Our Board of Directors

We recently elected a new Board of Directors! Please stay tuned while we tell you all about them 🙂


Our Staff



                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 QTPOC community and support systems within Halifax.

You can reach them at volunteer@southhousehalifax.ca.

           Frank Heimpel & Kate Macdonald

           Outreach and Education Coordinators


Kate Macdonald was born and raised in Halifax, NS. She has always been involved in the arts since a very young age. She studied Performance Acting at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON. But moved back when she was offered a role on CBC’s Studio Black! She has stayed in Halifax, NS and continued to be involved in the arts scene. At the end of 2016 and with the election of Donald Trump she knew her reaction had to be radical. Out of this desire for making change she Founded and Co Created The Magic Project alongside Emma Paulson. This project has sparked a desire to make radical change. She hopes to continue hosting workshops, community discussions and empowering youth and community with honest conversation. Additionally she works at IMOVe as a Youth Programmer and Facilitator. She also does freelance facilitation and programming for non for profit organizations in multiple cities across Canada. Kate would like to thank everyone who has supported her journey and looks forward to to learning and growing in her new position at South House.

You can reach Kate at info@southhousehalifax.ca.


Frank Heimpel is a white, queer, disabled, gender weird, non binary, settler who spends their days screaming about injustice, facilitating workshops, and bbqing. They are an Outreach and Education Coordinator at South House, where they offer peer support, create workshops and resources, and try to arrange the safer sex supplies in a way that makes them look ~cool and hip~. They have a background in anti-violence education, community development, youth engagement, and being a certified cool guy. Swing by SoHo if you want to chat with Frank about anti oppression, consent, gender, astrology, patrick swayze’s hair, or anything else you think is interesting/amazing/infuriating.


You can reach Frank at outreach@southhousehalifax.ca.