Our Team

Mickie Bowe

Executive Director and Wellness Facilitation Educator

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.

Diane MacDougall

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.

Having stepped away for a minute from mental health and addictions it did not take long to recognize the passion and the need to be a part of this important work in our province. Becoming a team member with Self Help Connection made perfect sense as the work is understood, Diane and Mickie have experience in developing partnerships leading to significant collective impact and there is a desire to support as many people possible on their path to recovery and wellness.
Wellness Toolbox: Family, small circles, woods walks, flower gardening, treasure hunting and being surrounded by ocean.

Our Board


Cindy Dunn

Cindy Dunn is a Senior Manager, Strategic Support, Commercial Banking with Scotiabank.  She has 18 years of broad business experience in Sales, Sales leadership, HR, Strategy and Operations. She joined Scotiabank in her current role in 2017.  Cindy holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (2001) from Saint Mary’s University.  She is also 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 and her husband live in Halifax with their two daughters.

Cindy joined the SHC Board in 2018 and then became Chair of the Board in 2019.

Kari Mitchell

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.

Nora MacNee

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 Cooper

              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.

Debbie Nickerson

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.”