Chief Executive Officer
As 4-H Canada’s leader and a visionary in the field of positive youth development, Shannon has more than 25 years of experience with youth development organizations. After getting her start with Outward Bound in Western Canada, Shannon went on to pursue leadership opportunities with several youth organizations, including as Director of The Princeton-Blairstown Center at Princeton University, and the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. In her role as CEO of 4-H Canada, one of the country’s longest running positive youth development organizations, Shannon has led a period of rapid and impactful change in virtually every area of the organization including HR, financial performance, brand recognition and strategic direction. Shannon spent three years as the inaugural Chair of the Global 4-H Network Board of Directors, where she continues to contribute her leadership skills as a Director, bringing a Canadian perspective to the worldwide 4-H community. She was instrumental in bringing the 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit to Canada, an event that saw global 4-H youth, volunteers and professionals gather to build capacity and grow the global 4-H movement.
A true youth ambassador, Erin has worked to promote youth engagement for almost 20 years, both within Canada and around the world. As the creative mind behind our national programs, Erin is instrumental in creating and implementing 4-H Canada’s positive youth development program model, and outcomes-based youth engagement strategy. Erin loves building opportunities for youth to become engaged in their communities and take action on the issues that matter to them. She works hard to ensure positive youth development is alive and well, not just within 4-H, but also in her own home, with her tween and teen daughters. Erin also has a chronic travel itch, and is up for a road trip any day, especially if warm weather and snacks are involved!
Jessie is a recent graduate of Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. While at Carleton, she took on a role with the Centre for Student Academic Support where she developed a passion for teaching leadership, time management, organization, and study strategy skills to students. She has previous experience working with other not-for-profits including Watersheds Canada on their Natural Edge and Love Your Lake programs, and volunteering at the Just Food Farm in Ottawa. She brings friendly customer service skills developed over five years of experience and is keen to supporting the daily operations of 4-H Canada. In her own time, Jessie has a passion for gardening, baking, soap making, and sustainability.
Youth Programs Manager
Raised on a farm in Peterborough, ON, Melina is the fourth generation in her family to be involved in 4-H. Working for 4-H Canada was a natural choice for Melina, who connected with the organization’s focus on fostering positive youth development. A former camp counsellor and science teacher, she brings a true passion for youth engagement to 4-H Canada and ensures our national programs run smoothly and efficiently. An avid traveller, Melina also has cross-cultural experiences that include studying in India and addressing food security issues with youth in Nicaragua and Jamaica.
After living on a hobby farm in rural Quebec, Sue embraced her love of animals and enjoyed working in and managing two veterinary clinics for 22 years. In 2011 she returned to school, graduating with an Event Management Diploma before joining 4-H Canada in 2012. With a long list of strengths that include a razor-sharp eye for detail and an incredible talent for organization, Sue ensures 4-H’ers can enjoy well-planned and well-executed national programs, events, and opportunities. Sue also has a long history of promoting positive youth development. Having been involved in both Girl Guides and Pony Club as a youth, Sue has given back by helping today’s youth get engaged by volunteering her time toward everything from Boy Scouts activities to hockey and soccer team management.
Adult Learning and Training Manager
With over a decade in the public and not-for-profit sectors; Alex has worked in a variety of unique roles, serving diverse professional and community groups. A graduate of Carleton University, he is passionate about team development and creating projects that leave a positive legacy. Most recently, Alex worked for a horticultural trade’s association, as the Apprenticeship Program Coordinator. In this role, Alex connected professionals to education and training opportunities that helped enhance and support the needs of the industry. For the last ten years, Alex has coached Football in the Ottawa Region, working with youth from 10 to 20 years of age. He enjoys the competitiveness, team dynamic, and discipline that the sport provides for youth. In his free time, Alex is an avid traveller who enjoys hiking, scuba diving, and photography.
Admissions and Travel Coordinator
Kelsey graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Social Sciences before moving on to Algonquin College where she obtained a Graduate Certificate in Sports Business Management. She spent three years working in the sports industry first as an intern with Equestrian Canada and then Own the Podium before moving on to the role of Program Coordinator with Wrestling Canada. In 2015, Kelsey participated in the Parapan American Games as a Results and Scheduling Coordinator. An avid equestrian for 20 years, Kelsey can be found riding horses and competing at various competitions in her spare time.
Community Service Coordinator
Raised on a dairy farm in Grey County, Ontario, Sarah was a 4-H member with her local clubs for nine years. She went on to graduate from the University of Ottawa with a Social Science degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights in 2016 and then pursued a post-graduate certificate in International Development from Humber College. After spending three months in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Sarah realized she wanted to pursue a career in agriculture and 4-H Canada seemed like the perfect fit for starting her career. During her spare time, you can find her planning her next adventure, or at home reading.
Marketing and Communications
A recent graduate of Carleton University in the Bachelor of Commerce, Honours program, Ryan is a 4-H alumnus from Huron County, Ontario. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the 4-H program and a strong belief in the value of 4-H. Previously, Ryan was the Communications Intern of the 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit. Ryan was active in his school community up until graduation where he served most notably as Vice President Marketing of the Sprott Business Students’ Society. His passion for 4-H, combined with his drive for success and experience in agriculture and not-for-profit, empowers him to continue to grow the national 4-H movement.
A fundraising professional, Megan brings over a decade of experience working for youth-serving organizations. Throughout her time in the not-for-profit sector, she has fostered strong relationships with stakeholders of all levels, instilling a culture of collaboration and high performance. Currently, Megan leads 4-H Canada to develop transformational partnerships in the social sector with top tier corporations and foundations to support positive youth development in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, Science and Technology, the Environment and Healthy Living, and Community Engagement and Communications. Megan grew up in Stouffville, Ontario and currently lives with her husband Seamus and sons Sam and Freddie in the heart of the Rideau Lakes. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and always looks forward to her upcoming travel adventures - wine tasting and exploring the globe!
Sponsorships and Corporate Giving Manager
Amanda comes to 4-H Canada after spending seven years with the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, growing and maintaining industry relations and stakeholder engagement. A mom to two 4-H members in Lanark County, Amanda is passionate about positive youth development and agriculture. Recently, Amanda and her Dad have started a family farm where they raise beef Cattle.
Government Relations Director
Liz brings a passion for agriculture and close to a decade of communications experience to the team. Liz has worked for Dairy Farmers of Canada doing strategic communications and government relations, working on a variety of files including research, international trade, animal health, food safety and environmental sustainability. Most recently, Liz worked for a public affairs agency near Parliament Hill, advising clients in a wide range of sectors on communications initiatives and media relations. Liz also has experience providing communications and public relations services to not-for-profit organizations and the Government of Canada. Born and bred in Ottawa, Liz loves to ski, travel and try new restaurants with her husband and their two young children.
Risk Management and Accreditation
Risk Management and Accreditation Director
With over 15 years of experience as a Guiding and Scouting leader and parent, Jennifer understands the joys and challenges of being a volunteer leader. Jennifer spent 15 years at IBM where she used her Computer Science degree and Masters of Education in her roles as a software developer and then as a senior learning consultant. Having worked with large government and business organizations, down to non-profits she brings a diverse perspective to 4-H Canada. She looks forward to using new technologies to bring training and support to 4-H leaders across the country. Having grown up in a farming community in Wellington County, Jennifer and her family are busy discovering Ottawa and the small farming towns nearby. She loves to figure skate and trail run, and to travel, camp and ski with her husband and three kids.
Finance and Administration Director
Don brings a wealth of financial and not-for-profit management experience to 4-H Canada. His connection with rural Canada began when working with Farm Credit Canada and then subsequently serving Canadian agriculture through his employment with Farm Management Canada. The later afforded Don the opportunity to participate in the creation of learning resources for Canadian farm managers and marketing these publications, CDs and DVDs at many agricultural exhibitions and conferences from coast to coast. In his role of leading a national not-for-profit training and development organization for accountants in governments, Don introduced distant-learning to this community through a successful series of webinars. Beyond the workplace, Don has served as a volunteer on several not-for-profit boards, been a travel agency group tour leader to numerous locations worldwide, and is a sports aficionado organizing an adult volleyball league, being a downhill skier and is a tennis enthusiast.