Need to reach a specific department? Department contact information is provided below! Want to know who sits on our board of directors? Their names are below! Want to know who the Zatzman family is? Read more information about them!
A tight-knit crew of professionals with a wide range of expertise, the Zatzman Sportsplex team cares deeply about the quality of our services and the customer experience at the facility. Some of our management staff have been at the Sportsplex for decades, and some are new but keen, but they all have one thing in common—a commitment to making the facility a fun, safe, and comfortable place to be.
Get to know our staff by reading the bios below, and be sure to stop and say hi when you see our team around the facility!
Arne Buchanan - General Manager
Lana McMullen - Director of Programs and Services
Kim Duffy - Accounting Director
Findley Connor - Payroll
Tara Myra - Facility Events and Sport Coordinator
Jeff Green - Facility Events and Sport Supervisor
Michelle Harris - Welcome Desk Coordinator
Ann Marie West - Welcome Desk Supervisor
Nick Meyer - Welcome Desk Supervisor
Andréa Morrison - Health and Fitness Coordinator
Ryan Kemp - Aquatics Coordinator
Dan Bell - Aquatics Supervisor
Blayne Robinson - Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Jamie Fleet - Chief Engineer
John Grautefestert - Porters and Housekeeping Supervisor
Zatzman Sportsplex Board of Directors
- Cindy Mann, Chair
- Susheel Arora Vice Chair
- Lauren Alexander, Secretary
- Catherine Redmond
- Amy MacGregor
- Chris Rodgers
- Jan Oakley
- Lauren Alexander
- Lisa Ehler
- Lydia Phillip
- Nancy Berkshire
- Maria Raffel
- Sam Austin
- Sara Towns
- Tanner Kennie
- Arne Buchanan (General Manager)
The Zatzman Family's Gift to the Sportsplex and our Community
The story of Joseph Zatzman is one of integrity, perseverance, and acceptance, as well as one that embodies hard work from beginning to end. When the Sportsplex was approached by Michael Zatzman and his family with a monetary gift to support the new facility, we knew it was a great fit for not only us, but the whole community.
In 1934, when he was just 22 years old, Joseph Zatzman started his career as an entrepreneur, purchasing a small grocery store on the corner of Portland St. and Victoria Rd. in Dartmouth. With very little money and no one to fund his dream, Joseph’s father scrounged together $500, just enough for him to get his store off the ground.
Community Groceteria, Joseph’s store, was a labour of love that often required long hours with few breaks in between. Joseph took care of all aspects of the store, from stocking shelves to ordering product, to ringing through customers and catering to their every demand. His unwavering spirit and motivation were recognized by many, and from these humble beginnings, Joseph slowly but surely built a career and a positive name for himself in the community.
As Joseph’s reputation grew, residents encouraged him to take a more active role in the leadership and development of Dartmouth — even though, in those days, people of Jewish descent were not widely accepted or hired by many big businesses in the community. Joseph was greatly appreciative of those who accepted him and supported him, and he dedicated much of his life to community service in Dartmouth as way to give back and express his gratitude.
Joseph served on many Boards of Directors and committees that not only focused on the positive development of Dartmouth, but the province of Nova Scotia. In the 1950s, Joseph became involved in politics, serving four terms as an Alderman and two as the Mayor of Dartmouth. While his accomplishments are many, some stand out as visionary, particularly the creation and development of Burnside Industrial Park. Perhaps most admirable of all, Joseph truly personified community, teaching his family to become involved in community service, volunteerism, politics, and business development, with his son Michael following his example as a community leader in Halifax and Dartmouth.
A place to learn and grow, be active with family and friends, and focus on community wellness, the Sportsplex is a place that aligns with the Zatzmans vision for Dartmouth. “This gift to the Sportsplex is our way of thanking the whole community for accepting our father and his family, and encouraging us to thrive,” says Michael Zatzman.
The Zatzmans have already spent much of their lives giving back to and supporting the community, and Michael says this gift is a continuation of that spirit. The Zatzmans donation to our facility opens up more free opportunities to participate in recreation—including access to some of our fitness classes, walking and running track, youth programming, and more. To us, Dartmouth is synonymous with Joseph Zatzman and his commitment to community. We’re proud to have his family’s name on our brand new, revitalized facility.
*Photos on this page of Joseph Zatzman were provided to us by his son Michael, borrowed from the book about his life written by Betsy Chambers.