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
Acting Treasurer – Alec Stratford (July-Dec 2019)
Treasurer – Lynn Brogan (returns Jan 2019)
Secretary – Laurie Ehler
Member at Large – Catherine Kehoe
Tonya Grant (Chair)
Northern – Crystal Hill
Northern – Vacant
Eastern – Andréa Shaheen
Eastern – Karla Bond
Central – Denise Robichaud
Central – Donna LeMoine
Western – Kate Matheson
Western – 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
Kate Matheson volunteered for a second Council term in 2019.
Kate completed her MSW at the University of Toronto in 2016 and her BSW at Dal’s School of Social work in 2012. Her working life began in the food and beverage industry and she draws on that experience in her practice. Since then, she’s worked in non-profit, community development, residential care, research, and outpatient mental health services. She’s currently a Policy Lead at the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA).
When Kate began her practice she had a very positive experience of mentorship, and has enjoyed the opportunity to pay that forward as an active member of the Candidacy committee. She is proud of the committee’s work on the new Candidacy and Mentorship program, which will provide new Nova Scotian social workers with the support and guidance they need to best serve our communities.
Kate is passionate about collaboration, communication, and social justice. She grew up in a small fishing village outside of Halifax and feels a strong connection to the South Shore. Kate and her partner have lived in Shelburne, Chester Basin, and are now settled just outside of Bridgewater. She finds that this area of the province embodies Nova Scotia’s charm, resilience, and opportunities.
Lynn Brogan joined Council for a second term as Treasurer at the 2019 AGM. She is acting as Executive Director and Registrar until the end of 2019.
Lynn holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology) from the University of New Brunswick, a Bachelor of Social Work from Saint Thomas University and a Master of Social Work from Dalhousie University.
A native of Nova Scotia, Lynn has held various social work positions from mental health clinician, frontline child protection social worker, supervisor, manager, program consultant, child welfare specialist, regional administrator and executive director. She brings more than three decades of experience in the public sector that has spanned working in various fields of social work practice including disability, social services, child welfare, mental health and justice. Lynn also has extensive local, provincial and national leadership and board experience. She is skilled in leading both small and large organizations, stakeholder relations and has strong financial acumen.
During Lynn’s career in the public sector she has continuously been a strong advocate in advancing and promoting the profession of social work and for the changes required to enhance the lives of vulnerable children, youth and families in Nova Scotia.
Lynn is an active member of the Executive of the NSCSW. She has played a key leadership role in transforming the financial reporting and condition of the College. Lynn has also been actively involved in the overall strategic planning of the College and in particular two advocacy strategies; child welfare, and mental health.
Lynn is proud to serve on council, and is passionate about the incredible contribution social workers make in the lives of children, youth and families in our community. She hopes to use her experience and skills to strengthen the effectiveness of the College, contribute to the strategic decisions and initiatives that will support social workers, elevate the profession, and build meaningful relations with our membership, the stakeholder community and public.
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.