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Mary Acton-Bond has been in the nonprofit world as an Executive Director for 12 years. She joined Family SOS in December 2018. “Family is a huge part of my life right now so I feel as though I should be supporting other families. It’s less of a job and more of a vocation.” She wants to give back to her community and feels as though the best way for that is to work for a grassroots organization -- to make the place we live better.

Mary is originally from Ottawa, but spent her teenage years growing up in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. In her spare time, you’ll find her exploring museums, practicing yoga, and spending time with her husband, her 1 year old and 6 year old boys.


Meet Nicole Hankinson! Nicole is our Family Support Team Lead 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 favourite 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 an In Home Support Worker, she works collaboratively with parents/caregivers to create a parenting plan based on their self identified parenting goals. She works with families on areas such as structure, routine, communication, relationship building, co-parenting, advocacy and helps parents feel more confident in their abilities. She enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time with friends. Emily is continuing her education at Dalhousie University, pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work. Her favourite thing about the job is the positive impact being made on the families 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 Jessica Luedee! Jessica is our newest In-Home Support Worker. Jessica has a diploma in Child and Youth Care and experience delivering programming to children and parents on emotional regulation.  In her spare time Jessica enjoys going to the gym, volunteering, spending time outdoors and performing tricks with her hula hoops.  Jessica's favorite thing about the job is having the ability to empower families to help them reach their identified goals. 


Meet Victoria Law! Victoria is our Communications and Development Officer at Family SOS. As a Public Relations graduate from MSVU, her role is to share the stories of the organization online through social media, organize the Courage to Give Back Awards and to ensure that programs have the financial support to keep helping kids and families. Victoria loves travelling, spending time with her family and friends and catching up on the latest Netflix shows.

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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 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. 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 Jessica Watling! Jessica is the Program Coordinator for the Healthy Kidz program at our Greystone location. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Memorial University, a diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, and will be attending Mount Saint Vincent University this fall for a Bachelor of Education. In her spare time, Jessica teaches dance and musical theatre, and she loves to bake. Her favourite part of the job is working with kids. “The kids give me life. That’s how I know I was destined to work with kids. I find their energy to be rejuvenating.”

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

Scott Pike
Associate - Stewart McKelvey

Kenny Duncan
Scotiabank Branch Manager

Barbara Beach

Kerry Tench
Senior Account Manager, Diabetes Canada

Mike Bailey
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Kendra Coady
Client Relationship Manager, Mathica Benefits Consulting

Ben Rodgers
Officer, Halifax Regional Police

Dr. John Anderson
Honourary Director, Founding Member
Retired Physician

Rob Steele
Business Owner

Tanya Harrietha
VP Business Operations – Black Rock Tidal Power