Our Team

Genevieve MacRae (she/her)

Acting Executive Director

Genevieve MacRae is self-employed as a private music teacher who also coaches ensembles in the community and in schools.  She moved her private music studio into the building at 241 Canada Street in the very early days of the partnership between Unity Ventures and The Ville. 


With an extensive background in non-profit organizations she was intrigued by the vision of this budding new organization.  Genevieve 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.  She joined the board of The Ville in late 2019.


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.”



Chantelle Masterson (she/her)

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.


Shilo McCavour

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.”


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.


Laura Ireland

Grant Writer

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.


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.