4-H Ontario | Meet the Staff
4-H Ontario

Meet the Staff


Stephanie Campbell Stephanie Campbell has grown up in the 4-H program as a member and now alumni, leader and volunteer at large in her home county. Upon graduating from the University of Guelph, Stephanie returned to Chatham, working in the agricultural industry.  She has since joined the 4-H Ontario team as the Coordinator, Volunteer Support for Regions 5 & 6. 

Stephanie Campbell
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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I love that 4-H provides so many opportunities! From Provincial or National opportunities, to personal development such as public speaking, communication and team building skills. The 4-H program has helped me become the person I am today! 

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

When I am not working, I enjoy helping out on our family farm. I volunteer with organizations in my community beyond 4-H; the Chatham-Kent Plowmen’s Association, Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival and within my Church. I also have a love of music and enjoy learning new instruments with the violin being my latest challenge. Travelling and exploring new places with friends and family is another favourite past time.    

What is your favourite quote?

“Nothing that lasts is accomplished quickly. Nobody’s entire legacy is based on a single moment, but rather the collection of one’s experiences.  If you’re lucky, your legacy will be a lifetime in the making.” Rachel Hollis

 

Jocelyn Wells Jocelyn Wells is the Employee Engagement Specialist at 4-H Ontario, responsible for all things HR. Previously, Jocelyn has worked at various multinational corporations in Health & Safety and Human Resources. She has an Hon. B.A. from Laurier in Global Studies and Women’s Studies and an M.A. in Labour Studies from McMaster University.

Jocelyn Wells
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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I love the opportunity for youth to be able to try new things – excel at them – and then share their experiences with family and friends. We are giving youth the chance to figure out who they are and what they love – we’re developing skills and tools that will help them to be successful for years to come!

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

I volunteer with Planned Parenthood and various other community organizations. I’m often found outside with my two girls – either in the forest or on the ski hill. I also work as a postpartum doula in the Guelph area, specializing in maternal mental health, supporting people in the transition to parenthood and helping them to thrive!

What is your favourite quote?

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’ – Maya Angelou

 

Laura Squires Laura Goulding is the Communications Coordinator at 4-H Ontario. Previously, Laura worked at an environmental and engineering firm where she was responsible for increasing community engagement related to ongoing projects in Indigenous communities across Ontario. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph-Humber’s Media Studies program where she received both a degree and a diploma in Media Communications. 

Laura Goulding
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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I love what 4-H represents and the way the program empowers youth leadership. 4-H offers so many unique opportunities that not only leave youth with unforgettable experiences, but also help them develop into better members of their communities.

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

I try my best to live as much of a healthy active lifestyle as possible. When I am not working, you can find me at the gym, trying out a new recipe or spending time with family, friends and our fur baby, Ellie.

What is your favourite quote?

"You cannot change reality, but you can control the manner in which you look at things. Your attitude is under your own control. Weed out the negative and focus on the positive!” – Helen Steiner Rice

 


Meaghan Moniz Meaghan Moniz is the Coordinator of Volunteer Support - Region 1 and Indigenous Community Engagement. Meaghan has been working in education and community development for the last six years on various projects at home and abroad, and her work has focused specifically on migrant/refugee and indigenous populations. Meaghan has a B.A. in International Studies and Environmental Studies from Bishops University, as well as a post-graduate certificate in International Development from University of British Columbia. She is also currently completing her M.Ed in Adult Learning and Global Change from University of British Columbia. 

Meaghan Moniz
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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I love the experiential learning aspect of the 4-H program and that it provides youth with an environment to learn through experimentation and express themselves. It is also an opportunity to let youth take charge and have a voice in both their personal and community development. I wholeheartedly believe some of the best learning happens outside of the classroom!

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

When I am not working you can find me outdoors, sunshine or snowstorm. I absolutely adore the wilderness and I am willing to try any outdoor activity. Long hikes and climbs are my favourite and I am always ready for a backcountry camping trip. In the winter you can find me on the slopes trying to perfect my snowboarding skills or running around in the forest with my dogs.

What is your favourite quote?

My favourite quote comes from one of my favourite authors, John Irving: 

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life that you love, you have to find the courage to live it."

 


Lisa de Kleer Marissa has an Administration Diploma from ICS Canada. She previously worked as an Executive Assistant at an Environmental Engineering Firm and recently worked in Safety and Compliance. Marissa has her NCCP and works with youth teaching them horseback riding on the weekends. 

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

What I love most about 4-H is that it is an organization that allows youth from all over the opportunity to expand in their learning. 4-H clubs engage the youth in the community to come together and grow. The program is also a wonderful way for adults to volunteer and lead the youth of today to become mature and responsible adults of tomorrow while teaching them valuable life skills. As a youth I was involved in 4-H and I am very excited to have my daughter begin 4-H next year. 

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

I enjoy spending time on the farm with my horse—both riding and coaching. I enjoy volunteering in my community with the Erin Agricultural Society. For the last 13 years I have been volunteering with the Erin Agricultural Society on many committees for the Erin Fall Fair. I love to travel with my family to the cottage, camping or any adventure we can find. I also enjoy sewing and doing crafts with my daughter. I like to find projects on Pintrest and see how well we can make them together.

What is your favourite quote?

Working with youth and competing in various horse shows I have two quotes I often share or remind myself of when faced with a challenge.

"In order to succeed your desire for success must be greater than your fear of failure". ~ Bill Cosby

"A coach will impact more young people in a year than the average person in a lifetime". ~ Billy Graham

 

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
 

Lisa de Kleer  Shannon Muir is 4-H Ontario's Coordinator, Philanthropy. Shannon has a had a variety of experiences in both the private and public that she loves to apply to the exciting work of philanthropy at 4-H.

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
 

 
 

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 3-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 and friends. When my Son Sam is in the country and not travelling, we love to work out together, free weights and hot yoga are our favourites, then biking, skating or hiking in that order. Sam and I love to travel and in 2017/2018, we visited Barcelona, England, Wales, Jamaica, Cayman Island, Mexico and then I went on without him to Barbados. I visited Sam in July at Sunwapta Rocky Mountain Lodge in Jasper and for Christmas and New Years we are headed to Popoya Beach, Nicaragua to Surf. Travel is my passion, meeting new friends, cultural foods and traditions inspire me and bring me joy. 

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)

 
 

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

 
 
 

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.

 

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