Our Team

Debra E. Reimer, MSW, RSW

Debbie entered University having completed Grade 9 and received 2 credits in Grade 10. Since then, she has attained a BA (Psych), a Diploma in Counseling and a Master of Social Work degree. She did this while raising two children and receiving social assistance. She graduated from Acadia University in 1992 with the distinction “University Scholar” and in 1994 she graduated from Carleton University with that same distinction. She began working in direct programming with the Kids Action Program (AVH CAPC) in the fall of 1994; she is now the Executive Director. She is a strong advocate for children and families and entered the Non-Profit Family Resource field to help address injustices and barriers families face every day. She has first hand knowledge about the difficulties faced while living in poverty; it was that experience that influenced her decision to do the work she does.

Suann Boates

Suann has worked alongside of the Kids Action Program (KAP) team since 1993 as Outreach and Support Coordinator and program facilitator and became Director in Kings County in 2014.

Suann has a BSc in Biology, minoring in Psychology. She has been a certified and practicing Doula and Prenatal Instructor for more than 35 years. She is privileged to have extensive training and certification in Attachment Theory, Circle of Security Parenting, Roots of Empathy (ROE), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and is a neuro-linguistic programming practitioner.

Suann’s work ethic and commitment is a testament to her coworkers and the families she serves.

Tara Brown

Tara started working at Kids Action Program, Kennetcook location, in September. Tara is the Children’s Programmer, she plans, directs and executes the games and crafts, prepares healthy snacks, as well as planning and directing different outings for families to enjoy.

When Tara is not at work she enjoys spending time with her kids, fiancé and family. Tara met her fiancé 3 years ago, when they became a big blended family with ten kids. They love outdoor activities, swimming, camping and spending time at their cottage with friends.

Tara grew up in Tennecape but now calls East Walton home. After graduating from Hants North Rural Highschool in Kennetcook, Tara moved to Sackville, NS and went to Success College where she took Medical/Dental Administrative. Following her course completion and receiving her degree, Tara found a passion for working with young children.

Working with kids is where Tara wants to be, she has been with working with kids for 4 years. Planning and developing crafts, circle time, Christmas concert, Spring/Graduation concert, Santa Breakfast, Easter Breakfast, different fundraisers and Kids Dances. Tara is most passionate about her life when she is working with kids, she loves watching them learn new things and watching them grow and seeing how excited they get over the smallest to the newest of things.

Kim Burns

I am Kim Burns and I am happy to say that I was born, married, raised my family and lived my whole life in Hants County. I work as the director of the Kids Action Program. I coordinate programs and staff in the Hants North area. You may find me at a Caregiver and Tot group, driving a participant to an appointment, facilitating a parenting group, at the food bank, providing outreach and support or connecting with people on the phone or social media. The boards and committees that I am involved with have an affect on those families I work with. I am the chair of the Hants North Food Bank, board member of Hants North Recreation and Development Association, Kids Action Program, member of the standards committee with Feed Nova Scotia, member of network council; Food Banks Canada and the East Hants Early Years Working Group.

I enjoy exploring our province, country and the world! I love this community and know that I am privileged to work and live here!

Donna Ellis

Originally a volunteer with our Great Beginnings Food box program, Donna began working for the Annapolis Valley Hants Community Action Program for Children (AVH-CAPC), now known as Kids Action Program (KAP), in 2001.

Primarily a Children’s Outreach and Support worker, she also fills the role of Community Food Mentor.

You can usually find Donna and Mark with kids, out and about in our community exploring where we live and nature, or in a playroom, learning, creating art, or playing “good old-fashioned” games.

While she continues to support the food box program providing prenatal and nutritional information, recipes, and budgeting tips for pregnant women, she also facilitates S.O.U.P. (Saving Our Unused Produce), a skill learning/sharing community cooking event (they eat too!) in partnership with the Canning and Area Food bank.

Marnie McLellan

Marnie’s part time role evolved to a full time Great Beginnings and Community Outreach Support worker. This role allows her to pack and deliver Canadian prenatal nutritional food boxes, provide peer and parental support ,advocacy and transportation to medical and legal appointments for the community. Planning and implementing 6 cooking workshops per year, focusing on healthy nutritious meals for children and families. Working daily with Kim and Tara, Marnie helps support the children’s programming and events planned by the team for the community.

Marnie loves this community and has taken an active role with networking partners to provide walking groups, youth beach volleyball teams, a coach mentoring program to aid students and teens, in their pursuit of community involvement and an Early Childhood check-in Day. This check-in day was brought to our area through a group of networking partners, all providing health and educational services for our families and their children. These services were not easily accessed before .

In her off hours Marnie is working towards her Early Childhood education diploma through NSCC. On the weekends, you will always find Marnie surrounded by her husband and 3 children:) Usually on a ball field in the Summer, or a basketball court in the Winter!

Sandra White

Sandra was born and raised in the valley and the oldest of 5 siblings. She is a proud wife and mom of 4 amazing children. Happy large families have always been a source of joy for Sandra. As such, she and her husband were also foster parents to over 18 children. She is a strong believer in being active in children’s lives and she leads by example being supportive and active in everything her own children do.

She began working with Kids Action Program, Kings County in 2011. She moved into the role of Great Beginnings Coordinator in 2013. Here, she primarily focuses on helping and supporting pregnant women and new moms as well as their support systems.

She is a certified doula and enjoys helping women through the amazing and emotional journey of childbirth. She also helps with multiple other programs within our organization including prenatal classes, clothing exchanges, mom and baby groups, transportation to appointments, food box program, and supporting families in a multitude of ways depending on their needs.

Mark Crouse

Born and raised here in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, Mark is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Teacher’s College- Child Development Services Program. He joined us in 1996, as the instructor of the Jump-Start program. Since those early days he has grown to become a valuable resource and team member as our Children’s Program Co-ordination is Kings County.

Since 2013, Mark has partnered with CentreStage Theatre as one of the Artistic Directors of the summer theatre camp programs. He has written, produced and directed 7 productions for the stage. His theatre camps have been wildly successful! His photographic work also is featured heavily throughout this website. We truly appreciate his artistic talent and energy! Mark says, “One of the greatest opportunities we have as Children’s staff, is creating lasting positive experiences and memories.”