Nicole Shanahan, Member Services Coordinator

Nicole Shanahan is originally from Cole Harbour and now lives in Truro. She has a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from Memorial University of Newfoundland and an M.Sc. Environmental Sciences from the University of Freiburg in Germany. In Germany, Nicole studied the effects of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization on tree root growth as part of an international tree diversity experiment. She has been with the NSFA team since September of 2020.

Nicole has always been passionate about sustainable living and knowing where food comes from. Travelling and learning about new cultures, food is always at the centre, which is why she always tries to connect with resident farmers, hunters and fisherman to find locally supplied products. Nicole has worked on grain, olive, hops, and other farms locally and abroad and loves being a part of these communities.

Caitlyn Clements, Workforce Development Coordinator

Caitlyn Clements grew up in Bass River, NS, and attended Dalhousie University in Halifax for a B.A., double majoring in Economics and International Development Studies. After her studies, Caitlyn stayed in the city for a couple of years before spending a 14 month stint in Labrador and then 5 years in northern Saskatchewan. She has an 11 year old rescue beagle that has been by her side through all the moves.

Caitlyn has always had a community focus in both her work and volunteer life. She has been an active member of Search and Rescue for many years, a board member for the local housing authority and a participant in MMIWG and Every Child Matters fundraising/events. She is passionate about people and wants to see everyone be given the opportunity to lead a fulfilling and safe life.

In her spare time, Caitlyn does beadwork as well as hide and fur sewing. You can also find her enjoying a good book alongside a strong cup of coffee. Having said that however, Caitlyn is equally happy kayaking, camping, hiking, etc. She lives by the motto “it’s impossible to waste time if you’re outside”.

Nick Cunningham, Policy Analyst

Nick originally grew up in New-Brunswick and now lives in Halifax. He attended Saint Mary’s University where he completed his Mater of Applied Economics degree following the completion of his Bachelor of Commerce degree with honors in Economics. His primary research focused on Health and Labour Economics in Nova Scotia.

Since graduating, Nick has been working closely with government and small businesses on various policy and legislative projects to help strengthen and grow the SME economy throughout Nova Scotia. He is passionate about transforming raw data into information, and information into insight.

In his spare time, Nick can regularly be found surfing in Lawrencetown, Cow Bay or Martinique. Nick also enjoys soccer, golfing, camping, hunting, fishing or any other activity that gets him outdoors.