Resource Team

Tracey Dorrington-Skinner, Executive Director

Tracey Dorrington-SkinnerExecutive 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

Michaela is first friendly face you see when you come into the centre. The heart and soul of the organization, Michaela is truly the Coordinator of our services.

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.


Kelly Furlotte-Fagan, Youth Program Facilitator

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, 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: Josie Lake
  • Director: Stephanie Clyke
  • Director: Stephanie Patriquin
  • Director: Florance Desmond
  • Director: Caitlin Glode
  • Director: Sunshine Paul-Martin



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~