Meet Nicole Hankinson! Nicole is our Coordinator of Family Support Services and has been working with Family SOS since 2011. She ensures we provide best practices for all of our parenting programs, which includes both of the Positive Parenting Groups as well as our In Home Support Program. She listens to families’ stories and helps them identify parenting goals that are most important to them. She then works through how we can best support them in achieving those goals. Nicole has a two and three-year-old at home, so most of her time is spent chasing those two around, which she loves. When she does get some time to herself she enjoys reading, running and just being alone! Her favorite part of the job is seeing the renewed sense of hope and motivation within the family.

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Meet Emily Sweeney! Emily is our newest Program Coordinator. Her role is to develop, and implement programming at all three of our locations - Dartmouth North, Halifax North, and Spryfield. Although programming is her largest role, she is also responsible for building strong relationships with participants, guardians, and community members. Emily's hobbies and interests include adventuring around the Halifax and surrounding area, so much that some of her friends continue to call her the Halifax Tourist. She also enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time with friends. Emily is continuing her education at Dalhousie University, pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work. Her favorite thing about the job is the positive impact being made on the participants and communities she works in and learning about all the local resources and opportunities!

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Meet Amy Coates! Amy is one of our In Home Parenting Support workers. Amy helps parents achieve self identified parenting goals for themselves and their children through regular meetings. She works with families on areas such as structure, routine, rules, rewards, age and stage to help parents feel more confident in their abilities. When Amy is not at work, she loves spending time with her family, staying active, baking and anything art related.  Her favorite thing about her job is that every day is different and we have so much flexibility to help our families.

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Meet Kayla O’Hearn! Kayla has been working with the organization for two years. She started with us as a Youth Worker and then became the Child and Youth Program Coordinator. She is now an In-Home Support Worker, providing one-on-one support to parents and their children in their home to accomplish parenting goals and improve family dynamics. Kayla loves that our after school programs provide a safe space for children and youth to be themselves, and finds seeing participants experience new opportunities to be incredibly rewarding. She also strongly values that our In Home Support programs are barrier-free, as meeting families in their home creates a more accessible environment where staff can provide methods of support unique to the families’ situation. During her time at Family SOS, she has have come to realize that she is very passionate about young people having equal opportunities.

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Meet Laura O'Brien! Laura joined the team as our Fund Development Coordinator. Her role is to ensure that programs have the financial support to keep helping kids and families, and to make sure that Family SOS can provide more programs and opportunities across the HRM. Laura applies for grants, locally and across the country, to secure this funding. She also meets with organizations and donors to talk about the wonderful work that Family SOS does in the community. When she is not working, she is usually writing, spending time outside, or trying to learn how to actually cook. Laura's favourite part of the job is talking to people and learning more about the communities and people in Halifax!

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Meet Martha Terrio! Martha is our Office Manager and has been with the agency 17 years. Martha has held several positions within the agency, but has been in her current position for the past 6 years. Her favourite aspect of her job is the amazing team that she works with everyday at Family SOS. Her hobbies include volunteering, snowshoeing, reading, spending time with family and friends, and doing photography with her husband.

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Meet Cavin Chan! Cavin is a member of the Family Support Team. He makes home visits and works with Dads and Moms in HRM communities to improve parenting skills and also to work on self identified parenting goals. Often times parenting goals are centered around communication techniques, discipline approaches, self care/stress management and positive parenting practices. He loves the ever-evolving realm of parenting in today's fast paced world and enjoys seeing the growth and development of kids, youth and parents who access Family SOS's services. You may also see him facilitating Family SOS's Kidz Connect and Teenz Talk programs based in HRM elementary and junior high schools. Cavin is fond of learning new cooking techniques, interested in trivia and boogies to funk music.    

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Meet Kim Drisdelle! Kim wears two hats at Family SOS as both our In School Program Coordinator and also the Facilitator of the BEEA Honey with Heart Social Enterprise project. As the In School Program Coordinator, Kim delivers Kidz Connect to Grade 4 students, a program about the dangers and risks of cyberspace, and Teenz Talk to Jr High students, which explores topics such a boundary setting, healthy relationships and communication. As the BEEA Honey with Heart facilitator, Kim works with the BEEA youth executive to assist them in hive checks, harvesting honey, community events and business / personal development training. Kim loves working with youth of all ages to strengthen their education in important topics not often covered in school! When not at Family SOS, Kim enjoys working out, traveling and spending time with friends and family. 

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Meet Linnea Swinimer! Linnea is our Community Engagement Officer. She can most frequently be found meeting with our partners, leading our fundraising events, and telling the story of Family SOS to anyone who will listen. Linnea is passionate about her work and the growth of the programs and services at Family SOS. Being new to Halifax, Linnea is excited to explore the city and familiarize herself with the best places to eat, listen to music, workout, meet new people, and keep herself busy. If you have any suggestions, send them her way! When Linnea is not working hard on projects with Family SOS, she can usually be found spending time with her 9-year-old sister and other family and friends, volunteering with different local organizations, and staying active whatever the weather. Her favorite part about the job is being able to work collaboratively with like-minded people to provide growth and supportive environments for folks utilizing our services in HRM.

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Board and Management

Nanci Rorabeck
Vice President and Chief Legal Officer – CFFI Ventures Inc.

Christy Sandles
Vice Chair
Senior Will and Estate Planner – Scotia Private Client Group

Glen Halfyard
President  – Java Works

Kenny Duncan
Scotiabank Branch Manager

Barbara Beach

Kerry Tench
Senior Account Manager, Diabetes Canada


Mike Bailey
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Tammy Goodwin
Director of Programs and Services, Dartmouth Sportsplex

Ben Rodgers

Dr. John Anderson
Honourary Director, Founding Member
Retired Physician

Rob Steele
Business Owner

Tanya Harrietha
VP Business Operations – Black Rock Tidal Power