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 LGBTQ2+ youth. Active in the LGBTQ2+ community for many years, Kate is a strong advocate for the advancement of LGBTQ2+ rights. Kate has previously served as Chair of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project (NSRAP) and as treasurer of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH). Kate was Grand Marshall of the Halifax Pride Parade in 2015. In addition to her community involvement, she brings twenty years of finance and accounting experience to her role as Executive Director.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Magda Taylor
Youth Programming Coordinator

Magda was born and raised on Vancouver Island, on the traditional and unceded territory of the K’ómoks First Nation. Magda loves their mom, the great outdoors, roller derby, Disneyland, travelling and events where food is involved. They have been working with youth and young adults since 2009, in capacities ranging from university residence, anti-violence projects, summer camps, after school programs, inclusion facilitation, community justice and sports teams.

 

Heather Baglogle (she/her)
Education Coordinator

Heather was born and raised on a little farm in Prince Edward Island, and moved to Halifax in 2014 to pursue her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies at St. Mary’s University. Heather is an educator with a passion for all things sexuality & gender, as well as theatre and history studies. She is on the board of directors for Halifax Pride and heads the Programming Committee. She is a lover of tea, cats, and super gay YA novels.

 

Nikki Basset (they/them)
Community Educator

Originally from Winnipeg, Nikki moved to Halifax in 2018 after completing their M.A. at the University of Windsor. With the training to provide non-judgemental, empathetic, and survivor-centered emotional support, they are passionate about holding space, active listening, and taking care. In their spare time, they contribute to their blog not your boys club, host a radio show, make zines, and take their pup for long walks around the north end.

 

Luna LeFort (she/her)
Community Educator

Luna is from Cape Breton, and has been volunteering in 2SLGBTQ+ education and activism work since she was a teenager. She continued this trend and began working in Francophone-Acadian educational work in New-Brunswick, with River of Pride Moncton and the FJFNB. She loves nothing more than combing the two passions, and introducing intersectionality to those communities. She loves cheesy fantasy and romance novels, old-school role-playing games, and playing music. She is a bassist, naturally.