Custom Learning Facilitators
Laurie Cook is Director of Custom Learning and Innovation for the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia. As such, Laurie brings a wide range of experience working in the community sector in relation to board governance, strategic planning and community / stakeholder engagement. She also has a Masters of Adult Education specializing in Community Development from St. Francis Xavier University, and a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Dalhousie University.
Tara Jaskowiak is South Shore Regional Convenor for the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia and works with the Custom Learning division on strategic planning, good governance, volunteer management and evaluation as well. Tara also has a passion for, and a wide range of experience in, volunteer management and working with community organizations. Her instinct for bringing people together and developing great ideas has drawn her to creative leadership roles from coast to coast - from the YMCA and Volunteer Victoria to the Lunenburg Queens Volunteer Partnership and developmental evaluation with YouthScape Canada. Tara is dedicated to making connections and building capacity within the community.
Darin Roche is the Founder of The Partnership Company. With over 15 years experience in the entertainment industry, as well as a three year term with the Atlantic International Film Festival as their sponsorship director, Darin has the ability and skill set to connect brands to create unique partnerships within the sponsorship marketing industry.
Darin facilitates the Diversifying Funding: Corporate Partnerships module.
Gab LeVert is a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor in Public Relations. Just after graduating, he co-founded Magnified Public Relations, a digital agency that specializes in working with socially conscious brands. He and his co-founder are both very keen on working with the nonprofit sector to help them tell great stories of impact through a variety of media. With Magnified PR, Gab has worked with organizations from across Canada. From strategizing a national digital fundraising strategy to optimizing websites and social media accounts, Gab is focused on enhancing brands' online presence to ensure the most important voices are heard. Along with coordinating digital efforts, he has also worked with clients to secure traditional media opportunities, organize events and manage volunteers.
Gab facilitates the Communications & Marketing on a Shoestring module.
Melodie is a community college marketing and communications instructor with a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector. An early adopter of social media, she has been recognized as a marketing and communication specialist with YMCA Canada and the Northern American YMCA Development Organization. She has worked extensively with volunteer groups with Tourism Cape Breton and was a former small business owner.
Melodie facilitates the Communications & Marketing on a Shoestring module.
Michael Edward Petitpas is currently the Owner of Clear Resolutions, Conflict Management Services and Senior ADR Practitioner (Mediator) at the Conflict Resolution Centre, DND Atlantic Region Halifax. He has a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Prince Edward Island.
Michael facilitates the Conflict Resolution module.
Dana Perry is the Regional Hub Convenor for the Nova Scotia Community Sector Council, specifically administering the Annapolis Valley (West Hants, Kings County, Annapolis County and Digby County). Dana’s background includes a 20+ year career in the film industry, a lengthy musical career, and most recently as a Regional Coordinator for the Nova Scotia Community Access Program. His work related experiences in addition to his educational background in Science and History makes for a diversified approach to the Community Sector Council.
Dana is our Storytelling Services expert.
John Ure has worked for over 40 years in the not-for-profit sector, and with government and university-based community outreach services. His roles have included administration, program design/development, project management, youth leadership development, organizational learning, and group facilitation (including large-group engagement methodologies, such as World Café and Open Space Technology). For almost 7 years he worked with the Nova Scotia Government on the Child and Youth Strategy (a multi-departmental and community-partnered initiative) where his focus was on collaborative working relationships, community/youth engagement strategies, and innovative service delivery.
John facilitates some of our Leadership Development modules.