Staff and Regional Convenors
Arlene brings to the position her experience as executive director of the Pictou County Women’s Centre. Arlene is an active community leader, volunteer and advocate for the non-profit/voluntary sector.
Laurie Cook is serial social entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in community development. She has been a community developer with the city of Halifax, worked in the film and television industry and is an active volunteer in her home community of Musquodoboit Harbour. She also has a Masters in Adult Education specializing in community development from St. Francis Xavier University. Laurie's passion is the great outdoors, and hiking the Musquodoboit Harbour Rail Trail whenever possible.
Nicole Cammaert has over 20 years experience working with communities at the grass roots level. She also contributes years of experience working in diverse fields such as marketing and outdoor adventure tourism. Nicole brings a balanced, holistic and entrepreneurial ethos to her work as a community organizer, embracing complexity through systems change and social innovation. She has served in various community development capacities including most recently as Director of Community Engagement and Education for New Dawn Enterprises, as well as co-founder and manager of the North River Centre for the Performing Arts, Co-Chair for the St. Ann’s Bay Development Association, and Coordinator of the St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Centre, and Director of Marketing and Product Development for Tourism Cape Breton. Nicole is a recent graduate of the Coady International Institute’s program, Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute.
Dana Perry is the Regional Hub Convenor for the Nova Scotia Community Sector Council, specifically administering the Annapolis Valley(West Hants, Kings County, Annapolis County and Digby County). Dana’s background includes a 20+ year career in the film industry, a lengthy musical career, and most recently as a Regional Coordinator for the Nova Scotia Community Access Program. His work related experiences in addition to his educational background in Science and History makes for a diversified approach to the Community Sector Council.
Philip Girvan brings over a decade of adult education experience, and extensive training in network development to his role as Highland Region Hub Convenor. His professional projects and interests include citizen journalism, documentary film production, public health, community health, event production, publishing and IT. His volunteer experience includes serving as the Chair of Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board, as co-editor of the All-of-Us Society For Art Presentation Zine, and as a member of the Sustainable Antigonish Leadership Team.
Tara Jaskowiak has a passion for volunteer management and working with community organizations. Her instinct for bringing people together and developing great ideas has drawn her to creative leadership roles - from instructing at a YMCA outdoor centre in the Rocky Mountains and providing leadership to organizations on Vancouver Island, to supporting women and girls at Second Story Women's Centre and developmental evaluation with YouthScape Canada. She also has a strong background in event coordination and a penchant for volunteering herself. Currently, Tara is also the part-time Navigator with the Lunenburg Queens Volunteer Partnership and is dedicated to making connections and building capacity within the community.
Halifax Region Convenor Tegan Smith has worked in the communications and engagement field for over a decade. With a strong background in non-profit management and community development, her focus is to connect, grow and engage communities, building relationships that benefit an organization and its members. With an emphasis on collaboration, authenticity and shared vision she works with organizations that share these values to help them not only succeed, but thrive. Her past work includes Communications Coordinator for the United Way Hubs project, Managing Director of The Old School Gathering Place, a rural Arts & Culture Centre, Co-founder and Coordinator of the Women Reshaping the World conferences, as well as developing successful communication strategies for many other non-profit organizations such as Eastern Shore Mental Health and Firefly Women’s Association. She currently fills the role of the CBC Community Contact for the Eastern Shore.
Jessica Farrell has been working with nonprofit organizations for nearly a decade. She has an MBA in Community Economic Development and has worked with the Nova Scotia Trails Federation, Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association and Dalhousie University. Jessica has built a strong network of nonprofit and community stakeholders across Cape Breton and is enthusiastic about helping to build strong and vibrant communities in the Cape Breton region.
These regional convenors play a vital role in giving a collective voice to the sector and enhancing the Community Sector Council’s capacity to address labour force and human resource issues across the province.