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Lisa Jacobs, MSW, RSW, CE*

Lisa is the Principle owner of Contact Consulting. She is a credentialed evaluator (CE)*, facilitator, project manager and strategic planner, with over 15 years’ experience working with community-based organizations and all levels of government (municipal, provincial, Indigenous and federal). Lisa has experience in conducting process, outcome and developmental evaluations; policy analysis; and coordinating multi-sector, multi-organization projects. She is also a professional writer with a background in journalism and government communications.

Lisa started Contact Research and Communications in 2006 in Whitehorse, Yukon. For three years she coordinated two innovative therapeutic criminal courts, each involving seven government, legal and community partners. For the Community Wellness Court, she supported a three-year developmental evaluation.

In 2010, Lisa returned to Nova Scotia where she worked for the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness on population health policies, managing provincial projects, and supporting community-based initiatives. In June 2013 she re-established Contact Consulting, leaving briefly in 2015 to serve as Senior Evaluator with the Mental Health, Children’s Services and Addictions Branch, Dept. of Health and Wellness.

Lisa has a Master of Social Work in community development and Indigenous approaches to social work practice. She strives to remain current on health, social and criminal justice issues, and she invests in regular training to maintain her professional competencies. Recently she completed courses in Strategic Planning, Facilitation, and Developmental Evaluation. She is pursuing her international credential as a professional facilitator.

Lisa is a collaborator by nature. Her approach is shaped by her commitment to using planning and evaluation to support learning and growth focused on social justice and equity.

Carolyn M. Gaspar, MA, PhD candidate

Carolyn Gaspar

Carolyn M. Gaspar is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University under the supervision of Dr. Amy Bombay. Her research areas span health system improvement/design, health equity, co-development of youth empowerment programs, community-driven research, systems change, and community development through authentic engagement. She primarily focuses on Indigenous health and social issues in Canada in collaboration with and driven by Indigenous communities/youth. She is currently working on measuring non-Indigenous Canadians’ attitudes towards Indigenous peoples of Canada to inform the development of anti-oppressive health professional curriculum, addressing the TRC Calls to Action. She believes in empowerment as a facilitator of hope to influence transformational change through authentic engagement to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous youth. 

Kim Bernard, MSW

Kimberley Bernard, MSW

Kim Bernard  is a social worker and  Certified Diversity and Inclusion Trainer/ Facilitator (2017). She has over 20 years of experience working with diverse communities and she is skilled and experienced in data collection, analysis, and interpretation, and in report writing.

Kim has extensive experience working with diverse women in the area of: domestic violence and abuse, prison reform, addictions and mental health, self -awareness and self- development , education and training, support, counselling and treatment programs, and advocacy. She used to work as a community development and outreach worker with women in Parent Resources Centers across HRM, providing support, workshops, and advocacy. Kim’s has a solid understanding of diversity and inclusion, and cultural competence. She is  highly regarded in the general community for her work in addressing race and promoting cultural competency.

Kim has also planned, implemented and developed peer health education school-based programs in Gambia, West Africa, and she has worked in Harare, South Africa, with the HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs for women. She also developed and conducted a province wide needs assessment on the HIV/AIDS educational needs of members of African Nova Scotian communities.

Kim is currently contracted as the Facilitator/Trainer for women with the Nova Scotia Community Alliance project: Engaging African, Caribbean and Black Communities (ACB) in Nova Scotia in the Prevention of HIV, Hepatitis C and other STBBIs. She is also currently on the evaluation team for Creating Communities of Care, a provincial government project to support survivors of gender-based violence in Halifax’s urban Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities.

Anne Gillies, MA, CE*

Anne Gillies
Anne Gillies, MA, CE

Anne Gillies is a credentialed evaluator (CE) with over 20 years of program monitoring and evaluation experience. She has evaluated programs run at the international, national and local government levels and for public or non-profit institutions. Her interests are in supporting the design and delivery of client-centered health and social services and community-based care and support, and in evaluating how organizational change affects service delivery at the community level.

Anne has worked in evaluation as a full-time staff member and as a consultant. From 2000 to 2005 she worked for Universalia Management Group, a Canadian evaluation firm based in Ottawa. She managed diverse consulting assignments and multi-sectoral evaluation teams for both Canadian and international clients such as the Canadian International Development Agency and the Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Since 2006 she has worked as an independent consultant. In 2010 she returned to Nova Scotia where she has shifted her focus to local social service delivery and policy areas.

Anne has extensive knowledge and expertise in all phases, types and sizes of program monitoring and evaluation. She is also skilled in designing and facilitating training workshops in performance monitoring and evaluation, needs assessments, capacity building sessions and organizational assessments.

Anne has an M.A. from the University of Toronto in Adult Education & Community Development. She is finishing her second Masters, this time in Family Studies and Gerontology, at Mount Saint Vincent University, with the view to assisting with the emerging needs around elderly care in Canada.

* CE is an professional credential for evaluators who have demonstrated that they have met evaluation competency and experience requirements under the Canadian Evaluation Society’s professional designation program.

Maria Wilson, MSc

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Maria Wilson, MSc

Maria Wilson is a highly skilled quantitative data analyst with experience in quantitative research design and methodologies. She joined Contact Consulting in August 2016 as a data analyst and researcher and has worked on multiple projects analyzing primary and secondary data.

Maria is a 2016 graduate of Dalhousie University’s MSc. Community Health and Epidemiology program. Her thesis examined the association between alcohol-related harms, sexual orientation and psychosocial indicators using data from the 2012 Student Drug Use Survey in the Atlantic Provinces.

In addition to working with Contact Consulting, Maria is a research and statistical officer with the Advanced Analytics team at the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness.

Kevin Wilson, MSc.

Kevin Wilson, MSc.

Kevin Wilson has nearly fifteen years worth of experience in quantitative research design, biostatistical modeling and data management. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University Community Health and Epidemiology Master’s Program (2016). His thesis examined associations between facets of depression and university students’ sexual health in a secondary analysis of survey data. In addition to working with Contact Consulting, Kevin works as a Clinical Data Management Associate at the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology, tutors students in biostatistics and research methods at the Master’s and PhD level, and designs tutorial programs for various statistical software packages for a wider audience around the world.

* CE is an professional credential for evaluators who have demonstrated that they have met evaluation competency and experience requirements under the Canadian Evaluation Society’s professional designation program.

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