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Our dedicated and experienced team has a strong reputation for providing anxiety reducing and inspiring services. But, we're so much more than just your typical accountants. Read on and get to know the team!
John once lived in Bermuda. For some reason sun and sand just didn’t appeal to him the same way as the cold, harsh, Nova Scotia winters. Despite this quirk John is, last time we checked, perfectly sane. So we’ll have to suppose his love of Bridgewater comes from family ties and long standing community connections. When not pursuing his dream of being the president of an accounting firm founded on the principles of providing anxiety reduction and personalized support for small business owners, he’s cooking, playing old-time rock& roll, and fussing just a little too much over his hair. He also, along with his wife, encourages his two daughters to be the best people they can be through community involvement and charitable giving.
Before hanging his own shingle John worked with excellent companies like Grant Thornton, Bank of Bermuda, and Olympia Capital.
John’s community investment includes being a Committee Member of ‘Christmas on the LaHave’, Past Director Bridgewater Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Director Lunenburg West PC Association, Founding Chair of Lunenburg County Young Professionals Network, Past Director of Finance St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Past Deputy Grand Knight Knights of Columbus, current Board Member with Devour! The Food Film Fest.
John Swain, CPA, CA
President & CEO
Samantha recently completed the requirements for both an undergraduate degree and an accounting designation. This experience was easily comparable to Frodo Baggins setting out and destroying the One Ring. But Sam also has volunteering, a family, and a career in the mix so Frodo had it a little easier.
Sam is the Chairperson for the Small World Learning Centre, which sadly does not involve the shrink ray from Honey I Shrunk the Kids. But they do have a mission to engage “mind, body and spirit through quality early childhood education” which is a pretty close second to a shrink ray.
At the office Sam is keen on providing the highest level of customer service, and has even overcome language barriers on an international level to be there for clients. When the aliens finally arrive we have no doubt that she’ll be the one diving into their books.
Samantha Crouse, CPA
Manager of Operations
Like most people, Michelle is not just one thing. For example, she loves spending summer weekends at truck pull rallies with her family and friends. But, whenever she has the opportunity, she heads south to Disney for her fill of Winnie the Pooh time. In addition to her BBA from Acadia and her CGA, Michelle also has a great sense of humor and helpful spirit. All of this makes for a pretty well rounded individual that we’re happy to have on the team!
Michelle Mansfield, CPA, CGA
Senior Corporate Player
All you really need to know about Logan is that he and his father once jumped out of an airplane, on purpose.
But if you’re still curious about him, we can go deeper. He’s a Bridgewater boy through and through, but he took the opportunity to move to Halifax for life experience and to grow with Swains.
As a millennial, Logan is automatically assumed to be good with software and apps. Luckily this is actually the case because he’s our office expert on both Xero and Quickbooks Online.
When not at work Logan likes to get lost around the city or in the woods. It’s fine. This is what a chip tracker is for.
Team Leader – Bookkeeping
Connie is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, and we have no doubt that when she pursues her CPA Designation that she will be successful. This is because she’s what you could call a ‘self-starter’. For example, Connie is currently teaching her self how to play the ukulele. She’s also a proficient swimmer who taught her own best friend how to stay afloat. That’s pressure! Actually, that’s buoyancy, but we’re accountants, not physicists.
Like the Greek goddess Aphrodite, Patty wasn’t born so much as she rose from the sea. The office may hold her, but it certainly can’t contain her. Every summer she heads to her camp- her personal oasis- by the sea. Those summers with her friends and family sooth her soul and calms her inner beast. Though, even her inner beast is still pretty great to be around.
While the beach is her place of rest, the office is her place to shine. She’s perfected the art of customer satisfaction and keeps the office in line and running smoothly. She’s the happy and smiling face you see when you first enter the door of our Bridgewater office.
Corporate Assistant - Bridgewater
Jaret grew up in Amherst, Nova Scotia. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2016 and is now enrolled in the CPA professional education program. Jaret grew up helping his entrepreneurial family with their blueberry company. Needless to say, he has seen the ins and outs of operating a small business, first hand. When he’s not buried in school materials or trying his best to avoid hitting his head on the basement ceiling, he enjoys playing hockey, heading to the cottage and beating his friends at tennis.
Assistant Staff Accountant
What does a 40-something year old woman with a husband, 2 boys, grown with lives of their own, two granddaughters and another one on the way, do for fun? Go back to school, of course! Mid-life crisis? Not at all! Heather’s first passion in life, besides her family, was being a continuing care assistant (CCA). But when that passion lost its luster, she traded in a ‘C’ for a ‘P’ and joined a CPA firm! It was time to experience a new passion: accounting!
Accounting is not all about the numbers – there’s so much more. Heather’s role at Swains is to help take stress and anxiety away from clients - helping clients arrange the paperwork needed for the year-end process. Heather wants to obliterate the clients’ anxiety – so we can get to the good stuff!
Liaison - Year End Planning