Executive Director

Ashley joined the Coverdale team in 2015. Prior to that she worked in the Mental Health field in Toronto, ON and then in Halifax, NS in facilities supporting women experiencing homelessness and women transitioning from prison to the community. She holds a Diploma in Social Service Work from Seneca College as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies from Mount Saint Vincent University. Ashley has completed numerous trainings and certifications in the areas of Mental Health, Trauma Informed Practice and Counselling. She is involved in SSHRC funded research that is studying the causes and consequences of breaching court orders for women in the criminal justice system in Nova Scotia. In 2018 she took a brief hiatus from Coverdale to support the transformation of the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia to the new Access to Justice & Law Reform Institute of Nova Scotia. She returned to Coverdale to serve as Executive Director in February 2019.

Favourite Quote

"I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” -Audre Lorde


A volunteer Board of Directors, who lend their expertise and time to help Coverdale live its mission and achieve its goals, governs Coverdale. The Board is made up of representatives from the community, the Justice Department and the churches.

Rev. Dr. Ida Armstrong-Whitehouse (Chair)
Valerie MacDonald (Vice-Chair)
Brittany Sutherland (Secretary)
Kathy McKay (Past-Chair)
Janis Aiken 
Susan Ashford 
Maha Raghavan 
Carbo Kwan 
Anna Sodofsky 
Ashley L. Avery
Angela Simmonds
Angelina Simmonds
Brenda Matheson


(902) 422-6417


6169 Quinpool Rd Suite 203

 Halifax, NS

B3L 4P8 

We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

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