Agency & Advocacy

Our feminism & values

Our feminism advocates for the decision-making agency of diverse women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans and non-binary people and challenges all the societal barriers that undermine their choices, freedoms, gifts, and humanity.

We work to be empathetic and nonjudgmental, appreciating the whole lives, varied journeys, and expertise of women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans and non-binary people.

We work to be action-oriented, intersectional, and critical in confronting all oppressions against women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans and non-binary people and in redistributing power to and with them.

The values that guide us are:

  • Taking Action for a Just World
  • Support and Nurturance
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusion
  • Integrity


Anita Stewart

Executive Director

Moraig MacGillivray

Operations Manager

Karen Keizer

Women’s Services Coordinator & Office Manager

Gisele Carpenter

Women’s Support Worker

Mica Francis

Women’s Support Worker

Marcia Connolly

Women’s Support Worker

Natalie Sangster

Rural Community Engagement Worker

Terri Pitts

Trauma Therapist

Pamela Reyes

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program Manager

Arianna Coello

Immigrant Support Program Coordinator

Salua Marun

Immigrant Support Program Coordinator

Wendy Hughes

Immigrant Support Program Coordinator

Jackie Jacques


Cindy Doiron

Financial Administrator

Taeya Jones

Healthy Relationships for Youth - Provincial Coordinator

Emily Trudeau

Healthy Relationships for Youth - CSAP Coordinator

Olivia Hart

Healthy Relationships for Youth - SRCE Coordinator

Sarah Thomas

Healthy Relationships for Youth - Provincial Expansion Coordinator

Jasmin Desmond

Youth Program Facilitator



Robin Neustaeter


Barbara MacLean


Anita Stewart


Laura Burns


Shelby Thompson


Stephanie Tellum


Joshna Suresh

Join Us

work / Volunteer

We strive to be representative of the people and communities we serve. For our work and volunteer opportunities, we welcome applications from visible minority group members, African Nova Scotians, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community.

We strive to lower and remove barriers in society, as well as those that we have as an organization to be more inclusive and accessible to the diversity of people and communities who need our work the most.

Curious about our logo?

Created in June, 2021, our current logo connects to the history of AWRCSASA and is a visual representation of all that we do now.

Timeline of Our Work

Our HIstory

Women who were looking for services and working for societal change founded the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association in 1983. Our organization remains woman-positive, appreciating the multi-issued and complex lives of women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans and non-binary people, whose diverse experiences provide lessons in resilience and in resistance.