About

About Us

Nestled in the North End Halifax Since 1960, Mulgrave Park is a vibrant community with a rich heritage and powerful and valuable community connections and pride.  

The Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre is a Family Resource Centre devoted to providing safe, supportive and friendly service to our community members with a focus on strengthening families and uplifting the community. 

meet

Our Staff

AJ Simmonds

Executive Director

AJ is from North Preston and currently resides in Dartmouth.  He is the proud father of Amari Antonio and Adonis Adre. AJ is an advocate, facilitator, consultant, and community mobilizer.  He believes goals, commitment and hard work can create opportunities and lifelong learning.  As an Alumni of Acadia University, with a Sociology degree, he understands the importance of having genuine human regard for all people and leads by example, with integrity.

As a Program Coordinator and Community Outreach Advisor he knows the significance of building trust and creating positive relationships. Community led initiatives, working with stakeholders, establishing partnerships are key aspects for success. AJ has been able to combine his work and lived experience to address systemic barriers and keep institutions accountable to ensure positive outcomes for communities and people.

Now as the Executive Director of the Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre. AJ is extremely excited to be part of the team.  This is an opportunity to grow, learn and empower staff and community through a grassroots approach, ultimately enhancing the work and service delivery. AJ recognizes the importance of utilizing the voice, history and lived experiences of the community through collaboration is the path forward to help rebuild and rebrand the centre.

Tanika Bundy

Program Coordinator

My name is Tanika Bundy, and I am the new Program Coordinator for Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre. I am a single Mother who is raising my family in the community, so the Caring and Learning Centre’s success is very important to me. Since I’ve been old enough to work, I’ve always worked with children, and I really love it. The last 5 years I have spent working with some amazing students at St Josephs Alexander McKay (SJAM) in roles from lunch monitor to Educational Program Assistant and Early Childhood Educator. These roles have allowed me to gain wonderful relationships with many children and their families. I am very excited to be working in the community and look forward to creating programming that benefit our families and community as a whole. 

Shannon Rafuse

Parenting Journey Coordinator

I am returning to the Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Center after doing my counseling/ human services student placement here 4 years ago. At that time I got to learn more about the community and was so happy when a Parenting Journey Home Visitor position became available this past February. I knew then I needed to return. I worked after my placement in the north end at Veith house in the supervised access and exchange program.  As well as at open arms in uniake square as program coordinator. Then I moved into a Parenting Journey position in Dartmouth.  From the start I knew that Parenting Journey was the place for me. My passion for helping families has grown and I truly love helping families meet their goals. 

Knowing the struggles that parents can have sometimes helps me be able to help other families. I am a mom to one son. Parenting sometimes can be a struggle which I can understand first hand. All parents struggle in some way shape or form at some point during their parenting journey so I am so happy to have this opportunity to be a support in the community. 

Parenting Journey is a support program that helps families navigate systems like child protection, supports families with child behaviours, and attends appointments with families with other professionals and so much more. As a parent sometimes it can be tough to call people for support so I meet parents where they are at. If you ever have any questions about the program please call (902) 225-8033.

Sonnobia Williams–Pelley

Student

Hi there, I am a social work student from Dalhousie University. I am a passionate supporter of community action and advocacy, and I have seen no shortage of that here in MGP.

As a child I grew up with a very loving foster family. I have had the opportunity to know what growing up in care should be. I was also given the chance to witness a variety of cultures that let me see the similarity of all people and the beauty of difference. However, I know that my experience is not the norm for everyone. As a social work student, I seek to help build community that reflects the community.

Summer Camp Staff

The Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre recruits Youth from this community as well as students from our local universities, to spend their summers working with our summer camps. All of our youth workers are passionate about working with children and dedicated to giving them the best summer ever!

Summer Camp Staff and Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre

From Left: J’Rysse, Armon, Vanessa, and Tia with three of our campers