Resource Team

Michaela MacLachlan, Executive Director

The heart and soul of the organization, Michaela is truly the Director 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.

Sandi Dunbar, Administrative Assistant

Sandi has been an active member In the community for many years. She has played a big part in the LGBTQ community for the past several years.

Being a graduate of the Ashworth Community college, Sandi has received her diploma of Veterinary Assistance. Her passion is animals of all shapes and sizes. Her dog Ayce is the apple to her eye.

Some of her hobbies include going for hikes with her pup, photography, skiing and swimming.

Her belief is that every women should have a voice, big or small.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”- Arthur Ashe

Sarah Pearson, Women’s Support Worker

Sarah has dedicated her career to working with families, youth and children and is passionate about helping at risk individuals reach their fullest potential. Her combination of studying Fine Arts at NSCADU and Child and Youth Work at MSVU helps her address the needs of individuals in crisis through creative interventions.

For over 15 years she has developed and facilitated various programs for The Boys and Girls Club, Department of Community Services and her own childcare business as well as various arts education programs and workshops within the community. She has worked as a youth worker, behavioral interventionist, respite foster parent and support worker.

Sarah loves spending time with her daughter and husband, drinking coffee, cuddling animals, making art and collecting records.

Vanessa Totten-Paris, Girl Power Camp Facilitator

Vanessa has over a decade of experience working with children. She has worked as a Student Monitor, an Educational Assistant, and a Pre-Primary Teacher over the last 3 years. Vanessa thrives to help make a difference in kid’s lives and loves the bonds she’s able to form with them.

She is the owner of Totten-Paris Family Goats, which makes all natural soaps and beauty products out of goat milk. She also takes her goats on the road with her to Birthday Parties, schools, daycares, and the goats have been in 4H with her children. Totten-Paris Family Goats has been in business for 3.5 years.

Vanessa is also the event planner of Craft & Vendor Events at the Legion.

Vanessa is a very busy parent; she is actively involved in her children’s sports and activities. Managing her son’s hockey team has been her most recent and rewarding endeavor.

“My Daughter has attended the Girl Power Camps in the previous years and she loved it. I thought it was a great camp myself and when the chance came to be a leader, I was very excited for this opportunity to help show some Girl Power to the youth that will attend Girl Power Camp.”

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 Patriquin
  • Director: Florance Desmond

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~