The College is governed by our elected Council, Executive, and Standing Committees.
Council is the College’s main governing body. College Councillors are elected by the members and take office after the Annual General Meeting.
President – Ezra Wexler (email: President@NSCSW.org)
Vice-President- Todd Leader
Treasurer – Lynn Brogan
Secretary – Mercy Kasheke
Member at Large – Catherine Kehoe
Tonya Grant (Chair)
Cape Breton – Andréa Shaheen
Cape Breton – Karla Bond
Colchester – Crystal Hill
Cumberland – Vacant
Fundy Shore – Vacant
Halifax Metro – Denise Robichaud
Halifax Metro – Neal Henderson
North Shore – Vacant
South Shore – Kate Matheson
Annapolis Valley – Laura Rodriguez
CASW Board Member – Debbie Reimer
Dalhousie University School of Social Work Faculty – Judy MacDonald
Dalhousie University School of Social Work Student – Ainslee Umlah
Universite Sainte Anne Faculty – Veronique Brideau-Cormier
Universite Sainte Anne Student – Sophie Gallant
Nova Scotia Association of Black Social Workers – Courtney Brown
Indigenous Member – Holly Muese
Karla Bond has practiced social work for five years in the healthcare system in various forms. She obtained a masters degree from York University where her research focused on social work’s use of technology, specifically social media platforms. She continues to foster an interest in how social media impacts the daily lives on her clients, specifically how the senior population uses it to combust social isolation, the impact on families, and how social media use changes the makeup of families and how they communicate.
Karla’s BSW took her to Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she studied at St. Thomas University. She recognizes how her time at STU impacts her current practice interests including rural social work, and integrating spiritual and ecologist frameworks.
Prior to her career in social work, Karla worked in the public service sector in various federal and provincial government agencies. She has worked in the healthcare sector primarily as a practicing social worker in multiple areas including acute care, emergency department, palliative, and seniors’ health. Karla is currently a community social worker with seniors’ health and palliative care programming with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) where she covers numerous communities and visits with clients in their homes for multiple reasons including advanced care planning, grief/bereavement, social isolation, and assessments.
As an active member of the College, including the MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying) subcommittee, Karla brings a variety of experience. She understands the challenges working rurally and hopes to support frontline social workers in their practice on Council.
Andréa Shaheen is a Social Work Candidate (SWC) and a clinical social worker with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) working in Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Services in Cape Breton as one of the concurrent disorder clinicians. She graduated from the University of Toronto’s Master of Social Work Program in June 2017 and is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for adolescents diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, high-risk suicidality, and/or self-harming behaviors. Andréa is currently working towards research projects that are happening in the eastern zone, as well as research projects at Cape Breton University.
As a new NSCSW member and our first-ever elected Councilor, she brings a fresh voice to Council and hopes to help strengthen stakeholder and public awareness of social workers and the NSCSW. In particular, she would like to work with the College to highlighting the contribution of social workers within our communities.
Andréa recognizes the importance of ensuring our members, especially new members, understand the Standards of Practice and the importance of continued development. She hopes to use her experience and voice on Council to promote social work research and education as well as professional and educational development.
Crystal Hill graduated from the Dalhousie School of Social Work in the fall of 2001. Prior to completing her social work degree, Crystal worked for the Native Council of Nova Scotia, assisting off-reserve Indigenous families who were having social difficulties as a result of addictions, family violence, inadequate housing, unemployment/under-employment, childcare and family/criminal court matters.
During university and following her degree she worked in a mental health for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Colchester East Hants Branch for 13 years. She finished her tenure as the Executive Director. She also worked for Futureworx as a program facilitator for a program called Lifeworx and for the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network.
She currently works for Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission as their Indigenous Social Worker, working to ensure Indigenous families have family court support and access to cultural resources. As an Indigenous Social Worker, Crystal is passionate about working towards the betterment of all Indigenous persons in Nova Scotia.
Crystal is an active member of the College on the Professional Development Committee and hopes to bring Indigenous issues including Truth and Reconciliation, child & family poverty and mental health issues to Council.
Holly Meuse lives on the L’sitkuk First Nation (Bear River) Community and is a single mom of three awesome boys. She is currently completing a Masters of Adult Education at Mount St. Vincent University in lifelong learning, with a thesis on Mi’kmaq Cultural Art. She works as a Mi’kmaw Customary Law/Court Worker at Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network (MLSN) and also occasionally works with the Commissionaires as a detention guard.
Holly is an active member of her community & the College as she sits on the Annapolis Valley RCMP advisory board, the RCMP CO’s Mi’kmaq/Aboriginal Advisory Committee, is the acting board president for Annapolis Ventures Limited and is part of the College’s Professional Development Committee.
She hopes to contribute to decisions that will enhance the overall betterment in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) and other areas of Nova Scotia. She also hopes to give a First Nations perspective on issues that will encompass all cultures moving towards a professional future.
CONNECTION is the official newsletter of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.