Board of Directors

  • Nicole

  • Meaghan

  • Leticha

  • Sue

  • Patricia

  • Cara

  • Ardath

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Nicole Blinn. Nicole is a Master’s of Health Promotion student at Dalhousie University, researching Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people’s health with and for her community. Stemming from her lived survivorship experiences, education, community-identified priorities, and professional experience, Nicole is committed to relational governance from a feminist, trauma-informed lens to support Avalon Centre clients, staff, other board members, and broader community.

Dr. Patricia Celan. Patricia is a resident physician in postgraduate psychiatry training. She has a particular interest in treating complex trauma; she is passionate about supporting survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and other forms of abuse.

Sue Goyette, Vice Chair. Sue is an artist, educator, and activist who is currently studying complex trauma and the impact of sexual violence and abuse in Saint Mary’s University’s Women and Gender Studies Graduate Program 

Leticha Lucas, Staff Representative. Leticha is the Intake and Initial Response Support Counsellor at Avalon. Often the first point of contact to those calling to request service. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a counselling focus. She has many years of experience working with youth and families from marginalized communities. Leticha values the opportunity to have a direct impact on ensuring that those in need receive the services they deserve.

Meaghan Norris. Meaghan is from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and relocated to Halifax this year. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and has spent the last six years holding positons in mental health and addictions, including direct clinical experience, and management positons. She has spent time working in rural and remote communities in northern Labrador, and is currently a social worker at the IWK Health Centre in the Mental Health and Addictions program. Meaghan is interested in helping groups and communities with capacity building and strategic planning, and works from feminist, intersectional and trauma-informed perspectives.

Cara Pfeffer. Cara is a Financial Analyst and has over a decade of experience in the industry. Auditing not for profits  inspired her to lend expertise to boards. A particular volunteer highlight in her old community of Brandon Manitoba includes Treasurer on the board of a Women’s Resource Centre that encourages a governance with respect, diversity, transparency, and equality with a feminist perspective. She currently serves on two other boards within HRM as Treasurer.

Dr. Ardath Whynacht. Ardath is a professor and researcher with more than 15 years experience working with both survivors and offenders of intimate partner, family and sexual violence. She currently holds two research grants for projects related to trauma and violence. She is a regular consultant for news media and non-profit organizations working with survivors and offenders on issues of gender, rehabilitation and the effects of violence in institutional contexts.