Previously serving as Director of the International Business and Entrepreneurship Centre at UNB and Chief Program Officer at Planet Hatch, Karen has lived in Marysville since the mid 1980’s.
She spent her formative years in a rural, economically depressed agricultural area and growing up on a small sized dairy farm in Northern New Brunswick; instilling a passion for individual development and an appreciation of sustainable entrepreneurship coupled with local initiatives in small scale entrepreneurship from within the local community.
She has since channeled that passion both professionally and as active member of the community, serving on many volunteer boards aimed at job creation, economic growth, and youth development.
Erica is the Administrative Manager and has been with the Ville Cooperative since January, 2020. Originally from Nackawic NB, Erica works with the rest of the team to manage programs and handle much of the behind-the-scenes work.
Using a multidisciplinary approachand drawing from her past professional and personal experiences, Erica works to foster an inclusive and welcoming work environment at the Ville.With a passion for community building, she motivates and encourages others to seek opportunity and develop new skills.
Erica is inspired daily by her daughter, and outside the Ville can be found playing softball or teaching kickboxing.
Casey Gaunce is a business graduate from the University of New Brunswick. She has been with the Ville since Summer 2018. She started as coordinator of the Ville's after school program and then moved into the role of program coordinator and then program manager. She has created The Ville's mini digital course called Sustineri which teaches entrepreneurs how to create passive income streams and has also partnered with other organizations to launch a pilot program called Qualified out of the Ville which helps individuals who may experience barriers of employment gain local experience and employment opportunities.
Casey is now working with the iGenNB team which is a Pilot and Research project funded by Healthy Seniors Pilot Project. This program will pair younger adults to live with older adults in effort to support more older adults who want to age in place. This pilot program will provide younger adults the opportunity to live for free in exchange for informal support. If you want to learn more about any of these programs please reach out to us!
Laura Ireland, our new Grant Writer, comes to us with a wealth of experience in not-for-profit organizations and animal therapy settings - supporting those with disabilities and past traumatic experiences. She has worked in the horse industry for over 20 years as management, competitor and administrative assistant. Laura has also served as research assistant for a Laurentian College study, examining the impact of therapeutic riding on Cortisol levels in both horse and rider.
Laura has been a lifelong advocate for others and adheres to a strong inclusive work ethic. She enjoys tackling tough problems and creating workable solutions, believing in the power of teamwork. She is looking forward to supporting and helping the team at The Ville to increase their role within the community.
Laura enjoys the great outdoors and can often be found canoeing, riding, gardening or exploring a new trail.
Human Resources Manager
Megan Hughson is our HR Manager. She started with The Ville in September 2020, and is excited to be contributing to a local community initiative and team. Megan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology as well as a HR Management Certificate from Saint Mary's University in 2014. In 2015 she moved to Fredericton where she worked as an HR Generalist, eventually specializing in engagement, coaching and development.
Megan enjoys spending time with her husband, schnauzer pup and in her downtime enjoys writing, swimming, playing the piano and traveling.
Agriculture Community Manager
Sabarah joins the Ville as the Agriculture Community Manager with a passion for local food security, urban green spaces and creating lasting community relationships. She decided to return to school after nearly 10 years of city living, and hasn't looked back since.
With both an Urban Forestry diploma and a BSc in Forestry, Sabarah explores opportunities to merge her love for urban trees and green infrastructure with her ever growing interest in small scale organic market gardening and sustainable green initiatives.
She has a passion for creating learning opportunities for people of all ages that allow for the connection to nature to be sparked, nurtured and grown.
"I'm excited to continue learning and growing and sharing experiences and there is no better teacher than playing in nature and growing things in soil. Life is everywhere! If I don't come out of the forest or garden without twigs, leaves or dirt in my hair, I did something wrong."
Community Development Coordinator
Shilo is a Photography and visual arts graduate from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design who specializes in film photography and mixed media. Shilo is looking forward to working with likeminded individuals who are passionate about art and craft within our community. She believes every individual who wants to try their hands out at crafting and creating should have the opportunity.
“I love crafting and art and want to bring that passion for making and creating to our community.”
Computer Systems Consultant
Chantelle is a Renaissance College graduate with a minor in Biology from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and is now continuing her studies at UNB as a Computer Science student.
Chantelle began working at the Ville as a Research Assistant for the iGenNB: Intergenerational Living for Community Well-Being project. Currently, Chantelle is on a co-op work term working as a Computer Systems Consultant. In other areas of the Ville, Chantelle is interested in community health and well-being and sustainable development.
With a passion for the fine arts and the great outdoors, you can find Chantelle painting, biking, or rock climbing.
Rodrigo has been a part of The Ville's team since October 2019, coordinating the Agriculture Department, developing content for the community and doing research on food security, waste management, and community planning.
"Most of my work is focused on food security and recycling strategies, because these are problems that almost every community shares. I love being outdoors and I love being helpful to people, and I believe that The Ville gives you the best opportunities to do so."
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.”
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.
Chelsea graduated with a BSc in Life Science Biology from UPEI in 2014. After taking a year off, she was accepted into the Diploma of Forensic Science at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. While there, she decided to enroll in the Honours Equivalency program. Upon graduation in May 2017, Chelsea received her DipFSc and her Honours in Biology, writing a thesis focusing on Forensic Anthropology. Chelsea is now a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice candidate with a prospective graduation date of February 2021. Chelsea hopes to take this current field of study and begin a career with an end goal of opening a collaborative clinic where an individual could visit and leave feeling that their pain or illness has been addressed and that they have the tools not only to feel better, but to maintain that feeling going forward.
As a person with a STEM background, Chelsea believes that she can bring a love and appreciation for science to the kids enrolled in the program. Furthermore, as a female in this field, Chelsea can be a positive and supportive role model for young girls who want to try these dynamic fields but have been given the idea that they are unwelcome or that it is too difficult.