We’re a growing network of community initiatives across Nova Scotia dedicated to making our communities stronger by working together. We are also committed to building a stronger network at the provincial level for tackling social issues in a way that aligns resources and efforts.

We bring together residents, governments, community organizations, and businesses in a way that honours their unique perspectives and valuable contributions.

Annika Voltan

Annika supports the strategic operations of the organization and the Board of Directors, and works closely with provincial stakeholders in government, the community sector, academia and business to develop partnerships and identify opportunities to maximize our social impact. Her experience across federal and provincial government departments, academia and businesses enables her to skillfully build bridges between sectors. Annika brings inspirational energy to building a transparent learning environment with a long term focus on systems changes in Nova Scotia. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, she is dedicated to breaking down barriers that stand in the way of creating equal opportunities for all.

Cari Patterson

Cari helps us reflect on our work and think about what we are learning, so we can intentionally adapt our approach and offer our best to the communities. Her educational background is in community psychology, which focuses on working with communities for social change. Her passion for community development began with her love of community and her deep respect for the journeys communities share in their efforts to make their worlds healthy and strong. The heart of her formal training began in Nova Scotia, and has continued through twenty five years of community development work in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Alberta, and Nova Scotia. Cari has a strong respect for the diverse perspectives people bring to the table, and an ability to validate and work with differing interests and needs. Cari is a Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society, and former Secretary General of the International Association for Community Development. In 2015 she was awarded Acadia University Department of Community Development’s inaugural Community Leadership Award.

Kristen Faulkner








Kristen supports the Communications and Administration across all of our work at Inspiring Communities. With an educational mix of Marketing and Graduate studies in Not for Profit Management, Kristen loves to take an over-arching view to help build efficiencies and synergy across our work. Her passion for connecting with others ignites when she can hear and share stories, as she believes strongly in building community through storytelling. She brings ten years of experience in the Not for Profit sector, recently in New Zealand where she specialized in supporter engagement and communications, fundraising and organizational development. She is excited to have joined Inspiring Communities in this time of growth, and is inspired by all of the great work happening around Nova Scotia and the Atlantic provinces by local change-makers.



Together, Annika, Cari and Kristen represent the backbone team responsible for coordinating and leading the work across the organization.