Christine Saulnier, Director

Christine Saulnier

Christine Saulnier is the Nova Scotia Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA-NS).  She serves as coordinator of CCPA-NS’ signature publication, the Alternative Provincial Budget. She is co-author of Working for a Living, Not Living for Work: A living wage for Halifax and Antigonish.

Dr. Saulnier is Acadian and grew up in rural New Brunswick. She moved back to the Maritimes in 2003 after completing her doctorate in Political Science at York University.

Previous to this position, she served as Senior Researcher and Research Manager at the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health.

You can read her reports here and her staff profile in the November/December 2020 issue of the Monitor here.

Photo credit: Trevor Beckerson, Foundary Photography

Dr. Mary Jean Hande, Senior Researcher

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Mary Jean Hande (she/her) is a community-engaged researcher and activist who has been studying care work and care policy in the context of globalization and social transformation for more than 10 years. She completed a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development at the University of Toronto and has engaged in community organizing work around healthcare, housing, migrant justice and precarious work for many years.

Her recent and ongoing policy research projects focus on aging, immigration, precarious work, and continuing care systems through her affiliation with the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging at Mount Saint Vincent University. She also leads a SSHRC Insight Development Grant exploring the policy landscape and experiences of (im)migrant home care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Her writing has been published in Canadian DimensionImpact EthicsThe Gerontologist, and Antipode. You can read more about Dr. Hande's work here.

Lauren Matheson, Community Development and Outreach Officer

Headshot of Lauren MathesonLauren Matheson (she/they) joined the CCPA Nova Scotia office in February 2021. Lauren is responsible for fundraising programming, media relations support and day-to-day management of the CCPA-NS office. They hold a Bachelor of Social Work from Dalhousie University and Bachelor of Arts in medical Anthropology from McGill University. Lauren has a background in family home support services, perinatal health research, community birth support, immigration integration research. Lauren is a longstanding board member of Wellness Within, a health equity non-profit that supports individuals who experience criminalization and are pregnant or parenting young children. Contact: [email protected].

Photo Credit: Mo Phùng, Mo Phùng Photography