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.
Alicia, our remote service worker, has joined our team through funding provided by Pictou County United Way with the purpose of providing services through the computer, texting, e-mails and over the phone.
Alicia is an African Nova Scotian who is passionate about breaking barriers to equality for all. Graduating from Saint Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History, Alicia has great awareness of social justice issues. With a focus on civil rights history and a paralegal certification she believes that changes have to be made on an institutional, community and individual level to create a society that fosters equality for all of its people. Among the many skills that is central to her role as remote support worker is her active listening skills, empathetic nature and the desire to help others. Believing in a trauma informed approach Alicia is always striving to create a respectful and safe environment that supports and empowers women.
Baillie is a young professional who has a passion for supporting and empowering women. Baillie has an intersectional feminist perspective who strives for equality and equity for all.
Baillie has many skills to support the individuals the Centre serves as a recent graduate of the Mental Health Recovery and Promotion program from the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). During her time with NSCC, Baillie was a student leader serving on the executive council of the Student Association. While on the Student Association, Baillie took part in reviewing the Sexual Violence Policy that NSCC implemented. Baillie was also part of the team who collaborated to provide input for the Mental Health Strategy for NSCC.
Krista is passionate about supporting women on their personal and collective empowerment journeys. Krista believes increasing education, awareness and discussion on issues impacting women in rural Nova Scotia is crucial to continuing the work of the many women who came before her as advocates and promoters of social change and equality.
Krista completed her Bachelor of Arts with majors in Human Rights and Criminology and is currently working on her masters degree in Counselling Psychology. Krista has worked with youth and adult survivors of sexual violence and exploitation, domestic violence, family violence and grief both inside and outside of the criminal justice system. Krista is excited to continue herstory with the women of PCWRSAC through a strength based approach.
Megan began at PCWRSAC on a student work placement with NSCC. She officially became an employee in co-facilitating our school-based program called Finding Me. Megan then joined our team full-time as the Program & Administrative Support Worker.
Megan graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and minoring in Family Studies. She then graduated from NSCC with an advanced diploma in Addictions Community Outreach. She has worked with women, youth, and families that have been impacted by trauma and domestic violence. Her work is driven by a passion for helping others, active listening skills, and her awareness of social issues and injustice. She believes in a trauma-informed approach and supports all women as they embark on their empowering journeys.