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.