Meet the Staff

Kate Shewan

Executive Director

Kate joined the Youth Project in 2015, and is excited to be working with a team who is passionate about supporting our LGBTQ+ youth. Active in the LGBTQ+ community for many years, Kate is a strong advocate for the advancement of LGBTQ rights. Kate also serves as treasurer of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH) and has previously served as Chair of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project (NSRAP). In addition to her community involvement, she brings twenty years of finance and accounting experience to her role as Executive Director.

Sheena Jamieson
Support Services Coordinator

Sheena is the Youth Project’s Support Services Coordinator, providing support to youth for issues around sexual orientation and gender identity. She holds degrees in Gender & Women’s Studies (King’s) and Social Work (Dalhousie). Born in Nova Scotia, Sheena’s been a part of The Youth Project for many years, starting as a youth & summer student. Most of the time, you can find her buried in a book or a latte (or both).

Bria MacKinnon
Community Engagement Coordinator

Bria works mainly with gender and sexuality alliances (GSAs) across the province to offer support and resources. She is originally from Cape Breton, where she was involved with the Ally Centre for a number of years, but has called Halifax home for over 7. She has received a BSC in Psychology (Saint Mary’s) and a degree in Therapeutic recreation (NSCC).  Outside of the Youth Project Bria enjoys snowboarding, basketball, and video games.

Skye Cross
Events & Administrative Assistant

Skye joined The Youth Project as a youth in 2012. First joining The Youth Board, she served as co-chair for 3 years. Outside of the office, she is heavily invested in Netflix dramas (Scandal being her favorite), and eating way too many chicken mcnuggets.

Hari Eswaran
Education Coordinator

Hari  grew up close to Vancouver and has spent the last few years living between Halifax and Toronto. They completed a Bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender studies at the University of Toronto and then went on to do a Master’s in English Literature at York University. Hari has been an active member of queer communities for a number of years, and is an experienced writer and facilitator with a particular interest in the intersections of queerness, race, decolonization, and prisoner justice and solidarity. In their spare time Hari likes to read books, watch the Simpsons, or read books about watching the Simpsons.

Kate Macdonald
Community Educator

Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia Kate has always been interested in
advocating for the voices of marginalized communities. She has a strong
passion for working with youth, and the arts to build a strong sense of self
and community. She studied Performance Theatre at Ryerson University (BFA)
and has always been interested in representation and diversity in the arts.
Kate is so excited to be joining The Youth Project to help share resources
and knowledge amongst different communities. Kate in her spare time is
interested in film, photography, music, reality television and delicious
caffeinated beverages.

Gabriel Enxuga
Community Educator

Gabriel just joined the Youth Project as a community educator. He is very
passionate about social and economic justice. He’s been a long-time advocate
in the queer and trans community, and has also been involved in the
anti-poverty movement and advocating for workers’ rights. He’s currently
studying social work at Dalhousie University. In his spare time he likes to
read books, play Sims 3, and hang out with his cat.

Madonna Doucette
Community Educator

Madonna is a grassroots community organizer originally from New Waterford with a long history of activism and volunteerism.  She has been a vocal advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, the LGBTQ community and child poverty in Cape Breton.  Her passion for change has led her to be a candidate for the NDP in the last 2 provincial elections.  After 5 incredible years working for the Ally Centre of Cape Breton, Madonna is excited to join the Youth Project team and continue to fight for change on her island.  On a personal note, Madonna raised three sons on her own and is engaged to marry the woman she of her dreams.  She loves her dogs, endless cups of tea and watching Doctor Who.