Meet the Staff

Youth Project Staff Team

Madonna Doucette (she/her) Cape Breton Youth Project 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.

Carmel Farahbakhsh (they/them) Support and Advocacy Coordinator

As the Support and Advocacy Coordinator, Carmel provides resources, referrals, and supportive counseling to youth and families. Counseling sessions may be conducted over the phone/skype, here at the Halifax office, or out in the community. You can book an appointment online with them at: Carmel comes to this work from a community education background and aims to work through an anti-racist and trauma-informed framework. They also collaborate and organize with local initiatives, artist-run-centres, and community partners with an aim to create wider 2SQTBIPOC community and support systems within the HRM. Carmel is also an experimental violinist/ noise maker, deep leo, lover of miniature pastries, art maker, avid bookworm.

Nik Basset (they/them) Education & GSA Coordinator

As the Education and GSA Coordinator, Nik is responsible for organizing workshops in schools and workplaces across the province, building and maintaining relationships with potential partners, developing curriculum and resources, consulting with organizations for implementing inclusion policies, and preparing and facilitating workshops. Nik is a local cancerian (read: sensitive) cowboy passionate about carving out space and facilitating platforms for people at the margins. Originally from the prairies, they moved to Halifax in 2018 after completing their M.A. at the University of Windsor. They come to their work with a trauma-informed, person-centered, and anti-oppressive framework and willingness to keeping learning and growing. In their spare time they admire their plants, take their pup on long walks, maintain a creative writing practice, and organize in local music communities.

Masuma (she/her) BIPOC & Community Outreach Educator

Skye (she/her) Programming & Communications Coordinator

Born and raised in HRM, Skye has been involved with The Youth Project as a youth, volunteer, board member, and staff, since 2012. Outside of The YP she spends most of her time hanging out with her Pitbull (Odin) and playing too much Animal Crossing.

Toby (he/him) Program Assistant

Tiana (she/her) Community Educator

Maxie (they/them) Community Educator

Maxie is a Queer, nonbinary Jewish weirdo. They grew up across many provinces, have recently planted themself in Halifax. Maxie has a background in community education, organizing, and psychology. Maxie is published in the queer comic anthology Rainbow Reflections, a text designed to bring health information to the masses in an accessible context. They obtained their Bachelor of Science from Acadia University in 2017, and are currently working on an MA in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. They enjoy knitting, handstands, and writing comics.

Mitch (they/them) Community Educator (Cape Breton)