EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT

Maggie Morden

Maggie spent 5 years following university living in L’arche; sharing life with people with and without disabilities in intentional community. Looking for a slower pace of life, Maggie left Ontario and moved to Cape Breton in 2018 despite never being to the East Coast before. Captivated by life by the ocean, at the beginning of 2021, Maggie transitioned from rural life in Cape Breton, moving to Dartmouth to become a supportive roommate. Maggie enjoys a quiet life of watching movies and spending time with friends.

Today Maggie is your Employment Support Practitioner.

Denise Dunn

Denise hails from Halifax and having both parents with disabilities, has always been a strong advocate for persons with disabilities. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Mount St Vincent University; and she also has over 25 years of management/supervisory work experience including 15 years in supported employment in a social enterprise. Denise enjoys going for walks in her Dartmouth neighborhood and having chats with her neighbors and exploring Nova Scotia. Denise will always lend you a helping hand.

Today Denise is your Employment Support Practitioner.

Jason Fernandes

As an immigrant from a developing country, Jason has a wide view of what it means to work with clients in diverse fields. He is passionate about helping people to meet their full potential, be it in employment, or education. Having worked with diverse groups of persons who are marginalized, he wears an empathetic lens, and uses a Need-Based, and Solution-Focused approach to allow clients to make decisions that are suitable to their well-being.

Today, Jason will be your Career Counsellor.

Templeton Sawyer

Templeton Tyler Sawyer is a Youth Advocate who believes in education and growth. He is from Treasure Cay Abaco, Bahamas. He graduated with his Associate diploma degree in Marketing & Advertising Management from Holland College. He is currently in Halifax Nova Scotia to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing, minoring in Non-profit leadership at Mount Saint Vincent University, and working with TEAM Work as another valuable member of our team. Templeton enjoys the development, life skills and opportunities teamwork offers.

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan is an advocate for diversity and inclusion and believes in meeting others where they are in life. As he works with career practitioners, postsecondary institutions, and clients, Jonathan is a researcher, navigator, strategist, and administrator. Jonathan can help figure out a plan and works to identify potential assessments, supports, and resources, when needed, for people with disabilities interested in post-secondary education.

Today Jonathan is your Skills Development Accessibility Coordinator.  

Jeff Vander Velde

Coming from a small business family, working hard alongside his father and brothers, Jeff has learned a few things about business. His career path has lead him into several business development and sales roles in a variety of professions as well as trying his hand at owning and operating his own business. He loves team sports and making people laugh. All combined, helping clients find employment is very rewarding and it's a calling he is passionate about.

Today Jeff is your Workshop Facilitator.

Pratibha Popat

Pratibha moved to Canada at the age of 5 from Uganda. Known for her warmth and humor, she creates a comfortable space as people regain their hope in the job search process. Trustworthy, genuine and straightforward she seeks out the right information to make the best matches for employer and employees alike.

Today Pratibha is your Employer Engagement Specialist.

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