Resource Team

Tracey Dorrington-Skinner, Executive Director

Tracey Dorrington-SkinnerExecutive Director

Tracey has proven strength in public advocacy having spent over 25 years working with the African Nova Scotian community of Truro in advocacy and various other roles.

She previously dedicated 20 years of her professional career to the education system, empowering and advocating for students and their families.

She simultaneously dedicated 15 years advocating on behalf of former residents of the NSHCC resulting in a successful class action lawsuit against the Province of Nova Scotia and the NSHCC.

Tracey is Co founder and Co Chair of (Voices) Victims of Institutional Childhood Exploitation Society.

She is Co-Writer of the Terms of Reference used to guide the Restorative Inquiry for the NSHCC.

Finally yet importantly, Tracey has grown two beautiful girls into two beautiful and strong women; one who has blessed her with a super handsome grandson and another on the way.

In Tracey’s spare time, she enjoys painting.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to bring some focus to increasing issues that continue to be a challenge for women and their families and to begin a process that brings change so women and their families can reach their highest potential.”

“Work hard! Play hard! “


Office Manager: Michaela MacLachlan

Michaela MacLachlan, Office Manager

Michaela is first friendly face you see when you come into the centre. The heart and soul of the organization, Michaela is truly the Coordinator of our services.

She has been with the centre since 2009, and with education from both St. Mary’s University and the Nova Scotia Community College, Michaela helps the organization run smoothly and has a myriad of knowledge to help not only the staff and the board, but also the women in our community.

A mother of one, and an animal lover, Michaela is a woman with a true belief that helping our community can really make a difference for everyone who lives here.

Valerie Brown, Clinical Therapist

Valerie Brown, Clinical Therapist

Valerie holds a Masters of Arts in Counselling from Providence Theological Seminary and has experience working with teens, adolescents, the elderly, individuals and couples.

Valerie supports and assists her clients to manage trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships, developing healthy communication, and other issues of concern.

She has completed her EMDR training and is now qualified to use this therapy with those having difficulty with various forms of trauma. Her primary therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Solution Focused Therapy. Although Valerie primarily uses these approaches, she will also blend elements from different approaches and tailor their treatment according to each client’s needs.

Valerie joined the Central Nova Women’s Resource Center team April 2016 and works Monday afternoons.

Valerie provides counselling full-time through Archway Counselling Truro, NS.

Stephanie Atwood, Womens Support Worker

Stephanie Atwood, Women’s Support Worker

Stephanie has experience working with vulnerable persons, primarily women and youth throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

She brings over 10 years experience having worked as a Program Facilitator with Community Services, Correctional Officer, Youth Program Coordinator and an Executive Assistant of a non-profit centre for youth and families.

She has developed female specific programming and studied with reputable educational institutions and professional leaders in the community service sector such as Nova Scotia Community College, University of New Brunswick and online through Harvard University and University of Michigan.

She is currently studying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and hope to continue her education and obtain a Masters in Social Work.

Knickolle Pitcher, Peer Support Coordinator

Knickolle Pitcher, Support Coordinator

With a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in both English and Psychology, a Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Certification, Certified Overcome Anxiety Facilitator and Certified Integrative Yoga Therapist of 500 hours, Knickolle provides the Center with a wide-ranging mix of talents.

She is a skilled communicator and has experience facilitating groups of all ages on topics including anxiety, trauma, empowerment, positive self-image, self-care, pain management, sleep difficulties, and in general “life coaching”.

She believes that life is too big to play it small. She looks forward to working with the community on many fronts to help individuals, families, and communities to thrive.

In her personal life, she is mother to two boys and enjoys reading, cooking, yoga, and walking in nature.

Gus: Team Motivator

Gus, Team Motivator

Gus is a small dog with a big personality! A 7-year-old poodle/bichon.

He is sweet, charming, affectionate and gentle.

He loves snuggles, cuddles and making new friends.

You will often find Gus hanging out at his person’s desk (Michaela) or exploring the center making sure everyone has a smile on her face.


Our Board of Directors:

  • Board Chair: Cheryl Paris
  • Treasurer: Andrea Jackson
  • Secretary: Rebekah Loughead
  • Director: Hema Chopra
  • Director: Amanda Langille
  • Director: Margaret Hearn
  • Director: Stephanie Milbury
  • Director: Michelle Thibault
  • Director: Jennifer Clark
  • Director: Carolyn Irving
  • Director: Megan MacNeil