Cathy Deagle Gammon, Executive Director, Dartmouth Adult Services Centre

Cathy is a dedicated and passionate voice for adults with intellectual disabilities and for the transformative power of social enterprise. She has committed her life to improving the lives of others. Growing up in Cape Breton, time spent volunteering at a local institution would have a lasting impact. From managing a rural group home to running the largest urban, vocational day and employment program social enterprise in Nova Scotia, Cathy’s strengths lie in guiding her staff and volunteers towards a shared vision, while reshaping administrative structures and expectations. As Executive Director of the Dartmouth Adult Services Centre (DASC) for more than two decades, Cathy has led both the expansion of Centre services and increases in the number of participants served. In more recent years, Cathy has served as founding President of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia (SENNS). Under her guidance, SENNS developed a Social Enterprise Strategy that was adopted as the paradigm through which this and future governments will engage with the sector.

Session: DASC: How Mission Meets Business 

As a non-profit organization, DASC (Dartmouth Adult Service Centre) provides a variety of programs and services for persons with an intellectual disability and those with dual diagnosis.  The Mission of DASC, in association with our community, is to provide opportunities for adults with an intellectual disability and support them in realizing individual potential.  Social Enterprise is one way that we engage with our community through business. In this session we will take you on our journey of sustaining our social enterprises, closing one, starting a new business and investigating yet another new business.

Session: SENNS – Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia – Building Your Network

This session covers how “with great food, good company and like minds” the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia was formed and how the Sector Strategy and Government Framework for social enterprise was created in Nova Scotia. It’s like having a great dinner party, find the host, decide who to invite, what will you serve, know the allergies and intolerances, imagine what the dessert is – what makes the event a success.