S. Joan O’Keefe, BA, MA
Sister Joan O’Keefe was elected Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity-Halifax in July 2014 and in that role also serves as Chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University. Originally from Boston, MA, Sister Joan has lived in Nova Scotia since she first became a Sister in 1965. She earned a BA from the Mount in 1969, an MA in teaching from Saint Francis Xavier and a certificate from the Maritime School of Social Work.
A strong supporter of young families, particularly single parent families, Sister Joan is a certified and practicing doula and served as coordinator of the Spryfield Single Parent Centre, where she was also instrumental in establishing a volunteer doula program.