Lisa (she/her) - Executive Director
Lisa Harrison joined Veith House in 2020, and was delighted to now have the opportunity to return to community work, which she had missed since leaving her charity career in the UK in 2017. Although originally trained as a graphic designer - and a graduate of NSCAD - when she moved to London in 2001 she found herself drawn to the not-for-profit world. She served in a variety of roles, starting out as a communications officer at a copyright charity and then worked her way up to leadership, serving as the CEO of Mind Yourself, a community centre serving the health and wellbeing of the Irish in London. In 2017 she returned to Nova Scotia with her husband to be closer to the ocean and her family. She is very happy to be back working in Halifax again, and enjoys the challenges and rewards of working with the staff at Veith House and the diverse community found in Halifax's North End.
Monica (she/her) - Administration/Finance
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.
Katie (she/her) - Social Worker
Katie Scrine, BA, BSW, RSW., is an advocate for food security and accessible housing in North End Halifax. Katie offers short-term supportive counselling, advocacy and resource navigation for community members. Katie joined the Veith House team in 2016 working hard to build our growing Holiday Support program, supporting our Trustee program and making connections in the community . Katie is currently working towards her Masters of Social Work degree at Memorial University while continuing to serve members of the community here at Veith House.
Saida (she/her) - Newcomer Program Coordinator
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.
More (they/them) - Urban Farmer
More Vail is a farmer and researcher. They have a degree in molecular biology from McGill University and, post-graduation, they spent several years studying plant phylogeny and micropropagation techniques in a laboratory setting. They also spent a number of years working with City Farm School, an urban farming program run through Concordia University. More has a deep appreciation for food justice initiatives. They aim to feed as many people as possible during their time at Veith House and hope that, as the urban farm coordinator, they can make both the means and ends of food production more accessible to the community.
Jade (she/her) – Youth Program Coordinator
Jade has been working with youth for the past 10 years. She grew up in the North End of Halifax. She has spent years playing basketball for the community, as well as coaching. As Youth Development Coordinator at the YMCA, Jade supervised Junior Leaders in the summer camps and planned programming. Jade has travelled the world as a Young Ambassador to learn more about programs offered to youth everywhere! Jade graduated college in 2017, completing her studies to become a Child and Youth Care Worker.
Katie (she/her) - Youth Mentor
Veith House youth mentor, Katie MacLean, has been at Veith since June 2019. Prior to becoming Youth Mentor, Katie was the Veith House urban farm coordinator, helping the people of the community grow vegetables at Veith house. Katie also has helped and continues to work with the kids of our after school program and supports our Newcomer programs. Katie's studies at Dalhousie University include biology and sustainability.
Leslie (she/her) - Supervised Access and Exchange Coordinator
Leslie Harrie, BA., has her degree in Psychology with a minor in French from Saint Mary’s University. She is currently in the process of completing her BSW with the University of Manitoba. She has experience working with children, youth, and families, as well as mental health. Leslie came to us in 2020 as a social work student, and her interest in helping children and families, along with her experience assisting with the Supervised Access and Exchange Program, ultimately led her to becoming the Supervised Access and Exchange Coordinator.
Marijke (she/her) - Reception
Marijke (mr-eye-ka) joined the team in the role of Receptionist and Administrative Support in January of 2021. She grew up in the Halifax-Dartmouth area and moved to Vancouver where she lived for most of her adult life before returning to Halifax. While living in Vancouver she volunteered for animal welfare organizations, LGBT+ events and groups and was an active member of the Vancouver East Side community. She is a graduate of Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film, Television and Media and has experience in producing, writing and directing live shows as well as short film and sketch comedy. Marijke is fascinated by the Veith House’s history and the community surrounding it.
Tracey (she/her) - Custodian
Tracey joined us in July 2020, and comes with years of experience in the HRM Cleaning Industry. In addition to these skills, Tracey has been helping with the creation of the Health & Safety committee, serving as the Secretary, as well as being nominated by her team members to represent the staff on Veith House’s Board. Tracey comes from a large family and enjoys all aspects of Veith House, and especially enjoys getting to meet the children of Halifax’s North End.