Our People

Meet the People Behind reachAbility

Our Executive

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Tova Sherman

Co-founder & CEO

Tova’s status as an inclusion and diversity trailblazer has been recognized across Canada. She brings a first-person voice to every conversation and believes in equity for all. She is a lover of all things travel, especially when it takes her to see her grandsons.

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Sandra Smith Muir

President

Sandra Smith Muir is a graduate of Dalhousie University and a retired public servant with a life-long interest in human rights and anti-discrimination efforts. Sandra worked for 20 plus years for the federal human rights commission as an investigator, educator, and in management, and for another ten years with the federal public works department as a regional manager in the areas of cheque production, issues management, and corporate operations.

Our Staff

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Tracy Asiafa

Facilitator

Growing up in Nigeria and caring for a sibling with disability, Tracy has seen the daily barriers that exist for folks and is very passionate about helping others to live a more comfortable and fulfilled life. Tracy loves all things health and wellness, and has a masters in human nutrition and dietetics. She enjoys watching movies and traveling whenever she finds the time.

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Chelsea Coffin

Agency Manager

Chelsea has worked in mental health/early intervention since 2014. She loves to empower and educate others which made her a natural fit at reachAbility! After her daughter was born with complex cognitive disabilities, Chelsea quickly learned how many barriers exist for those who require accommodations in their everyday routine. When Chelsea isn’t working, she is enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two young children.

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Caroline Couronne-Grenouille

Job Developer

Coming from Mauritius, Caroline has worked in mental health for the past ten years. With a master’s degree in psychology, Caroline brings in understanding and experience with people struggling with cognitive, developmental and/or emotional difficulties. She believes in inclusion and respect for all, at all times, and enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness whenever she can. 

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Emma Ells

Facilitator

With a background of over 10 years working in the mental health field, Emma specializes in fostering wholistic, evidence-based approaches to wellness. Emma has bachelor’s degrees in psychology and social work and has worked in roles that range from supported living, to research, to community navigation, and more. It is Emma’s passion to create safe spaces where folks can come together to create community and learn more about themselves and how they can grow. 

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Markus Fortune

Facilitator

Markus has spent the last 10 years supporting and encouraging individuals with disabilities in achieving their goals and helping them be outstanding members of their communities. He has a passion for helping people around him anyway he can. With a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Markus is incredibly aware of the world around him and how one may maneuver their way in and around it to make their goals a reality.

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Amanda Grinter

Wellness Coordinator

Amanda’s tranquil and balanced approach instils peace and freshness to her facilitation. She is a mindfulness superstar and shares this practice with our team through programming and guidance. She loves interacting with a variety of people with diverse backgrounds and is a geology fanatic!

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Blake Hunsley

Special Projects Lead

Blake’s creative personality and background bring a fun yet professional perspective to everything he does. His ability to learn on the fly and accept challenges like no other has made him a great addition to the team.

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Olivia Huot

Social Media / Client Care

Meet Liv, a skilled receptionist who transforms every interaction into a welcoming experience. With a flair for multitasking, she effortlessly juggles client needs, inquiries, and administrative tasks, all while maintaining a polished and approachable demeanor. Liv’s attention to detail ensures smooth operations, while her friendly disposition leaves a lasting positive impression on visitors from all walks of life. Proficient in office tools and always eager to learn, She is the epitome of a reliable, organized, and personable receptionist.

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Franco Martinez

Facilitator

With a passion for making a positive impact in the community and a background in mental health and recovery, Franco is dedicated to contributing to reachAbility’s efforts for inclusivity, empowerment and accessibility for all.
With experience in education, Franco brings a strong foundation in facilitation and a deep commitment to supporting clients’ journeys to developing new perspectives.

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Crystal McCormick

Client Navigator

Crystal brings over ten years in the service industry to her role as Client Navigator, and the skills she developed meeting with diverse members of the community help her bring new insight to the intake process at reachAbility. Passionate about the arts, when not navigating clients Crystal can be found creating intricate macrame pieces and spending time with her partner and their Texas Heeler.

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Emmerie Parsons

Facilitator

With a background in teaching individuals with disabilities and a degree in Psychology, Emmerie provides a love for learning and assisting people to feel confident and capable. Her passion for helping others has shown through her community work and engagement. Emmerie enjoys being active and spending time with family and friends!

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Colette Williams

Outreach Lead / PES Navigator

Colette is passionate about lifelong learning and supporting others in various stages of life. Her work in facilitation as a mediator and educator as well as a certified fitness instructor brings an understanding of the importance of a holistic approach in helping others realize their personal goals.
Her most cherished role is that of parent and grandparent.

Our Board of Directors

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Sandra Smith Muir

President

Sandra Smith Muir is a graduate of Dalhousie University and a retired public servant with a life-long interest in human rights and anti-discrimination efforts. Sandra worked for 20 plus years for the federal human rights commission as an investigator, educator, and in management, and for another ten years with the federal public works department as a regional manager in the areas of cheque production, issues management, and corporate operations.

Sandra has volunteered as a board member with reachAbility for over 20 years, moving into the role of President of the board of directors in spring 2021. She has been a canvasser with Diabetes Canada and is a member of 100 Women Who Care Halifax.

Sandra lives with her family in Bedford, NS. She is an avid reader of mysteries and enjoys walking, volunteering, cooking, and doing crossword puzzles.

Moira Harding

Vice President

Moira Harding first got to know reachAbility in 2015 as a client, and soon after that as a member of the staff, first as an Intake and Client Navigator and later as the Program Coordinator for reachAbility’s Legal Services Program. Moira left reachAbility in 2017 to go to law school, where her studies focused on multiple intersecting interests: environmental law, human rights, and indigenous law. She is the recipient of the Clifford Rae Academic Achievement Award, a Schulich Scholarship in Law, the Lorne O. Clarke Prize in Dispute Resolution, the James Spurr Environmental Law award and a Specialist Certification through the Marine and Environmental Law Programme. Moira is currently a lawyer in legal services with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice.

Moira has served as a volunteer coordinator with the Out of the Cold Emergency Winter Shelter in Halifax, a core group member and volunteer with the 7th Step Society of Nova Scotia, an advocate with the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service, and a volunteer with Pro Bono Dalhousie. She currently also sits on the Board of Directors of the Crosbie House Society, a non-profit residential program focussed on helping individuals recover from substance-use disorder.

Moira lives in Halifax, where she enjoys spending time with her beloved partner-in crime and two unruly step-cats. She loves reading, crossfit and interval training, meditating, riding (and periodically fixing) her old Honda motorcycle.

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Claudia Covalciuc

Director at Large

Claudia was born in an Austrian refugee camp and was later adopted by a Mi’kmaq family as a young teen. She was adopted through Mi’kmaq Customary practice and her family is from Eskasoni First Nation in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is passionate about her family and engaging in culture.

Claudia is a certified legal professional with a rich and diverse practice history. She is a highly specialized facilitator and advisor for organizations challenged by interpersonal/group conflict and Cultural education. She is an expert in forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Conflict Management, Indigenous Customary Law, Gladue Principles, Community Restorative Approaches, Human Rights and Personal Harassment procedures (formal and informal).

Claudia has a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s University (2013 Cum Laude). She majored in Criminology and Sociology with an Honors Thesis on Indigenous Rights to Self-Governance. A few years later after working directly in the community and Criminal Justice System, Claudia
attended Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law. She graduated in 2020 and proceeded to be the first ever articling clerk with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland NS while simultaneously successfully completing the BAR course. She was sworn in as lawyer in Nova Scotia in June of 2021. She currently holds a non-practicing license.

During her time away from work, Claudia enjoys quality time with her family including her cat, Thunder. She also finds ocean swims refreshing at every season.

Lauren Vogel

Secretary

Lauren is a recent law school graduate, and currently articling at a Halifax firm. While at school, Lauren volunteered with the Pro Bono Society and completed a placement at the Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic, both of which inspired a desire to facilitate access to justice in the Halifax community.

After graduating from Dalhousie, Lauren spent time working with reachAbility, where her interest in local community engagement was confirmed. Now completing her legal training in-firm, Lauren was excited to have the opportunity to remain involved with reachAbility as a Board member.

When she isn’t at work or volunteering, you can typically find Lauren enjoying the great outdoors – most likely on a beach or at a beer garden!

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Dr. Bruce Mills

Founding President & Co-Founder

On July 25th, 2017 this community lost a visionary. Dr. Bruce Mills, President of reachAbility, passed.

Without Dr. Bruce Mills’ hard work and dedication, thousands of Nova Scotians would lack access to services and supports designed to equalize the playing field – one ability at a time.

His warmth was only matched by his incredible ability to help no matter what the issue.

Dr. Mills had led this agency for over 15 years with a deft hand and a clear voice. He will be profoundly missed.

– Tova Sherman