Meet The NovelTEAM

Vonda Hazzard
Owner & Operator 
Hello! I'm so excited you're here and actually interested enough to read all about us. I spent the first half of my career as a clergy member and after 20 years serving the church I was ready for a career change. Serving our community in this new way has been such a wild journey! I have a deep love of coffee, fancy drinks and cozy cafes. I love that NovelTea feels like a second home and even an extended family to many people in Truro. I'm naturally introverted so meaningful relationships and quality time with friends is very important to me. In my down time a walk in the woods with my daughter and dog which helps to keep my mental health on track (often while listening to a true crime podcast). Family trips with my husband Keith, daughter Taylor, son Nathan, and daughter-in-law Mariah at a Maritime AirBnb, while discovering other cozy cafes is my dream vacation! I'd choose a local trip with my little family over an exotic vacation any day.

Cheryl Wiebe
Bakery Manager
Hello my name is Cheryl. Since moving to Nova Scotia, I have enjoyed day trips all over this beautiful province. Beaches and country roads are definitely included in my favorite trips.
When I'm not touring, cooking, baking, or watching my favorite T.V. series, you will find me spending time with friends, gardening, or walking. Trips to visit my family and friends out west are definitely highlights as well.
In addition to working in business and childcare, I've spent years catering and cooking for camps in Northern B.C.
I have been working at NovelTea since March 2018 as the bakery manager. I love my job and enjoy working with the NovelTeam to provide delicious drinks and treats for our awesome customers. My personal favorites are NovelTea's dark roast drip coffee and Americanos - black, biscuit sandwiches and sticky buns. Fun fact: sticky buns are my Mom's recipe from my childhood!
Sandra Babineau
Assistant Manager, Chief Happiness Officer

Hey! My name is Sandra and I am the CHO (chief happiness officer) at NovelTea! I’ve been with this fantastic team for almost 2 years. 

I enjoy quiet, simple things. I love gardening in the summer, tending to my yard full of perennials and caring for my many house plants throughout the year. I love all animals and pretty much any other living thing. I practice yoga daily, meditate and enjoy learning about new healthy ways to help my mind and body live its best life!

I’ve been happily married for almost 12 years and we have two amazing boys Tyler and Jordan. My husband Brad and I enjoy our daily walks together and he often joins me for yoga. He’s my best friend and we do most everything together.

If you stop in to NovelTea you’ll likely see me buzzing around doing many little jobs, like we all do, but my heart is happiest when I’m making delicious drinks for all of our amazing customers, many of whom I’ve formed friendships with. If it wasn’t for all of you I wouldn’t be lucky enough to have the career I love today.


Kevin Fifield
Assistant Manager, Coffee Extraordinaire

Hello, I'm Kevin: Family man. Nature lover. Coffee fan.

I have been enjoying the craft of making great coffee based drinks since 2018 (although I loved coffee before that).

I spend much of my time in the company of my wife, children and grandchildren, and my 2 dogs - preferably outside in or near the forest. My favorite drink is 2 shots of espresso, straight up!



Rebecca LaPointe
Strategic Planning & Marketing Manager

Hello my name is Rebecca and I am the Strategic Planning and Marketing Manager at NovelTea. 

I love music, daily yoga, going for walks with Flicker, my Havenese puppy, spending time with my husband and 2 boys, and coming up with new and exciting ideas for NovelTea!

I feel so fortunate to be working with Vonda, one of the most amazing business owners I have ever met. As marketing, social media, organization and business are 4 of my favorite things, I wake up each morning looking forward to going to work and doing what I love.