Who We Are


Pathways To Employment

Pathways to Employment empowers people with mental illness, substance use and social challenges to live with more independence, and inclusion in our community.

Whatever people’s needs, preferences and goals, our team works closely with them to help decide on the best type of support.

This might include supporting someone find a job, build new relationships, or get involved in more activities in the local community. The determination of our team to continually push boundaries and challenge assumptions ensures that our focus is always on supporting people to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Learn more about what we do, who we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change.

Our History

How it all started:

Pathways to Employment began with an initial focus on supported employment in 2010 from the merging of two community organizations “Touch on Wood Society” and “The Missing Lint Co-Operative”. Pathways is a registered Canadian Charity and is funded through the Department of Community Services, and Nova Scotia Health.


Share, Support and Recovery was created in 2012 as a partnership between the Sydney Credit Union Charitable Foundation, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and New Dawn Enterprises. Its initial focus was on supported housing its mission was to provide an integrated and coordinated range of services and supports to address the recovery of individuals with mental illness and social challenges.


Together we endeavor to provide an integrated and co-ordinated range of services and supports to address the recovery of individuals with mental illness, substance use and social challenges. The purpose is to create opportunities for independence, education, housing, employment, and social engagement in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Meet The Team

Jenna MacKenzie

Executive Director

Jenna Curtis

Financial Administrator

Victoria Higgins

Youth Outreach Co-ordinator

Justin Vallis

General Manager

Pat Donovan

Employment Support Specialist (Environmental Repurposing)

Alison MacCormack

Participant Development Coordinator

Shirley Kelly

Administrative Assistant

Pat Carew

Employment Support Specialist (Property Maintenance)

Jenny Boone

Community Engagement Coordinator

Shauna MacMullin

Program Co-ordinator

Meet The Board

Sabrina Vatcher


Dr. Linda Courey


Colleen MacKenzie

Carla Arsenault


Jim Addicott


Paula MacNeil


Alex Paul