Bethany Scott is a Project Manager at Lichen Consulting, providing practical solutions-focused engagement to support clients to achieve their goals. Her work is grounded in service-oriented community development with keen contextual and political awareness. Bethany is skilled in working collaboratively with diverse groups to achieve mutually-beneficial and strategic outcomes. She enjoys creating a welcoming, supportive environment for colleagues and clients, where the magic of bringing people together can create change, big or small.
Born and raised in New Brunswick, Bethany spent a decade on the west coast of Canada, before calling Nunavut home. As the former Assistant Director of Social Policy at the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA), Bethany led a team of three program managers and 12 program coordinators to deliver social and cultural programming to Inuit in the 13 Qikiqtani communities and across Canada. Bethany was an architect for the growth and reorganization of the department. She implemented structural change and set in motion a department-wide monitoring and evaluation program that will enable QIA to share and amplify the story of their impact.
With over a decade of leadership experience in policy and programming, Bethany made significant contributions to QIA legacy projects such as the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, social and cultural programming (Benefits Fund program, Saimaqatigiingniq program, Grants & Contributions programs), community-based socio-economic research, and COVID-19 emergency program delivery. She also spent many years leading QIA’s work to publish Inuktitut language resources for early readers.
Bethany has an MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University and a BA in Global Studies and Anthropology from Vancouver Island University. Bethany is an active community member, and has served on several boards of directors for organizations working in the areas of politics, housing, and community development. She was a founding member of Out on Campus (Vancouver Island University) and the Akulirmiut Nonprofit Housing Society (formerly known as the Iqaluit Action Lab). She was long-time member and past-treasurer Iqaluit Condo Corporation 5, past-president Hillside Housing Co-op, past-president of local electoral district association, and was a member of the City of Iqaluit Community Economic Development Committee.
True to her roots, Bethany has personal interest and knowledge of historical and contemporary issues of the Maritime provinces. She enjoys any gathering that involves the kitchen, making music, any tidal body of water, or her faithful rescue dog Pablo.
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