Nova Scotian by choice since 2014, Erika grew up on coastal British Columbia. Living, raising a child, and working in small, resource-based communities is an important part of who she has become. Erika’s formal education and work experience in natural resource management cemented a life-long suspicion that everything is connected to everything – a view that is reinforced every single day! Erika’s experiences range from natural resource sectors to non-profit to economic development – all of them supporting systems views. Intentionally working towards system change is a powerful motivator for Erika and she is energized to bring her strengths to the Inspiring Communities team. Here’s to Turning the Tide!
Erika lives with her partner on a small homestead near L’sitkuk (Bear River). Working in their large garden and greenhouse is Erika’s favourite form of physical and mental therapy, though embroidery runs a close second favourite hobby.
Erika’s favourite touchstones are “The Four Agreements”: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.
Oh and “Desiderata.”
Morgan has lived in Digby for much of her life. She graduated from Acadia University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Community Development. Morgan has worked with many communities both locally and internationally throughout her undergraduate degree. She has had the opportunity to travel to Ghana, Ecuador, Honduras and Peru working with and learning from local residents during these volunteer experiences. One of the highlights of her trip to Peru, in addition to working with local people, was getting to hike the Inca Trail at Machu Picchu.
Morgan has gained experience in facilitation and leadership from her time as president of the Acadia Community Development Council, and from directing and planning summer camps in Digby and Kings County.
Morgan has a passion for working with youth and young adults. During her six week professional placement with Turning the Tide it became evident that there was a need for youth engagement. Morgan is happy to serve the youth of Digby in this capacity as part of her role with Turning the Tide. She now leads the CBYF (Communities Building Youth Futures) project.
Bobby Jay Aubin
Youth Outreach Worker
What excites me about the upcoming year is connecting with youth and, by working closely with them in their everyday lives, creating relationships that will see youth thrive. Working in the youth field for the past 30 years has allowed me to see their potential; I encourage conversations which allow them to seek answers that they never knew existed inside them. Seeing the growth that happens is similar to watching a freshly planted garden flourish over the course of the summer. By applying the right ingredients, our youth can and will flourish, knowing someone cares and wants to see them succeed.
To help youth reach their goals, Bobby is responsible for providing outreach, advocacy, accompaniment, mentoring, referrals, programming including activities for youth aged 12-24 in
the Town of Digby and Digby County, in partnership with local schools, organizations and community groups.
Pour aider les jeunes à atteindre leurs objectifs, Bobby est responsable de la sensibilisation, de la défence des droits, de l’accompagnement, du mentorat, des références, de la
programmation, y compris des activités pour les jeunes âgés de 12 à 24 ans dans la ville de Digby y compris le comté de Digby, en partenariat avec les écoles locales, les organisations et
les groupes communautaires.
Youth Interns, 2022
I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and network with my community members. It has been a long few idle years and I am ready to connect people with supporting groups within the
local community as well as to help rebuild some of the connections between the people.
If you had your own talk show, who would your first 3 guests be?
Buffy Ste Marie, Tonia Jo Hall, shalan joudry
Anastasia Nevin is the Youth Intern for Turning the Tide 2022. She will be responsible for youth and community engagement, transportation project, program planning and coordinating within the Digby municipality.
I bring a new/old perspective to the table through the Etuaptmumk (two-eyed seeing) approach allowing a further understanding of interconnectedness within our environment and core community with the intent of developing brighter healthy futures for the next generation. Upon returning to Turning the Tide to work in a more direct role, I aspire to be a role model for those facing challenges and a support for those that need a helping hand. I hope to see the community prosper and swell with the knowledge and resources being brought forth alongside my team of talented individuals.
Eli Wood is one of Turning the Tide’s youth interns this summer. He will be spending the summer working with the TtT team, and community partners to help collaborate on youth-focused initiatives. After completing his internship, he will return to Mount Allison University to work on his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Psychology and Women and Gender Studies.
I believe that one of our strongest tools for change is community working collaboratively to achieve common goals. I believe that at the foundation of collaborative effort, mutual aid, community care and solidarity are exemplified. In my mind, community is our best tool and I am excited to do some of this work with such a lovely team at TtT. If I could instantly become an expert at something, I would choose video-making!! I find it fun, but incredibly complex, and would love to learn more about that.