Tod Augusta-Scott, MSW, RSW
As the Executive Director, Tod Augusta-Scott, MSW, RSW has worked alongside the Bridges Board of Directors build an organization dedicated to the ideal that abuse in relationships can be stopped and repair is possible. As the Lead Clinical Therapist, Tod encourages the counseling team to learn from each other and to share their successes and struggles in this difficult work.Tod has become known internationally for his work with Bridges and other organizations and government agencies that address gender-based violence. His work integrates narrative therapy, trauma work and restorative justice into the field of domestic violence. Over the last twenty years he has published and presented his work internationally (Asia, Europe, British Isles, America) and presented in every province in Canada. He is the co-founder of the Canadian Domestic Violence Conference. He also works as a civilian therapist with the Canadian Armed Forces. He has taught in the Department of Social Work, Dalhousie University and is a guest speaker in classes on a regular basis.
Tod is the co-editor and a contributor to the critically acclaimed books Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives (Sage Publications, 2007) and Innovations in Interventions to Address Intimate Partner Violence: Research and Practice (Routledge Press, 2017). He has been interviewed by various media organizations including the Huffington Post, International Journal of Narrative Therapy, CBC The World at Six, and the Globe and Mail. Tod is a regular reviewer for numerous academic journals. He has created a group manual for working with men who have abused that has been officially adopted by three government departments in Canada. Tod was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of Social Workers in 2013. His work is featured in the 2017 documentary A Better Man, a film about domestic violence and restorative justice. He received an Award of Excellence for his work on gendered-violence in the Canadian Armed Forces in 2019.
Virginia Canning, MAEd
Virginia Canning is an adult educator with Correctional Services Canada (CSC). She currently facilitates the integrated Correctional Program Model (ICPM) to high risk men serving the remainder of the federal sentences in the community. She has also facilitated correctional programs to women offenders. Virginia started her 21 year old career as a correctional officer at Nova Institution for Women in Truro, N.S. (10 years). Virginia holds a master’s degree in Life Long Learning from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, N.S.
Diane Crocker is a Professor in the Department of Criminology at Saint Mary’s University. Her work explores the use of law to address social problems, particularly those that disproportionately affect women. She is currently a member of the Canadian Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative and regularly advises government and community agencies on projects related the gender-based violence. Dr. Crocker is leading the evaluation of Nova Scotia’s Standing Together initiative which will be developing a provincial domestic violence action plan for the province. Her recently published book Violence Interrupted (edited with Joanne Minaker and Amanda Nelund) explores approaches to addressing campus sexual violence.
Nara Fedozzi, RSW
Nara is a registered Social Worker with over 15 years of progressive experience in various areas such as government, health and not-for-profit settings.
Nara started her career in Social Work back in Brazil. After arriving in Canada, she was able to secure her registration with ACSW and get back into the field, in 2012. She then found her passion for the area of Domestic Violence, first experiencing the work through the YW of Calgary.
Nara has recently assumed the Program Director role with the Safe at Home Program led by Rowan House, which is a 4 years pilot, located in Claresholm – Alberta. Safe at Home is designed to be an alternative approach to serving families experiencing domestic abuse and violence, where the abusive partner is the one to move to an off-site facility or independent living, while women and children maintain the stability of their home and support networks.
Kelly Isenor, MSW RSW
Kelly Isenor is a Masters prepared Registered Social Worker from Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia, and acts as the Domestic Violence Case Coordinator for the Halifax Regional Police. Previous work includes the Department of Community Services’ Prevention and Early Intervention sector, anti-exploitation/trafficking efforts, and clinical mental health services. Prior to her entry to social work, she has worked in the music and entertainment industry and has been a subject in the Students for Teaching Peace documentary series.
My name is Marlee Jordan and I am the contracted Project Evaluator for the Standing Together Initiative — the Nova Scotia government’s commitment to work with community organizations, groups and experts to build an action plan to disrupt harmful cycles of domestic violence. As part of my role I have provided ongoing evaluation of the DVON project. I am Saint Mary’s University alumni and an incoming student to the Dalhousie Master of Public Administration program. My research interests include systems change, anticolonial research methods, domestic violence prevention, forensic mental health, and supported housing. Outside of work, I’m a Mom to two littles and two (big) dogs.
Wendy Keen, MSW, RSW
Wendy is a Registered Social Worker with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. She graduated with a BSW (1984) and an MSW (1998) from Dalhousie University. During her social work career Wendy has been a Child Protection social worker and supervisor; an Executive Director of a women’s shelter and a District Manager with the NS Department of Community Services. Wendy recently retired as Executive Director of New Start Counselling and is currently the Domestic Violence Offender Navigator with Halifax Regional Police, Victim Services.
Cst. Brad Kincade
Cst. Brad Kincade has been a member with the Halifax Regional Police the for last 15 years. He worked Patrol for the first 8 years of his career, most of which were in Dartmouth. Brad has worked in other areas in policing such as the Quick Response Unit, Community Response Crime Prevention Unit, the Mobile Mental Health Unit and for the last five years has been the Domestic Violence Officer (DVO), in which he helped develop the role to what it is today.
Stephanie MacInnis-Langley is widely recognized as a social justice advocate and natural collaborator with progressive executive experience in non-profit organizations and government. Her career is marked with a series of ‘firsts’ designed to improve the lives of women, families, and communities across Nova Scotia. Key accomplishments include being the first Manager of Special Initiatives for Victims of Crime; the inaugurating Director of Crime Prevention in Nova Scotia implementing the Crime Prevention and Reduction Strategy; Nova Scotia Restorative Justice –Community University Research Alliance initiating the foundational work needed to launch restorative approaches in schools; and serving on the design team for the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (NSHCC) Restorative Inquiry. As Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, she has shown exemplary leadership in advancing initiatives related to women’s economic security; women’s health and well-being; and engaging more women to run for political office. A cornerstone of her career has been the tireless efforts to ensure women and girls can live free from violence. She co-led the implementation of the province’s first Domestic Violence Action Plan, and held a key leadership role on the Action Team on Sexual Violence and Bullying. Prior to her work in government, Stephanie developed and implemented a shelter service for abused women and their children in rural Nova Scotia. She has maintained a strong focus in community development throughout her career. She holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and is a registered social worker.
Maher started his journey after finishing medical school. He received a Master’s degree in Pediatrics from Tishreen University in Syria in 2003.
After arriving in Canada in 2004, it was very challenging to get a license to practice medicine in Canada as an internationally trained physician. He decided to get into the counseling field. He studied at Acadia University and got his Master’s of Education in Counselling (MEd).
Maher is a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and a Canadian Certified Counselor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
He is currently employed with New Start Counselling, providing counseling to individuals and parents affected by domestic violence. He works as a member of a multidisciplinary team functioning across different agencies including the Domestic Violence Court.
Maher has diverse background experience; he has been working with individuals and families from different backgrounds. His focus is on providing services adapted to the clients’ needs. He has been providing counseling for many of the Syrian refugees settling in Nova Scotia with very complex and deeply rooted matters.
As an internationally trained pediatrician, Maher has significant experience working with children, and their families. Most of his work involves mental health and counseling. By viewing the client’s challenges beyond the clinical picture, it opens the door to explore other stories that might function better on the long journey for the client’s potential.
James Maynard, MES, MSW, RSW
James Maynard MES, MSW, RSW is a Domestic Violence Counsellor at both Bridges Counselling Centre in Truro, NS and New Start Counselling in Dartmouth, NS. He also serves on the Assessment Team of the Halifax Domestic Violence Court. In addition, James does research on approaches to working with individuals who use Domestic Violence and hopes to publish work on Deepening Responsibility in clinical work with DV perpetrators.
Dolly Mosher, Victim Services Coordinator – Halifax Regional Police
Dolly Mosher is the Victim Services Coordinator with Halifax Regional Police. Prior to taking this position in 2017 she was the Domestic Violence Case Coordinator for HRP/RCMP Halifax District for 16 years. Dolly is an active member of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability, Founder of Silent Witness Nova Scotia and Chair of the East Hants Crime Prevention Association where she volunteers in her community.
Cpl. Deepak Prasad, AdeC, BA (hons), CPS | Technical Moderator
Cpl. Deepak Prasad is a regular member and peace officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Nova Scotia Division, currently posted to the Employee & Management Relations Office as the Divisional Wellness Coordinator. For over 11 years, Deepak has supported victims of crime as a domestic violence investigator, child abuse investigator, and human rights advocate. Deepak serves on a number of non-profit boards such as Family Services of Eastern Nova Scotia, NS Criminal Justice Association, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards – NS Division. Previously he served as a board member at Leeside Transition House, Noami Society, and was a member of the training committee of the NS Community Services – Breaking the Silence project.
Growing up in the inner city of Bain Town in Nassau Bahamas, Mario has seen many murders, assaults, and robberies throughout his life. This life was something that Mario was not interested of being a part of.
Mario started college in 2003 in the Bahamas and finished in June 2009. He decided to move to Canada (Nova Scotia) in 2009 to further my education in Criminology.
While living in Nova Scotia, He married into the East Preston community. Mario volunteered with organizations like the Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC) and Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) where he mentored young boys who didn’t have fathers in their life and came in contact with the justice system. He also facilitated various sessions on men’s health, mental health and social justice issues. Mario volunteered with CeaseFire Halifax and worked with at-risk youths between the ages of 16-25.
While volunteering with these organizations, Mario was enrolled in Saint Mary’s University (SMU) where he obtained a double degree in Criminology and Sociology. After graduation from SMU he applied to Dalhousie School or Social Work (DAL) where he obtained a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work.
In 2017, Mario started working for Nova Scotia Health in a program called Nova Scotia Brotherhood (the only health care service that focuses on Black Men Health & Mental Health). Mario later went on to become the acting team lead for the Community Health and Wellness Center & Nova Scotia Brotherhood.
Currently, Mario is the Health Service manager for the Nova Scotia Brotherhood and Community Health & Wellness teams. His career aspiration is to be the first black CEO for Nova Scotia Health. As one of the directors of the Health Association of African Canadians HAAC), Mario’s vision is promoting health and Wellness for persons of African Ancestry living Nova Scotia.