For yet another summer, the Diocese (under the skillful leadership of our Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator, Allie Colp) will be running the much-loved Community Roots program.   

Community Roots has an incredible summer lined up, with day camps happening in SIX communities throughout the diocese! The Community Roots Day Camp Program is designed to do two things: first, to encourage young people to grow in their faith, or to learn about Christianity for the first time, and second, to develop leadership capacity in communities so that meaningful, local ministry can continue to happen there for children and youth. A staff team of Program Architects and a Program Leader will develop and help facilitate a fun, engaging, and creative camp program. They will travel throughout the diocese, bringing all of the supplies needed for a week of camp with them. This ministry is overseen by the Youth and Family Ministry Vision Strategy and Support Team (YFM VSST).   

We are happy to introduce this summer’s Community Roots staff: 

Hilary Richardson
Program Administrator

I’m Hilary! I am so excited to be a part of Community Roots Day Camp again this summer for the third time! I love this program so much (I guess that’s why I keep coming back!) and I am so glad to see it back in action after two years due to the pandemic. This year I’m the program administrator. I’m from Herring Cove, Nova Scotia and belong to the Parish of Falkland. My favourite pastimes include hanging out with my husband and our pets (our cat, Malachi and our dog, Finnley), kayaking wherever I can find a place to put my boat in the water, and spending time at our cottage on the South Shore. I’m so thrilled to be spending my summer doing all of my favourite things, including working with Community Roots.   

Currently, I am a Master’s student at Dalhousie University studying health promotion, researching how young women and girls can use baking as a way to improve their body image, relationship with food, and overall health and wellbeing. I’m really excited to put into practice the many things I’ve learned in my health promotion education in my work in the Diocese, focusing on equity and inclusion, social justice, and other key determinants of health that can influence campers’ experiences while attending Community Roots Day Camp. 

Sophie Ashton
Program Architect

My name is Sophie and I am looking forward to working as a Program Architect for Community Roots this summer! I am from Halifax and in the fall, will be entering my second year of studying English at Acadia University. I have a passion for community, reading and writing, the outdoors, and faith. I am excited for the opportunity to work with children and parishes to encourage faith formation. I love learning about and interacting with other faith communities; the experiences I have had doing camps with other children and youth have been incredibly meaningful. Because of this, I am very excited for this position and for a great summer!  

Emma Fyfe
Program Architect

My name is Emma Fyfe, and I am one of the Program Architects for the Community Roots program this summer. I am studying psychology at Dalhousie, and after this summer will be entering my third year. I am so excited for the opportunity to make a positive impact on young people in parishes across Nova Scotia and PEI, and to help encourage local youth ministry to thrive. Camp is a great way for children to be immersed in faith and begin to grow as individuals. I am looking forward to a summer filled with planning fun activities and creating meaningful memories!