CSAC employs an Executive Director, Bookkeeper, Client Intake Supervisor and four Counselling Therapists. Our organization is led by a group of volunteers who sit on the Board of Directors who advise on the programs and services we provide in our communities.
Jamie Matthews – Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie brings with him over a decade of progressive non-profit leadership experience. Having experience in fund development, as well as marketing and communications, we are thrilled to have Jamie join our team as our Executive Director! He is originally from Cape Breton where he attended Cape Breton University in the Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies program, which is also where he developed his passion for supporting those in the vulnerable sector. He then moved to Toronto to attend Ryerson University as a graduate in their Gerontology program. While there, he worked for numerous national print and online publications, developing multi-million dollar advertising campaigns for some of our countries most recognizable brands.
Following his return home to the Maritimes, he made a career shift into the non-profit sector. Having worked at the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame and at Hospice Fredericton, he has developed a proven track record in helping non-profits reach their full potential. In addition to his fundraising and marketing experience, he has also worked with numerous Boards to create a highly engaged team of both staff and volunteers. Jamie also brings with him a great compassion for those in need of support. Whether it is supporting those struggling with a diagnosis of dementia, motivating underprivileged children to become active in their community through sport and education, or with those coping with end-of-life, and now with those impacted by sexual violence – Jamie is a passionate advocate for those needing support and a voice. These opportunities have Jamie with the skills in effective Board relations, operations, fund development and fundraising, donor and media relations, volunteer management, strategic planning and budgeting as well as grassroots community-based program delivery.
Marilyn Ebsary – Bookkeeper
Sara-Lynne Lantz – Client Intake Supervisor and Counselling Therapist – email@example.com
Sara-Lynne (she/her), a ten year Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate, holds a Master of Education in Counselling from Acadia University and has been a Trauma Counsellor with the CSAC since 2016. She strives to create a trauma-informed and empowering space for all gender identities and cultures through individual and small-group counselling and support and psychoeducational programming. Utilizing a client-centred approach, Sara-Lynne
implements multiple techniques and strategies including, but not limited to,
Strengths-Based Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction,
Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, and Arts-Based Therapy.
Sara-Lynne strongly believes in working collaboratively with clients and community organizations to create holistic programming, support services, and psychoeducational workshops and presentations to help individuals learn and develop healthy strategies and a greater understanding of trauma.
Prior to working at the CSAC, Sara-Lynne was a School Counsellor for five years with the CCRCE.
Mairi Hughes McKay – Summer Student – firstname.lastname@example.org
Malory Beazley – Counselling Therapist – email@example.com
Malory (she/they) is a Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate (RCT-C) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and holds a Master of Education in Counselling from Acadia University. As a queer feminist counsellor, Malory understands the importance of trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and culturally-relevant responses to sexualized violence, as well as prevention through accessible, equitable, and inclusive education. She has experience working with survivors of sexualized violence and concurrent mental and emotional challenges including anxiety, depression, gender and sexual identity, shame, self-esteem, emotional regulation, and unhealthy relationship dynamics. She is also a group facilitator for the “Waves of Change” Bystander Intervention Training program to help post-secondary students identify and intervene in sexualized violence on university campuses.
As a heart-centred counsellor, Malory believes in a holistic (mind-body-spirit) approach to healing that integrates feminist, person-centred, strength-based, and mindfulness therapies. She believes that everyone has the innate capacity for growth, empowerment, and connection to self and others. In counselling, Malory strives to create a safe space where people feel seen and heard. She is here to listen to your story, help you unpack how sexualized violence is affecting your life, and work together to develop healthy coping strategies. She welcomes clients from all backgrounds, cultures, religions, genders, sexualities, and abilities. You are not alone.
Stacy Darku – Counselling Therapist – firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacy has obtained her Masters of Counselling Psychology degree through Yorkville University. She began her career working at a homeless shelter for women in New Brunswick. Stacy has worked with people that have faced addictions, trauma, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Stacy uses a variety of therapeutic approaches and will adjust to support the client’s needs. Stacy supports clients facing trauma by unpacking their trauma and help them learn skills to cope with their trauma. She utilizes elements of Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Focusing. Stacy’s aim is support our community and support people that are facing trauma. Stacy’s hours are Monday to Friday from 6pm-8pm and Saturdays from 9am-3pm which is ideal for people who work or are in school.
Khanden MacMullin – Counselling Therapist – email@example.com
Khanden holds a Master’s of Education in Counselling from Acadia University and brings with him experience in the non-profit sector. Khanden understands, from his experience supporting individuals impacted by sexualized violence and the degree of challenges that can be brought on by it, the importance of prioritizing an accepting space based on understanding and compassion. Khanden believes in a collaborative approach to counselling and will integrate aspects of various therapeutic approaches, with a holistic, person-centred and strength-based focus, that best fit the individual’s values to support and help empower them as they face their personal challenges and ultimately continue to develop their unique story.
Nicole Williams – Counselling Therapist – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole holds a Masters of Counselling degree and is a Registered Counselling Therapist- Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. She began her career working with victimized youth and their families. She has since worked with both offenders and victims involved in domestic violence, sexual assault, and childhood sexual abuse. Nicole integrates a variety of therapeutic approaches, dependent upon the individual needs of each client. Nicole works from a strengths-based, client centered approach, aiming to empower and build upon client’s pre-existing strengths, values, and skills. She utilizes elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy in her work. Trauma-informed practices guide Nicole in her work, and she strives to first and foremost create a safe space for her clients to process their experience. Nicole is currently completing her certification as a Play Therapist, and is trained in the Safe and Sound Protocol, which is a music-based trauma treatment.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair – Deb Pryor (East End Community Association)
Vice-Chair – Alysse Taggart (Province of NS)
Treasurer – Niki Henderson (NorthEast Truck & Trailer)
Secretary – Jenna MacKeil (Sobeys Inc.)
Matthew Berrigan (Truro Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity)
Tyrone Goodwin (Labourers Union)
Eryn Heidel (Lawyer, Articling)
Susan Henderson (Canadian Mental Health Association – CEH Branch)
Cathy Hinton (Ward 3 Town of Truro Councillor)
Victoria Mumford (Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA)
Chantal Paris (Federal Government)
Cheryl Paris (Research Officer, Dalhousie University)
Cheryl Young (Registered Nurse)
Paul Young (Department of Justice)