Meet the Team

Please feel free to contact any of the members from the Stepping Stone team. We would love to hear from you.

Alex MacDonnell

Alex MacDonnell

Executive Director

Alex comes to Stepping Stone from HepNS where she was Program Coordinator and then Executive Director.

Alex MacDonnell, Executive Director

Alex comes to Stepping Stone from HepNS where she was Program Coordinator and then Executive Director. At HepNS Alex was on many national and provincial committees working towards the elimination of hepatitis.

Alex has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis Xavier University with a major in Sociology and minor in Psychology.

During her time as a Support Worker at Crosby House, Alex learned about addictions and recovery and developed a interest in supporting people on their road to recovery. Alex is very excited to start her new adventure at Stepping Stone and especially looking forward to practicing harm reduction.

Linda Grandy

Linda Grandy

Court Support & Corrections Worker

With over 15 years of experience at Stepping Stone, Linda is our longest standing staff member.

Linda Grandy, Court Support & Corrections Worker

With over 15 years of experience at Stepping Stone, Linda is our longest standing staff member. The fact is, you’ve probably met her if you have been in HRM for more than 5 minutes. Linda can be found on outreach, the bus, the court house, jail, just about everywhere. But you’ll have to move quickly to keep up with her as she’s always busy.

A relentless advocate for the Program Users, Linda is not afraid to speak her mind, and she speaks from experience. Linda is an advocate in the North end of Halifax and knows everything to know about every organization in the city. Linda is outspoken and articulate and has a soft side doing what she can for any of the Program Users in need.

Linda officially splits her time between the court houses and the correctional centre. As our Court Support and Corrections Worker, Linda is there from start to finish throughout the court process, supporting and offering resources to Program Users facing the legal system. She also is the first to welcome the Program Users back, assisting in discharge planning from corrections, and ensuring a web of support is available.

Kathleen Pyke

Kathleen Pyke

Drop-In Centre Coordinator

Kathleen (Kass) is the heart of Stepping Stone, running the Drop-In Centre since 2008.

Kathleen Pyke, Drop-In Centre Coordinator

Kathleen (Kass) is the heart of Stepping Stone, running the Drop-In Centre since 2008. The Drop-In is open Monday to Friday from 9-1pm, and is known as a safe place to obtain help from a harm reduction approach. This includes; basic needs supplies, groceries, peer support and community referrals.

Kathleen supervises the front line crisis management and peer support, when not doling out the daily goods from the food truck. A simple side glance from Kathleen can quickly stop any conflict, and she is known throughout the community as the person to go to if you are in need. This keeps the phones consistently ringing at the Drop-In Centre and Program Users accessing the Drop-In know they can find assistance and support whenever they call.

A strong advocate for equality and basic human and employment rights, Kathleen has acted as the conduit for our networks with other similar agencies across Canada as well as our online outreach.

Liz Wilson

Liz Wilson

Program Coordinator

Liz has her Bachelor of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University and 20 years of teaching experience …

Liz Wilson, Program Coordinator

Liz has her Bachelor of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University and 20 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings from swimming lessons to high school.

As a passionate advocate for access to education for marginalized populations, she has worked with at risk youth, persons with mental health concerns and a variety of other special considerations.

Liz has experienced the transformative power of education when people are given opportunities to see themselves differently by experiencing success in a new area. She embraces Stepping Stone’s client centered approach and is excited to contribute to the development and delivery of relevant workshops for our clients.

Liz is also a pottery and community art instructor and hopes to add to the art therapy programs offered through Stepping Stone.

Joanne Paquette

Joanne Paquette

Bookkeeper

Joanne started with Stepping Stone in June 2017. She originally come from Ontario and made Nova Scotia her home in June 2017.

Joanne Paquette, Bookkeeper

Joanne started with Stepping Stone in June 2017. She originally come from Ontario and made Nova Scotia her home in June 2017.

She has over 35 year of experience in Accounting and Bookkeeping and loves to work on financial issues, both personally and professionally. She is a passionate about social justice and working with Stepping Stone has grown her passion for helping this worthwhile community.

Joanne is inspired by our clients’ resilience and loves learning about their lives and finding ways Stepping Stone can support their goals.

Roxanne Auger

Roxanne Auger

Outreach Worker

Roxy brings her energy and humor to Stepping Stone’s outreach program.

Roxanne Auger, Outreach Worker

Roxy brings her energy and humor to Stepping Stone’s outreach program. She loves the opportunity to give back to her community, and Stepping Stone staff and clients love her infectious laugh.

Roxy is a talented poet and draws on her life experiences to lay down mad rhymes that inspire, inform and entertain us all.

It has been my long time dream,
To become a part of the Stepping Stone Team.
Now here I am with my own personal bio,
I hope to be sticking around for awhile.

Idara Usanga

Idara Usanga

Outreach Worker

Idara is passionate about providing some sort of reprieve for those in need and advocating for said individuals.

Idara Usanga, Outreach Worker

Idara is Nigerian by birth and she moved to Canada 7 years ago with her family and has made Nova Scotia home since then. She has a Bachelor of Science in International Relations & Strategic Studies and over 9 years experience in customer service and relations in different sectors from aviation to banking.

She has recently completed a diploma in Counselling Skills and Social Human Services as part of her search for purpose that impacts others in need positively. Idara has recent experience supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities and a wide range of mental health and developmental challenges, and recently started as an outreach worker with Stepping Stone.

Idara is passionate about providing some sort of reprieve for those in need and advocating for said individuals. Stepping Stone has provided an awesome platform for that.

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