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Family Leadership

Inclusion Nova Scotia supports families to become leaders in inclusion and equity. As a grass-roots family movement, Family Leadership Placemakers help strengthen Family Leadership and support families by: 

  • Connecting families by bringing families together to share experiences, knowledge and support 

  • Supporting families by helping them navigate resources and systems 

  • Listening to the needs of families to develop resources and training  

  • Advocating by amplifying the voices of families in decisions that affect their lives  

  • Visioning an inclusive life by working directly with people with intellectual disabilities and their families in the development of a person-directed plan  

  • Empowering families to be strong advocates in their community by hosting family workshops on topics that are important to families,  such as:  

  • The Human Rights Remedy and changes happening to the Disability Support Program 

  • Visioning an Inclusive Life 

  • Workshops will be developed based on the needs and wants of family groups 

Seeking Family Leaders 

Inclusion Nova Scotia is building community by connecting families in the creation of Family Groups in every corner of Nova Scotia! Family Groups are made up of family members of loved ones with intellectual disabilities who are passionate about: 

  • Connecting with other families

  • Have a shared understanding of challenges and opportunities 

  • No Judgement 

  • Sharing knowledge and experiences 

  • Guidance and Support 

  • Build Community Together 

If you and your family have a strong vision for building an inclusive life with your loved one and would like to connect with others, please reach out to Jana, Manager of Family Leadership at

The Inclusion NS Family Committee are a group of family leaders who provide leadership support to Inclusion Nova Scotia. They are made up of members of the Inclusion Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors and Community Family Leaders from across the province. Their goals are: 

  • Leadership – Representing a strong family voice to guide the work of Inclusion Nova Scotia. Identifying areas of importance for families to inform advocacy efforts, program development and information sessions.  

  • Mentorship – bringing families together to support one another to share experiences and knowledge so that we can learn from those who have walked the path before us 

  • Education – Opportunities to learn with and from each other 


If you live in Cape Breton and would like to learn more reach out to our Cape Breton Placemaker, Chelsea at

If you live in Halifax, Queens, Lunenburg, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis, Kings, Hants, East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland, Pictou, Guysborough or Antigonish County and would like to learn more, reach out to our Manager of Family Leadership, Jana at or 902-329-5202. 

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