Board Members

Avalon is Recruiting New Board Members!
We are recruiting new members who identify as women to join the Board of Directors. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience in Law, Finance, Management, Human Resources, and/or Communications. By serving on the Avalon board you will have an opportunity to make a difference. You’ll use your skills and expertise meaningfully, while also learning, growing your talents, and making new friends and connections. Most importantly you’ll be demonstrating your support for those who have experienced sexualized violence, and providing direction to an amazing organization that effects real systemic change and helps survivors heal. Click here to download the application form. 

Board Co-Chairs

Katie Mallam, Communications Committee
Katie has been a co-chair on the board of directors at Avalon since June 2014. She also sits on the Communications Committee. Katie works as a policy advisor at Doctors Nova Scotia. She puts her background in communications to use advancing social issues, in particular, the work of Avalon Centre.

Kerry Copeland, Governance Committee
Kerry’s involvement with Avalon Sexual Assault Centre began in the 1990s as a volunteer crisis intervener with what was then Services for Sexual Assault Victims (SSAV). She joined the board of directors in 2010. In addition to being a co-chair, Kerry also sits on the board’s Governance Committee. She works as a health promotion advisor for Doctors Nova Scotia. Kerry’s interest in social issues related to women and children, as well as her experience in social work is what led to her involvement with Avalon Centre.

Communications Committee

Alison DeLory, Communications Committee
Alison joined the board in August 2015. She works in marketing and communications for The University of King’s College. She’s also a writer and editor, and occasional teacher at Mount Saint Vincent University, NSCC and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. She has training in journalism and public relations and has worked in both fields for 25 years. Alison is a feminist and social justice advocate, concerned with the prevalence of sexualized violence in our society. She is a strong supporter of Avalon’s cause and considers the organization a crucial advocate for women and communities affected by sexualized violence.

Carole Rankin, Communications Committee
Carole joined the board in September 2017. She has a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and currently works as Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the Halifax International Airport Authority. Carole is also the local coordinator for the Halifax Shoebox Project, a non-profit that collects and distributes gifts to women in shelters across Nova Scotia. Carole is a feminist and is passionate about community engagement particularly on social justice issues.

Nicole Doria, Communications Committee (Chair)
Nicole joined the board in 2014. She has a BA in political science from the University of Guelph, a BSc (Hons) in Health Promotion from Dalhousie University, and a Masters of Health Promotion from Dalhousie University. She works as a research assistant for the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit and is engaged in several community initiatives. In her role on the board, Nicole is passionate about raising funds and awareness for Avalon’s cause. She values the opportunity to have a direct impact on ensuring people receive the support and services they need to heal.

Robin Levy, Communications Committee
Robin has been on the board of directors for Avalon Centre since September 2015. She sits on the Communications Committee. Robin graduated with a Bachelor of Management degree from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Saint Vincent University. She currently works as the Senior Development Officer at Phoenix Youth Programs. Robin is also a current volunteer with the Halifax Regional Police Victim Services and a board member for the Love is Love Equality Association. She has previously worked for Laing House, Nova Scotia Nature Trust, the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia, and Halifax Sexual Health Centre. Her interest in social justice and advocacy motivated her to contribute to the work of Avalon Centre.

Governance Committee

Heather Maclean (Secretary) 
Heather joined the board in November 2017. She is currently a research assistant on several projects at Dalhousie University. She has a BA in Psychology from Dalhousie and an MA in Women and Gender Studies from Saint Mary’s University. She was Previously on the board at the Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health and looks forward to contributing to the governance committee at Avalon.

Lee-Ann Conrod, Governance Committee (Chair
Lee-Ann joined the board in Spring, 2015. She has a Bachelor of Laws from UNB Law and works as a Crown Attorney for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Lee-Ann has always been interested in supporting and empowering women. She volunteers on Avalon Sexual Assault Centre’s board to be involved in women’s issues in the region and to contribute to her community in a powerful way.

Suman Jha, Governance Committee
Suman joined the board in September 2015. She is a graduate of Law from the University of Leeds in the UK, and Sociology and Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University. She is the Research Grants Coordinator for Dalhousie Research Services. Suman has volunteered extensively with Amnesty International and Kids Help Phone. She is passionate about human rights and immigration law.

HR/Personnel Committee

Alexandra Connor, HR/Personnel Committee
Alexandra has been on the board of directors at Avalon Centre since July 2016. She sits on the HR/Personnel Committee. Alexandra has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University, a Harassment and Discrimination Investigation Certificate from Hill Advisory Services and a Certificate in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Dalhousie University’s College of Continuing Education. Alexandra has volunteer experience with a wide variety of non-profit organizations. She has a strong interest in community engagement and organization.

Shakira Weatherdon, HR/Personnel Committee (Chair) 
Shakira is a Policy Analyst and Special Projects Developer with the Halifax Regional Municipality. She sits on the HR/Personnel Committee at Avalon Centre. Shakira has an MA from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace and a BA in Women and Gender Studies, Sociology and History from the University of Toronto. Shakira has previous work experience with the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association and other non-profit organizations. She has a keen interest in social justice issues including sexualized violence.


Sharon Merwin, Treasurer
Sharon joined the board of directors in September 2016. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University. Sharon worked in public accounting practice with a Big 4 firm for four years gathering expertise in not-for-profit entities, and worked with many high profile consumer products/services entities in Nova Scotia and internationally. She currently works with the internal audit team at Emera Inc. Sharon is able to bring her business analysis skills to Avalon in order to analyze and improve operational processes, financial processes, and accuracy in financial reporting. Her interest in not-for-profits and social justice allows her to understand the unique risks and opportunities that Avalon faces and the importance of transparency in financial reporting.