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Meet The Team

Sara (she/her) - Executive Director

sara.burgess@veithhouse.ns.ca

Sara came to Veith House as Executive Director in May 2023. For the previous decade she worked at Common Roots Urban Farm, where her love of farming broadened into a deep commitment to community building, placemaking, and responding to the diverse needs present in our communities. Originally from Halifax, Sara received a BFA in Dance and her Master's in Environmental Studies at York University before returning to Nova Scotia. Sara is delighted to join Veith House and to support the amazing staff here serving and strengthening the North End, where she lives with her family. 

Monica (she/her) - Administration/Finance

monica.marsh@veithhouse.ns.ca

Monica Marsh is the longest serving member of the Veith House team and has been working as our bookkeeper and resident numbers specialist since 2006. Before Monica joined the team, her mother held the same job, making Monica part of the Veith House family even before she started working here. In addition to her admin/finance duties Monica helps community members with taxes and government forms, has worked and volunteered with other sister organizations, has been a leader in our C@P Site (@NS), and is always visible at our community events including the NECC Annual BBQ in June and the North End Tree Lighting event in December.

Hannah (she/her) - Social Worker

hannah.cane@veithhouse.ns.ca

Hannah Cane, BA, BSW, MSW., first joined the Veith House team in 2018 as a social work student. Before taking on the role of social worker, Hannah also worked with the Supervised Parenting & Exchange Program. Hannah is excited to take on this new role and develop more connections in the community. Hannah offers resource navigation, advocacy, and short-term counselling for community members. When not at Veith House, you can find her hiking, hanging out with friends, or enjoying a good book!

Saida (she/her) - Newcomer Program Coordinator

saida.gazie@veithhouse.ns.ca

Saida Gazie joined our team in 2018 creating and supporting programs for individuals and families new to Canada. She is an advocate and voice for community members as she supports them in applying for family assistance , finding inexpensive and safe rental units, job searches and connecting newcomers with free educational and programs for both adults and youth. Through programs, events and initiatives she has been successful in introducing a number of families to the Halifax community. 

Shaina (she/her) - Supervised Parenting & Exchange

shaina.suzanski@veithhouse.ns.ca

Shaina joined the Supervised Parenting & Exchange Program in August of 2022 with a passion for non-profit work and community involvement. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology/Neuroscience from Mount St. Vincent University, and Counselling Psychology courses from Yorkville University, as well as extensive experience working with families. Shaina takes pride in assisting parent-child relationships while ensuring that visits are child-centered within a positive and supportive environment. Shaina is excited to work with families in communities throughout the province. During her time off, Shaina enjoys supporting local businesses and checking out new coffee shops.

Amani (she/her) - Office Administration & Reception

amani.albuzairai@veithhouse.ns.ca

Amani studied law at the Modern University in Yemen. She then moved to Saudi Arabia due to conflict in the region and acquired a position as an Arabic language teacher at the Aramco Oil Organization. From there Amani moved to Canada to settle, and she is pleased to be part of the Veith House team.

Gerald (he/him) - Veith House Custodian

gerald.richardson@veithhouse.ns.ca

Gerald joined us in June 2022. He worked for five years cleaning the Justice Building on Hollis St. in Halifax as their head cleaner/custodian. He also
worked a year with HRCE sanitizing schools through COVID. He is a proud foster parent and enjoys working with in an environment that includes
children and young people, as well as the diverse range of people who use Veith House's services.

Melissa (she/her) - Communications Coordinator

melissa.cooke@veithhouse.ns.ca

Melissa joined us in December 2023. Before taking on the role of Communications Coordinator, Melissa was on a fulfilling maternity leave. Melissa is a red seal plumber who continues to break down barriers for women. She volunteers her time to foster inclusivity within the trades. When not at Veith House, you can find her spending quality time with her family, spending time outdoors and being an active member in her community. 

Carly (she/her) - Youth Program Coordinator

carly.thomas@veithhouse.ns.ca

Carly joined Veith House in 2022, and worked in various roles before becoming the Youth Program Coordinator. She's currently working towards her diploma in Recreation Therapy from Canadore College. Outside of working with youth, Carly enjoys reading, art and spending time outside.

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