OUR TEAM

Executive Committee

Co-Founder

Cara Chisholm

Cara Chisholm, or “mom” to her two beautiful children, is the Co-Founder of We Are Young and grew up on beautiful Cape Breton Island where she met her husband, Lyndon. With a desire to help people and a thirst for knowledge, she graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition before moving to Halifax. With her drive to help others, and passion to work with seniors, she continued her studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in Gerontology. She loves that she gets to follow her passions every day in a city that has welcomed her with open arms and has given her the motivation to follow her dreams.
Cara has always loved the thrill of a good adventure and her WAY wish is to drive an exotic car around a race track as fast as she can go!

Co-Founder

Katie Mahoney

Katie Mahoney is a Dalhousie graduate with a degree in Marine Biology and Sustainability. Although being a Marine Biologist was a childhood dream, her love and passion for the elderly led her down her current path as the Co-Founder of We Are Young. Through life experiences, Katie has learned how valuable and inspiring our oldest generation is. WAY has given her the opportunity to showcase this within her community and has allowed her to give back to our seniors. For her, the positive impact of this organization is indescribable and truly rewarding.
Katie’s WAY wish, for many years, has been to travel to Antarctica and spend several days playing in its’ ocean. She is hopeful that the leopard seals and orcas will accept her as their friends and not their next meal!

Wish Committee Director

Taylor McMaster

Taylor McMaster is a member of WAY’s Wish Committee. After graduating from Saint Francis Xavier University with a degree in business, she has taken her passion for marketing, tied with her entrepreneurial spirit, to start her own business— DOT & Co. Her passion for helping elders comes from her close-knit relationship with her grandmother, Dorothy, who had a zest for life— from travelling to education, she believed everyone should live their lives to the fullest. WAY has allowed Taylor to give back to the community in a way that feels close to the heart.
Taylor’s wish is to swim (float) in the Dead Sea and to see an Elephant!

Board of Directors

Tony Coffey

President

Tony Coffey is a Financial Advisor with 30 years of experience in the financial service industry. He has been married to his incredible wife, Tausha, for over 20 years and has two wonderful children. Tony became involved with We Are Young because he wanted to help inspire younger generations to reconnect with their elders. Tony serves as President of the Board, with oversight and fundraising as his primary objectives. If you can’t find Tony in the office, or volunteering with WAY, you can find him out on the golf course spending quality time with family and friends.

Tony’s WAY wish would be to visit the pyramids in Egypt as he has always had a fascination with history and Egyptian culture.

Ashley Harnish

Vice President

Ashley Harnish is the Manager of Primary Health Care for the Nova Scotia Health Authority and is the mom of two. Ashley became involved with WAY because she has always had such respect and admiration for our elders. Ashley serves as Vice President of the Board and provides policy development, strategic planning, and passion for providing exceptional customer service for those who WAY engages with. She has an undergraduate degree in Science, Psychology, and a masters in Occupational Therapy. She wanted to go to school for something that would provide her with the skills to be able to help seniors, specifically those with cognitive deficits like Dementia. While her career focus has changed in recent years, she is so thankful for the time she had working in geriatric rehabilitation, palliative care and in Dementia care. WAY allows her the space to be able to fulfil her passion for honoring our seniors and giving back. The WAY team continues to inspire her to want to give more and do more for her community.

Ashley’s WAY wish would be to ride in a hot air balloon.

Alyssa Kelly

Director

Alyssa Kelly was born and raised in Halifax where she attended Saint Mary’s University and graduated with a Finance degree and Human Resources. Alyssa was interested in becoming part of the WAY team because of her grandmother, who happens to always be in the know on pop culture, social media, and staying up-to-date with her grandchildren. Her grandmother is the funniest person she knows and she loves what WAY does for seniors like her. Alyssa serves as Secretary of the Board and, in addition, has worked at the Bank of Montreal for 12 years with a large number of senior clients whom she has made many connections with and enjoys very dearly. Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and traveling.

Alyssa’s WAY wish is to go hiking in the Hollywood hills or to visit Machu Picchu.

Kayla O’Hearn

Director

Kayla O’Hearn completed her Master of Social Work degree at Dalhousie University in 2019. Most of her experience is supporting marginalized and at-risk families in various communities across HRM, but she recently transitioned to hospital social work, where she works in the ICUs and with the Cystic Fibrosis clinic. When not working, Kayla loves spending time at the beach with her puppy and socializing with friends and family. She decided to become a member of WAY because she recognizes the impact aging can have on elders in our community and she feels that WAY works to provide equal opportunity and break down the stereotype that age determines ability.

While Kayla’s bucket list is long, her WAY wish is to attend the Calgary stampede!

Senior Advisors

Senior Advisor

Pauline Harper

Pauline Harper was born on beautiful Prince Edward Island and, after finishing her schooling in Halifax, became a stay at home mom for many years before working as an Office Manager at Fairview Villa Nursing Home where she worked for 20 years. Pauline became involved with WAY because she admires the WAY Team and their willingness to want to help her generation. She appreciates the time they invest despite the busy world we live in. Pauline acts as a Senior Advisor for WAY and inspires the WAY team to do its best work. She is kind, giving, and incredibly proud of her family and grandchildren.

Pauline’s WAY wish is to visit Paris.