Our People

Meet the IONS Team

Our team is dedicated to co-creating a culture where we can show up as our full, authentic selves. We value distributed leadership, lifelong learning, different ways of working and knowing, and lived experience. We are passionate about our work and the organizations we serve, and we aim to practice our values of abundance, courage and trust, and to hold radical generosity for ourselves and each other in our work. 

Lydia Phillip

Lydia Phillip

Content Strategist

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Jody Nelson

Jody Nelson

Learning & Engagement Director

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Alexandra Theroux

Alexandra Theroux

Operations Manager (and in-house artist!)

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Annika Voltan

Annika Voltan

Executive Director

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Diane Connors

Diane Connors

Communications Director

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Haley Moriarity

Haley Moriarity

Communications Coordinator

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Clary Chambers

Clary Chambers

Learning Content Developer

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Priya Andrade

Priya Andrade

Learning Content Developer

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Kristen Faulkner

Kristen Faulkner

Director, Policy and Advocacy

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Janet Barlow (she/ her)

Janet Barlow (she/ her)

Chair

Executive Director 
Hike Nova Scotia 

Sylvia Parris-Drummond (she/ her)

Sylvia Parris-Drummond (she/ her)

Vice Chair

Chief Executive Officer
Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute, Halifax

Kelly Bennett (she/ her)

Kelly Bennett (she/ her)

Secretary

Research & Special Projects Lead
Government of Nova Scotia 

Bryce Cross (he/ him)

Bryce Cross (he/ him)

Treasurer

Lecturer 
Dalhousie University & Saint Mary’s University 

Sally Ng (she/ her)

Sally Ng (she/ her)

On Leave

Chief Executive Officer 
Wallace McCain Institute 

Rebeccah Slaunwhite (she/ her)

Rebeccah Slaunwhite (she/ her)

Member-at-Large

Partner 
Indigenous Treaty Partners 

Gurmit Kaur (she/ her)

Gurmit Kaur (she/ her)

Member-at-Large

Career Counsellor
Nova Scotia Works – YMCA of Cape Breton