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
Captain Nemo, Indiana Jones, Dora- what do these great explorers have in common? They loved to travel and explore almost as much as Ginette! This great explorer leads an expedition team compromised of her wonderful husband and their two children. They hike, camp, and even surf all over the Maritimes. Their latest adventure has landed Ginette on the door steps of Swain CPA and we couldn’t be happier to have her as a Corporate Player… the day job she happily uses to fund her expeditions.
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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
A handful of years ago, Samantha Nault sent her parents out on a scouting party from a small town in BC. When the reports came back from the South Shore stating that there was under an inch of snow and it rarely dropped below minus seven degrees Celsius in the middle of December, she packed up her two toddlers, her cats and dog, and high-tailed it east. In Samantha’s opinion, no one, especially herself, should ever be subjected to -50 degrees.
Nova Scotia fit Samantha like a smooth yellow Wellington and she quickly adopted the local ways. No longer pronouncing aunt as “ant,” and “Where ya to,” has become part of her vernacular. Soon after her last baby’s diaper stage finished, Sam hung up her scrubs, slipped on her business attire, and returned to school. She graduated with distinction from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting. She attributes her Summa Cum Laude success to hard work, her friendly personality and chatty disposition. Talking too much in high school might get you a stern warning; in university it gets you bonus points.
Now that she is finished studying 24/7, Sam is free to spend time with her scientist partner (and fellow St. Mary’s alum), traveling and teaching their children about sedimentary rocks, Roman Caesars, the map of the world, and how to belt out a mad tune on the karaoke machine. We can already tell that her personality will add to our friendly atmosphere and our clientele will be pleased with her A+ service.