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Ashlee D’Entremont, Chairperson

Ashlee is a social worker within the NSHA, and previously worked in Child Welfare. She has a Master of Social Work degree with a psychology undergrad. Ashlee brings the ability to view the world through a critical and anti-oppressive lens, a theoretical understanding and working knowledge of intimate partner violence, women’s oppression, violence against women, trauma and child development as well as an in depth knowledge of child protection. ” I chose to be apart of the HTHA because I was looking for a volunteer position at a policy and organizational level rather then at the front line. I worked alongside HTHA many times over the years and I was interested in becoming more involved with the organization at a governance level.”

Scott Lytle, Vice Chairperson

Scott is a Lawyer and a faculty member at St. Mary’s University, where he teaches Legal Aspects of Business. He is also engaged as an Independent Consultant with Deloitte, and a Public Representative on an Investigative Panel with the CPA of NS. He holds a Bachelor of Law Degree with a specialization in Commercial Law from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has a long history in Board service, notably in the areas of strategic planning and business governance, serving as Vice President of Soccer NS. In a world troubled by so many challenges, both internal and external, he values the opportunity to share his passions and experience to improve the lives of those most vulnerable.

Dawnetta McDonald, Chair of the Nominations Committee

Dawnetta has been on the HTHA Board since 2018. She is a future-focused thinker with a pragmatic approach who puts her degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management, CPHR designation, and Professional Coaching Accreditation to good use. She joins us currently from her role as Senior Manager of People and Culture at Boyne Clarke. She is well-versed in the areas of strategic planning, change leadership, talent attraction, engagement and development, project management, and HR generalist work. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion in her personal and professional lives, she is looking forward to helping make a positive difference in her community.

Andrea Wilkie, Treasurer

Andrea has been on the board since 2018. She is a Chartered Accountant graduating from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Alberta. She is the Vice President of Finance & Corporate Services at Events East Group. As a member of the board of directors, Andrea has provided technical accounting advice and support, along with insights to industry best practices for not-for-profit organizations. Andrea was born and raised in the Halifax area and she wants to give back to her community. Organizations such as HTHA have a meaningful mission, and Andrea wants to contribute her time and effort to make a difference for women and their children experiencing IPV.

Stacey McCarthy, Chair of the Governance Committee

Stacey is a senior marketing and communications strategist, writer and owner of Off Site Communications. Over the past 25 years, she has traveled the globe working in a variety of industries, including television news journalism, publishing, information technology, government business development, conservation, and land development. 

Stacey joined the Board in 2018 and is the current Chair of the Governance Committee. She brings her experience in fundraising, event management, strategic planning, and communications to HTHA. She is committed to working with an organization that helps women, and their children escape intimate partner violence.

Brenda Brown, Secretary

Brenda is a senior leader with expertise in information technology and business process services. She has a wide breadth of experience in service delivery and project management, and has managed multi-million-dollar programs of up to $35 million per year. She has a proven track record of achieving delivery excellence and profitable growth with national and global organizations and possesses a strategic orientation that helps clients manage their business. Brenda has served as an executive member for several non-profit boards in the past.  “I chose to be part of the HTHA board because the organization offers safety, hope and empowerment to women and children who have experienced domestic abuse.”

Amy MacIsaac

Amy has served on the Executive Committee as Treasurer since July 2017 and is currently in the role of Chairperson. She has also worked on the Nominating Committee. Amy has a professional accounting designation and currently holds the position of Director of Member Services with CPA Nova Scotia. She has worked as a senior level administrator and has served on a number of non-profit boards in the past and brings strength in strategy, governance, and financial experience. “It is imperative to give back to your community in many different ways. Helping women and children in vulnerable situations find a safe place to live and a chance to improve their circumstances is an important way to do that.”

Courtney Stevens

Courtney has been on the board since 2018. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a Senior Manager at Baker Tilly Nova Scotia, specializing in non-profit clients. She believes in using her skills to help advance the mission and vision of HTHA while also providing effective governance. “I believe that I am in a position where I have the experience, time and skills to make a meaningful contribution to the area that I grew up in. I believe in HTHA’s mission and goals and want to help advance them further.”

Sandra Meyers-Rahlfs

Sandra Meyer-Rahlfs comes to the Board through the provision of one of three seats for staff members of HTHA. She has worked at the shelter since 1987 as a children’s counsellor and her most recent role on the Board began in 2018. Through her work with the children at the shelter, Sandra brings knowledge of their experiences and needs while in HTHA’s care. She is interested in board governance as it relates to ensuring financial stability and clear direction to promote sustainability of the association and to advocate for the value of women’s lives.

Denise Hirtle

Denise is an Administrative Coordinator at Wood, where she has worked for over fifteen years. Denise brings a long history of supporting Bryony House, as a resident in 1997, she often credits the shelter with ‘saving my life.’ As a pastBoard member and long-time volunteer of the organization, Denise has helped many women get settled in their new homes by picking up and delivering furniture and household items. “I hope to continue to serve on the Board and look forward to seeing the opening of the new build.”

Judy M Price MD

Judy is a retired family physician who was a client of Bryony house when she was in Medical School. Bryony House helped her, and her 3 sons get through a very difficult time in their lives when she left an abusive relationship. The support she and her family received was simply amazing. She always knew she wanted to give back in a meaningful way at some point in her life. 

She became a board member at HTHA a number of years ago for a few years. She rejoined as a board member last year as her career was winding down as she felt she could contribute more time. She is very excited to be a part of the board team again to help support the organization through a process of change. She brings to this organization all of her skills throughout her career as a family physician and a desire to work with others to ensure this great organization continues to meet the needs of women and their children. HTHA, Bryony House will continue to be a beacon of hope and an example of great standards.

Pamela Harrison

Pamela has been retired for five years, after working as the Coordinator for the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia for almost fifteen years. From 2003-2015, she also coordinated the training, application and management of the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) for homeless and intimate partner violence shelters and service providers across NS,  which provides important data at the shelter, provincial and federal levels. Pamel worked collaboratively with community organizations and government, to advocate for,update, and create legislation and policy to increase protections for women experiencing intimate partner violence in NS. 

Pamela, among other activities, co-chaired  the Domestic Violence Plan Committee, participated in the Homelessness Initiative, was an advisor to the Restorative Justice Process at the Faculty of Dentistry, worked with Professor Jennifer Llewelyn and others, to promote the use of Restorative Justice (RJ) in the criminal justice system re IPV, and was a member of and chair of the Metro Interagency on Family Violence. She has strong knowledge of non-profit governance, providing training to transition houses for over a decade. During her previous time at Bryony House, she has held all four executive positions, and been a member of the governance, fundraising, finance, and personnel /hiring committees.  Her relationship with Bryony House has spanned 24 years. 

Sheila Davis

20 plus years at HTHA as a children’s counsellor offering child-led support to a wide variety of children experiencing trauma. Calm and patient self-starter and team player, ready to offer experience, love of learning and teaching, and advocacy skills to any position. Experienced group facilitator and public speaker. Strong community and social services professional with a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education from Dalhousie University

Blair Thompson

Blair currently works as a Talent Attraction Specialist at Grant Thornton LLP. Blair holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Management and Marketing. He also has an advanced diploma in Human Resource Management, as well a designation as a registered professional recruiter. Blair brings experience in many areas including Talent Attraction, Orientation, On-boarding/Training, and General Human resource administration to HTHA. “I am interested in being part of the Bryony House Board as I understand the importance of giving back to our local community, especially lifting up others that need our support. As an individual who has personal experience of the impact of intimate partner abuse, I understand the importance of HTHA’s work.”

Tanya Chedrawy

Tanya is the Founder & CEO of Tanya Media. An Atlantic Canadian company that uses the power of story to authentically market and connect organizations and individuals to their audiences. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Dalhousie University and her Public Relations degree from Mount Saint Vincent University, Tanya spent the first part of her career at the Parks Canada Agency. From there she went on to achieve a Master’s in Public Administration, at Dalhousie University. Tanya is the producer and host of Eastlink Community TV’s Small Talk Big Ideas. The show is a series of conversations with those that are creating a ripple effect of goodwill around them. She now produces and hosts the podcast Beyond Our Borders, interviews with Atlantic Canadians who are impacting the world beyond our region.

Kym Paquette

Kym is a CPA with over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, including the not-for-profit sector. Her breadth and depth of experience includes governance and process improvement; financial reporting; risk management and internal controls; and budgeting and forecasting. She is currently a freelance consultant and part time CFO in various industries. Kym has a served on various volunteer sector boards, including the YMCA and the Halifax Sexual Health Centre. She also strongly supports her professional association, by serving as Chair of the Fitness to Practice Committee and as a committee member of the Professional Development Committee. She is deeply committed to serving Bryony House in its mission to provide safe refuge to women and their kids.

Julie Clarke

Julie has been a director on our board since January of 2016. Julie achieved a Master of Social Work Degree from Dalhousie University and previously a master’s degree in business from Saint Mary’s University.  In her work, Julie brings a focus on client strengths, using empathy and warmth, with a focus on individual needs. Julie is experienced in psychosocial assessments, and various types of counselling, including crisis counselling.  Along with her volunteer time at Bryony House, Julie also serves on a variety of other committees in the community as a volunteer.