, fundraising that sustains, and stewardship that is meaningful. Her work is informed by a deep knowledge of the particular exhilaration and stress of working for long-term structural change and beginning and sustaining programs. While Gillian has lived in almost every province in Canada, she has always called Nova Scotia home and is enjoying living in Shad Bay with her family. Gillian can be reached at gilliandc@anglicancathedralhalifax.ca.

Music Staff

Russ Hall, MA, Director of Music Ministry for the 9:30 a.m. Service

Russ has been involved in church music since he played for a Methodist Sunday school on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the 1950’s. His formal music education includes a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Arizona State University. Russ taught public school music many years as well as singing in several choral organizations. 

Paul Halley, MA, Music Director

Paul Halley is a Grammy Award-winning composer, choral conductor, and organist. He received his early musical training in Ottawa, and at sixteen became an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. He received his MA from Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar, and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He served as Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC from 1977-1989.  Paul later settled in Connecticut and in 1991 founded the choirs, Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus, which are still active today. He relocated to Halifax and in the summer of 2015, Paul was appointed Organist and Director of Music at the Cathedral Church. Paul and his wife Meg live on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

Nick Halley, Assistant Music Director

Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. Along with being the Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral Church, he is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir. Nick founded and for 11 years (to 2021) directed The King’s Chorus, a choral society for members of the King’s and Dalhousie University communities in Halifax. For the 2013-14 season, Nick was the Host of CBC’s national radio program, Choral Concert. As a drummer and world percussionist, Nick performs and records internationally with a wide range of musicians and has taught in workshop venues around the world.


Congregational Council

The Congregational Council is the legal entity for the cathedral congregation. This group includes appointed and elected representatives and synod delegates who meet monthly to manage the affairs of the church on behalf of the congregation. The Dean’s Warden, the Cathedral Warden, and the Chair of Congregational Council are the principal officers. The structure of the sub-committees reflects the Vision of the Cathedral. 

Congregational Council 2022

  • The Honorable Dr. Mayann Francis, ONS, Dean’s Warden
  • Zachary Bath, Cathedral Warden
  • Paul Smith, Rector and Dean
  • Heather MacEachern, Clergy Representative/Synod Delegate
  • Stephen Osler, Chair
  • Helen Ryding, Associate Priest, Ex-officio                
  • Peter Flemming, Treasurer
  • Jane McKay-Nesbitt, Communications Committee Chair
  • Gillian Doucet Campbell, Engagement Leader
  • Angus Cochran, Outreach Representative
  • Ken Dauphinee
  • Dylan Stewart
  • Jacob Cookey
  • Angela Birch
  • Sarah Underwood, Office Manager, Secretary