At TEAM Work Cooperative... We’ve helped people secure and maintain employment for over 25 years. Our clients’ best interests are at the core of everything we do. We're a one-stop shop for both the job seeker and the employer.
For clients we offer case management, career counselling, job development, employment maintenance and more; for employers, our services focus on recruiting talented workers, training programs and employee support.
Inspiring and supporting all people on their journey toward employment.
Accessible and equitable employment services for all Nova Scotians. Advancing inclusive workplaces.
Coming from a small Nova Scotia town, Marcus has always had a connection with people. His family were very involved in their small community and this has translated into his work at TEAM Work. You will often see Marcus running around the office helping both staff and clients!
CASE MANAGER TEAM LEAD
Born in Halifax and raised in the small town of Middle Musquodoboit, James learned that neighbors are important and should stick together, and thus he decided he wanted to help people for a living. Whether critiquing a resume or helping a friend move, James is always game and always smiling.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Jude is the Operations Manager at TEAM Work. She has been at TWC for 22 years in various upper management roles. She is fondly referred to as the local Historian. Jude loves starting new projects, finding creative solutions to complex problems, managing multiple teams and writing successful proposals. Her passion is helping others succeed and find their purpose. As a marathon runner, health and wellness activist, her energy is contagious and leadership is full of a “can do “ attitude.
JOB DEVELOPER / FRONT END MANAGER
Liz is the go-to person if you are looking for a creative idea. Liz uses her creative side every day in her work as a Certified Career Development Practitioner, especially when it comes to facilitating workshops, job development and organizing TEAM Work events. Currently our Program Coordinator for ‘FUTURE READY New Opportunities,' Liz has also worked on other projects including ‘Career Link’ and the ‘Youth Employability Skills’ project. Liz has been with TEAM Work since 2012.
CLIENT SERVICE COORDINATOR
Originally from the U.K., Daniel grew up with a keen interest in helping others. He is also an avid soccer fan, and if you can’t find him in the office he is likely out on the soccer field. As with most things, the key to success comes down to teamwork, and he gets a kick out of working in collaboration with others to help them reach their goals.
GO-3D PROJECT COORDINATOR
Born a Prairie girl in Alberta, raised a Maritimer, Hannah has called Nova Scotia her home for over 30 years. Her dedication and passion for helping others comes from her own personal experiences. Hannah believes that everyone deserves to have a meaningful career and will help you think out of the box to achieve it if that’s what it takes!
GO-3D Self Employment
SENIOR BUSINESS COACH
Horses, Harley’s and Hockey- watching his grandson’s play- are some of Mike’s loves. But honestly, he’s been around for a while and he has got the stories to prove it! Mike has a wealth of experience in career development and is perfect for supporting both clients and employers.
After almost a decade as an Employment Support Practitioner here at TWC, Lloyd has now taken on the role as a Business Coach with the GO-3D team. He’ll help you explore your business ideas and get you started in the right direction, while providing a safe space for you to talk openly about your experiences. Client centered, he takes looks at your strengths and supports you in finding the path that is right for you!
BUSINESS SUPPORT PRACTITIONER
Abby was originally a co-op student from Dalhousie. Her experiences working with multiple community organizations led her to TEAM Work and we were lucky to keep her! Abby grew up in the beautiful Annapolis Valley but now considers Halifax to be her home. Walking into Abby’s office, you’ll feel vibrant but peaceful energy from the many plants she has squeezed in! She feels the right environment is a crucial aspect of working through goals. In her free time, you’ll find Abby gardening, reading a good thriller, or cooking something new.
ASSISTANT FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
As a busy mom of two, juggling competing demands comes as second nature. Michelle is the oil that keeps everything running smoothly behind the scenes here at TEAM Work. With strong organizational and administrative skills Michelle knows exactly what to do and where to find things. When something needs doing, we can always count on Michelle to say, “That’s fine, no problemo!” Her helpful nature and willingness to support the team are greatly appreciated.
ASSISTANT FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
Xiyu is a recent finance graduate from Dalhousie University. She did two internships with TEAM Work Cooperative, and she loved the job as she felt she was helping people in the way they needed. Xiyu is grateful to be back in the TEAM Work office, utilizing her degree in a position with CASE (Canadian Association for Supported Employment). In her spare time, Xiyu likes trying new recipes, spending time with her friends and her two dogs.
For the majority of her career, Jeanette has worked in the accounting field in a not-for-profit organization. Her love of spreadsheets and reconciliations is widely known by those working with her. You will often hear her saying “I can create a spreadsheet for that."
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Hoon moved to Canada at the age of 9 with his family. He recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, major in marketing, and is thrilled to bring his knowledge and experience from school to our organization! Hoon is always a team player who has a smile for everyone and loves collaborating with others to overcome different challenges and tasks. In his down time, Hoon enjoys going to a bar with his friends, watching sports, and spending a nice sunny day by the lake or the beach.
OPPORTUNITIES FUND MANAGER
Born and raised in Halifax, Tyler enjoys being on or beside the ocean, travelling around the world, and sharing food with family and friends. From a family of counsellors his dedication to helping people started at home, continued through financial planning and now through coordinating access to equipment, training, and wage support funding for underrepresented individuals seeking employment.
PDI PROGRAM COORDINATOR/
Jarett is a big believer in inclusive employment and giving everyone a chance to live up to their inherent potential. He likes to focus on what people "can do" instead of what they "can't." With experience in editing, writing, marketing and administration, you'll find Jarett behind the scenes at TWC doing a little bit of everything.
INFORMATION RESOURCE SPECIALIST
With roots from the Rock, Angela is a rock solid administrator. She has a calm and compassionate manner when greeting job seekers. Built up by a family of carpenters hard work is nailed into her personality. Angela believes in bringing compassion and empathy to her job and strives to provide an experience that enhances the lives of each person she encounters.
Matt hails from Nova Scotia but he loves to travel and experience new cultures. Although he holds space in the office, you will rarely find him there as he’s well known in the community for supporting people on the job. His career spans twenty years supporting people with disabilities across the country, but today Matt calls TEAM Work his home. You’ll find him spending time with his family and gaming with his 3 nephews during his off time.
EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT PRACTITIONER
Maggie spent 5 years following university living in L’arche; sharing life with people with and without disabilities in intentional community. Looking for a slower pace of life, Maggie left Ontario and moved to Cape Breton in 2018 despite never being to the East Coast before. Captivated by life by the ocean, at the beginning of 2021, Maggie transitioned from rural life in Cape Breton, moving to Dartmouth to become a supportive roommate. Maggie enjoys a quiet life of watching movies and spending time with friends.
COMMUNITY RESOURCE NAVIGATOR & WORKPLACE SUPPORT ASSISTANT
With over 17 years of experience supporting the non-profit community, Randy brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Giving customers the right resources to make informed decisions is important to him. When Randy is not busy making connections within the community, you can find him at the gym, near the ocean or listening to music.
MENTORABILITY REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Dave believes that one of the most important connections a person can have to their community is through employment. He is always happy to support initiatives that further inclusive employment. In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors and listening to some good rock and roll music.
Jonathan is an advocate for diversity and inclusion and believes in meeting others where they are in life. As he works with career practitioners, postsecondary institutions, and clients, Jonathan is a researcher, navigator, strategist, and administrator. Jonathan can help figure out a plan and works to identify potential assessments, supports, and resources, when needed, for people with disabilities interested in post-secondary education.
DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT COORDINATOR (CPOPP)
Hailing from small-town Ontario, Jesse is grateful to call K'jipuktuk/Halifax their new home. With a background in frontline service, they are committed to centering inclusion, accessibility and community solidarity in their work. Outside the office, you can find Jesse making ceramics, sharing a meal with friends or hiking by the ocean - preferably with a good podcast.
INCLUSION SPECIALIST & FUNDING COORDINATOR
Nina is originally from the sunny city of Tbilisi, Georgia. She moved to Canada to pursue her Master's degree and has recently graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University. Throughout her career, Nina has worked closely with the disability community in medical, residential and recreational settings. A firm believer in the holistic approach to any dilemma, she always strives to look at the bigger picture, conduct thorough research and come up with creative, personalized solutions. When not at work, Nina tests her skills at recreational sports, plays video games or explores beautiful Nova Scotian nature.
EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Pratibha is a trusted Career Practitioner with solid knowledge of current, local human resources and employment practices. She applies her extensive Human Resources expertise and knowledge of the public, private, and non-profit sectors, to develop and connect with inclusive and supportive employers. She's known for her warmth and humour, and loves dogs, helping people, travelling and playing cards with her Dad.
EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT PRACTITIONER
Denise hails from Halifax and having both parents with disabilities, has always been a strong advocate for persons with disabilities. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Mount St Vincent University; and she also has over 25 years of management/supervisory work experience including 15 years in supported employment in a social enterprise. Denise enjoys going for walks in her Dartmouth neighborhood and having chats with her neighbors and exploring Nova Scotia. Denise will always lend you a helping hand.
INFORMATION RESOURCE SPECIALIST
If you need a resume and cover letter, Tara is your person! She has extensive experience working with clients from all walks of life. She hails from small-town Nova Scotia, but her heart lies in Middle Earth where she moonlights as a Hobbit. Not only does she have extensive experience working with people, but Tara is also the Accessibility Coordinator for Hal-Con, A SciFi Fantasy Convention where she is responsible for ensuring the convention meets the access needs of all folks in attendance. You will see Tara in the office, rolling around the Resource Room helping folks with their job search needs. As a person with a disability, she believes employment should be inclusive and that everyone has the right to access sustainable employment.
With over 10 years of experience in teaching and Facilitating, Maram’s wealth of knowledge, resourcefulness and interactive presentations in employment topics make her a great asset to our clients and our team. Maram encourages open communication, strives to help clients reach their full potential and is a big advocate for people with disabilities. Maram’s colourful office aquariums (and beautiful fish) create a calming and happy environment for staff and clients alike. Maram loves her faith, her family, and fishkeeping! When not in the office, you will find Maram spending time with her rather large family, being the coolest Auntie and taking long walks.
CASE MANAGER (DEAF CLIENT SPECIALIST) & WORKPLACE SUPPORT ASSISTANCE
MJ is deaf since birth, and for the past 25 years, she has worked as a passionate advocate with deaf/hard of hearing individuals. When engaging with her clients and colleagues, she loves to discuss accessibility, deaf culture awareness and American Sign Language. Being strategic and creative in accommodations, MJ strives to tackle challenging employment paths; and, as an enthusiastic person and a dedicated volunteer, MJ enjoys playing some sports, travelling, watching movies and socializing with friends and family.
Born in Halifax and raised on the peninsula, Cymone has spent many years supporting youth and has a passion for helping people reach their full potential. She is actively involved in the community, and is dedicated to breaking down barriers for minority groups. In her spare time, you can find Cymone coaching competitive cheerleading at Halifax Cheer Elite, reading crime/mystery novels, or going on long walks.
CASE MANAGER /
LEAD - WOMEN'S SERVICES
Born and raised in Halifax, working with clients has always been a passion. With a big heart, kind soul and thirst for knowledge, she is dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals. When she is not at work, you could find her by the water reading, and taking in all the universe has to offer.
Not one for sitting still, Alex is always bopping around looking for new experiences and new things to learn, especially languages to speak, books to read, and foods to try! A transplant to the east coast, she has been loving exploring the coast, the forests, and the beautiful small towns and communities with her partner and dog. And as someone with a meandering career path herself, Alex enjoys helping others unearth their own meaning in work and life.
Kayla has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Studies and has a genuine desire for helping people. She takes great pride in listening and assisting with goals to achieve a beautiful success story. She is passionate about inclusion and diversity and believes in opportunities for all. In her free time, you can often find her sitting on a sports field, cheering on her son or having a family movie night — surrounded by lots of snacks.
INTAKE / CASE MANAGER
Born and raised in Amritsar, India, Manpreet moved to Canada in 2019 with her family. She recently graduated from NSCC in the Administration program and have more than 10 years of experience in mentoring a variety of age group ranging from children to seniors. With these skills and experiences, Manpreet is looking forward to assisting TEAM Work Clients to blossom and attain their dream job. As an immigrant, Manpreet believes in diversity and hopes to provide inclusive employment to her fellow immigrants.
Job Development & Programs
Rob has a big heart, a big laugh and a big beard! When you walk into our office, you can probably hear his laughter coming from down the hall. Rob enjoys spending time with his family and hiking in the woods. Rob has over 20 years experience in working with people with disabilties in educational, employment and residential settings and is ready to help you too!
JOB DEVELOPER/CASE MANAGER
A highly organized, dedicated and professional individual who is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about working/supporting and building a thriving community that provides programs, services and support families, seniors and community members. Rozina is a strong visionary leader and manager who can motivate & inspire my team to be the best they can whilst focusing intently on the strategic aims of the organization.
Jeff Vander Velde
Jeff is very knowledgeable about all aspects of the job search process and is always willing to go that extra mile for clients. He is very creative, animated, engaging when presenting, and regularly shares his personal experiences to back up the content. With years of sales experience, lifelong learning, and a stint as an entrepreneur, Jeff has the professional life experience to teach clients how to sell themselves and what employers are looking for.
With successes in the academic, business, and community sectors, D’Arcy has a broad range of experience collaborating with diverse individuals, priority groups, and decision makers. D’Arcy is committed to assisting individuals to achieve self-reliance in their lives, families, and communities. He looks forward to working with you.
FOR JAZZ AVIATION PROGRAM
Lincoln is a Certified Career Development Practitioner. He specializes in working with youth and adult participants presenting problems on concerns such as anxiety, depression, emotional conflicts, work-related stress, and stress issues stemming from learning difficulties. With more than 27+ years of experience in this field, he enjoys working with individuals and groups and has been told he has a gift for understanding their needs. In his downtime, Lincoln enjoys fishing with his buddies, refurbishing computers, and going to the community market every weekend.
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MEMBER AT LARGE
A natural connector and storyteller, Margaret works with P4G Placemakers to connect and share career opportunities with communities, and helps to amplify the P4G story. A former university drop-out, Margaret now holds a degree in Public Relations and eight years of experience across non-profits, social enterprise and provincial government. Guided by her will to create, and make equitable opportunities accessible to historically excluded groups in the region, Margaret brings a thoughtful, people-centric lens to P4G. She serves on boards and committees for TEAM Work Cooperative, and the Macphee Centre for Creative Learning. Vulnerability and relatability are her key ingredients for uniting based on shared experience and bringing people together on a collective purpose.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Roger is a registered professional engineer (P. Eng. - Civil) specializing in transportation and municipal infrastructure. With over 25 years of progressive experience in the consulting world, he has also served in many different roles through his career. His engineering journey has resulted in the successful completion of many projects throughout Canada, and internationally in the United States, Mexico, South America and Africa. Parallel to engineering, Roger is heavily involved in the hockey world serving in numerous coaching and high-performance skill development roles. He has a Masters Certificate in Project Management, is an avid practitioner of personal and organization leadership development, and is an active public speaker and facilitator in the leadership and sports arenas.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Catherine has lived in Nova Scotia most of her life and is very proud to call this Province home. As a finance expert, and small business owner, Catherine is well aware of the specific challenges of balancing work life and family life. She is passionate about community and helping others achieve their goals, with guidance, from her own experiences. Her beagle Marley forces her to take breaks daily and you can be sure to find them power walking through Point Pleasant Park where he is known as the "squirrel whisperer". He sings and they run!
Cheryl is an executive with 40 years’ experience, holding senior corporate roles with the Mathers Group of Companies and Quest Society. Cheryl is currently the Chair of Beacon House Interfaith Society and the Chief Financial Officer at Quest Society. Cheryl is a Past Chair of Halifax Water, CPHR NS and CCHRA
MEMBER AT LARGE
Born in Nova Scotia and raised in an immigrant family, Aja has always been an advocate for diversity and inclusion. She has certainly found her outlet as Board Member with Team Work Cooperative. Aja's career spans work in both the public sector and the non-for-profit sector, in areas such as immigration, culture and heritage, youth retention, human resources, and equity. When not working, Aja is usually travelling, eating spicy foods, going to the beach, and hiding from the cold.
MEMBER AT LARGE
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MEMBER AT LARGE
David is a change agent, consultant, academic and researcher with over four decades of experience in collaborating with and advising government bodies and organizations on social issues in the UK and Canada. David specialises in social work, community health, affordable housing, race relations, diversity and inclusion. Through speaking engagements, coaching, consulting and research he works with clients to resolve complex and sensitive issues.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Paul grew up in Prince Edward Island. His passion for technology started at a very young age. His career has spanned several industries which has been highly focused on Information Technology Operations. Paul currently owns and operates a business that is highly focused on addressing the labour needs in Atlantic Canada.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Brian is a native of Dartmouth, graduating from Acadia University, obtaining a Masters of Education (Counselling). Prior to retirement in May 2020, Brian was a Registered Social Worker and Registered Counselling Therapist. He has worked as a member of interdisciplinary teams at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Center Site of QE II Health Sciences Center serving individuals with various health issues. Brian was appointed through an Order in Council to be a member of the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission and served for fifteen years. Brian has also developed a therapeutic work program for people with disabilities in partnership with New Leaf Enterprises, an Easter Seals Program.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Every morning Jonah wakes up with two missions in mind: be a source of good vibes and do so in style! Jonah makes it a point to socialize with anyone and everyone. He believes a positive and open attitude is key to success and happiness not only for himself but for those around him. He is a career learner, passionate about promoting principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as a means of challenging structural and societal norms. He is currently a Diversity & Inclusion Facilitator and Placemaker at Placemaking 4G, where he’s responsible for facilitating client-facing workshops around topics related to DEI. He believes that through unlearning, vulnerability and intentionality, leaders and organizations can create environments for humans to thrive.
Joey, Eileen and Mike
Amanda & Team
HUMANS OF TEAM WORK
JAMES BARTLETT FUND
Overcoming financial barriers to employment goals.
In today’s job market, some employers require that employees provide certificates, background checks and necessary equipment prior to starting work (such as first aid, safety training, criminal background check and certified safety wear). Such extra costs can be a significant barrier to employment for some. The James Bartlett Fund gives us the ability to help these clients when other funding options are not available.
Who was James Bartlett, and how was J.B. Fund established?
James Bartlett was a specialized employment counsellor at TEAM Work Cooperative from 2002 to 2007 that passed away due to health issues. He was passionate about advocating for clients who didn’t meet the criteria for funding, so he started an employment support fund of his own to help bridge the gap. James wanted to ensure people didn’t lose out on job opportunities when they were so close to reaching their goals. In memory of James and his idea, the Kin Club Halifax presented TEAM Work with the first donation to the James Bartlett Fund in June 2007. We continue to administer this fund guided by James’ original intention.