Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of The Lotus Centre is responsible for the governance of the The Lotus Centre and the management of the The Lotus Centre financial situation through the implementation of clear policy.


Cheryl Paris, Chairperson

Cheryl is the Research Officer and Animal Ethics Coordinator for the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus and Vice President of the local NSGEU.

Her past volunteer work includes serving as Vice President for MADD Cobequid, and working with Red Cross and the Truro Homeless Outreach Society.

She is currently the co-organizer for 100 Kids Who Care and a member of the Community Investment Committee at United Way.

She’s the positive thinker behind the Facebook and IG pages “Positive Vibes” and “Empower Women”, as well as the Facebook group “Women Empowering Women”!

” In my early-30’s I started to pay closer attention to the injustices in society and tried to be purposeful in using my voice and platforms to influence change. 2017 shined a bright light on the challenges that women today still endure. I was compelled to do much, much more. I have admired the work of The Lotus Centre ever since participating in the One Billion Rising event in 2013 and took steps to get involved with the centre. I joined the Board of Directors in May of 2017 and shortly after, proudly accepted the Chair appointment.

I am dedicated to surrounding this center and myself with the most amazing women I can find to ensure our success!

In my free time, you can find me on the beach (any time of year), or taking a hike through our beautiful local trails.”

Twila MacDonald, Vice-Chairperson

Twila has worked in the human services field for approximately 15 years.

She has supported female adolescents with programming and life skills. She has supported parents and families and currently works in residential care.

She plans to attend University in September to further her education in women’s studies.

Twila is passionate about the issues surrounding women and the empowerment of women.


Rebekah Loughhead, Director/Secretary

Rebekah (or Becky as most know her) grew up in Truro where she became a versatile athlete throughout her youth, playing both hockey and softball.

She moved to Massachusetts where she attained an English degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and founded the Native American Student Association.

It was also in Massachusetts, that Becky became an avid Boxer while completing her degree.

After she completed her degree, she moved to Las Vegas, NV where she worked primarily as a substitute teacher before returning to her roots here in Nova Scotia.

Rebekah worked as a CCA in both home care and long-term care for 7+ years before choosing to become a Product Advisor at Truro Toyota.

As a single mother of two incredible daughters, Rebekah finds passion in women’s rights as well as helping to empower young women in all aspects of life.

She is dedicated to helping the women in our community.

Kenda Harris, Director/Treasurer

I began working for Colchester-East Hants District School Board in 1989 as an Administrative Assistant in Education Programs. When Cumberland, Colchester and Pictou Boards amalgamated into Chignecto Central Regional School Board I landed in Human Resources. I made the move to TJHS in 1998 where I have been ever since.

Truro Junior High moved into a new building in 2004 leaving our home on Victoria Street and moving to our new location at the top of Young Street. This was an exciting time for staff and students as we enjoyed the benefits of the new building while feeling nostalgic about the building we were leaving that had been there since 1938.

Proud mom of two adult children, Kirk & Robyn, very proud Nana of Charlotte and granddog “Abbie”!   I love doing all and every kind of activity (or nothing at all) with all of them. I enjoy classes at the gym, yoga, hiking, gardening, beaching, updating around home and of course, who doesn’t like to travel!?

I have been wanting to become involved with community work so am very excited about being involved with The Lotus Centre.


Carolyn Irving, Director

“I believe that The Lotus Centre is one of the most useful resources available to women in our community. Whether someone is experiencing extreme changes in her life and is in need of an unbiased and supportive voice or someone has a desire to learn new skills that will foster a sense of person development and achievement; I want to be a part of building awareness of this incredibly important resource.”

Carolyn has worked within our health system for over 15 years and has participated in community initiatives in various capacities: Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Society, Truro and Area Minor Lacrosse Association, Cedarstone, many other rallies and women’s wellness events.

When she’s not at work you can find Carolyn spending time with her friends and family out on the trails!


Board of Directors Application

CNWRC Bylaws March 2018-19

You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to speak warmly of them, they should have behaved better.

~Anne Lamott~

Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women

~Maya Angelou~



Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has

~Margaret Mead~