VANSDA’S mission is to improve the quality of life for African Nova Scotians and other citizens in the Annapolis Valley by creating Partnerships in Employment, Training and Government/Economic Development. Our focus is on increasing employment opportunities for all community members.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The organization is guided by a number of volunteer members that make up its’ Board of Directors. These individuals come from various parts of the Annapolis Valley, representing communities or organizations with an interest in the development and growth of the African Nova Scotian community. Each Board member plays a vital role as a contact person from the community to the organization.
2017-2018 Executive Members:
Chair- Dr. Geraldine Browning
Treasurer- Mr. Dennis Jackson
Secretary- Ms. Rita Jardine
Board of Directors Recruitment
The Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association- VANSDA is seeking highly skilled individuals to join our Board of Directors.
Are you interested in advancing community development opportunities in the Annapolis Valley for persons of African descent and other marginalized person?
Would you like to work with a dynamic team who are passionate about building a culturally diverse and welcoming community for all?
Are you able to volunteer to help ensure that our efforts supporting community members are successful and that we continue to provide a voice for residents across the region.
If you answered YES, please download and complete our Board of Directors Application Package by clicking on this link.
By developing and implementing a wide range of programs and initiatives (including justice, tourism and education) along with providing access to the various employment programs, VANSDA continues to be a leader in the integration of African Canadians and other marginalized persons into all aspects of life in western Nova Scotia. The organization strives to develop the whole community by continuing in its efforts to break down barriers and by partnering with others ensure that a strong, welcoming and healthy community throughout western Nova Scotia exists.
Since its inception in 2000, the organization has grown and extended employment and accompanying services to the community in the areas of justice, health, education, community development, immigration, heritage and more. All these initiatives and upcoming projects have had a wide ranging impact on the region.
Partnering with other organizations throughout Nova Scotia, VANSDA continues in its efforts to build relationships which will advance its mandate and transition marginalized community members into the labour force. This involves more than just developing skills and processes, it is a way of being and a way of thinking.
In his 19th year as Executive Director for the organization,while overseeing the day to day operation and staff, under his leadership the organization has grown in prominence and continues to expand its services offered.
“From offering programs dealing with issues related to Employment, Justice, Immigration, Entrepreneurship, Education, Tourism and more, the organization continues to strive towards eliminating the challenges encountered by many seeking the security of stable meaningful employment. The real challenge remains however, to advance the community forward to a point where diversity becomes the norm.”
Operations Manager/ Career Practitioner
Lisa has been part of the organization since its inception. As a certified NSCDA Career Practitioner, she is one of the most experienced employment professionals in the region and has developed strong working relationships throughout the Annapolis Valley. As the number of visible minority immigrants continues to grow in the region, Lisa has become a fierce advocate for the smooth integration of these new community members into the labour force throughout the region. Lisa’s role has expanded to also include that of Operations Manager at the NS Works – VANSDA location in Kentville.
Information Resource Specialist
As the first point of client contact, Tanya serves a uniquely important role for the organization and client alike. As our Information Resource Specialist, she is responsible for assuring client service is both efficient and effective. Being the first contact person for community members, her role is to ensure that client needs and goals are evaluated accurately and that interventions, recommended by the Career Practitioners are maintained. Now in her 7th year with the organization.
As organization Controller she is accountable for the financial reporting; coordination of financial planning; budget processes; payable/receivable; payroll and other duties pertinent to the organizations’ finances. With over 30 years’ financial experience which includes the past 6 years with VANSDA she ensures that the Board of Directors and funders receive accurate financial results, ensuring they comply with generally accepted accounting principles.
Employer Engagement Specialist
In her dual role, Lynn exercises the passion necessary to ensure successful transition from unemployment to employment is attainable for many clients. From developing workshop curriculum designed to assist client needs directly, to time spent in conversation and identifying needs with businesses throughout the region, Lynn has earned the reputation as a strong advocate for transitioning some of our most limited and multiple barrier clients successfully back into the workforce. In her 10th year with the organization
The newest member of the VANSDA team, Theresa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering directed client services to those in need. Combining a background in First Nations service delivery and having built business relationships across the region, she adds another passionate voice for change to our efforts.