Our Staff

The South House employs two coordinators as well as the international student assistant.


Jude Ashburn

Outreach Coordinator

Jude Ashburn has been working at the South House since January 2013. Originally from Montreal, Jude studied gender studies and Aboriginal justice studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. While studying gender and queer theory, Jude enjoyed working at Turning the Tide bookstore and being a support worker for folks who were navigating the medical industrial complex and mental health services delivery system.

As the Outreach Coordinator, Jude’s responsibilities include maintaining a social networking presence for the centre, interacting with the media, planning and coordinating the year’s events and campaigns, facilitating educational anti-oppression workshops, and building solidarity between the Soho and other community organizations. They’re the one to get in touch with for new projects!

Outside of the centre Jude can be found having passionate discussions about science fiction, feminist punk bands, and creative modes of self and collective care. They are currently on their way to steal your dog.

You can reach them by sending an email to outreach@southhousehalifax.ca

Carmella Farahbakhsh

Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator


Carmella Farahbakhsh has been working at South House since October 2014. As the Admin/Volunteer Coordinator, Carmella’s responsibilities include maintaining physical and digital records, and keeping track of day-to-day financial transactions, preparing audits for the Dalhousie Student Union with the Board Treasurer, recruiting volunteers and coordinating initial and ongoing volunteer training, planning collaborative projects and education that speaks to South House’s mandate in partnership with their coworker. They’re the one to get in touch with if you want to become a volunteer or have any questions about the center!

Outside of the South House, Carmella also has a rewarding position at Venus Envy. Carmella is very passionate about shame free sex education with a focus on affiriming gender(s) and desirability politics. They also collaborate to hold space with grassroots initiatives with an aim to create wider QPOC community and support systems within the HRM.

You can reach them at volunteer@southhousehalifax.ca.

International Student Assistant

The International Student’s role at the SoHo is serving as a connection between the international community at Dal and the South House, as well as working within the Halifax community on issues and events that concern international women, such as International Women’s Day. She also works at the International Centre on campus, which helps create a strong relationship between the two Centres and their communities. You can reach her at internationalstudent@southhousehalifax.ca

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