Dartmouth Adult Services Centre (DASC) has been serving the Dartmouth community for 55 years. DASC is a not-for-profit business and social enterprise which supports adults with intellectual disabilities, dual diagnosis, and/or fragile health and complex needs. In partnership with Nova Scotia’s Department of Community Services,  we serve nearly 200 people annually through a diverse range of services including community employment, vocational, skills development, life enhancement, active lifestyles, recreation and leisure, and youth programs.

Revenue generated through our social enterprise (the rental of our modern boardrooms, production of buttons, or business contracts such as labelling, assembly, mailing, and packaging) helps us host our services for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Our main production centre is located at 59 Dorey Avenue in the Burnside Industrial Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Vision and Mission

We support the being, belonging, and becoming of adults with intellectual disabilities. 
DASC’s values include:
The people we support
Strong leadership and competent governance and management
Our staff and teamwork
Our community, government, and business partners
Openness and communication
Excellence and innovation
Fiscal responsibility and accountability

Our Board Members and Senior Team

Faith Scattolon 

- Chair of the Board
Faith is a graduate from Dalhousie University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science with a focus in marine biology. Before retiring in 2015, Faith worked with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) for over 34 years and, for the 9 years prior to her retirement, was the Regional Director-General for the Maritimes Region of DFO where she played a leadership role in change management, consultation, negotiation and in managing the human and financial management resources of a large scientific research and operational organization.  Faith has been a volunteer with Special Olympics Dartmouth for several years and is the mother of DASC client, Victoria.

Wayne Forster 

- Vice Chair
Wayne is a facilitator, consultant, and coach with almost 30 years of experience in organizational and human resource development involving change management, organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, continuous improvement, human resource planning, training and learning, teambuilding, recruitment and retention, and performance management. He is also the author of three published books and numerous articles for business and HR magazines in Canada, the United States, and Europe. 

Jeff Casey 

- Secretary of the Board
Jeff holds a Bachelor in History and Psychology from Dalhousie University. He has worked full time at the IWK in mental health in varying roles (youth care worker, child mental health worker, case manager) since 1999. Jeff has completed contract work and volunteered for the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services as a tutor and providing children in care with a place of safety. Jeff's brother Chris was a DASC client for nearly 30 years.

Henk van Leeuwen 

- Executive Director
Henk’s career is rooted in storytelling and community service. For 17 years, he worked as a broadcast journalist and administrator with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in several cities. For the past 11 years, Henk has served in leadership roles in the non-profit sector. Henk joined the DASC team as our Executive Director in May of 2021. He previously served as leader of local organizations such as Easter Seals Nova Scotia and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax. Henk is excited to once again be supporting persons with disabilities and their families, and to be serving the DASC mission of inclusive employment. Henk also belongs to the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbour, a volunteer service group dedicated to helping people in need locally and abroad. 

Veronica Hunt 

- Treasurer of the Board
Veronica Hunt, CPA, CA is an experienced senior manager with Grant Thornton LLP, relocating to Halifax from Calgary in 2013, and focuses on providing financial statement audit and advisory services to a number of clients in the Atlantic region – focusing on primarily those with a governance board or function. Veronica has always been actively involved in the community, and since relocating to Halifax, was the previous Treasurer for Make A Wish (Atlantic Provinces) and joined the Board of DASC in March, 2020 in addition to a number of other volunteer and community activities over the years. 

Keisha Wright 

- Board Member at Large
Keisha completed both her undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts) and law degree at Dalhousie University. In 2018, Keisha began working at Stewart McKelvey where she is now an associate in their corporate group. She has an active general corporate practice with a particular interest in mergers and acquisitions, securities, and banking and finance.

Cora Lee Murrin

- Board Member at Large
Cora Lee has served organizations such as Micmac AAC, SEDMA, Skate Canada, Walk for the Cure, and the Square Roots food security program in Dartmouth East. She has sat on several host organizing committees for several national and international events in the city. Cora Lee worked in politics for six years, and currently works at MNP in Dartmouth.

Janissa Browne 

- Board Member at Large
Janissa is Branch Manager of RBC’s Waterside Centre Branch in Halifax. She is a life-long Girl Guider, and was the leader of the 2nd Halifax Sparks Unit. She is co-chair of the Southeastern Community Health board and sits on the council of chairs for Central zone. 

Christine Condran

- Board Member at Large
Christine’s brother John is a DASC program participant. She worked at the Royal Bank for 13 years, and then as a registered nurse. Christine worked at the Nova Scotia Hospital for more than 20 years, much of that serving an inpatient unit for Dual Diagnosis individuals with an intellectual disability.

Wade Keller 

- Board Member at Large
Wade joined the board of DASC in late 2020. He brings experience in media, government and business to the role. Wade is currently The Atlantic Regional Director of Corporate Affairs for Labatt Breweries of Canada. He has previously worked in the Nova Scotia Premier’s Office. Before that he spent many years with CTV-Atlantic, CBC, and Global television. Wade has served as a board member with Special Olympics Nova Scotia and the North End Halifax Business Improvement District.
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