Coady International Institute Associate
Nicole has over 10 years of facilitation experience with small and large groups in a variety of settings. Her skillset includes effective communication, process facilitation, peer coaching and training, and curriculum design with an emphasis on participatory approaches. Nicole has a breadth of experience with community engagement in her personal and professional life, and is respected for her strength in creating and maintaining positive community relationships. She has worked with a variety of non-profit, private and public sector groups in Nova Scotia and abroad, including in Saudi Arabia, Kenya, and northern Australia. She works and volunteers with many local organizations such as Engage Antigonish, Our Food Store, AEC School Advisory Council and the StFX Nursing Department.
Nicole is a regularly utilized resource within the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), offering peer support to staff in enhancing their understanding of adult education, with the design of their own education materials and the redevelopment of their group work curricula. She has developed learning materials on a variety of topics on the spectrum of health and wellness, such as motivational interviewing, self-management skills and coping with stress, all of which focus on accessibility, relevance and research-based information. Nicole’s style embraces creative and interactive group discussions, individual reflection and small group activities, with emphasis on highly participatory experiences and vibrant visuals.
Nicole has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University, and is currently studying towards a Master of Adult Education. The focus of her current studies is related to rural women, food values and the links in community. She has strong ties to Coady Institute, dating back over 20 years to when she was a Coady youth intern working in Nepal. She has also completed the Coady Facilitation and Training Approaches for Community Change certificate.