Who We Are

Who We Are

Horizons Management

Cari Patterson

Cari Patterson (Director)

Cari has a Masters Degree in Community Psychology. Her training in community-based research has enabled her to work with community groups on a range of projects, including needs/resources assessments, program design, program evaluation, and organizing for social change from an experience-based perspective. Cari has worked in the area of child and youth health, sexual and reproductive health, preventing violence against women, promoting mental health, and advocacy work, particularly for youth and people in marginalized groups. She has a special interest in rural community development.

Her passion for community development began with her love of community and her deep respect for the journeys communities share in their efforts to make their worlds healthy and strong. The heart of her formal training began in Nova Scotia, and has continued through twenty years of community development work in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Alberta, and Nova Scotia. Cari has a strong respect for the diverse perspectives people bring to the table, and an ability to validate and work with differing interests and needs.

Cari is a Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society, and an active member of the Nova Scotia Chapter. She has served as Secretary General of the International Association for Community Development, and as the first President of the Board of the Health Promotion Clearinghouse in Nova Scotia. In 2015 she was awarded Acadia University Department of Community Developmentā€™s inaugural Community Leadership Award.