Our Team

Suann Boates

Suann has worked with Kids Action Program (KAP) team since 1993. She began as Outreach and Support Coordinator and program facilitator and became Director in Kings County in 2014. Suann has now taken the position of Executive Director.

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.

Kim Burns

Kim Burns was born, married, raised my family and lived herwhole life in Hants County. She works as the Director of Programming for Hants County. She coordinate programs and leads staff in the Hants North area. You may find her 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 she is 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, member of the standards committee with Feed Nova Scotia, member of network council; Food Banks Canada and the East Hants Early Years Working Group.

Kim enjoys exploring our province, country and the world! She says, ‘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.

Sandra White

Sandra was born and raised in the valley and is the oldest of 5 children. 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 Lead in Kings County.

Since 2013, Mark has partnered with CentreStage Theatre as one of the Artistic Directors for 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 is also 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 programmers is creating lasting memories and positive experiences.”