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The Resource Team


Executive Director

Michaela Maclachlan

Michaela has been with the centre since 2009, and has worked her way up the ranks beginning as the administrative assistant to office manager and finally to Executive Director. Through a combination of these years of experience, involvement in the community, and education from both  St. Mary’s University and the Nova Scotia Community College, Michaela ensures that the organization runs smoothly and has a myriad of knowledge to help not only the staff and the board, but also the women in our community.

Michaela is a woman with a true belief that helping our community can really make a difference for everyone who lives here.“It has been my experience that when you treat people with kindness and dignity, connections are made and people are able to be successful in whatever they set their minds too.”

Women's Support Worker / Program Coordinator

Sarah Pearson

Sarah (She/ Her) has dedicated her career to working with families, youth and children and is passionate about helping individuals reach their fullest potential. She holds a BA in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Sociology from Mount Saint Vincent University and is currently a Masters of Education Student in Adult Learning and Global Change at The University of British Columbia. She also studied Fine Arts at NSCAD University and loves to use creative interventions when helping address the needs of individuals in crisis or while setting goals.

For over 15 years she has developed and facilitated various programs for The Boys and Girls Club, The Department of Community Services and her own childcare business as well as various arts education programs and workshops within the community. She has worked as a youth worker, behavioral interventionist, respite foster parent and support worker. She loves to spend time in the outdoors and is a certified Forest School Practitioner.

Sarah loves spending time with her daughter and husband, drinking coffee, cuddling animals, making art and collecting records.


Office Coordinator  

Jennifer Teal

Jennifer studied Human Services with NSCC and has a long history with non profit organizations including: Colchester Residential Services Society, the Truro Inclusion Project, Phoenix Youth Programs and even has a history with the Lotus Centre.  In 2009 she ran the Girl Power program (now called Empower) and she did a term as a board member in 2017.

Jennifer spends most of her time with her two cats: Leonard and Dwight, and loves every dog she's ever met.  Jennifer also enjoys spending time with her husband being as nerdy as possible: watching films, attending live music, seeing musical theatre, and travelling to new and adventurous places.  


Outreach Coordinator  

Candace Smith

Candace started her career in Youth Care, obtaining her Diploma in 2013 from the Institute for Human Services Education in Truro. She continued her training through School-Age Approval Certification with the Early Childhood Education Services. Since then, she has pursued her Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services through Athabasca University while volunteering within the community.

Over the past four years, she has helped develop and implement the West Colchester Volunteer Delivery Service, a community initiative partnering with the Colchester Food Bank and Great Village Volunteer Fire Brigade to bring food boxes to community members who struggle with transportation in rural areas. She has also dedicated her time to volunteering with community organizations such as the Northern-Zone Community Health Board and the Portapique Hall. She has volunteered with the Portapique Hall to be certified in ASIST and trained to facilitate safeTALK training within the community to create suicide-safer communities.

In her free time, Candace enjoys spending her days with her family, friends, and dog in nature or near any body of water.


Director of Snuggling


With so much love we welcome Lexi to the team at the Lotus Centre.   You'll find her snoozing in her mom's office, or hanging out at Uncle Jenn's or Aunt Sarah's desks; this girl loves her snuggles and any treats you might offer!  

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