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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.



Marcus Jamieson


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!


Hannah Hefler


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!


Daniel Riley


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.


Rob Casey


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!


James Smith


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.


Pratibha Popat


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.

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Mike Little


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.


Abigail Rogers


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.



Michelle Barnhill


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.


Jeanette Paynter


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."


Tyler Field


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.

Employment Support


Angela Bryden


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.


Jonathan Hall


What is your next step? Talk to Jonathan. Jonathan is a strategist, researcher, and career counsellor with a holistic perspective on career development. He believes in meeting you where you are in life. Jonathan works collaboratively to co-create a holistic employment plan that includes your values and vision. Jonathan’s perspective and approach is informed by his experience and education in research, psychology, positive youth development, human services, human centred design, adult education, and career development. He can help identify potential assessments and supports, provide assessments, information and resources, and assist with ideas and decisions.


Randy Reede


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.


Hoon Choi


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 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 enjoys collaborating with others to overcome different challenges and tasks.


Dave Wareing


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.


Jarett Burke


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.

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Nina Nersesova


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.


Matt Jamieson


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.


Denise Dunn


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.


Maram Salman


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 Management


Marie-Josée Crawford


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.


Cymone Farmer


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.


Kysha Bowden


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.


Alex Hill


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 Williams


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.

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Manpreet Kaur


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


Lloyd Thomas


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!


Rozina Saeed


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.

Board Members

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Robert LaPierre


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Margaret Schwartz


Conscious Communications Consultant A natural connector and storyteller, Margaret believes that language has the power to hurt or to heal. And that healing is best actualized when loving words are reflected with informed action. Margaret holds a degree in Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University, and most recently, a certificate in Trauma-Informed Approach to Creating Safe Space from the Radical School of Healing. With ten years of experience across the social impact sector and provincial government, Margaret recently launched her own conscious communications firm, Margaret Schwartz Consulting to bring stories of impact to life and prompt thoughtful communication strategies that deepen relationships across community. Recently, while working with Placemaking 4G, she supported the development of the online,11-module self-led course, Foundations of Belonging in the Workplace, which was co-created with the Nova Scotia Career Development Association to introduce diversity, equity and inclusion as a fundamental approach for building safer workplace cultures. Margaret serves on boards and committees for both TEAM Work Cooperative, and the Macphee Centre for Creative Learning. You can also find Margaret infusing the arts through poetry with traditional strategy work.

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Roger Boychuk


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.


Dave Divine


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.


Cheryl Newcombe


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

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Aja Joshi


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.

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Monique Thomas


Monique Thomas, from Preston, NS, is a driven individual with a passion for entrepreneurship and a talent for bringing energy and clarity to her projects and community work. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from Dalhousie University in 2011, she now works as the Director, African Nova Scotian Community Engagement at the university. Monique is also an advocate for the advancement of women in business and operates a Digital Marketing and Consulting firm that works with businesses and non-profit organizations in Atlantic Canada.

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Deborah Sanni


Deborah is Nigerian born with Yoruba roots who grew up in the Republic of Benin, Nigeria, and Kenya. With a background in Kinesiology, Disability Management, Human Resources, and Operations, Deborah is passionate about projects and opportunities that make the world we live in more accessible to people of all abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, and origins. She is currently the Operations Manager at Tribe Network and maintains a long-term passion for helping others and providing avenues for them to explore their fullest potential. In her personal time, Deborah can be found spending time with her friends and family, trying out new recipes, or exploring new borders.

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Paul Williams


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.

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Brain Tapper


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.

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Catherine Fogarty


Catherine has lived in Nova Scotia most of her life and is very proud to call this Province home. As a finance expert, mortgage broker, 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!





Charbel's commitment to creating an inclusive workplace stems from the belief that diversity strengthens the team and fosters innovation. Hiring individuals with disabilities has brought unique perspectives, increased empathy among colleagues, and enhanced PZZA.CO’s culture of acceptance and understanding. Charbel ensures necessary support and accommodations through regular communication, flexible policies, and personalized solutions tailored to each individual’s needs. Embracing inclusivity has significantly boosted employee morale, improved team dynamics, and positively impacted PZZA.CO’s overall performance. The ongoing support of Rozina and Elizabeth helped Charbel to find candidates who are willing to work with them. The personalized support and tailored solutions provided by TEAM Work were invaluable in ensuring a smooth hiring process and successful integration of employees with disabilities. Charbel has experienced unexpected benefits such as enhanced creativity, improved problem-solving abilities, and strengthened team cohesion through collaboration with TEAM Work. He would highlight TEAM Work’s expertise in matching candidates with suitable positions, their commitment to providing ongoing support, and the positive impact on company culture and performance. Overall, Charbel's experience working with TEAM Work has been exceptionally positive, and he appreciates their dedication to fostering inclusivity in the workplace.


Making the world a better place, one word at a time, is the mission of Amanada Rogers - Founder and CEO of iPlume Writing Inc. iPlume offers writing and editing services for a variety of formats, from grant writing, academic editing and self-publishing. Fostering diversity is a large part of iPlume’s success, as Amanda believes it is “important to hire people from all backgrounds as everyone brings something unique to the table, providing iPlume with different viewpoints that strengthen the company.” As such, Amanda empowers employees to make the most of their abilities and while promoting an inclusive workplace. Since including people with disabilities on her team, Amanda has seen an increase in innovative and creative ideas, which allows her company to stand out from more traditional writing services by offering unique voices and perspectives. The future for iPlume is bright, and we here at TWC are honoured to have played a role in helping Amanda develop and grow her company.


A company and employer needs to be a game changer, and that requires employers like Sharon, who are proactive, inventive, broad-minded and practices Human Resources with heart!

Ability Employers

Ability Employers, an employer led group of dedicated, action oriented, business smart leaders who have committed themselves to promoting and implementing change for inclusivity and diversity in todays workforce. They have adopted this strategy by support, encouragement , and endless hours of volunteerism to promote a culture close to their hearts.


As Founder and CEO of 365 Media, Dave welcomes the wide range of thoughts, ideas, and perspectives that originate from having a diverse team. Also, when making 100+ videos a year for clients around the world - who have customers from all walks of life - he admits, “we can't have the ideas from all those videos coming from one person or viewpoint.” For 365 Media, inclusivity plays a big part in creating so much content each year, as it allows staff to be themselves, play to their strengths and feel motivated and appreciated. To create a productive and happy team, it’s important that everyone feels they can voice their needs, be heard and feel considered. One of Dave’s biggest challenges in media is finding talent, but thankfully TEAM Work has been able to help out, recommending two capable and eager new team members with a number of skills that 365 Media were looking for. “It's made a real difference in our business and - I hope - in the lives of the team members we've added through TEAM Work’s referrals,” says Dave. “We’re grateful for their help.”


“It’s not rocket science to be an inclusive manager, you’ve just got to eliminate your biases and give everyone a fair chance.” For Chris, the owner/operator at Mexi’s Halifax, inclusive hiring revolves around providing equal chances to everyone, regardless of appearance, background, or disability status. As long as the individual is committed to working, growing, and contributing to the team, they are a great fit in Chris’ eyes. Chris's journey with inclusive hiring has yielded remarkably positive results. Five years ago, he hired two visually impaired individuals through our services, and today, they play a crucial role in the restaurant's operations. Chris emphasizes that their work ethic is unparalleled, serving as a true inspiration not only to him but to everyone in the restaurant. Initially grateful for the opportunity, these two individuals now receive Chris's appreciation for their dedication and hard work. Chris is determined to retain these talented individuals, recognizing them as invaluable assets to his restaurant's growth. He expresses gratitude to TEAM Work for helping him discover their talent and unlocking the incredible potential within the untapped talent pool of the disability community.

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“The talent and training we received from TEAM Work Cooperative has been the single most impactful factor since opening our operation” Mike Wallace, District Manager of operations and Joey Duguay, Manager, RBC. RBC was the 2015 Regional award winner for the Lieutenant Governor’s Person’s with Disabilities.


A leader in attracting good talent and offering supports at work, Olivia recognizes that engaging employees in the workplace is the “whole game” today where once it was seen as optical.Olivia is known to treat employees as customers, placing value and investment into retention. Her success follows her as a role model in developing people and is apparent in her designation at Grant Thornton LLP as well as her continued support with Ability Employers.


More than just food, clothing and shelter for the homeless and vulnerable populations, Marni and her team at Soul's Harbour Rescue Mission offer hope and dignity - not only to their guests - but also to their diverse team of staff and volunteers. Their motto is: “If you haven’t a friend in the world, you can find one here," and that warmth shows from the moment you walk in the door. Marni strives to create a workplace atmosphere that feels like home because, first and foremost, she cherishes people and wants her staff and volunteers to feel loved and appreciated. She works hard to create an inclusive space where workers are set up to succeed through flexible schedules and matching people to their strengths. Also, because Souls Habour deals with a vulnerable population, Marni believes, “it is only natural that we have staff and volunteers who represent every type of person in the world that are willing to help make a difference.” As such, Souls Harbour provides an accessible, inclusive workplace with unique opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. Souls Habour makes a difference in our community each and every day, and we truly cherish our partnership with Marni and her team.


“When people go to work , they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home”- BB Donna Gallant at the Trade Centre practices hiring people with various abilities with heart, strategy, inclusiveness and business sense.

Scott Guthro

Scott at Giant Tiger values differences in both people and abilities. He is an employer who looks for the best in his employees abilities, differences, and talent. He has built a winning team. His best practices earned Scott the regional Lieutenant Governor's Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Award in 2011.


We don't have a definition for disabled within our organization. We are looking to fill open positions with the best available candidates”. Colin MacDonald, General Manager of Micco Companies Ltd. Micco was the recipient of the Lieutenant-Governor’s Person’s with Disabilities Award in 2012.


Humans of TEAM Work


After working a long life career as a seamstress and cleaner, growing up with anxiety, deaf and victim of abuse, from one job to the next have impacted Louise Currie. Louise was grateful receiving support from TWC dating back to 2016, when she first met with Pratibha and obtained a job after 18 month being unemployed. After 5 years as a seamstress Louise faced new challenges with high and increasing costs of living expenses, she decided to seek for a 2nd job to earn sufficient income. She decided to return back TWC working with case manager MJ Crawford to develop a new plan. While seeking for a part time job, Louise faced another barrier, being injured while off-duty during the winter time. Louise was advised by her doctor to focus on one job with less stress/injuries from repetitive tasks in sewing and physical work in cleaning. This led her to make a career decision to change paths and consider options that would fit her. Louise was paired up with team with job developer Elizabeth , IRS and Denise (ESP) on revising resume, job search, applications, creating a strong cover letter, practising interview and finding confidence, getting sign language interpreter for interview. By surprised, Louise hasn’t never thought about landing a very different job for a large law firm, Stewart McKelvey as an Office Services Clerk. The employer was very inclusive, patience and supportive, collaborated with both case manager and ESP to make sure Louise has access to interpreters for all trainings and meetings. Louise was very inspired and grateful to go to work, allowing her to teach some sign language to staff and lawyers, and bringing a smile to everyone. Having TWC team really made a difference boosting Louise’s self-esteem!
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Lesley finds gainful employment vital, giving her a sense of purpose, structure, and joy. She is passionate about her mental health counselling start-up, Coastal Hope Counselling, which virtually services everyone in Nova Scotia. Lesley values the flexibility of dictating her working hours while making a meaningful difference in people's lives. The GO-3D program has aided her success by providing start-up grants, business coaching, and helpful webinars and workshops. Lesley's personal struggles with schizophrenia and alcohol addiction led her to pursue becoming a mentor figure for those facing similar challenges. With the help of our service, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a mental health counsellor and becoming self-employed with a disability, which she initially thought was a long shot. Lesley greatly appreciated our accessible and enthusiastic staff and highlighted the exceptional assistance her business coach, Abby Rogers, provided. She ended the conversation by recommending TEAM Work to her peers, assuring them they CAN and WILL find you a solution for any employment challenges you may face.
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Sharon attended one of TEAM Work’s ‘Confidence Building” sessions at the Halifax Library in Early 2020, and she was immediately heartened by the warmth and enthusiasm of Women’s Team Lead Hannah Hefler. The day’s activity was vision boards – in which Sharon explored her long-time desire of teaching English – and Hannah suggested that Sharon act on this desire with TEAM Work’s help. Soon after, Sharon was accepted into a TESOL Certificate course, the funding of which was taken care of by TEAM Work, and she completed it in November 2020. With her certificate, Sharon will soon begin her practicum with East Coast Language School in Halifax and she’s also working on a teaching business idea with Hannah as well. Sharon says that without attending that vision boarding session, the opportunity for her to rekindle her dream of teaching English would not have happened: “I really appreciate all that Hannah and TEAM Work have done to light up my soul; I feel alive and look forward to where I will live, work and play next with my TESOL Certificate.
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DJ Ace

DJ Ace started his self-employment journey at 18 after taking a few DJ classes and working with a mentor. These early experiences helped him realize his passion for music and DJ'ing. With many years of experience under his belt now, DJ Ace continues to live and work in Halifax and you can find him at many regular events in Halifax. DJ Ace specializes in organizations that provide service to people with disabilities but is also available for almost any other type of setting you can imagine. He loves being involved in the HRM community and makes himself available for volunteering and charity events as much as he can.
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The opportunity to work for an engineering consultant company has given Karsten more confidence and improved his overall sense of wellbeing. "It's given me a good source of stable income and a good health plan," he says. "Having these things allows other areas of my life to improve: my physical health, mental health and social life, and I can set long term goals now." While he typically works behind a screen, what Karsten likes most about the job is when he has the opportunity for field visits across the province. "This job allows me to feel that I am a part of something and it gives me a sense of belonging. In short, this job is allowing me to better myself."
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After two years of unemployment, Anil's now a proud Sobeys employee. "The job has given me a sense of purpose," he says. "TEAM Work gave me skills to get a job and maintain that job." "Sobeys Cole Harbour does amazing work in thinking globally and acting locally," Anil explains, enthusiastic about thier involvement with Fort McMurray fundraising, Run for the Cure, and the Food Bank. He loves contributing toward valuable experiences. "Talking to customers about the items they are purchasing and suggest alternative ways to use them - they are so thankful. I don't feel like my disability is hurting others," Anil says. "Having contact with others has had the greatest impact on my life. Seeing I can be successful at my career here also gives me hope others with understanding employers will recognize and use their gifts toward having a successful career.
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"I am a University student. I am a photographer. I am an entrepreneur. I am a public speaker. I'm a writer who is in the process of writing a book called FACES, Family, Awareness, Community, Equality Snapshot, about the life of a child with Down Syndrome and how they can advocate for themselves. And I'm an advocate for the Down Syndrome community. I want to inspire everyone. People with a disability need more rights, opportunities and a sense of community. I don't understand why can't we be who we are instead of having a label? I want people to know, I don't have a disability, I have ABILITY!
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For Emma, employment signifies more than just a job—it's a gateway to employing her skills, fostering fulfillment, and establishing a routine that nurtures her mental health. Our services played a transformative role in her life, guiding her through the uncertainty of job loss and rekindling her sense of self. Fresh from a maternity leave, Emma faced the challenge of rejoining the workforce and rebuilding her confidence, feeling adrift in the sea of uncertainty. Struggling to piece together her skills and strengths, she found solace and direction through our assistance. The empowering transformation she underwent from being uncertain to showing unwavering confidence is a testament to her journey. Overcoming the challenge of reentering the workforce after maternity leave was no small feat, but she found support in us to rebuild her professional self and regain her rhythm. The level of assistance she received from us exceeded her expectations, with our team embodying the qualities she anticipated—helpful, kind, respectful, and timely. Her recommendation to a friend emphasizes our non-judgmental environment and the efficacy of our tools and capabilities in resolving various employment concerns. Here at TWC, we prioritize delivering not just services, but a transformative experience that empowers individuals to thrive in their careers.
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Bonnie, who worked for 25 years in health and social services, started her own business to continue advocating for others and being a mentor. She is passionate about working with people and making a difference in their lives, especially those struggling with addiction, mental health, and social issues. Bonnie's new start-up has opened her eyes to the different traumas people go through, helping her to be non-judgmental when working with clients. With the help of TEAM Work's services, Bonnie overcame financial and networking barriers and was able to access various resourceful programs she was not previously aware of. Bonnie praised the friendly and personable nature of our services, highlighting our team's diversity and capabilities, making her believe TEAM Work has the right resources and people to help just about anybody looking for employment in Halifax. Bonnie strongly emphasized that she would recommend our services to anyone looking for helpful, supportive, and inclusive employment-related services. She has already recommended TEAM work to two of her close friends.
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Being a Survivor of sex trafficking, addiction and homelessness, Wyndolyn’s dream is to help others that may be at risk of trafficking and to “empower and educate young girls/women on these factors to prove there is hope and escape” from a life in trafficking. That’s why owning her own business and running a non-profit mean so much to her – it's proof that she not only survived these hardships but she’s able to fully overcome them and thrive. There was a time, however, when she wasn’t quite sure how to go about starting her own business and non-profit and that’s where she credits TEAM Work for the help: “my main barrier was thinking I could not achieve this,” said Wyndolyn. “TEAM Work helped me see that I was more than I thought, and with believing and having faith in myself, I could achieve whatever I set my mind too.” Wyndolyn highly recommends TWC’s services to anyone out there wanting to make a new beginning in life that is held back by barriers. She’s even recommended a few people herself who are now “thriving in their new jobs and upgrading their skills.” Wyndolyn is a force for change and her journey is inspiring many people along the way. All of us here at TWC are blessed to have been a part of it. Thank you for letting us share in your amazing story Wyndolyn!
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“What makes me feel confident is that I have learn so much from working and being able to do so much more on my Shifts. Also the support I have from my managers. If I need them for anything, they are very good to me and give me good guidance. They have the trust in me to do my Job and being responsible on doing my task and to reach goals and that makes me feel confident in my job. They also give me good comments and praise me for doing a good job….My parents also give me confidence because they know how hard I work and always support me and give me guidance”.​
Humans of TEAM Work

Emmy Lou

Emmy Lou finally found the right position for her working at the QEII Hospital. "Coming from six years of shift work as a casual cook, my new job has given me a better work/life balance. Now I can attend my kids activities and still get paid because of the many benefits of being a permanent employee." While the job is fast-paced, helping others means a lot to Emmy Lou. "I provide administration and clerical support to an amazing team of medical professionals who give their patients excellent care. The most rewarding part of the job for me is finishing my shift and knowing all our patients were properly taken care of because I did my job as part of a team. It's very fulfilling for me that I'm not just staff but an essential part of a team that works miracles everyday."
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With these words, Ali, an immigrant from Iran with a cognitive disability, was hired by Micco companies. Ali was very excited about the opportunity to take a bigger financial role with his family. He even got a little teary eyed. His brother and family were extremely ecstatic as well, and after the interview Ali and his family went out to buy Ali some steel toe boots and go celebrate his new job. Ali stayed for several years in his position. That was several years ago, and as Ali gained experience, he found his interests and skills developed. Currently, Ali is working with Sobeys in Halifax, and has been with them for several years as a valued employee. Ali is known for his work ethic and commitment.
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“Working with kids is my passion. Children need a person to be there for them and I can connect with them. I feel I can help them realize their potential. I have seen many challenges in life that I wondered if working with children would all be possible. My life has been an interesting journey of so many different things. I often look back and wonder how I’m still going, but it's about determination and perseverance. There’s no way in which the words “thank you” would mean enough because TWB goes above and beyond what one could imagine or ever ask for. Just because I’m different doesn't mean I can't see my dreams come true.”
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Duncan Gould, a 65-year-old retiree from the Mi'kmaq community, found solace and transformation through yoga, which helped him break free from his addiction and change his life. Now a certified yoga instructor pursuing further training (300 - 500 hrs) at Shanti Yoga, Halifax, Duncan is determined to become a wellness coach and open his own yoga and boxing studio to help his community and beyond. Duncan has also worked in a para-professional capacity helping people in his community who struggle with mental health, addictions, and healthy living. He emphasizes the importance of accessible resources for First Nations communities and aims to use his own experiences to support others. Duncan credits yoga for balancing his mind and aiding his physical and mental health. Duncan expressed that becoming a wellness coach will allow him to use his past disappointments as a tool to help others, preventing them from experiencing the same struggles he faced. Yoga has taught him discipline and enabled him to respond gracefully to life's challenges. The support and sponsorship provided by TWC, played a crucial role in Duncan's journey, allowing him to pursue yoga training and providing resources to alleviate stress and anxiety. TWC's proactive and responsive nature, along with the generosity and openness of their staff, left a positive impression on Duncan. Overall, Duncan highlights the significance of intention, determination, and external resources in personal growth and achieving success, and he is grateful for the support he received from TWC.
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Shelly Cross is used to overcoming obstacles. When her latest challenge appeared, she naturally rose above it. Being deaf and working as a Personal Support Worker in a nursing home for the deaf in Ontario, Shelly had to move to Nova Scotia and needed new training to continue her career. She needed a Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) certificate so she turned to TEAM Work Cooperative to help support her through this challenging period. With the help of our deaf specialist, M.J. Crawford, Shelly obtained her CCA certificate and continues her career here in Nova Scotia. She’s happy to be able to continue to “work to help [with] the community’s needs,” and thanks TEAM Work for “all of the support,” and for helping her succeed with her goal.
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As a young woman living with Cerebral Palsy, finding work was always quite difficult because she would need help with tasks. Realizing that people can create their own business doing what they loved gave Alica an idea to start her own business teaching (children Grade 5 and up) what it's like living with Cerebral Palsy. "With this business, I'm hoping that kids and adults will learn that disabled people are just like anyone else who has dreams and goals they want to achieve. I want to be in the real working world and show people that my disability will not stop me." With Alica's strong work ethics, her faith in God, and her determination to make her own way, she is truly on the path to success!
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As a fundraiser for the QEII Foundation Charity, Nicole is able to make difference for many people. "My job is directly related to helping people at the QEII by raising funds to improve health care. This allows the purchase of items and equipment that are not covered under the regular budget." Nicole's favorite part of working at the QEII Foundation is the kind interactions she has with others and receiving donations for the hospital. She feels included and respected at her job, and the CEO personally encourages her at work, which makes her feel valued. "The QEII Foundation has been very accomodating to me, and living with a disability means that I know that I will always face challenges, adversity and stigma; seeing this inclusion first hand gives me hope employers out there will be more willing to hire people with disabilities."
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Finding work hasn't been easy for Carrie despite being an intelligent and vibrant person. But, she found a job at Healthy Minds Cooperative and it's given her a chance to meet new people and learn new skills. Carrie glowingly says, "from creating newsletters to making social media posts, I am now actively engaged in the conversation about mental health recovery. As a person living with cerebral palsy and anxiety, I have been able to use my experiences to help others find their voice." This job means a lot to Carrie as it provides her a chance to learn, grow and be more creative. "Being a part HMC, I've made connections and crossed paths with inspiring individuals doing incredible work toward reducing the stigma around mental health. The social aspect of the job has improved my confidence, and the positive feedback I've recieved means a lot to me. Knowing that I can help to keep the discussion going and help contribute to something that helps our community feels amazing!"
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As a relatively recent arrival in Canada, Saida found that gaining meaningful employment meant she was “able to support her family” both here and abroad, something she struggled to do before finding work at Veith House. Now, after securing a job, she and her family are happy and looking forward to the future. Saida had a desire to “help and support people” and by using TEAM Work’s services she was able to “get a job faster” than “[previous] years of using different organizations” for help – she’s even recommended her husband to TEAM Work as well! Saida “likes the members of TEAM Work” who “worked very hard for her” and swears that it’s “the best organization to help people get jobs.” We couldn’t agree more! Thank you, Saida!


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.

How the James Bartlett Fund helps our community members:


TWC is actively collecting donations, and 100% of funds go directly to clients.

A charitable tax receipt will be provided.

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