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

Phoebe Johnston (left) and Alena Evans (right) run HACL's Inclusion Support services. Phoebe, the Program Director, is a Social Worker with 10 years of experience in the community living sector. She is a strong advocate for the full citizenship of people with disabilities in the HRM and beyond. She has worked for non-profits, governments and at research centres  - giving her a good understanding of systems and how to navigate them. Phoebe facilitates the Transition Support Program - supporting people to plan, advocate for and get the services they need. 

Alena is the Coordinator of the Peer Support Program. She has many years of experience with HACL, running programs and supporting the community.  The Peer Support Program is brand new and Alena is excited to see where it can go!