Shelley Fashan, Community Impact Coordinator

Shelley has a lengthy history of community involvement, activism and volunteerism. She has served on the East Coast Music Association, the Nova Scotia Arts Council, which was responsible for creating the Portia White Prize, the Lieutenant Governor Masterworks Award and a founding member of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir and the African Nova Scotian Music Association. She currently sits on the boards of the African Nova Scotian Music Association, the Charles Taylor Theatre and Media Arts Association, the Eastern Shore Cooperator and The Descendants of African Americans Living in Nova Scotia.

Shelley is a documentary filmmaker and co-creator of The Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival which celebrates its 10th year of production. She is known for her work with young and emerging artists and creating spaces for them to grow and develop in their disciplines.

Shelley is a cultural producer who has produced several Singer/Songwriter Circles of local artists, including a tribute to African Nova Scotian Roots Artists, “Four The Moment” and most recently in May 2019, she produced a most successful evening called “Sistas In the Struggle Black Feminist Panel.” 

She leaves her current position as the project coordinator for the Pathways to Irving Shipbuilding, a project that provides opportunities for 20 African Nova Scotian to train as Welders at NSCC and apprentice with Irving.

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Jenna Andrews, Communications Coordinator

Jenna AndrewsJenna (she/her) grew up in Labrador City, NL and left home to pursue a Bachelor of Science. After finishing this program and having a deep feeling that this just wasn’t quite the right fit and path for her, Jenna then began a Bachelor of Social Work in Halifax. She instantly fell in love with the area.

Throughout this program Jenna became involved in different areas of change work around aging, including a field placement with NS GovLab. She became very curious about to use creativity, communication and connectivity in a way to learn and (un)learn from each other and grow. She is excited to work in the space of social innovation with the Nova Scotia Network for Social Change and to connect and collaborate with change-makers, especially regarding population aging and intergenerational connection. 

For her, social innovation means taking the time to build relationships, start conversations and to bring creativity into collaborative spaces for social change. In her spare time, she loves to dance, read and explore hiking and walking trails. 

If I could pick one song that describes my life at this moment, it would be Catgroove by Parov Stelar. It has no words, but an uplifting beat that gets me moving or tapping my toes each and every day.