About Us


J.P. Collins

Dartmouth Non-Profit Housing Society (DH) has been providing affordable housing in HRM since 1982. With our long history in the community, DH enjoys many strong strategic relationships with government, related and other community organizations, and developers and others in the real estate and construction industries.

Our mission is to transform family lives by providing safe and affordable homes.
We offer our residents affordable housing to help them achieve the goal of self-sufficiency.

The Board has established an aggressive vision of growth for the next 5 years through both acquisition opportunities and new build development. The strategic plan includes expansion of our geographic footprint outside Dartmouth where needs exist.

J.P. is a semi-retired wealth advisor and, in the past, has served as President of the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth and President of the Nova Scotia Kiwanis Music Festival.

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