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.