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.
Allison began her position at the PCWRSAC after returning to Pictou County. She brings to the centre a diverse educational background which informs the navigation and advocacy practiced on behalf of women in the community, including a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology from Acadia University and as Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University.
An active community member, Allison has volunteered with many organizations and has served on many boards in different communities she lived in across Canada. She is thrilled to return to Pictou County and to be serving the community working for an organization which advocates for the equality for women and actively pursues the social change needed to see that equality reached in all forms for women and girls in our community, provincially and globally.
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.