Acting Executive Director
NS Association for Community Living
Patricia led NSACL’s Life Transitions program, a program that prepares high school students and recent grads with intellectual disabilities for the next phase of their life (post-secondary or workforce). This program was abruptly halted during COVID, however, Patricia not only recognized the importance of the program’s content but knew the positive the social impacts the group had on its participants. She quickly developed a plan so the program could continue virtually and NSACL secured a grant to purchase tablets for participants.
In the midst of a pandemic, when NSACL staff were still working remotely and health protocols were changing daily, Patricia accepted the position of Acting Executive Director. Without hesitation, she stepped into the role with confidence and conviction and began to lead the NSACL team, always with the organization’s values top of mind. Equality, dignity and respect are the values of NSACL. These are also Patricia’s guiding principles as she leads the team at NSACL. These are also the values she exhibits for all NSACL’s partner organizations, self-advocates and families.
2020 Nova Scotia Invisible Champion Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
Note: The pandemic led to Special Covid Awards being designated. If awarded, they are marked with a (C) in the Table above.
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Venue: Province House and various venues virtual event
Remarks: Hon. Premier Stephen McNeil
MC: Former Lt. Governor Myra A. Freeman CM ONS MSM
Awards Presentation: Sara Napier, CEO, United Way Halifax
Attendees: Senators Hon. Frances Lankin, Hon. Linda Frum, Hon. Robert Black, Hon. Kim Pate, MP Hon. Andy Filmore,Hon. Gary Burrill, Leader of the NDP, MLA Susan Leblanc, MLA Tim Halman. Hon. Margaret McCain
Autism NS receiving their trophy