Michelle Hébert Boyd

Michelle Hébert Boyd is a social worker and journalist who has lived and worked across Canada. For the past decade, she has worked in the the areas of community development, social policy, and social inclusion. She has written for newspapers and magazines in Canada and the U.S., and her work has aired on CBC radio. She currently works for the Canadian federal government, and is working on her first novel. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia,with her husband Andrew, and her children, Ainsley and Elliott.

  • Enriched by Catastrophe

    Social Work and Social Conflict after the Halifax Explosion

    By Michelle Hébert Boyd     January 2007

    When social workers arrived on the scene after the Halifax explosion it marked the beginning of the transition from a charity model of social welfare to a profession of trained and paid social workers. The newly arrived social workers had to practise their skills in the context of Halifax’s prevailing class structures, where, traditionally, well-off volunteers passed judgment on their poorer neighbours and great care was taken not to improve the conditions of people beyond their station in society. This work reflects on the lessons the profession of social work took from its work in rebuilding the lives of Haligonians and the lessons still to be learned from this experience.