4-H Ontario

Meet the Staff

 


Lisa de Kleer  Chelsea is the new Communications Assistant at 4-H Ontario. A recent English graduate from Queen’s University, Chelsea is excited to gain experience working for an organization she is passionate about. Through various student jobs and co-ops, she has developed a love for marketing and design, and she is a freelance photographer on the side. Chelsea is looking forward to applying what she has learned over the past few years to her new role with 4-H.

Chelsea Pope
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What you love most about the 4-H program?

As a former member of many clubs and current leader of my local horse club, I have had the opportunity to experience first-hand the benefits of being in 4-H. I love that 4-H gives shy kids the confidence to come out of their shells and become leaders in their clubs and communities.

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

I love spending time with my horse, whether I am riding or just hanging out at the barn. I also enjoy photography and web development, and—when I can find the time—travel.

What is your favourite quote?

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.”

Lisa de Kleer  Danette is a 4-H alumni and lives in the Peel 4-H area. Danette brings with her a wealth of experience in administration with specific knowledge from various employment and volunteer roles on a variety of agriculture and community boards of directors. Read on to learn more about Danette.

Danette Woodworth
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What you love most about the 4-H program?

4-H provides such a tremendous learning experience for youth. The variety of clubs offered is amazing – there is something for everyone! There are also many fantastic opportunities for the youth to participate, learn and grow. I have witnessed the changes in children as they move through the 4-H program and gain skills, confidence and amazing resources to pull from later in life.

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

I love spending time with family, and especially my three grandchildren who are always full of energy! I enjoy shopping, travelling (especially cruising) and going to spin class! Volunteering has been a significant part of my life, and I have enjoyed working with many organizations including the local fair, plowing match, church, and 4-H. 4-H played an important role in my life growing up and I am proud to be a 4-H Alumni!

What is your favourite quote?

“Always do your best! What you plant now, you will harvest later.” Og Mandino

 Sara is the Event Coordinator at 4-H Ontario. Her enthusiasm, eagerness to learn and passion for creating quality events is what makes Sara a great addition to the 4-H team. Sara is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Recreation and Sport Business program with experience in planning professional development and community outreach events. Read on to learn more about Sara.

Sara Harper
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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I love the long history 4-H has and its focus on youth development. 4-H programs are able to give youth lifeskills and opportunities they probably wouldn’t get anywhere else. And they do this through a diversity of clubs that provide something of interest for everyone. I look forward to helping contribute to these amazing programs.

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

I can be found doing anything active to creative or somewhere in between. I follow hockey and baseball (Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Blue Jays are my favourites). I love to bake, explore the outdoors, crochet and play board games. I hope to visit each province and territory in Canada so I can see my entire “backyard”.

What is your favourite quote?

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

Lisa de Kleer  Shannon Muir is 4-H Ontario's new Coordinator, Philanthropy. 

Shannon Muir
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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I am so inspired by the 4-H pledge and all that it stands for an encourages:  My HEAD to clearer thinking, My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service, My HEALTH to better living, For my club, my community and my country.   How wonderful to aim for a balanced life and have as a goal to be the best that you can be.

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

I love spending time outdoors – preferably near water, or on a chilly day curling up with a big book or a new movie.

What is your favourite quote?

"Optimism is true moral courage." - Ernest Shackleton
 

 

Sophie Wotten  Julia Gobran 4-H Ontario's Office Administrator. 

Julia Gobran
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What you love most about the 4-H program?

The thing that stands out to me is the motto “Learn to do by Doing”.  I’ve always loved the saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” And this is really what 4-H does as an organization. The program instills the tools and knowledge that one can take with them and apply to so many aspects of life.

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, travelling, playing sports, outdoor activities, reading and knitting.  

What is your favourite quote?

Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.

 

Lindsay Bebbington  Lindsay Bebbington has been an avid member of the 4-H community since she turned 10 and was finally allowed to join her first 4-H club. She attended Brock University studying Community Recreation and Leisure Studies and has held a variety of positions since graduation with the Toronto Blue Jays, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. It is with great excitement that she now works with her favourite organization helping bring the Sen$e programs to youth across Ontario.   

Lindsay Bebbington
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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I love how 4-H has grown to be so much more than raising animals and cooking in the kitchen – although I do love those clubs too! I would not have experienced nearly as much or met nearly as many amazing people growing up had it not been for 4-H. There really is something for everyone. 

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

When I am not working you are most likely to find me leading 4-H clubs, helping out at a local fair, or at some sort of sporting event. I love hanging out with my 4-H kids and cheering them on at the fairs, and I am an avid sports fan - Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs, New England Patriots and the Rochester Knighthawks being my four favourite teams. If you really can’t find me after checking all those locations I’m probably in a shoe store.  

What is your favourite quote?

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West


Luciana Brasil  Katherine Smart has been enjoying her role in fund development for almost 25 years and says she's had the greatest career journey. Katherine is privileged to have contributed to many noteworthy social profits, such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Heart & Stroke and the University of Guelph. Read on to learn more about Katherine.  

Katherine Smart
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What you love most about the 4-H program?

My son Samuel participated in the Paint Ball Club under John Drummond’s leadership. I believe in youth development and teaching servant leadership as a model to instill trust, which fosters better team relations, which is a recipe for lifelong success! I just celebrated my 2-year anniversary as Manager of Corporate Giving & Philanthropy and I have taken the next step to become a volunteer leading clubs in the heart of downtown Guelph. To give the gift of the 4-H experience to urban youth will be awe inspiring and so rewarding. Please give me a call if you would like to join our Guelph Leaders Volunteer Team. Wishing You 4-H Forever!

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

When I am not working, I am with my family. We love to work out together, whether at the YMCA, biking, skating or hiking. I have been a volunteer with the YMCA for many years and most recently became certified to teach Aqua Fit. Our family provides respite care for adults with disabilities with Christian Horizons and three years ago to teach our sons entrepreneurship, we opened a in-home dog boarding business. We love to help people and animals live out their true potential as it gives us great satisfaction and fulfillment. 

What is your favourite quote?

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”  Joshua 24:15


Evelyn Chambers Evelyn Chambers is the Senior Manager, Volunteer and Community Engagement. Her experience with volunteers and community engagement come from coordinating and leadership roles with the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, 4-H Ontario and volunteer involvement with numerous community organizations. Read on to learn more about Evelyn.

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

The 4-H Motto - Learn to Do by Doing and the opportunity it provides for everyone; members, volunteers, stakeholders to participate, to be involved and to learn.

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

I am a Licensed Lay Worship Leader with Kawartha Highlands Presbytery. I also enjoy reading, gardening and volunteering with a variety of organizations in my community.

What is your favourite quote?

Sir Winston Churchill, “ We make a living by what we do, we make a life by what we give.”


Dale Roberts Dale is 4-H Ontario's Manger of Finance. Dale has held various accounting positions throughout his career and is looking forward to bringing some of that experience to 4-H Ontario. He is currently pursuing a CGA designation. Read on to learn more about Dale.

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I love what 4-H represents. The commitment to youth development through the programs it offers, is amazing. It teaches valuable life-long skills and training that can be applied anywhere, in any situation.

When you aren't working, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy all types of sports. I especially enjoy watching my son play hockey.

What is your favourite quote?

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved” – William Jennings Bryan


Joanne McQueenJoanne McQueen is the Coordinator, Database for 4-H Ontario. Joanne worked in the sales and marketing field for several years before running her own successful home daycare business. She has a B.A. from McMaster University and a B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia, and in 2011, she became a certified dog trainer. As well, she's one of the founding members of the local chapter of the Parents for Children’s Mental Health Support Group. Read on to learn more about Joanne.

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I love that 4-H empowers kids and teaches them real-life skills that they will carry forward with them throughout their lifetime.

When you aren't working, what do you enjoy doing?

Gardening, word puzzles/games, dog training, photography, reading, traveling, hiking and, of course, spending time with my family.

What is your favourite quote?

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” (Greek Proverb)


Judy Hall is the Volunteer Support Coordinator for region 5 and 6. 


Ryan MetivierRyan Métivier is the Manager, Communications at 4-H Ontario. Previously he worked as a manager and editor for a local sports magazine and as assistant editor with Conestoga College’s alumni magazine. He also has experience in social media, journalism, website management and does some freelance writing in his spare time. Ryan is a graduate of broadcast-journalism from Seneca College in Toronto and public relations from Conestoga College. Read on to learn more about Ryan. 

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

It would have to be the focus on helping kids and youth develop into better people, citizens and leaders in their communities. The 4-H programs offer many different ways to do this no matter where your interest lies. I feel I often take on leadership roles and enjoy working in team environments both in work and my personal life, which is something I hope to share with 4-H members.

When you aren't working, what do you enjoy doing?

In my spare time you can usually find me watching, writing about or playing some kind of sport. In the fall on Sundays, I’m pretty much glued to the couch watching football. I played many sports growing up and currently play on hockey, volleyball and soccer teams. I also do my best to get to the gym on most days. Though I haven’t done too much of it, I have every intention of seeing the world. I’ve taken a course to teach English, and think it would be great to take a couple weeks and teach kids in another country one day.

What is your favourite quote?

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lombardi


Doris CurranDoris Curran is the Manager, Human Resouces at 4-H Ontario. Her experience in finances and human resources come from numerous administration and leadership roles with the Royal Bank of Canada, Symcor Services, ADP Payroll and EastGen. Read on to learn more about Doris. 

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

The dedication of the staff team and volunteers who help to ensure each member has the opportunity to participate in life skill and leadership programs that will help those members become strong, caring, developed leaders in their communities in the years to come. That we have so many volunteers, who take the time out of their busy lives, to lead the clubs, the learn to do by doing way. We could not achieve these results without them.

When you aren't working, what do you enjoy doing?

Gardening. I have six precious grandchildren who I most enjoy being with, and when we can, gardening is one of my favourite activities where we talk about what is a weed and why we are pulling that out of the garden. I like seeing things grow and produce, going for walks in the woods with them and discovering wild flowers, birds, bugs, and even grass snakes. I also enjoy reading, and when I get a chance I sit in a quiet spot and just read until the book is done. When indoors I like to cook and always have enjoyed cooking and experimenting with herbs.

What is your favourite quote?

I actually have two: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” George Bernard Shaw

 

Cam CrogieCam Crogie brings a wealth of 4-H knowledge and experience to our team. With a BSc and diploma in Agriculture, as well as being a beef farmer, Cam is well versed in the agricultural roots of 4-H. Cam’s experience volunteering for 4-H for the last 10 years, and in many other facets of his community, gives him a valuable perspective on how to serve 4-H Volunteers.

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I love the fact that 4-H has such a long history of impacting the lives of our Members and Volunteers. 4-H is the greatest experience ever.

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

My family and I have a small herd of purebred Shorthorns so a lot of time is spent farming. Otherwise I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my family.

What is your favourite quote?

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr


Andy McTaggartAndy McTaggart is the Manager, Programming. Andy plays a huge role in making all of 4-H Ontario's camps and conferences possible. His enthusiasm, belief in 4-H, and drive to see members and volunteers become the best they can is the reason he gets up in the morning excited to see where work will take him each day. Read on to learn more about Andy. 

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

The opportunities and life skills training that 4-H provides members with so that they can become the best they can be.

When you aren't working, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy watching and participating in sports, reading good books and just being outside.

What is your favourite quote?

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill


Debra Brown is the Executive Director of 4-H Ontario, previously holding the title of Senior Manager, Volunteer and Community Engagement. Debra has 15 years of experience working with volunteers and youth. She brings with an amazing skill set for volunteer and community engagement, as well as a passion for the 4-H program. Debra was a 4-H'r herself and she is grateful for her 4-H Club experiences and the development it gave her. Read on to learn more about Debra.

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I love that there are so many dedicated volunteers who have seen children grow up in 4-H and know how it shapes young people's lives, choices and character. I like to think that in some way I will be a part of that process.

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

I love being with my family - hiking, biking, playing board games. I also like baking, dancing and singing.

What is your favourite quote?

So many favourite quotes, but the one I try to teach my children is "Nurture your mind with great thoughts for you will never go any higher than you think." Benjamin Disrael

 

Elizabeth JohnstonElizabeth Johnston was recently hired as the Coordinator, Programming & Resources.  Elizabeth has a strong history with 4-H that is sure to help her in her new role writing and creating new Club project resources!  Read on to learn more about Elizabeth.

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

4-H is an amazing training ground not only for going on to be a part of other rural and agricultural organizations but for life in general. The skills I gained and friends I made while a 4-H Member have helped me to become what I am today.

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy volunteering in my community. I’m active with my local Agricultural Society, my church, commodity groups and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario. I also like being outdoors working on our farm, travelling to our cottage on the Bruce Peninsula and spending time my dogs.

What is your favourite quote?

“Obstacles are just challenges waiting to be overcome.”


Faith KirkFaith Kirk is the Coordinator, Volunteer Support - Region 4.  Faith's extensive experience and passion for working with volunteers is sure to benefit 4-H in Region 4. Read on to learn more about Faith.

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

The motto "Learn To Do By Doing".

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

My first love is singing. I donate my time and perform at various fundraising events. Spending time with family. Love spending time with my niece "Princess Smushieface" :) Chasing our cat Governor around. I also volunteer with a few organizations I hold close to my heart.

What is your favourite quote?

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about dancing in the rain.


Matt HillMatt Hill joined the 4-H Staff team in April 2011 as the Coordinator, Volunteer Support - Region 1 & First Nations Outreach. Matt is a kind and thoughtful person who's a fantastic addition to the 4-H family.  Read on to learn more about Matt.

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

Learn to Do By Doing is a strong motto and I believe in the vital programming that 4-H offers is contributing to stronger youth and communities! I also love the passion of all the Volunteers, Members and Staff!

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

I am a big family person, so any free time is usually dedicated to the family and enjoying a good laugh! I also enjoy traveling and attending concerts.

What is your favourite quote?

“Be the change that you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi


Megan BurnsideMegan Burnside joined the 4-H Staff team in February 2011, on a one-year contract covering a Maternity Leave. Megan is the Coordinator, Volunteer Support for Region 3. Before joining the Staff Team, Megan was a Council Director on the Ontario 4-H Council. She is an active Hastings 4-H Volunteer, and 4-H Ontario is happy to have her enthusiasm and experience on staff. Read on to learn more about Megan!

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I adore this program and my love for it has only grown with each new step that I have taken in my 4-H journey. Now, as a leader and a staff member, I get great joy out of watching the Members, Volunteers and Associations around me thrive in their own, very specific, very individualized manner. The benefits that this program offers to its family members are so grandiose that it is always amazing to see how different people and groups gain knowledge and grow in their own unique ways.

When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?

I spend my summer and fall months traveling around Ontario and Quebec to a few fairs, exhibiting my own beef cattle. I love to spend time at the farm and get outside for a walk with the Mr. Strauss (my 5-year-old Blab who still thinks he’s a puppy). I also love to cook and to bake and I decorate cakes as a hobby.

What is your favourite quote?

This was actually the one of the toughest questions for me! There are some amazing, wise people in the world who have said some amazing things. However, a current favourite is from none other than The Great One himself, “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.” - Wayne Gretzky