Who We Are

TEAM Work Cooperative

TEAM Work Cooperative is celebrating its 20th year of service, supporting persons to secure and maintain employment. Under the direction of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director our philosophy is client centered. This means that in all of the ways that we do our work, it is done with passion and commitment to keeping our clients’ best interests at the forefront at all times.

Mission: To facilitate inclusive employment and workplace opportunities for people in Nova Scotia.

Vision: All persons in Nova Scotia will have access to inclusive employment.

All persons, regardless of their ability have an equal opportunity to lead meaningful, active, and proactive lives as a member of society. At TEAM Work we provide case management, career counselling and employment maintenance. Also, we specialize in job development, job mentoring, creative job carving and job search skills.

TEAM Work Cooperative is a Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre. To learn more about Nova Scotia Works, please watch a short but informative video by clicking HERE.




Janice Ainsworth – Executive Director
Jude Turner – Operations Manager / Career Practitioner
Marcus Jamieson – MentorAbility Provincial Coordinator
Daniel Riley – Client Service Coordinator
Hannah Hefler – TEAM Lead Women's Services/Case Management
Sophie - Manager of Client Happiness


Michelle Barnhill – Reception / Administrative Assistant
Angela Bryden – Administrative Assistant
Jeanette Paynter – Financial Controller
David Wareing – Opportunity Fund Manager

Case Management

Stephanie Berry – Career Practitioner / Women’s Services
Marie-Josée Crawford – Case Manager / Career Practitioner / Deaf Specialist 
Kayla Bagnell – Case Manager
Donovon Collie – Case Manager
James Smith – Case Manager
Ahmad Moussa –  Case Manager
Susan Wheaton  Case Manager
Abby Rogers  Case Manager

Job Development

Pratibha Popat – Job Developer
Sharon Rutland  Job Developer

Employment Support

Elizabeth Fitzner – Workshop Facilitator / Career Practitioner
Matt Jamieson – Employment Support Practitioner
Mike Little – Employer Engagement Specialist
Lloyd Thomas – Employment Support Practitioner
Jeff Vander Velde – Information Resource Specialist
Jonathan Hall – Skills Development Accessibility Coordinator
Myra Dunning – Intake Coordinator

Career Link

Rob Casey  Program Coordinator



Murray VanDewater – Past Chair/Co-Chair
Corinne Steele – Co-Chair (RSW, MSW, Private Practitioner)
Nadine Wentzell – Secretary (Workplace Drug & Alcohol Consultant)
Janice Ainsworth – Staff/Ex-Officio (Executive Director, TEAM Work Cooperative)
Judy Turner – Staff/Ex-Officio (Operations Manager, TEAM Work Cooperative)
Bonnie Waugh – Member-at-Large (Erica Baker Psychological Services Ltd.)
Robert LaPierre – Member-at-Large
Brian Tapper – Member-at-Large (Vocational Counsellor, QEII Health Sciences Centre)
Tanya Sieliakus – Member-at-Large (VP Consulting Services)
Joyce Halpern – Member-at-Large (Women's Employment and Advocacy Society (WEAS))
Ann Divine – Member-at-Large (Ashanti Leadership & Professional Development Services)
Katherine Willyard – Member-at-Large (McInnes Cooper)
Roger Boychuk – Member-at-Large (Ekistics Planning & Design)

Nathan Laird – Member-at-Large )Program Manager–Connector Program)




ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching Ltd.
Affirmative Industries Association
Anchor Industries Society (AIS)

Aphasia Nova Scotia
Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia (BIANS)
Building Futures
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Canadian National Institute for the Blind, The (CNIB)
Canadian Paraplegic Association (Nova Scotia)
Centre for Women in Business
Connections Clubhouse
Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education
Dartmouth Adult Service Centre (DASC)
Independent Living Nova Scotia Association
Laing House
LakeCity Employment Services Association
Nova Scotia Association for Community Living
Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)

Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities (NS LEO)
Prescott Group
Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre - Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre Site
Saint Mary's University, Business Development Centre

Self-Help Connection
Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians (SDHHNS)
Solutions Learning Centre
Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia


Learn about Shaping Inclusive Employment for Tomorrow (SHIFT)