Meet the small but mighty team that’s committed to building strong, vibrant and diverse communities throughout Nova Scotia by enabling and inspiring effective philanthropy:
Angela Bishop, Executive Director
Karis Mitchell, Manager, Community Outreach and Programs
Laura Yorke, Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Tina Hennigar, Population Growth Coordinator
Angela has 15 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector, focusing on cross-sector collaboration and community engagement for innovative solutions to pressing social issues, including housing and homelessness and community economic development. As Director of Programs with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business she led the revitalization of a corporate social responsibility reporting and certification program which has been adopted by leading Canadian corporations.
As a consultant in the non-profit sector, Angela has advised strategy related to community engagement, fundraising, community investment, sponsorships, and membership frameworks. She has taught at both Saint Mary’s University and George Brown College in Toronto, inspiring students to think about their future leadership roles in communities. She returned home from Toronto in 2013 to support economic development in Nova Scotia’s rural and coastal communities and to be a grandmother. Angela holds a BBA from Acadia University and a MBA from Saint Mary’s University.
Phone: (902) 490-5907
Manager, Community Outreach and Programs
After relocating from England in 2008, Karis fell in love with Canada and its communities. Her education and experience showcase her passion for working with communities in Nova Scotia. Her role at CFNS involves managing programs that support macro level change by leveraging local assets and philanthropy, supporting our roster of more than 60 funds through various stages of their development, and engaging directly with local residents to share our work.
During her time with CFNS, Karis has been fortunate enough to travel throughout Nova Scotia and meet the wonderful people that activate change and influence positive impact every day in our province. Karis has been instrumental in the development of three Vital Signs® reports and supporting our initiatives in the areas of food insecurity, education through evidence based reporting, strengthening community partnerships, and supporting communities to work towards prosperity and equity.
Karis holds a bachelor of arts with a double major in sociology and gerontology and a bachelor of social work from Dalhousie University. She is currently pursuing a master of social work with the University of Waterloo.
Phone: (902) 490-9916
Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Laura’s professional background bridges journalism and public relations with one simple connection: community.
As a journalist she has written for community newspapers in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Her reporting covered a diverse range of issues and events while delivering stories that mattered to readers.
A self-described “community-minded communicator,” Laura is continually drawn to the non-profit sector and organizations striving to make a difference. She has previously worked in communications roles with the Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.
Laura holds a journalism diploma from Holland College, a bachelor of applied arts in print journalism from the University of Prince Edward Island, and an advanced diploma in public relations from Nova Scotia Community College. She helps us share the story of our work, the impact of our funds, and the role of effective philanthropy in Nova Scotia’s future.
Phone: (902) 490-9916
Population Growth Coordinator, NOW Lunenburg County
Tina has been an advocate for Lunenburg County her entire life. She spends her days promoting Lunenburg County as an incredible place to live, work and raise a family. She is focused on building a sustainable community through population growth. Tina’s enthusiasm and affection for the area is hard to ignore, and she’s certain people will take notice. In fact, they already have. After a Canadian recruitment tour in the summer of 2017, people from across the country, and even as far away as Germany and Colombia, have reached out wanting to learn why they need to pay attention to Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. Tina has already helped people move back home here.
Phone: (902) 523-5725