Meet Our Staff! 

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Halifax developmental centre

Our amazing staff team is made up of 8 Early Childhood Educators, an Inclusion Coordinator, a Cook, and our Director.  Our staff bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience which includes Early Childhood Education, Child & Youth Studies, Psychology, and Human Studies.  Our team also has specific training in the use of Classroom Visuals, Inclusion, Snoezelen therapy, Routine-Based Plans, and Behaviour Guidance.   

Our staff members are passionate about inclusion and advocacy, and strive each day to support our children to achieve their developmental goals.  In order to provide the best possible support for our children, we maintain a ratio of one teacher for every 4 children. This provides opportunities for our children to work in large group, small group, and one-on-one settings.  We are extremely proud of our exceptional staff and their level of commitment to our children, families, and community.


InClusion Support Program

Garth Potter runs HACL's Inclusion Support Program. As the Program Director, Garth has 12 years of experience in the community living sector. He is a strong advocate for the full citizenship of people with disabilities in the HRM and beyond. Garth has worked for many non-profits over the years in residential care and community outreach  - giving him a good understanding of systems and how to navigate them. Garth facilitates the Transition Support Program - supporting people to plan, advocate for and get the services they need for any type of transition they may be going through. Outside of work, Garth enjoys hiking, photography and being around friends and family.


Stephanie Quirke is thrilled to be working with Halifax Association for Community Living (HACL) as a Peer Support Worker, while Alena(the Peer Support Coordinator) is on maternity leave. Stephanie is passionate about the creation of inclusive societies and brings a wealth of knowledge to this role. She has over five years of experience planning and facilitating recreational programs and has a history of extensive community involvement. She currently volunteers at the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre, Halifax Dance’s Inclusive Movement Program (to name just a few of her many volunteer roles). When she is not working with HACL, she enjoys baking, reading, and swimming.