Tracey Dorrington-Skinner, Executive Director
Tracey has proven strength in public advocacy having spent over 25 years working with the African Nova Scotian community of Truro in advocacy and various other roles.
She previously dedicated 20 years of her professional career to the education system, empowering and advocating for students and their families.
She simultaneously dedicated 15 years advocating on behalf of former residents of the NSHCC resulting in a successful class action lawsuit against the Province of Nova Scotia and the NSHCC.
Tracey is Co founder and Co Chair of (Voices) Victims of Institutional Childhood Exploitation Society.
She is Co-Writer of the Terms of Reference used to guide the Restorative Inquiry for the NSHCC.
Finally yet importantly, Tracey has grown two beautiful girls into two beautiful and strong women; one who has blessed her with a super handsome grandson and another on the way.
In Tracey’s spare time, she enjoys painting.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to bring some focus to increasing issues that continue to be a challenge for women and their families and to begin a process that brings change so women and their families can reach their highest potential.”
“Work hard! Play hard! “
Michaela MacLachlan, Office Manager
She has been with the centre since 2009, and with education from both St. Mary’s University and the Nova Scotia Community College, Michaela helps the organization run smoothly and has a myriad of knowledge to help not only the staff and the board, but also the women in our community.
A mother of one, and an animal lover, Michaela is a woman with a true belief that helping our community can really make a difference for everyone who lives here.
Stephanie Atwood, Women’s Support Worker
Stephanie has experience working with vulnerable persons, primarily women and youth throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
She brings over 10 years experience having worked as a Program Facilitator with Community Services, Correctional Officer, Youth Program Coordinator and an Executive Assistant of a non-profit centre for youth and families.
She has developed female specific programming and studied with reputable educational institutions and professional leaders in the community service sector such as Nova Scotia Community College, University of New Brunswick and online through Harvard University and University of Michigan.
She is currently studying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and hope to continue her education and obtain a Masters in Social Work.
Kelly has devoted over 20 years to the Human Service field including Mental Health, Crisis Intervention, Programming, Educating, Advocating and Navigating within our community.
Receiving her education at NSCC – Truro, Kelly has always stayed local, making great connections in the community to further her client’s wellness.
Kelly is eager to work with the youth in our community to provide the tools for self-empowerment to carry on throughout their lives.
Kelly has been an active member of our great community both in her personal life and throughout her career.
Her care for our community comes from her deep compassion for people who are in crisis and to support the families who love them.
Her belief that we can have a supportive community that provides help before crisis is what drives her passion to reach out to all and raise awareness.
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King. …
Gus, Team Motivator
Gus is a small dog with a big personality! A 7-year-old poodle/bichon.
He is sweet, charming, affectionate and gentle.
He loves snuggles, cuddles and making new friends.
You will often find Gus hanging out at his person’s desk (Michaela) or exploring the center making sure everyone has a smile on her face.
Our Board of Directors:
- Chairperson: Cheryl Paris
- Vice Chairperson: Twila MacDonald
- Treasurer: Kenda Harris
- Secretary: Rebekah Loughead
- Director: Carolyn Irving
- Director: Justine Maloney
- Director: Kim MacNearney
- Director: Josie Lake
- Director: Stephanie Clyke
- Director: Stephanie Patriquin
- Director: Florance Desmond
- Director: Caitlin Glode
- Director: Sunshine Paul-Martin