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The current staff at Women's Employment Outreach possess a broad range of educational backgrounds, from Social Work to Women's Studies, with a great deal of experience that has been successfully transferred to the field of employment counseling. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and skilled group to assist our clients in moving forward with their job search goals.
Juliana Wiens joined Women's Employment Outreach as an Employment Counsellor in 2006 and currently occupies the role of Operations Manager/Employment Counsellor. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and a graduate of the Masters of Education in Counselling program at Acadia University. She also holds an MA in Women's Studies from Dalhousie and a BA from the University of Alberta. Prior to coming to WEO, Juliana taught an interdisciplinary career development course at Dalhousie. She has a background in research and has worked on a variety of research studies that explore issues pertaining to professional boundaries in the workplace, caregiving, addictions, and black women's health. She has also worked directly with women in transition and with survivors of family violence. Juliana is a certified and experienced PLAR Practitioner and Personality Dimensions facilitator. She is a certified member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and a board member of the Nova Scotia Career Development Association. Juliana assumed the role of WEO Operations Coordinator in June 2012 on a contract basis, and permanently in September 2013.
Sherry Battiste joined Women's Employment Outreach as an Employment Counsellor in 2008 and currently occupies the role of Finance Manager/Employment Counsellor. She is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with a Bachelor of Social Work, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology, and a Diploma in Community Service/Counselling. She has received extensive training in leadership, adult education, group facilitation, and workshop/program development. Sherry is a certified and experienced PLAR Practitioner. She has over ten years of experience in life skills and employment readiness program development, facilitation, and counselling. Sherry developed a specialized workshop for WEO that addresses essential skills for today’s workplace. She has worked for various community support agencies. Sherry is a member of the Nova Scotia Career Development Association and the Nova Scotia Association for Social Workers. Sherry assumed the role of WEO Finance Coordinator in June 2012 on a contract basis, and permanently in September 2013.
Kathy is the newest WEO staff member, joining the team in 2013 as an Employment Counsellor/Career Practitioner. She is a graduate of the Masters of Education in Counselling program at Acadia University, and a Certified Counsellor through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She also holds two undergraduate degrees from Dalhousie, a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), and a Bachelor of Recreation (therapeutic specialization). She has an extensive background in program facilitation and has spent over 12 years in the social science field doing individual counselling and program design, and working with women to manage stress, depression, and anxiety. She is passionate about offering counselling, support, and guidance to women in her community.
Charla Williams joined Women's Employment Outreach as an Employment Counsellor in 2010. She is an alumnus of the Transition Year Program (TYP) at Dalhousie University from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Charla has worked as a diversity consultant with a number of private and public sector organizations, and has focused her career on assisting under-represented community members to gain their “voice” and sustainable employment. She has made it a point to work with employers to develop a positive environment for diversity within their workplace. Charla has an extensive background in employment equity and is known for her work in developing and delivering effective cultural competency workshops. At Nova Scotia Community College, Charla provided instruction in African Canadian studies, communications, and career skills. As an Employment Counsellor at Women’s Employment Outreach, Charla intends to develop a number of initiatives designed to provide African Canadian Women with the tools required to address their needs. Charla sits as a member of the African Nova Scotian Employability Table, which is supported by Employment Nova Scotia to advise on the Labour Market Development Agreement and tasked with identifying programs and services that will attach African Nova Scotians to the workforce. She also chairs the Halifax African Nova Scotian Employment Network (HANSEN).