Executive Director and Wellness Facilitator
With more than 10 years of working within mental health not-for-profit organizations, Mickie’s community experience and navigational passion provides Self-Help Connection with strong relationships with other organizations and provides confidence and support to self-help groups. Mickie’s commitment and dedication to the mental health sector is shown through in her work by fostering trusting bonds with new self-help groups, implementing facilitation and training into existing agencies, and providing inspiring methods of community engagement. Her compassion and understanding for the mental health community fuels her work and motivates others around her.
Wellness Toolbox: Finding my tribe, nature, ocean, music, my dog Remi, …the list goes on.
Operations Manager and Board Relations
Diane brings a solid background in board development, leadership, stakeholder engagement and sustainability through fund development in the non government sector with experience from NS SPCA, the Mental Health Foundation, 4-H Nova Scotia and the Schizophrenia Society.
Cindy Dunn is a Senior Manager, Strategic Support, Commercial Banking with Scotiabank. She has 17 years of broad business experience in Sales, Sales leadership, HR and Strategy. She joined Scotiabank in her current role 2 years ago.Cindy holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (2001) from Saint Mary’s University. She is currently the Acting Chair of the Board for Self Help Connection, she is a Chapter Lead for the Halifax Women in Leadership group with Scotiabank, and she is also a regular volunteer at her children’s school. Cindy joined the Boardas a Director in 2018 and now sits as the Board Chair.
Cindy and her husband live in Halifax and have two daughters, who are 9 and 5. They also own the company, Cole + Parker, which is an ultra-premium sock company with a social conscience.
Kari finds employment balance by spending half her time in the “social field” and half in the “media arts.” Her work in the social field gives her purpose and her work in the arts allows her creative expression. She has 15 years’ experience in each field. Experience in the social field includes program design and delivery, case management, career guidance, life skills facilitation and support work. The recipient of the Leadership Award from the Minister of Social Services in New Brunswick, Kari was recognized for her work on the Community Academic Program (CASP). Her participation on pilot programs in Eastern Canada and the United States inspired the development of a program called FOCUS. Passionate about helping people find fulfilling employment/ purpose. FOCUS is a Holistic Approach to Employment & Health. Passionate about mental health, Kari is currently “holistic” support for a veteran (and his family) with severe ptsd. Kari is a partner at KoKreative Productions, a film & video production firm that offers marketing services. In 2009, she received the Broadcast Education Association of Canada Award for Directing. Her education includes a Diploma in Digital/Screen Art, a B.A. in Sociology, Transpersonal Studies (Graduate level) and advanced training in Therapeutic Touch.
Kari joined the Board as a Director and now is Board Vice Chair as of Spring 2019.
As a Chartered Professional Accountant Nora MacNee has fifteen years’ experience working in the non-profit sector. Nora is the Chief Financial Officer at MetroWorks Employment Association, which provides training and work opportunities for persons with barriers to employment. She is the Treasurer for Visual Arts Nova Scotia and volunteers her time with individual artists by helping them find their way through issues of taxation and small business management. She also serves on the Board of Photopolis and the Veith Street Gallery Studio Association. In her spare time Nora enjoys volunteer work, hiking the barrens of the Chebucto peninsula and kayaking.
Nora joined the Self Help Connection Board in 2016 and continues to enjoy the spirit and vision of Shaping Healthy Communities.
Melissa has a solid background in marketing and communications graduating from Mount St Vincent University with Honours with Distinction with her Bachelor of Public Relations in 2014. Currently she is the Manager of Marketing and Communications with LifeRaft in Halifax. Melissa’s cooperative placements crossed all sectors including the not for profit with CMHA as a Communications Officer for the SEAK project. Melissa is giving of her time in the sector as an Advisor with the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, has organized Day of Caring at MSVU and now as the Secretary of the Board with Self-Help Connection. Melissa is highly recommended for her work in public relations, social media and public speaking.
Melissa joined the Board of Self-Help Connection in 2016 and is the Secretary.
Cathy MacDonald has a diverse background. Completing her education at the College of the North Atlantic as well as Memorial University in Newfoundland with a focus on computer studies and accounting. Cathy is a passionate learner who continues to develop her professional skills with continued education. Cathy is a dedicated public servant who works with the public sector providing project and facility support. Cathy is very community minded and has served on boards for many organizations including serving as vice president of the Sunshine Foundation, President of Miles for Smiles.
Cathy has been serving on the Board as a Director with Self-Help Connection since 2015.
Debbie Nickerson began her teaching career with Nova Scotia Community College Burridge Campus in 1999, after moving from a 19-year nursing career across several nursing specialties including, geriatrics, pediatrics, and psychiatry. Debbie’s initial teaching assignment was in the ability supports sector supporting students with a variety of learning styles. Her passion has always been working with and supporting persons’ with mental health challenges. Debbie is a strong advocate to have more curriculum content within mental health promotion and was seconded in 2009 to create the Mental Health Recovery & Promotion diploma program for NSCC which she has been delivering since 2010.
Debbie joined the Board as a Director in Spring 2019.“I strongly believe in recovery and peer support and have personally seen the benefits.”