Find staff of TEAM Work Cooperative and Board Members.
Marcus JamiesonExecutive Director
Coming from a small Nova Scotia town, Marcus has always had a connection with people. His family were very involved in their small community and this has translated into his work at TEAM Work. You will often see Marcus running around the office helping both staff and clients!
Today Marcus will be your Executive Director.
Jude TurnerDirector of Operations
Jude is the Operations Manager at TEAM Work. She has been at TWC for 22 years in various upper management roles. She is fondly referred to as the local Historian. Jude loves starting new projects, finding creative solutions to complex problems, managing multiple teams and writing successful proposals. Her passion is helping others succeed and find their purpose. As a marathon runner, health and wellness activist, her energy is contagious and leadership is full of a “can do “ attitude.
Today Jude is your Director of Operations.
Dave WareingMentorAbility Regional Coordinator
Dave believes that one of the most important connections a person can have to their community is through employment. He is always happy to support initiatives that further inclusive employment. In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors and listening to some good rock and roll music.
Today Dave will be your MentorAbility Regional Coordinator
Daniel RileyClient Service Coordinator
Originally from the U.K., Daniel grew up with a keen interest in helping others. He is also an avid soccer fan, and if you can’t find him in the office he is likely out on the soccer field. As with most things, the key to success comes down to teamwork, and he gets a kick out of working in collaboration with others to help them reach their goals.
Today Daniel will be your Client Service Coordinator.
GO-3D Self Employment
Hannah HeflerGO-3D Project Coordinator
Born a Prairie girl in Alberta, raised a Maritimer, Hannah has called Nova Scotia her home for over 30 years. Her dedication and passion for helping others comes from her own personal experiences. Hannah believes that everyone deserves to have a meaningful career and will help you think out of the box to achieve it if that’s what it takes!
Today Hannah is your GO-3D Project Coordinator
Mike LittleSenior Business Coach
Horses, Harley’s and Hockey- watching his grandson’s play- are some of Mike’s loves. But honestly, he’s been around for a while and he has got the stories to prove it! Mike has a wealth of experience in career development and is perfect for supporting both clients and employers.
Today Mike will be your Senior Business Coach
Lloyd ThomasBusiness Coach
After almost a decade as an Employment Support Practitioner here at TWC, Lloyd has now taken on the role as a Business Coach with the GO-3D team. He’ll help you explore your business ideas and get you started in the right direction, while providing a safe space for you to talk openly about your experiences. Client centered, he takes looks at your strengths and supports you in finding the path that is right for you!
Today Lloyd is your Business Coach
Abigail RogersBusiness Support Practitioner
Abby was originally a co-op student from Dalhousie. Her experiences working with multiple community organizations led her to TEAM Work and we were lucky to keep her! Abby grew up in the beautiful Annapolis Valley but now considers Halifax to be her home. Walking into Abby’s office, you’ll feel vibrant but peaceful energy from the many plants she has squeezed in! She feels the right environment is a crucial aspect of working through goals. In her free time, you’ll find Abby gardening, reading a good thriller, or cooking something new.
Today Abby is your Business Support Practitioner.
Michelle BarnhillAssistant Financial Controller
As a busy mom of two, juggling competing demands comes as second nature. Michelle is the oil that keeps everything running smoothly behind the scenes here at TEAM Work. With strong organizational and administrative skills Michelle knows exactly what to do and where to find things. When something needs doing, we can always count on Michelle to say, “That’s fine, no problemo!” Her helpful nature and willingness to support the team are greatly appreciated.
Today Michelle will be your Assistant Financial Controller.
Jeanette PaynterFinancial Controller
For the majority of her career, Jeanette has worked in the accounting field in a not-for-profit organization. Her love of spreadsheets and reconciliations is widely known by those working with her. You will often hear her saying “I can create a spreadsheet for that."
Today Jeanette will be your Financial Controller.
Tyler FieldOpportunities Fund Manager
Born and raised in Halifax, Tyler enjoys being on or beside the ocean, travelling around the world, and sharing food with family and friends. From a family of counsellors his dedication to helping people started at home, continued through financial planning and now through coordinating access to equipment, training, and wage support funding for underrepresented individuals seeking employment.
Today, Tyler is your Opportunities Fund Manager
Xiyu ZhouAssistant Financial Controller
Xiyu is a recent finance graduate from Dalhousie University. She did two internships with TEAM Work Cooperative, and she loved the job as she felt she was helping people in the way they needed. Xiyu is grateful to be back in the TEAM Work office, utilizing her degree in a position with CASE (Canadian Association for Supported Employment). In her spare time, Xiyu likes trying new recipes, spending time with her friends and her two dogs.
Today Xiyu will be your Assistant Financial Controller.
Hoon ChoiMEL Lead
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Hoon moved to Canada at the age of 9 with his family. He recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, major in marketing, and is thrilled to bring his knowledge and experience from school to our organization! Hoon is always a team player who has a smile for everyone and loves collaborating with others to overcome different challenges and tasks. In his down time, Hoon enjoys going to a bar with his friends, watching sports, and spending a nice sunny day by the lake or the beach.
Today, Hoon is your MEL Lead.
Jarett BurkePDI Program Coordinator/CRM Admin
Jarett is a big believer in inclusive employment and giving everyone a chance to live up to their inherent potential. He likes to focus on what people "can do" instead of what they "can't." With experience in editing, writing, marketing and administration, you'll find Jarett behind the scenes at TWC doing a little bit of everything.
Today, Jarett will be your PDI Project Coordinator/CRM Admin.
Angela BrydenInformation Resource Specialist
With roots from the Rock, Angela is a rock solid administrator. She has a calm and compassionate manner when greeting job seekers. Built up by a family of carpenters hard work is nailed into her personality. Angela believes in bringing compassion and empathy to her job and strives to provide an experience that enhances the lives of each person she encounters.
Today Angela will be your Information Resource Specialist.
Pratibha PopatEmployer Engagement Specialist
Pratibha is a trusted Career Practitioner with solid knowledge of current, local human resources and employment practices. She applies her extensive Human Resources expertise and knowledge of the public, private, and non-profit sectors, to develop and connect with inclusive and supportive employers. She's known for her warmth and humour, and loves dogs, helping people, travelling and playing cards with her Dad.
Today Pratibha is your Employer Engagement Specialist.
Matt JamiesonSchool Liaison
Matt hails from Nova Scotia but he loves to travel and experience new cultures. Although he holds space in the office, you will rarely find him there as he’s well known in the community for supporting people on the job. His career spans twenty years supporting people with disabilities across the country, but today Matt calls TEAM Work his home. You’ll find him spending time with his family and gaming with his 3 nephews during his off time.
Today Matt will be your School Liaison.
Jonathan HallCareer Counsellor
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 Career Counsellor.
Templeton SawyerEmployment Support Practitioner
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. "Passionate" is one word to describe this young man of excellence.
Today Templeton will be your Employment Support Practitioner.
Denise DunnEmployment Support Practitioner
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.
Maggie MordenEmployment Support Practitioner
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.
Jesse HatchDisability Employment Coordinator (CPOPP)
Hailing from small-town Ontario, Jesse is grateful to call K'jipuktuk/Halifax their new home. With a background in frontline service, they are committed to centering inclusion, accessibility and community solidarity in their work. Outside the office, you can find Jesse making ceramics, sharing a meal with friends or hiking by the ocean - preferably with a good podcast.
Today Jesse will be your Disability Employment Coordinator.
Tara ParsonsInformation Resource Specialist
If you need a resume and cover letter, Tara is your person! She has extensive experience working with clients from all walks of life. She hails from small-town Nova Scotia, but her heart lies in Middle Earth where she moonlights as a Hobbit. Not only does she have extensive experience working with people, but Tara is also the Accessibility Coordinator for Hal-Con, A SciFi Fantasy Convention where she is responsible for ensuring the convention meets the access needs of all folks in attendance.
You will see Tara in the office, rolling around the Resource Room helping folks with their job search needs. As a person with a disability, she believes employment should be inclusive and that everyone has the right to access sustainable employment.
Today, Tara will be your Information Resource Specialist.
Randy ReedeCommunity Resource Navigator & Workplace Support Assistant
With over 17 years of experience supporting the non-profit community, Randy brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Giving customers the right resources to make informed decisions is important to him. When Randy is not busy making connections within the community, you can find him at the gym, near the ocean or listening to music.
Today Randy will be your Community Resource Navigator & Workplace Support Assistant.
Nina NersesovaSkills Development Accessibility Coordinator
Nina is originally from the sunny city of Tbilisi, Georgia. She moved to Canada to pursue her Master's degree and has recently graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University. Throughout her career, Nina has worked closely with the disability community in medical, residential and recreational settings. A firm believer in the holistic approach to any dilemma, she always strives to look at the bigger picture, conduct thorough research and come up with creative, personalized solutions. When not at work, Nina tests her skills at recreational sports, plays video games or explores beautiful Nova Scotian nature.
Today Nina is your Skills Development Accessibility Coordinator.
Maram SalmanWorkshop Facilitator
With over 10 years of experience in teaching and Facilitating, Maram’s wealth of knowledge, resourcefulness and interactive presentations in employment topics make her a great asset to our clients and our team. Maram encourages open communication, strives to help clients reach their full potential and is a big advocate for people with disabilities. Maram’s colourful office aquariums (and beautiful fish) create a calming and happy environment for staff and clients alike. Maram loves her faith, her family, and fishkeeping! When not in the office, you will find Maram spending time with her rather large family, being the coolest Auntie and taking long walks.
Today, Maram is your Workshop Facilitator.
Marie-Josée CrawfordCase Manager (Deaf Client Specialist) & Workplace Support Assistance
MJ is deaf since birth, and for the past 25 years, she has worked as a passionate advocate with deaf/hard of hearing individuals. When engaging with her clients and colleagues, she loves to discuss accessibility, deaf culture awareness and American Sign Language. Being strategic and creative in accommodations, MJ strives to tackle challenging employment paths; and, as an enthusiastic person and a dedicated volunteer, MJ enjoys playing some sports, travelling, watching movies and socializing with friends and family.
Today MJ will be your Case Manager (Deaf Client Specialist) & Workplace Support Assistance.
James SmithCase Manager Team Lead
Born in Halifax and raised in the small town of Middle Musquodoboit, James learned that neighbors are important and should stick together, and thus he decided he wanted to help people for a living. Whether critiquing a resume or helping a friend move, James is always game and always smiling.
Today James will be your Case Manager Team Lead.
Kysha BowdenCase Manager / Lead - Women's Services
Born and raised in Halifax, working with clients has always been a passion. With a big heart, kind soul and thirst for knowledge, she is dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals. When she is not at work, you could find her by the water reading, and taking in all the universe has to offer.
Today Kysha will be your Case Manager / Lead - Women's Services
D'Arcy PoultneyCase Manager
With successes in the academic, business, and community sectors, D’Arcy has a broad range of experience collaborating with diverse individuals, priority groups, and decision makers. D’Arcy is committed to assisting individuals to achieve self-reliance in their lives, families, and communities. He looks forward to working with you.
Today, D’Arcy will be your Case Manager.
Kayla WilliamsCase Manager
Kayla has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Studies and has a genuine desire for helping people. She takes great pride in listening and assisting with goals to achieve a beautiful success story. She is passionate about inclusion and diversity and believes in opportunities for all. In her free time, you can often find her sitting on a sports field, cheering on her son or having a family movie night — surrounded by lots of snacks.
Today, Kayla will be your Case Manager.
Cymone FarmerCase Manager
Born in Halifax and raised on the peninsula, Cymone has spent many years supporting youth and has a passion for helping people reach their full potential. She is actively involved in the community, and is dedicated to breaking down barriers for minority groups. In her spare time, you can find Cymone coaching competitive cheerleading at Halifax Cheer Elite, reading crime/mystery novels, or going on long walks.
Today, Cymone will be your Case Manager.
Alex HillCase Manager
Not one for sitting still, Alex is always bopping around looking for new experiences and new things to learn, especially languages to speak, books to read, and foods to try! A transplant to the east coast, she has been loving exploring the coast, the forests, and the beautiful small towns and communities with her partner and dog. And as someone with a meandering career path herself, Alex enjoys helping others unearth their own meaning in work and life.
Today Alex will be your Case Manager!
Job Development & Programs
Jeff Vander VeldeProgram Coordinator, Jazz Aviation
Jeff is very knowledgeable about all aspects of the job search process and is always willing to go that extra mile for clients. He is very creative, animated, engaging when presenting, and regularly shares his personal experiences to back up the content. With years of sales experience, lifelong learning, and a stint as an entrepreneur, Jeff has the professional life experience to teach clients how to sell themselves and what employers are looking for.
Today Jeff is your Jazz Aviation Program Coordinator.
Rozina SaeedJob Developer/Case Manager
A highly organized, dedicated and professional individual who is extremely passionate and enthusiasm about working/supporting and building a thriving community that provides programs, services and support families, seniors and community members. Rozina is a strong visionary leader and manager who can motivate & inspire my team to be the best they can whilst focusing intently on the strategic aims of the organization.
Today, Rozina will be your Job Developer/Case Manager.
Lincoln LordeJob Developer for Jazz Aviation Program
Lincoln is a Certified Career Development Practitioner. He specializes in working with youth and adult participants presenting problems on concerns such as anxiety, depression, emotional conflicts, work-related stress, and stress issues stemming from learning difficulties. With more than 27+ years of experience in this field, he enjoys working with individuals and groups and has been told he has a gift for understanding their needs. In his downtime, Lincoln enjoys fishing with his buddies, refurbishing computers, and going to the community market every weekend.
Today Lincoln will be your Job Developer for the Jazz Aviation Program
Elizabeth FitznerFuture Ready, New Opportunities Program Coordinator
Liz is the go-to person if you are looking for a creative idea. Liz uses her creative side every day in her work as a Certified Career Development Practitioner, especially when it comes to facilitating workshops, job development and organizing TEAM Work events. Currently our Program Coordinator for ‘FUTURE READY New Opportunities,' Liz has also worked on other projects including ‘Career Link’ and the ‘Youth Employability Skills’ project. Liz has been with TEAM Work since 2012.
Today Liz will be your Future Ready, New Opportunities Program Coordinator
Rob CaseyProgram Coordinator, Career Link
Rob has a big heart, a big laugh and a big beard! When you walk into our office, you can probably hear his laughter coming from down the hall. Rob enjoys spending time with his family and hiking in the woods. Rob has over 20 years experience in working with people with disabilties in educational, employment and residential settings and is ready to help you too!
Today Rob will be your Career Link Program Coordinator.