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.
Erika (she/her) - Youth Program Coordinator/ NECC Facilitator
Erika Mendes, BA., has her degree in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University. She has spent a number of years working with at-risk youth and their families facing issues such as substance abuse, mental health and building healthy relationships. Erika also has a background in fine arts and working with children of all ages. Erika Joined our team in 2018 as our Youth Program Coordinator and North End Community Circle Facilitator.
Brittany (she/her or them/they) - Supervised Access & Exchange Program Coordinator
As the Supervised Access & Exchange Coordinator, Brittany brings their social work education and years of experience working with children and families to Veith House. In addition to completing their Master of Social Work in 2019, Brittany is also a passionate researcher having completed a masters thesis on assessments, gender, and mental health. Brittany loves connecting with the children and families who access Veith House and works hard to build anti-oppressive and safer spaces. In their spare time, Brittany enjoys swimming, thrifting, and playing video games!
Katie (she/her) - Urban Farm Coordinator
Farmer Katie MacLean has been at Veith since June 2019. Katie is our urban farm coordinator, helping the people in the community grow vegetables at Veith house. Farmer Katie also helps work with the kids in our after school program and supports our Newcomer programs. Katie is currently is a student at Dalhousie studying biology and sustainability.