Shelley Curtis-Thompson, BA, RSW
Shelley Curtis-Thompson, Executive Director, works with government, community and other organizations towards equality. She believes by advocating at an individual level as well as collective levels we can create the necessary changes that will offer women and girls' the empowerment and choice needed to achieve greater control over their lives.
Shelley, a registered social worker, brings over 25 years' experience working to end violence against women in all it's forms. She provides a trauma informed approach, experience and offers training opportunities for groups and organizations on a wide variety of issues affecting women and girls including feminism, sexualized violence and poverty.
Shelley is a trained mediator, trained in Dialogue for a Peaceful Change. Her background is in social anthropology with a focus on culture, women and family systems. As a feminist, Shelley believes in the freedom to have choices and to make choices, seeing all women as the experts in their own lives.
Among her accomplishments with the Centre is her role as producer of Slut, The Play bringing in over 900 people into the conversation about sexualized violence and intervention and many International Day of the Girl and Women Celebrations.
Emily Fiander, Administrative Support Worker, works collaboratively to support individuals and maintain daily operations for the Centre. She believes in a trauma-informed, client-centred, strengths-based approach to client care.
She graduated from the Mental Health Recovery and Promotion Human Services Diploma Program from NSCC with honors. She has worked with women, youth, and families to support them in accessing services needed to fulfill their social determinants of health.
As a proud feminist she believes in treating everyone with equity while empowering individuals to reclaim their innate resilience, creativity, and best self.
MORPH Navigator/Support Worker
Melissa is a licensed social worker who believes that women make up the backbone of our families, our school system and our community. She is passionate about helping people acknowledge and celebrate their strengths as they determine a path toward reaching their goals.
Melissa graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts focused on Sociology and Anthropology and in 2019 she completed her Bachelor of Social Work with the University of Calgary. She worked within the Nova Scotia Health Authority prior to joining the Women’s Centre team.
Melissa’s key role at the Centre focuses on intervention and prevention services related to women centered supports and sexualized violence through MORPH (Mapping our Road to Power and Healing) Sexual Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. She also provides supportive counselling, and advocacy services.
Melissa is a self-proclaimed cat lady who is an avid knitter and a lover of gardening.
Anna Marie Galvin, BA, BSW, RSW
Anna Marie Galvin, social worker and support worker, works with survivors of sexual assault through the MORPH program to provide individual support, navigation, and self-compassion skill development. Anna is presently working with Janice Fraser, along with other community partners to deliver skills-based supportive groups for survivors. Anna also provides individual supportive counselling to other service users of the Centre, through advocacy, skill development, and development social supports through access to other community resources.
Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work degree from St. Thomas University, Fredericton and has worked for ten years in the child welfare system in Nova Scotia prior to landing at the Centre. In 2019-2020 Anna completed her 200hr yoga teacher training through Joyful Yoga, Truro with a special interest in trauma-informed yoga. Anna brings a trauma-informed lens along with CBT skills to her practice with individuals. Often you will find Anna stretched out on her yoga mat, not afraid to incorporate mindfulness, breathwork, and gentle movement into supports offered as part of a self-care/self-compassion plan. Besides yoga, her other love is the great outdoors, and digging in the dirt to improve mental and physical health.
Janice Fraser, MA, RSW
Janice comes to her work with sexual violence survivors with experience working within Mental Health and Addictions. Her work with us is funded through MOPRH (Mapping Our Road to Power and Healing) grant supports. MORPH programs are offered to sexual violence survivors and build on mindfulness and strength based approaches, honouring survivors as experts in their journey.