Executive Members

Crystal John, BSW 

Crystal John is a Social Worker with a passion for community development. Crystal currently works as Executive Director of the Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre. Crystal is an advocate for women’s empowerment and works as a volunteer doula, supporting women in their childbirth choices. Crystal has been a member of the ABSW since September 2010. Crystal graduated from Dalhousie University School of Social work with a Bachelor of Social Work and is currently completing her Masters of Social Work. Crystal currently sits on the board for Veith House and the Halifax Church of Christ. Crystal became the President of ABSW in June 2017.

Vice President 
Rajean Willis, BSW, MSW
Rajean is a Clinical Social Worker with Correctional Services Canada, Community Mental Health Services. She also works casually with the Nova Scotia Health Authority Mental Health and Addictions Services. Rajean’s areas of specialization and interest include working across the age spectrum – youth, adults, and elders with Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Gambling, Violence, Cultural Sensitivity and Afrocentrism, Community Engagement and Development and Grief & Loss.

Past President 
Veronica Marsman, BSW, MSW

Veronica was the President of ABSW for the past eight years.  As President, Veronica was instrumental in securing funding for our first full-time staff as well as securing office space for ABSW at the Akoma Family Centre.  Veronica provided daily support to the ABSW Outreach Social Worker and the Social Worker hired to work on initiatives funded from grants.  Veronica’s goal for ABSW remains to have another chapter in Canada and to have all Black Social Workers in the province recognize the value of the organization and support the work that is being conducted.

Vivian Dixon, BSW, MSW (Candidate)
Vivian is currently employed as the Workplace Diversity Coordinator with the Women Unlimited Association – a not-for-profit women’s organization that promotes the full participation of women in trades and technology by addressing the systemic barriers that limit the participation of diverse women in these fields.  Vivian has a strong passion for social justice, working with women and youth in areas of mental health and family therapy.  Vivian is an active volunteer, community & church member sitting on several boards and committees; she recently accepted the position as Treasurer with the ABSW.