ABOUT US

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Corrie Melanson (she/they)

Learning Experience Designer

Corrie combines more than 20 years’ facilitation experience with visual tools to facilitate breakthrough conversations that spark engaged action and learning. She excels at designing, facilitating, and evaluating dynamic learning…

Corrie combines more than 20 years’ facilitation experience with visual tools to facilitate breakthrough conversations that spark engaged action and learning. She excels at designing, facilitating, and evaluating dynamic learning and change processes that build on individual and organizational strengths. Corrie uses proven principles of adult education, universal design, and culturally responsive practices to build inclusion, and create engagement, possibility, and collective action.

In addition to an undergrad in international development and a Master’s in Lifelong Learning., Corrie holds certificates in Adult Education, Facilitation, Appreciative Inquiry, Conflict Resolution, Participatory Evaluation and Graphic Facilitation.  In 2011, Corrie co-founded Rainbow Refugees Association of Nova Scotia (RRANS), an organization that supports and privately sponsors LGBTQ+ refugees.

Corrie loves: Dancing (especially Cuban salsa), singing, the journey of parenting three racialized, adopted children, and swimming in the cold Atlantic ocean.

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Corrie loves:

  • Dancing (especially Cuban salsa)
  • Singing
  • The Journey of parenting three racialized, adopted children
  • Swimming in the cold Atlantic Ocean
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Ashley Kelsick (she/her)

Operations and Business Development Manager

Ashley is the current Operations and Business Development Manager at Sea Change CoLab. She is a proud Caribbean person from a small island called Antigua. As a racialized person from a small place, she believes in the importance of representation…

Ashley is the current Operations and Business Development Manager at Sea Change CoLab. She is a proud Caribbean person from a small island called Antigua. As a racialized person from a small place, she believes in the importance of representation and wants to be a person youth can see themselves in. Ashley is passionate about empowerment, inclusion, and personal growth. She tries to be a student of life by learning something new every month.

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Ashley loves:

  • Family time
  • Beach picnics
  • Making cocktails
  • Funny baby videos
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Shannon Gumbs (she/her)

Learning and Impact Coordinator

Shannon is a human rights advocate born in beautiful Jamaica and resides in Nova Scotia. She holds a BA in Human Rights and Criminology. Her life experiences and passion for community outreach has led her to devote much of her time to…

Shannon is a human rights advocate born in beautiful Jamaica and resides in Nova Scotia. She holds a BA in Human Rights and Criminology. Her life experiences and passion for community outreach has led her to devote much of her time to various social justice issues. Her focus is on gender based violence, racial discrimination, equity and youth mentorship. Shannon believes in living a purposeful life, one that positively impacts others, leaving the world a little bit better by your actions; She believes everyone we encounter can teach us something valuable and empathy is the best gift you can give.

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Shannon loves:

  • Spending time outdoors
  • Laughing with friends
  • Cooking
  • Listening to music and karaoke 
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Jenene Wooldridge (she/her)

Mi’kmaw Leader and Author

Jenene is a proud Mi’kmaw leader and author who is committed to living life with intention and balance. She comes from a long line of hereditary and elected Chiefs. Prior to her role as Executive Director with L’nuey, she served for over a decade in senior management…

Jenene is a proud Mi’kmaw leader and author who is committed to living life with intention and balance. She comes from a long line of hereditary and elected Chiefs. Prior to her role as Executive Director with L’nuey, she served for over a decade in senior management with Abegweit First Nation. She was named one of the top 25 most powerful women in business by Atlantic Business Magazine in 2021. Jenene obtained ICD.D designation in 2021.Her most recent venture is publishing a 52-week undated planner, inspired by Medicine Wheel teachings, and focused on living with intention and balance. She is dedicated to healing, personal, and professional growth and supporting leaders. Jenene resides on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq in Epekwitk, PEI with her husband and two children.
Living Full Circle planner can be found at bookstores across Canada or www.jenenewooldridge.ca.

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Jenene loves:

  • Spending time at the beach
  • Belly laughs
  • Watching the sunrise
  • Connecting with change-makers
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Erin Casey (she/her)

Professional Communicator, Writer, and Editor

Erin is a professional communicator, writer, and editor based in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her areas of expertise and interest include inclusion and belonging, higher education, disability, health, entrepreneurship, and business — with an emphasis on equity. She…

Erin is a professional communicator, writer, and editor based in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her areas of expertise and interest include inclusion and belonging, higher education, disability, health, entrepreneurship, and business — with an emphasis on equity. She believes we’re all entitled to accessible and clear communication so we can connect with the people, opportunities, services, and information we need. Erin knows a little bit about a million things, making her the perfect party guest.

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Erin loves:

  • Thrifting
  • Making pie
  • Good conversation
  • Experiencing life with her two queer, neurodivergent offspring
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James Neish (He/Him)

Visual Artist

James is a visual artist, specializing in painting and illustration. Born in Cebu City, Philippines, James was raised and educated in a highly multicultural setting. James graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor’s degree…

James is a visual artist, specializing in painting and illustration. Born in Cebu City, Philippines, James was raised and educated in a highly multicultural setting. James graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and organized and facilitated summer art workshops for children of all ages while developing, writing, and illustrating comic book titles for local publication, Popcorn Comics.
James began his career with a team of Content Illustrators for Cleverlearn/Bigfoot Global Solutions Inc., designing English tutorial software for two years while coordinating and participating in art exhibits. For the past 13 years, James has lived in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, NS.

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James loves:

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Music
  • Creativity
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Janesse Leung

Communications Consultant

Janesse is a lawyer turned communications consultant with experience in writing, web and graphic design, project management, editing and voice-over performance. She has an MA in Criminology and developed anti-racism and equity-oriented materials…

Janesse is a lawyer turned communications consultant with experience in writing, web and graphic design, project management, editing and voice-over performance. She has an MA in Criminology and developed anti-racism and equity-oriented materials for the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario and in the not-for-profit sector over the past 15 years. She is committed to Indigenous sovereignty and Land Back, abolition and is exploring disability justice as a late-diagnosed autistic/ADHD woman.

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Janesse loves:

  • Semi-professional flamenco studies in Spain
  • Savate (French kickboxing) 
  • Papercraft
  • Capybaras
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Chad O’Brien

E-Learning Consultant

Chad feels like a very lucky person! He has worked around the planet and experienced in that journey the most outstanding professionals the world has to offer. One of Chad’s strengths is to really appreciate others and how they live well…

Chad feels like a very lucky person! He has worked around the planet and experienced in that journey the most outstanding professionals the world has to offer. One of Chad’s strengths is to really appreciate others and how they live well. He gravitates towards those positive and well natured attributes. Chad admires them and tries to propagate them in all that he does. His professional path began with teaching in the classrooms and as my interests and networks grew, so did his work. Chad applies his natural talent for logical thinking to the important work of understanding educational systems and their utilization of technology. Now with over 20years of experience in education in multiple countries and sectors, Chad works where he is needed most. Chad is always guided and grounded by his children. His work reflects the world he wants them to grow up in.

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Chad loves:

  • Wife and kids. A father and husband first … they are my whole world!
  • Music, it feeds my soul and playing it keeps me in the moment
  • Biking, mostly because I dislike driving!