Molly den Heyer
Independent Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Molly is leading the evaluation of the Build Together: Strengthening the Community Housing Sector in Nova Scotia project. She is a scholar-practitioner who uses monitoring, evaluation, and research to assess theories of change and how societies are or are not transformed. This is also relevant to how power influences development practice. Molly’s research interests are critical approaches to international development cooperation policy and planning, research methods, participation, and development theory. She has also managed projects in the areas of adult education, community development and advocacy for child soldiers.
Susanna Haas Lyons
Susanna Haas Lyons and Associates
Susanna Haas Lyons is a civic engagement specialist. She designs participation strategies, facilitates complex meetings, and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision-makers. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, she has worked for over 18-years on large and complex citizen and stakeholder engagement projects across North America. Susanna teaches for SFU’s Dialogue and Civic Engagement certificate program and the Justice Institute of BC’s Center for Leadership. She is a judge for Canada’s International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) annual awards that recognize excellence and innovation in public participation. Susanna is supporting and sharing her expertise in the design of the Build Together: Strengthening the Community Housing Sector in Nova Scotia project’s digital engagement strategy.
Community Housing Transformation Centre
The Community Housing Transformation Centre is thrilled to be partnering with StFX Extension’s Build Together: Strengthening the Community Housing Sector in Nova Scotia initiative. Program Manager, Renée Hébert brings 30 years’ experience with the non-profit, charitable sector. Her role on the team will be to collect and share knowledge, learnings, and examples of organizational structures from across the country. Renée is also on the Imagine Canada Standards Council and is fluently bilingual (French/English).
Catherine is participating in the consultation design and documentation of the Build Together: Strengthening the Community Housing Sector in Nova Scotia project. Having worked at the Coady International Institute’s Marie Michael Library since 1992, Catherine brings a tremendous breadth and depth of experience to the team related to knowledge creation and mobilization. A published researcher in the field of adult education, she has also taught in Coady’s education programs for over two decades in the areas of research and information literacy. She is interested in the role of libraries and resource centres in supporting community-based learning and action.
As part of the Build Together: Strengthening the Community Housing Sector in Nova Scotia team, Julien supports the project’s engagement strategy. He is thrilled to contribute to a space for collective learning within the community housing sector to advance adequate, safe, and affordable housing in Nova Scotia. At the Coady International Institute, where Julien is Program Teaching Staff, he designs and facilitates educational programs focused on citizen engagement, advocacy, and accountable governance. He brings over 15 years of experience at the intersection of human rights, community development and adult education, both in Canada and internationally.
StFX Exension Department
An experienced adult educator and facilitator, Pauline is leading the development of StFX Extension’s Community Housing Program—supporting community-based groups, coalitions, and organizations working to ensure adequate, safe, and affordable housing is available in Nova Scotia for people living on low income. Pauline also leads the Build Together: Strengthening the Community Housing Sector in Nova Scotia project and believes that by working together, we can achieve more better and faster for greater collective impact. Pauline sees considering housing through the lens of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 as an important part of this work.
O'Regan Project Services
Nancy keeps trying to retire, but it just won’t stick! In addition to co-facilitating Build Together: Strengthening the Community Housing Sector in Nova Scotia engagement sessions and supporting all aspects of the project, she is a community development facilitator and project manager working and volunteering primarily in Guysborough County. She retired from the Nova Scotia Community College in 2012 after teaching Human Services and serving as a curriculum consultant for 12 years. As a former StFX Extension Fieldworker, working on this project feels like coming home. Nancy also co-chairs the Guysborough County Housing Network.
StFX Extension Department and Coady Institute
Cathy Sears brings two decades of knowledge and experience in providing technical and research support to students and staff at the Coady International Institute. In addition to her work at the Institute’s Marie Michael Library, Cathy supports the work of the StFX Extension Department and is involved with the research and documentation activities of the Build Together: Strengthening the Community Housing Sector in Nova Scotia project.
As part of the Build Together: Strengthening the Community Housing Sector in Nova Scotia project, Eric is involved in the overall project design and implementation. As a volunteer, Eric sits on the Board of the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society. With the Coady International Institute, Eric is the Project Manager for ENGAGE: Women’s Empowerment and Active Citizenship. ENGAGE works in five countries to advance gender equality and poverty reduction by enhancing women’s capacity to participate in the social and economic life of their communities. It was co-designed by Coady and five of its partner organizations.