Our Amazing Staff
Danielle HodgesExecutive Director
Danielle Hodges is the Executive Director of the Association of Black Social Workers. Danielle grew up in Chicago, Illinois and has family roots in East Preston. Danielle is a registered social worker (RSW) and holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Science in Community Health & Epidemiology from Dalhousie University. Prior to returning to university as a mature student, she worked in health care management. Since perusing a career in social work, Danielle has worked in the areas of research, adult education, housing, gendered and sexualized violence, human trafficking, mental health and addictions. Danielle is a passionate about advocate for social justice issues, equity and inclusion. As the Executive Director, Danielle is dedicated to allyship, partnership, collaboration and knowledge mobilization for African Nova Scotian communities across the province.
SaDeia WilliamsOutreach Social Worker
SaDeia Williams, SWC, CCDP - SaDeia Williams is the Outreach Social Worker for the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW). Ms. Williams grew up in the North End of Halifax with roots in East Preston. SaDeia obtained both her BSW and MSW from Dalhousie University and has over 20 years experience in client care specialization and case management. Before her current role, SaDeia worked in employment and education, specializing in career counselling where she obtained her certification as a Certified Career Development Practitioner. SaDeia is also a trained birth and post-pardom doula. SaDeia is registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers and holds various committee and council memberships within her role. SaDeia’s areas of interest include end-of-life care, grief, and loss. SaDeia’s ultimate goal is to create culturally responsive changes in supports, services and resources delivered to African Nova Scotian and other under-represented communities. As the Outreach Social Worker, she provides provincial leadership in outreach services to the African Nova Scotian community, which includes Africentric intervention, individual counselling, youth programs, family support services and community initiatives.
Rene BoudreauAfrican Nova Scotian Community Engagement CoordinatorCreating Communities of Care (CCC Project)
René Boudreau is a member of the African Nova Scotian community. She is originally from Truro and currently resides in East Preston. In 2015, she graduated from Dalhousie University with her undergraduate degree in Sociology and she has over 10 years experience engaging, supporting, and working with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Currently, she works with the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) as the ANS Community Engagement Coordinator. Through this work, she leads the Creating Communities of Care Project, which is focused on Gender-Based Violence within our African Nova Scotian communities.
Katrina JarvisSexual Violence & Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinator
Katrina Jarvis is member of the African Nova Scotian community with family roots in Cherry Brook and Weymouth communities. She has Diploma’s in Business Administration Information Management, Medical office Administration and in 2019 received a Bachelor of Social Work from Dalhousie University. She has over 20 years’ experience providing frontline services and administrative supports in hospital, banking, and government agencies. Katrina is a registered social worker with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. She has experience working as a Youth Shelter Worker and a Child in Care Social Worker applying youth centred approaches that are trauma informed. Currently, Katrina is the Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking Program Prevention Coordinator for the Association of Black Social Workers. Through this work Katrina will build strong partnering relationships with other organizations who are engaged in human trafficking, support communities and organizations in building public awareness on sexual violence, human trafficking and exploitation of ANS youth and engage in prevention work for ANS youth specifically for ANS boys and men.