TRURO, N.S. – It’s a little quiet around the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre these days, with some staff members having recently left their positions, but there’s still lots going on.
Michaela MacLachlan, who has served as the administrative co-ordinator for nine years, is currently acting as executive director.
“We’ve had a lot of changes take place within a short time, but we’re still here and we’re still providing resources and doing referrals,” she said. “We’re still doing a lot of the same things.”
She said filling in as executive director has been a huge learning curve for her and sometimes required extra hours.
“I don’t mind that because I love this place and really care for the clients,” she said. “Sometimes that little leg up, or kind word, can make a big difference.”
MacLachlan first went to the CNWRC on a placement, and was then given a permanent job.
“I didn’t know it existed until then,” she recalled. “I’ve learned a lot from the other women I’ve met since I’ve been here. Seeing the difficulties people face has made me more grateful and more aware of what others are going through.”
There have also been some changes on the board recently.
“We’re recruiting for an executive director and for some new board members,” said Cheryl Paris, chair of the board. “Our programs are still running and things are moving along great.”
A new women’s support worker will also be hired.
Paris hopes to have all positions filled, and things running smoothly, in January.
MacLachlan, a clinical therapist and an administrative assistant are currently the only staff members currently on site.