Our Team

Heather MacDonald - Executive Director

Heather brings a multidisciplinary approach to her work having worked in training, facilitation and program development for organizations such as Junior Achievement, YMCA, and Scouts Canada. During the course of her career, she has partnered with corporate organizations, governments, non-profit organizations, and small businesses. Heather’s deeply rooted passion for leadership, her work ethic, and her desire to help others comes from growing up in an entrepreneurial family in rural Nova Scotia. As a youth herself, Heather participated in Music and Theatre programs that have shaped who she is today.
Heather has a Recreation Management degree from Acadia University with minors in Business and Music. She recently graduated from the Executive MBA program at Saint Mary’s University and was selected to participate in the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Program in 2015. Heather is also an active volunteer with Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon, DASC – Dartmouth Adult Services Centre, and the Halifax Music Co-op. Her love for life-long learning reflects a determination to help youth and communities succeed.

Mike Janz - Manager of Fund Development and Stakeholder Relations

Mike’s wealth of experience in non-profit youth work, development, and in business has been and is motivated by a desire to see young people flourish in all areas of life by being given opportunities to safely explore their unique gifts and passions. He moved cross-country to Nova Scotia from B.C. 12 years ago to coordinate the youth programs of the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia & PEI. Prior to this he had worked as a High School teacher at Leysin American School in Switzerland, and as the First Mate of the tall ship Pacific Swift with the youth sail training organization SALTS. Mike and his wife Lisa also started The Wired Monk Coffee Bistro in South End Halifax. For the past two years Mike has run his own consultancy business, assisting Nova Scotia non-profits in their fundraising endeavours.

Quinn MacIsaac - Program Coordinator

Quinn’s experience working with youth in the arts began when he was 11-years-old and declared that his elementary school needed to put on a play. Since his directing and acting debut, Quinn has continued to promote youth engagement in the arts along with fostering a passion for youth leadership development. He accredits much of his personal and professional success to the support and guidance he has received throughout his experience with the performing arts. The connection between the performing arts and other components of his life is what ignites Quinn’s passion for the work MCCL does – first hand experiencing the power of connecting passion with purpose.

Tom Osborne MSW, RSW - Shared Care Clinician

Tom can be found at the MacPhee Centre on Wednesday afternoons. Tom is a seasoned mental health therapist, who has worked for many years as an outpatient therapist, with IWK Community Mental Health. Teens can ask to see him by contacting Heather or Quinn. Tom dabbles with art himself, doing painting and sculpting, and has found his niche as a songwriter…but it’s best not to be around when he plays his guitar!

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