Meet The Changemakers

Dr. Margaret Casey is a retired family doctor who spent 25 years working at Gottingen Street’s North End Community Health Centre, where she was a pioneer of collaborative care in Nova Scotia. In the post, she saw firsthand the impact of social determinants on health and social justice. She is an advocate for affordable housing and immigrants.

Frances Dadin-Alli is chair of the Halifax Pride board, a post she sought to promote a fun, safe environment, especially for youth. She immigrated from her native Nigeria to Halifax in 2010 to attend university. She earned her bachelor of arts in gender and women studies with a certificate in disability management. She’s a hairstylist and caterer and plans to kick up her cooking a notch with a new restaurant.

Kate Macdonald is an African Nova Scotian activist, multidisciplinary artist, actor, and manager of Halifax North Memorial Public Library. Born and raised in Halifax, she co-founded youth-led GameChangers902 to tackle anti-black racism, implicit bias and oppression within the current structures and systems.

Max Taylor is a copywriter, videographer, aspiring philanthropist, and TikTok star with more than a million followers. He ran for mayor of Halifax at age 22 in 2020, coming in third place in the three-way race. He never expected to win, but wanted to encourage more people, especially his fellow Gen Zers, to vote.

Rebecca Thomas is Mi’kmaq First Nation from Lennox Island reserve on Prince Edward Island. Her father is a residential school survivor and she’s proud to be living in her territory in K’jipuktuk (Halifax).  She’s an activist, author, and Halifax’s first Indigenous poet laureate.  She’s passionate about improving the lives of Aboriginal Peoples by communicating stories and untold history. She works as an Indigenous support advisor at the Nova Scotia Community College.

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