SUPPORT & EDUCATION FOR HIV, HEPATITIS & STIs

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Board Members

The AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia Board composition consists of a maximum of 17 directors, with eight (8) regional directors and nine (9) members-at-large.

  • Carolyn Dawson

  • Colin MacLeod

  • David Gaskin

  • Dillon Ross

  • Ian McKinnon

  • Marc Charrier

  • Mitchel Hill

  • Sandra Quesnel

  • Dave St. Laurent

  • Ugo Ochonogor

ACNS Staff

All successful organizationshave a team whose goal is meaningful change. Each ACNS staff member makes his or her own unique contribution to our success. We are proud of the level of dedication and commitment they embody in making Nova Scotia a better place through support, education and empowerment.

  • Dena Simon

    Executive Director
    902.425.4882 ext 227
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    Dena Simon...

  • Ned MacInnis

    Program Support
    902.425.4882 ext 224
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    Ned MacInnis

    Ned holds the position of Program Support at ACNS. Involved in the AIDS movement for over 20 years, Ned has provided support and sexual health education with Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men, conducted training and education sessions, and has worked with People Living with HIV/AIDS creating health promotion strategies. His ancillary work includes: HIV/AIDS Education in Jamaica Project, Mount Saint Vincent University; Peer Outreach Worker: Stepping Stone Association; Consultant: Prison Outreach, Counseling, Education and Resource Development, Correctional Service of Canada; Research Assistant: Promising Practices in the Engagement of People Living with or At-Risk for HIV/AIDS in Rural Canada, Thompson Rivers University. He says “The greatest lesson I have learned here is this: I am not a salmon; I do not have to swim upstream. I have developed a strong passion about community-based work and as a result, I have learned to live life to its fullest. Carpe Diem!”

  • Chris Aucoin

    Gay Men’s Health
    902.425.4882 ext 222
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    Chris Aucoin

    Chris has been Gay Men’s Health Coordinator with ACNS since 2008, but has been associated with ACNS, in both paid and unpaid capacities, for much longer. An educator, writer and freelance designer, he has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, a diploma in graphic design, and broad community-based experience in cultural industries and social justice stretching back two decades. His work in social justice has included poverty and food security, and a wide range of GLBTQ support, social and political causes.

  • Elena Fodor

    Fund Development
    902.425.4882 ext 228
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    Originating from Romania, Elena Fodor came to Canada in 2012, met her (now) husband and has since started a family. Elena graduated from Bucharest University in 2016 with a degree in Communication and Public Relations. She has worked in Bucharest and Barcelona. She has experience in customer service, marketing and Public Relations. Working previously for the Parkinson Society Halifax as the Super Walk Coordinator, Elena took on the position of Fund Development Coordinator in June 2016. She now makes her home here in Halifax where she enjoys a wonderful life with her husband and her young son. Elena says: “Try to find the beauty in everything you do and bring positive energy to your home and work."

  • Michelle Johnson

    Program Coordinator
    902.425.4882 ext 226
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    Michelle Johnson

    Michelle joined ACNS in 2011 as Program Coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology,and a Bachelor of Social Work with a focus on social justice. Michelle sees her role as one of ally, creating, implementing and evaluating programs designed from a harm reduction approach to teach sexual health, illness prevention, and stigma reduction. With 7+ years experience, she feels programs are most effective when they are both creative and engaging. Her goal is to empower individuals and communities to define solutions from a ‘strengths based’ approach. Michelle is passionate about tutoring and enjoys working with individuals as they become more confident and empowered through understanding. 

  • Lori O'Brien

    Support Services
    902.425.4882 ext 225
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    Lori O’Brien is the Support Services Coordinator at ACNS. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Before ACNS, she worked at The Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia with female clients in conflict with the law. There she discovered a passion for working with people involved in the correctional system. She has volunteered at Feed Nova Scotia for 6 years and is passionate about food security. Lori has a background in researching substance use and abuse and has developed programs surrounding these topics. She understands the importance of listening, empathizing and supporting clients in a non-judgmental way. Her approach is one that is guided by patience, respect, and open-mindedness. She is deeply committed to helping people make positive changes in their lives. In her free time, Lori enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with loved ones.

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Contact Information

AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Road, Suite 200
Halifax NS B3J 1G6

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Whether you need information about our programs and services, volunteering, information for school, or just to say hello – we are here for you.

Local: (902) 425 4882 or (902) 429 7922
Toll-free: (800) 566 2437
Fax: (902) 422 6200

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10:00am - 4:00pm

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