Our Amazing Staff

Aliyah CampbellOutreach Social Worker

Aliyah Campbell (she/her) is the Outreach Social Worker for the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW). Aliyah is registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers and holds various Council and committee roles. Aliyah's goal is to implement equitable and culturally responsive changes in programs, services, and resources delivered to African Nova Scotians and other marginalized communities. Aliyah enrolled in Carleton University's Master of Social Work program, where she gained a strong appreciation of African Nova Scotian history and Africentric social work practice, thanks to the teachings of Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard. Aliyah's areas of interest include health equity, policy advocacy, and program planning. As the Outreach Social Worker, she provides provincial leadership in services to the African Nova Scotian community, which includes Africentric intervention, individual counselling, youth programs, family support services and community initiatives. To access ABSW's services, please fill out self-referral/client referral form here

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.

Lexus GibsonOffice Administrator

Lexus Gibson is the Office Administrator of the Association of Black Social Workers. Lexus is a member of the African Nova Scotian community with family ties to Gibson Woods. She is currently a student at Dalhousie University, pursing her undergraduate degree in Arts.

David ObisesanEducation and Training Coordinator

David Obisesan is the Education and Training Coordinator for the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW). He has a master’s in social work specializing in community development from Lagos State University, Nigeria. David is a development professional with over eight years of hands-on experience, implementing interventions that cut across nutrition, education, health, psychosocial, household economic strengthening, and protection, for street children, orphaned and vulnerable children, malnourished children, and their caregivers/parents. He also has experience in research, monitoring, evaluation, and learning of projects and programs, data collection and management, multi-stakeholder facilitation, and communicating results to stakeholders. As the Education and Training Coordinator, David will be responsible for developing and delivering education, training, and advisory services to social service providers, businesses, and other institutions as needed. He will also support the knowledge mobilization of ABSW and public outreach efforts.