Our Mission

We live in the real world. And in the real world, bad things can happen to good people. When obstacles placed before a person become too enormous to overcome, it’s crucial for that person to have a place to go.

We believe, with your help, and our guiding principles (people and housing first), we can connect with the individuals we serve in ways that help them experience a better life. We do this by aiming high, reaching far, and working tirelessly. Shelter Nova Scotia is here – without judgement – to help.

Shelter Nova Scotia supports people in times of crisis and transition through residential, trustee and outreach programs.  To this end, we operate six facilities in HRM, providing a night of rest to 106 people and providing support to hundreds more, 365 days a year. We offer far more than shelter; utilizing client and housing support workers in tandem with our colleagues working in mental health and addiction services, we support 1,300 people annually.

In pursuit of our goals, Shelter Nova Scotia oversees the operation of:

  • two emergency shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness (Barry House & Metro Turning Point)

  • an affordable, supportive apartment complex for folks transitioning out of shelter life (The Rebuilding)

  • an affordable, supportive living environment dedicated to individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness and who have a long history of  alcohol dependency (Herring Cove Apartments)

  • two community residential facilities for individuals making the change from correctional facilities to community living (Nehiley House & Sir Sandford Fleming House)

Housing Support & Community Trustee Program

  • our community trustee program serves over 200 people, providing them with financial literacy and support like budgeting etc.  

  • our supportive housing program is one-on-one support for individuals moving from shelter living to community living

Our Board of Directors

 

Shelter Nova Scotia Board of Directors (updated October 2020)

Board Executive:

 

Meghan Laing, Co-Chair of the Board

Partner, Engel & Völkers

Jamie O’Neill, Co-Chair of the Board

Partner, Uprise Consulting

 

Kathy Gillis, Secretary

CEO, Property Valuation Services Corporation

Chelsea King, Treasurer

CPA, Audit Manager, KPMG LLP

Members at Large:

Margot Cameron

CPA CA, Parallel Consulting Inc.

 

Geoffrey Franklin

Legal Counsel, Municipal Enterprises Limited

Lynn Hartwell

Vice President of Campuses and Communities, Nova Scotia Community College

 

Jeremy Jackson

Vice President, Marketing, Killam Properties Ltd.

Deborah Page

Director of Marketing and Communications, Develop Nova Scotia

 

Dean Simmonds

Superintendent, Halifax Regional Police

Dennis Young 

Managing Director, Barrington Edge

 

Ex-Officio:

Linda Wilson

Executive Director, Shelter Nova Scotia

101-5506 Cunard St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 1C2

902-406-3631

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