The Community Advisory Council is made up of community leaders and stakeholders from the counselling profession in Nova Scotia. The Council meets bi-annually to serve in an advisory role for the M.Ed. in Counselling program at Acadia. Through their varied perspectives and experiences from across the profession, the members of the council help inform the initiatives of the Counselling program and inform the faculty of the emerging needs within Nova Scotia as new counsellors are educated to work with diverse clients and communities across a variety of settings.
Alison is a clinical supervisor in private practice. An alumnus of the Acadia Counselling program, she has worked as a school counsellor, a counsellor educator, and training facilitator. Alison also works with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists in the areas of supervision training and ethics.
Annie is the Director of the Student Services Division for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for the province of NS.
Clarence DeSchiffart is an Adjunct Professor at Acadia and has over 32 years in career counselling and development, RPL, and teaching. He retired from Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) in 2018 after 29 years of service. Clarence and his former manager received the highest national recognition for their work - the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development and Counselling (2017) and the Life Time Achievement Award (2017) from the Nova Scotia Career Development Association. Clarence is passionate in helping people deepen their awareness of their own identity.
Janice is a School Counsellor with the Halifax Regional Centre for Education and has worked at all levels of public education (elementary, junior high/middle school, and senior high). She completed her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2008. She holds an Adjunct Professor appointment at Acadia University where she teaches graduate courses in the School of Education. A member of CCPA since 1995, she was the recipient of the following CCPA Awards: Counsellor Practitioner Award (1999); Counsellor Leadership Award (2014); and School Counselling Award (2015). Dr. Graham-Migel is a Past President of the Nova Scotia School Counsellors Association and is currently serving as President of the CCPA School Counsellors Chapter. In addition to working on task forces with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, she also serves on the Practical and Academic Research Committee for the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC). A Registered Counselling Therapist, Janice has provided supervision for RCT (Candidates) through the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and supervision of Counselling Interns through Acadia University’s MEd (Counselling) Program.
John is currently the Executive Director and Registrar of the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. He is a philosopher by training, specializing in healthcare ethics and equity-oriented policy analysis. John taught ethics in the Faculty of Medicine and School of Nursing at Dalhousie University and is a former Director of the School of Health Sciences.
Andrea has been a teacher in the HRCE for 26 years and currently works as a School Counsellor at Hammonds Plains Consolidated Elementary. She is the past president of The Black Educators Association, former Chair of the Council on African Canadian Education, founding member of the Nova Scotia Alliance of Black School Educators and has coordinated a variety of summer and after school programs aimed at providing cultural, social-emotional and academic enrichment to students of African descent.
Wanda McDonald is Manager of Counselling and Wellness at the Nova Scotia Community College. She has Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Social Work, and 29 years of work experience which includes direct clinical practice, research, policy and program development, teaching, and mentoring. She has taught at Memorial University and Dalhousie Schools of Social Work. Much of her work has been in the field of mental health and addictions. Wanda has volunteered with numerous boards and community groups. She has a special interest in leadership, evidence-informed practice, promoting workplace wellness, and cultivating communities of practice. Travel, cooking, reading, biking, and spending time in the outdoors with her husband and 11-year-old twin boys are all part of her self-care.
Sr. Gemma MacLeod
Sr. Gemma is a religious sister with the Franciscans of Halifax. She has held various positions in the local Catholic Archdiocese, and currently works with university students. She is a student in the part-time MEd Counselling program and hopes to integrate her counselling practice with her spiritual and religious background.
Erica received her BA and M.Ed. (Counselling) from Acadia University, where she is currently the Director of Health, Counselling & Accessibility Services. She has experience in other university (SMU) and private practice settings and has completed training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Erica has worked as a Site supervisor with the M.Ed. Counselling program for the last seven years as well as being a Supervisor for RCT Candidates with the NSCCT. She has also taught the Counselling Adolescents and Children course several times in the past. She works from a trauma informed, strengths-based, feminist perspective and strives to provide health and wellness supports that focus on prevention and resiliency building with individuals and the campus communities that we are all a part of.
John is the Nova Scotia Health manager of CMHA for the past 15 years. He is a CBT therapist with master’s degrees in social policy and social work from Oxford and Carleton University.
Tara is a social worker and has worked in the Justice, Mental Health, Chid Welfare and Education sectors. She is a board member of Valley Restorative Justice and the Nova Scotia Council for the Family. For the past 12 years she has been in the role of SchoolsPlus Provincial Coordinator at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. She oversees and assists in the implementation of SchoolsPlus, an integrated service delivery model which promotes the colocation of services in schools. SchoolsPlus works to achieve better outcomes for students through joint program development as well as comprehensive service delivery with various departments and agencies. As of last fall SchoolsPlus is supporting all schools across the province.
Charles Desmond Shepard
Ann is from U’nama’ki, living in Essissoqnik. She has been working as the Post Secondary Consultant at Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey for 10 years. Ann supports Post Secondary students in all Mi’kmaq communities across the province through her work with universities, NSCC, and other provincial organizations. She worked for several years as a social worker at Mi’kmaw Family and Children’s Services before joining the team at MK. Ann is the proud mother of three boys. She enjoys spending her free time at the hockey rink in the winter and camping in the summer.
Christina is a physician who has been practicing medical psychotherapy for several years. Pronouns are she/her. Christina has trained in many therapeutic approaches including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Logosynthesis, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Chi Gong, Somatics and Redecision Therapy and extensively uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy in her work. She prescribes medications when appropriate. She works with people experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, perfectionism, and other acute and chronic stress-reactions. Christina brings a feminist and gender-diversity-positive perspective to her work and strives to recognize and address the effects of stigma, bias, and violence on mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. She is happy to be a member of the Counselling Centre team. Christina was involved for several years in the development of sexual and reproductive health care services and resources in the province including working for many years in rural Well-Women Clinics and at the Halifax Sexual Health Centre, The Red Door and with prideHealth. Other current activities include advocacy for building safer public spaces for non-binary and gender-diverse people, bringing together members of the queer and ally communities in song and learning about challenging and changing internalized racism. She is also an avid high-tide swimmer.
Patricia is a long-standing member of this committee, She has experience as a school guidance counsellor in three small rural schools and completed a “hybrid” counselling student practicum placement in agency and schools. She is currently in private practice, is the President of the Nova Scotia Chapter of CCPA and a volunteer member of the CCPA Ethics Committee – Complaints Division. Pat’s affiliation with Acadia University began in the 70’s as an undergraduate student and again as a graduate student in 2005 and 2012.