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All successful organizationshave a team whose goal is meaningful change. Each ACNS staff member makes his or her own unique contribution to our success. We are proud of the level of dedication and commitment they embody in making Nova Scotia a better place through support, education and empowerment.
Chris AucoinExecutive Director
902.425.4882 ext 227
Chris (pronouns: He/Him/His) moved up to the Executive Director chair in December 2019 after having worked as the ACNS Gay Men’s Health Coordinator for over a decade. An educator, writer and freelance designer, Chris has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, a diploma in graphic design, and broad community-based experience in cultural industries and social justice stretching back more than two decades. His work in social justice has included poverty and food security, and a wide range of 2SLGBTQ+ support, social and political causes. His current passion is working on rewrites for his first completed theatre script A Boy And His Dog which he workshopped at Queer Acts 2014. Chris loves dogs, dancing, and singing weekly with the Halifax Gay Men's Chorus!
Ned MacInnisProgram Support
902.425.4882 ext 224
Ned (pronouns: He/Him/His) holds the position of Program Support at ACNS. Involved in the AIDS movement for over 20 years, Ned has provided support and sexual health education with Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men, conducted training and education sessions, and has worked with People Living with HIV/AIDS creating health promotion strategies. His ancillary work includes: HIV/AIDS Education in Jamaica Project, Mount Saint Vincent University; Peer Outreach Worker: Stepping Stone Association; Consultant: Prison Outreach, Counseling, Education and Resource Development, Correctional Service of Canada; Research Assistant: Promising Practices in the Engagement of People Living with or At-Risk for HIV/AIDS in Rural Canada, Thompson Rivers University. He says “The greatest lesson I have learned here is this: I am not a salmon; I do not have to swim upstream. I have developed a strong passion about community-based work and as a result, I have learned to live life to its fullest. Carpe Diem!”
Mitch HillHealth & Wellness Educator
Mitch (pronouns: They/Them) is the Health & Wellness Educator at the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia. At presnet they are fulfilling their role virtually from Cape Breton. They have worked for many 2SLGBTQ+ organizations over the years, mostly in education, programming, or outreach with Youth under 25. Mitch is also currently a Community Educator with The Youth Project. They have also sat on the boards of local pride groups, and a few Non-Profits. They enjoy volunteering their time to other grassroots organizing for other causes, and getting involved in political efforts. They have a Bachelor of Business Administration (Conc. HR) from Cape Breton University. In their spare time you'll likely find them gaming, binge watching YouTube videos, or still out their playing Pokemon GO. Mitch is a Slytherin, their favorite colors are millennial pink and dark green, and is enthusiastic about getting tattoos.
Andrew ThomasSupport Services
902.425.4882 ext 225
Andrew (pronouns: He/Him/His) is our newest Student Intern. For the next two months he’ll be assisting our Support Coordinator with client supports and providing input on some prevention program revisions. Andrew has a psychology degree from Mount Allison University and is currently in the Addictions Community Outreach program at the Nova Scotia Community College. He has been working as a youth worker for the past decade in Toronto and Nova Scotia and is excited to incorporate real world experience with what he’s learned in school. He is considering pursuing a masters in counselling – possibly in the areas of addictions and sexual health. Andrew enjoys being active, playing video games and spending time with his family.
Jennifer FlynnFund Development (Interim)
902.425.4882 ext 226
Jennifer (pronouns: She/Her) is the new Fund Development Co-op Student Intern for the summer. She is a student at Mount Saint Vincent University finishing her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Public Policy Studies this summer and she will be starting her nursing degree at Dalhousie University in the fall. She's looking forward to applying her past work in social media and data analytics as well her volunteer experience at non-profits to work on fund raising activities, and to plan events that raise public awareness of the organization and help the community. In her free time Jennifer enjoys baking, learning about local geology, and going on walks with her dog Mason.
Dylan SamsonSupport & Program Services
Dylan (pronouns: He/Him) is the new Support & Programs Coordinator at the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University's School of Social Work, and is in the process of working through his social work candidacy with the NSCSW. He also has a double-major in Psychology and French. In addition to his work experience with community services and group homes, he has experience volunteering with a variety of queer organizations and events. He is a self-professed “Massive Nerd” and his hobbies include listening to podcasts, running, photography, and water polo.