Our Team

Genevieve MacRae (she/her)

Acting Executive Director

Genevieve MacRae jumped into the role of Acting Executive Director at The Ville Cooperative in January 2021 and in June accepted the position on a permanent basis.  Her relationship with The Ville started many years previous, very shortly after it came into existence.  She moved her private music studio into the building at 241 Canada Street in 2015 and after a few years of interacting with the staff, attending events, and generally being interested, she joined the board of directors in late 2019.


With an extensive background in non-profit organizations, Genevieve knows what’s involved in keeping one alive.  She has sat on several boards and volunteer committees over the years including Envirothon NB, The Canadian Forestry Association of NB, the Tay Creek Folk Festival, the Taymouth Community Association and the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival.  Her non-profit work experience includes Ducks Unlimited Canada, INFOR Inc. and The Canadian Forestry Association of NB in a variety of roles.


Genevieve is excited and honoured to be the Executive Director of The Ville and looks forward to providing stability and guidance as we all Learn. Share. Grow. together



Shelby Ward (she/her)

Administrative Manager

Shelby joined the Ville as the Administrative Manager in March 2021. Shelby works behind the scenes to ensure the rest of the staff have the support they need to work efficiently.  Shelby loves to contribute to organizations that speak to her interests, such as art, nature and her community, and has in the past worked with organizations such as the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, and Ducks Unlimited.

When not working Shelby enjoys dabbling with a variety of artistic endeavours, birdwatching in the warmer months, or hanging around at home with her partner and pets.


Anita Newling (she/her)

iGenNB Project Coordinator

Anita joined the iGen team at The Ville as project coordinator in February 2021. Originally from the UK Anita moved to Fredericton in 2001 with her husband and daughter. They thought they’d be here 3 years but find themselves still here, with another daughter and Canadian citizenship. They heard this happens a lot. 


Anita is a paediatric nurse, educator and joined the not-for-profit world in 2018 when she became the Atlantic regional manager for Best Buddies Canada. 


Anita’s family are very active in the arts. They can be found in bands and on stages around the city and music and theatre are very important to them all. 


Anita has followed the work of The Ville since its inception and is very excited to now be part of the team. 


Olubukola Abiola (she/her)

iGenNB Project Manager

Olubukola moved with her family to Fredericton NB in August 2019, originally from Nigeria. She obtained her master's of Engineering in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of New Brunswick in 2020 and joined The Ville Cooperative as the Project Manager of the IGenNB project in March 2021


Bukola as she is popularly called has a vast background in information technology, having worked as an IT consultant for more than a decade, she is also an entrepreneur having founded a couple of startups within and outside Canada. With a passion for technology, business strategy, project management, consulting and community development, she currently volunteers as a mentor to the BBA students of UNB. Bukola believes in making the world a better place! 


Kate Smith (she/her) 
After School Camp Coordinator

Kate is a camp coordinator at the Ville's After School program and has recently graduated from Saint Thomas University with a double major in psychology and criminology.

“I have been a part of the Ville's After School team for close to a year now. The Ville's After School program has given me the opportunity to work with many great kids. My goal for working in the program is that the kids learn lots and make many positive memories like I did when I attended elementary school here at their age.”



      Chloé Michaud (She/her)
Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator

Chloé joined our team at The Ville in May 2021. She is presently in the process of completing her degree in Recreation and Sports Studies at the University of New Brunswick. She is passionate about bringing programs at the Ville that will enhance the health and wellness of the community.


Cora Woolsey (she/her/hers)
Learning Lab

Cora received her PhD in archaeology in 2018 and began working with the Ville as a UNB postdoctoral fellow in 2020 to help develop the Learning Lab's courses and resources. She is also a competitive boxer, a musician, and the founder of ArchaeoSoft. She takes every opportunity to bake and share what she makes!



Ashley MacDonald (she/her)
Camp Leader

Ashley MacDonald is a recent graduate from Saint Thomas University with a double major in Psychology and Anthropology.


One of the many reasons why Ashley loves working at The Ville in the After School program is working with the children. She loves how much fun she has with the team while learning so much from the kids and about life itself! Ashley has a huge soft spot for the environment and animals, and her hobbies outside of work include travelling, camping, spending time with friends and family and learning about/researching major world issues.


Rodrigo Banegas (he/him)

             Community Programs Coordinator

Rodrigo joined The Ville's team in 2019 as a student intern. During the summer of 2020, he helped coordinate the Agriculture department. He is now developing projects and writing grants for community initiatives. Rodrigo has a passion for learning, helping and protecting wildlife habitats.


Dana Hartt (he/him)
Agriculture Coordinator

Dana earned his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in 2015 and is presently earning a Diploma of Applied Permaculture through the Permaculture Association of Great Britain. To the Ville, he brings several years of home gardening experience as well as experience with various sustainability-themed workshops. Dana is excited to contribute to the vision of the Ville.