Wendy Fraser named Executive Director of Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

  Wendy Fraser, Executive Director, Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

Wendy Fraser, Executive Director, Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

The Board of Directors of the Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is pleased to announce that Wendy Fraser will be joining the organization as its new Executive Director effective immediately.

Wendy is a seasoned leader in Nova Scotia’s non profit sector with more than 25 years of experience. She led the development of Nova Scotia’s first residential palliative care hospice as the first CEO of Hospice Halifax, was the Executive Director of Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM), and a program director at Phoenix Centre for Youth and YWCA Halifax. Read Wendy Fraser's bio here.

"Wendy is a great fit for our mission, our team and the evolution of our organization," said Board Chair Anne Cogdon. "She is going to bring so much experience to our work."

Fraser takes over as the organization prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Dartmouth Family Centre, a well-respected community hub for young families in Dartmouth North and the organization that opened the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre in 2015.

“Our organization has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past three years,” said Cogdon. “We’ve opened another site, doubled our programming, and reached out to more of the community than ever before; Wendy’s experience will be a great fit for us.”

Cogdon also thanked Acting Executive Director Cararlee McDaniel and the team at both sites for managing the organization so professionally during the search for a new leader.

“The past four months have been a testament to our incredible team,” said Cogdon.”

About the Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

The Dartmouth Family Centre and Dartmouth North Community Food Centre are two community hubs situated in the heart of Dartmouth North.

The Family Centre has served young families with children aged 0 to 6 for almost 25 years. It offers programs for parents and parents-to-be, operates a full range of child development programs for kids and their families, and runs home visiting programs for parents in the community.

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is a program of the Dartmouth Family Centre, where community members of all ages can come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. It is one of 10 Community Food Centres created in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada.

MLAs & donors serve brunch to celebrate ‘culture of giving’ in Dartmouth North

Local generosity will raise $40k this holiday season

On Tuesday, November 27th, Dartmouth MLAs Susan Leblanc and Claudia Chender will join supporters and volunteers at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre to serve a special Giving Tuesday brunch in celebration of the community’s spirit of giving.

Date: Tuesday, November 27th

Time: Drop-in brunch served beginning at 10am

Remarks at 11am

“Every week we need to fill 100 volunteer spaces to make our programs possible and every week this community responds. Sixty-eight per cent of our volunteers are people who also access our programs. I can’t think of a better example of giving back” said Caralee McDaniel, Acting Executive Director of the Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.

The brunch is also being held to launch the organization’s Good Food Matters Matching campaign, which is doubling its goal this year. Thanks to the following businesses and individuals, every donation up to $20,000 will be matched, bringing a total of $40,000 into the community:

• NorthWest Healthcare Properties

• The Levenhurst Foundation

• Innovative Real Estate

• Rene Leclerc & Andrea Bowie

• Three anonymous donors

“This is our biggest campaign of the year,” said McDaniel. “It has a huge impact on our programs and introduces us to so many new friends and neighbours.”

The Good Food Matters Matching campaign was established two years ago by an anonymous donor who wanted to encourage others to support the new Community Food Centre by matching their gifts.

“This is not just a place to eat,” the donor said when the campaign was launched. “It’s a place where people grow food together, make friends, and find their voice. It’s so simple and do-able and yet so powerful.”

The campaign begins on Giving Tuesday, a day when charities across North America raise funds in support of their work, and will run until December 31st. Donations can be made at www.goodfoodmatters.ca.

About the Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is a program of the Dartmouth Family Centre, which has supported young families in the community for almost 25 years. In 2015, the Family Centre expanded its reach and opened the Community Food Centre in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada, making it possible to engage with people of all ages, with particular emphasis on those who are marginalized due to social and economic vulnerability.

The Community Food Centre is one of 10 across Canada. Find out more at www.dartmouthfamilycentre.ca.

Six Primrose Screening Information

Six Primrose is a feature documentary following the lives of five individuals connected to the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. A Dartmouth reception and screening of the film is scheduled for Thursday November 8th at 6 pm (screening at 7pm) at Alderney Landing Theatre. Tickets are available online and a waitlist is being kept.

Another public screening is being held at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre (6 Primrose, Unit 140). To be updated about screenings, please subscribe to our mailing list and select Six Primrose.

Six Primrose, a nod to the Community Food Centre’s civic address, chronicles the dramatic impact that access to healthy food, a social network and empowering programs have had on individual lives and the community as a whole. It was directed by award-winning filmmaker John Hillis of Truefaux Films, who spent three years immersed in the community.

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre opened its doors in 2015 through a partnership between the Dartmouth Family Centre and Community Food Centres Canada. The welcoming community space seeks to address issues of poverty, food insecurity, and social isolation affecting the community. Programs include nutritious community meals, cooking classes for all ages and a 20,000 sq. ft Community Farm. To learn more visit www.6primrose.ca.

About the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre and Community Food Centres Canada

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is a program of the Dartmouth Family Centre, which has supported young families in the community for almost 25 years. In 2015, the Family Centre expanded its reach and opened the Community Food Centre, making it possible to engage with people of all ages, with particular emphasis on those who are marginalized due to social and economic vulnerability. Find out more at www.dartmouthfamilycentre.ca.

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is one of 10 Community Food Centres created in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada. Since 2012, Community Food Centres Canada has been working with partners to build and support vibrant places in low-income communities that build health, belonging, and social justice through the power of food. Find out more at www.cfccanada.ca.

Board Thanks Executive Director for Decade of Exemplary Service

July 18, 2018- Dartmouth NS --The Board of Directors of Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre today announced that long-time Executive Director Roxanne Manning is stepping down to pursue new professional opportunities. 

"It's been an incredible 10 years with Roxanne at the helm," said Board Chair Anne Cogdon. "Under her leadership the Dartmouth Family Centre built a strong reputation within the community and the organization’s track record drew local, provincial and national attention."  

"Roxanne steered the organization with a steady hand and uncompromising vision throughout its bold expansion which led to opening the new Dartmouth North Community Food Centre three years ago. She leaves the organization in great shape for her successor; we thank her for her outstanding contribution and wish her the very best," said Cogdon.

“It’s been a privilege to work with such dedicated staff, volunteers, partners and community members. Together we’ve created community spaces built on respect and the recognition that we all share a desire to belong and contribute to our community,” said Manning.  “We’ve done great work together and I know that I’m leaving the organization in excellent hands.

Leadership attracted growing support

Manning joined the organization in 2008 and played a key role in strengthening its programs and services geared towards parents and children (aged 0 to 6), attracting new support from government and other funders.

Recognizing the deep need among community members of all ages, in 2012, Manning and the DFC/DNCFC Board began negotiations with Community Food Centres Canada, a national organization looking for partners to help open Atlantic Canada’s first Community Food Centre.

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre opened its doors in August of 2013, dramatically increasing the organization’s footprint and impact in Dartmouth North.

Hiring process to begin this fall

Caralee McDaniel has been named interim Executive Director. McDaniel has worked at Dartmouth Family Centre for more than 17 years and is surrounded by a solid staff team, many of whom have worked for the organization for more than ten years.

The Board will develop its search process for a new Executive Director over the summer and expects to initiate an open call for applications this fall. People interested in applying should watch the organization’s social media channels or sign up for its eNewsletter.