About Us


Tim Olive

The Dartmouth Housing Society began over forty years ago when community members and the local Dartmouth City Council acknowledged the need for a local organization to take a more active role in the provision of affordable housing in Dartmouth. That significant decision has led, forty years later, to our nonprofit group providing over one hundred affordable housing units and growing in Dartmouth. Over the years we have been privileged to have volunteer board members who brought to the organization a commitment and vision that continues today to nurture the operations of Dartmouth Housing.

As we move forward with rejuvenated government adopted policies, that encourage the development and funding of affordable housing through the non-profit sector in this region, the role of Dartmouth Housing has reemerged as a substantial player in the provision of affordable housing.

Our commitment to the those working families in need of affordable housing has not wavered over the years and with this major acknowledgment by society to support our young families Dartmouth Housing is well positioned to continue our role in supplying this need for affordable housing.

Meet Our Staff

Nick Russell CPM® ARM®


Nick has led our organization since 2014 and has been managing residential properties since 2009. He has his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from St. FX, Certified Property Management (CPM) and Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) designation from the Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC) and completed several Certificates from the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Nick currently serves on the Nova Scotia Association of Architects Council, REIC Nova Scotia Chapter Board and Dartmouth General Charity Golf Tournament Committee. He enjoys spending his spare time with his wife and young children when not at the hockey rink or golf course.

Carrie Chiasson ARM®

Director – Operations & Programming

Carrie has been part of the team since 2016. Having not worked in the Property Management world prior to Dartmouth Housing, her priority was building relationships with the tenants and the Dartmouth Housing team. Carrie has her Executive Administrative Diploma from Eastern College. More recently, she has received her Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) designation from Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC) and is working towards the Certified Property Management (CPM) designation as well as several certificates through Urban Land Institute. Carrie is currently a Board Member of Stepping Stone NS. In her free time, you can find her at the gym, walking her fur babies or enjoying time home with her family.

Kirby Powell

Manager – Maintenance

Peggy MacDonald

Manager – Accounting