Our Tribe- In Our Element

Mickie Bowe

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.

Etta Brodersen

Transformation Consultant, Program and Evaluation


Etta has a PhD in Forensic Psychology and works both as a psychologist (MA candidate register with NSBEP) and program evaluator who specialized during her graduate training in the treatment of at risk populations and the development, implementation, and evaluation of social service programs. She is committed to using participatory approaches to help measure the impact and effectiveness of programs, and is focused on participant engagement in all aspects of her work.

Work life balance is hugely important to Etta, especially for those individuals in roles where mental burn out and emotional exhaustion are common concerns. Etta prioritizes her mental wellness through integrating exercise, crochet, painting, baking, reading, and social activities into her life.  She believes that in order to help others, you must first help yourself, and she does her best to apply this approach in both her personal life and to promote this mindset in her work.

Wellness Toolbox: Crocheting, needle work, cats, yoga, boot camps, reading, baking, refurbishing furniture,comics,hiking, & sunsets

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.

The Board


Melissa Cooper

Cindy Dunn

Cathy MacDonald

Nora McNee

Kari Mitchell