Nova Scotian by choice since 2014, Erika grew up on coastal British Columbia. Living, raising a child, and working in small, resource-based communities is an important part of who she has become. Erika’s formal education and work experience in natural resource management cemented a life-long suspicion that everything is connected to everything – a view that is reinforced every single day! Erika’s experiences range from natural resource sectors to non-profit to economic development – all of them supporting systems views. Intentionally working towards system change is a powerful motivator for Erika and she is energized to bring her strengths to the Inspiring Communities team. Here’s to Turning the Tide!
Erika lives with her partner on a small homestead near L’sitkuk (Bear River). Working in their large garden and greenhouse is Erika’s favourite form of physical and mental therapy, though embroidery runs a close second favourite hobby.
Erika’s favourite touchstones are “The Four Agreements”: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.
Oh and “Desiderata.”
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Morgan has lived in Digby for much of her life. She graduated from Acadia University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Community Development. Morgan has worked with many communities both locally and internationally throughout her undergraduate degree. She has had the opportunity to travel to Ghana, Ecuador, Honduras and Peru working with and learning from local residents during these volunteer experiences. One of the highlights of her trip to Peru, in addition to working with local people, was getting to hike the Inca Trail at Machu Picchu.
Morgan has gained experience in facilitation and leadership from her time as president of the Acadia Community Development Council, and from directing and planning summer camps in Digby and Kings County.
Morgan has a passion for working with youth and young adults. During her six week professional placement with Turning the Tide it became evident that there was a need for youth engagement. Morgan is happy to serve the youth of Digby in this capacity as part of her role with Turning the Tide. She now leads the CBYF (Communities Building Youth Futures) project.
Youth Outreach Worker
Sharon joins our Digby team after many moves that began “way down under” in her birthplace of Altona, Australia. At age 7, her family emigrated to Scotland, returning to her father’s hometown. Then, just before Sharon’s 12th birthday, her family immigrated to NS, so her mother could return to her birth town of Middleton (Annapolis Valley). Over the next two decades, Sharon moved many more times but has decided that NS is indeed the place to live. She has two daughters and two grandchildren and has lived in Digby for almost eight years now with her partner.
Sharon joins Turning the Tide with a broad skillset and background in human services with a diploma from NSCC (Annapolis Valley Campus). She’s been an adult group home supervisor, a job coach, employment counselor, pastor, youth worker, mechanic’s apprentice, a professional driver on public transit and school buses, and worked as a community placement developer for Restorative Justice.
Sharon developed her passion for working with youth to mentor and empower them toward success throughout all those settings. In her first degree at Acadia University, Sharon developed her peer counseling and crisis management skills and returned to her other passion of being a firefighter, serving now with the Digby Volunteer Fire Department. She is certified as an Advanced Medical 1st Responder, is a chaplain, and is a certified member of the Critical Incident Stress Management team for the Fire Service Association of NS.
Sharon is excited to be working for Turning the Tide as Digby’s Youth Outreach Worker. She is energetic, uses work-outs to stay fit and destress, and is authentic in her compassion and love for every person, no matter their race, color, status, creed, belief system, or lifestyle! Her favorite quote is “Be the change you wish to see in the world” (Gandhi), and lives by her mantra that “everyone is seen, heard, and validated; and deserves respect, responsibility, and fun!”