4-H Ontario

Meet the Staff


Meaghan Moniz Meaghan Moniz is the Coordinator of Volunteer Support - Region 1 and First Nations 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.

 


Jeremy Bojarski Jeremy is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and serves as 4-H Ontario's HR Specialist. Some of his previous HR roles include providing service for companies in the non-profit and agriculture sectors. Jeremy volunteered two years consecutively on his local chapter of Board of Directors for his local HRPA association and spent time abroad volunteering in Curitiba, Brazil working with a youth group of 150+ kids for a year and a half.

Jeremy Bojarski
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What you love most about the 4-H program?

How well known it is to people when I talk about it. When I tell people that I work for 4-H, it seems that 1 in 4 not only know of 4-H, they also know someone who volunteers and/or has joined one of the clubs. They have only positive things to say which makes me smile and feel good about what I do and have yet still to do, to contribute to a long-lasting organization with a good reputation.

 

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

I’m a bit of a movie buff, enjoy just about every genre except horror. Athletic wise I love to go kayaking, practice archery, play floor hockey, soccer, volleyball, squash & ski down-hill. Most winters I volunteer my time to teach kids how to ski (taught 18 so far in the past four years). I’m passionate about music—both listening to and playing some form of instrument (piano, saxophone & a bit of guitar). I like to draw and spend time reading but often feel there’s not enough time in the day to enjoy these activities as much as I’d like. Board games are an interesting way to spend time with others—you get to see a different side to how they think and act to things when you’re playing games with them!

What is your favourite quote?

I have two: one of my own and the other from a childhood hero.

"Mentoring is an awesome way of connecting people across generations, in that it not only allows us to leave a part of ourselves in who we teach and share our experiences with, but we leave behind a piece of those who’ve mentored us also."  

"Courage is not the absence of fear but finding the will to face it" ~ Green Lantern

 


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.

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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 new Coordinator, Philanthropy. 

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
 

 

Lindsay Bebbington  Lindsay Bebbington has been an avid member of the 4-H community since she turned 10 and was finally allowed to join her first 4-H club. She attended Brock University studying Community Recreation and Leisure Studies and has held a variety of positions since graduation with the Toronto Blue Jays, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. It is with great excitement that she now works with her favourite organization helping bring the Sen$e programs to youth across Ontario.   

Lindsay Bebbington
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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I love how 4-H has grown to be so much more than raising animals and cooking in the kitchen – although I do love those clubs too! I would not have experienced nearly as much or met nearly as many amazing people growing up had it not been for 4-H. There really is something for everyone. 

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

When I am not working you are most likely to find me leading 4-H clubs, helping out at a local fair, or at some sort of sporting event. I love hanging out with my 4-H kids and cheering them on at the fairs, and I am an avid sports fan - Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs, New England Patriots and the Rochester Knighthawks being my four favourite teams. If you really can’t find me after checking all those locations I’m probably in a shoe store.  

What is your favourite quote?

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West


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)


Judy Hall is the Volunteer Support Coordinator for region 5 and 6. 


Ryan MetivierRyan Métivier is the Manager, Communications at 4-H Ontario. Previously he worked as a manager and editor for a local sports magazine and as assistant editor with Conestoga College’s alumni magazine. He also has experience in social media, journalism, website management and does some freelance writing in his spare time. Ryan is a graduate of broadcast-journalism from Seneca College in Toronto and public relations from Conestoga College. Read on to learn more about Ryan. 

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

It would have to be the focus on helping kids and youth develop into better people, citizens and leaders in their communities. The 4-H programs offer many different ways to do this no matter where your interest lies. I feel I often take on leadership roles and enjoy working in team environments both in work and my personal life, which is something I hope to share with 4-H members.

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

In my spare time you can usually find me watching, writing about or playing some kind of sport. In the fall on Sundays, I’m pretty much glued to the couch watching football. I played many sports growing up and currently play on hockey, volleyball and soccer teams. I also do my best to get to the gym on most days. Though I haven’t done too much of it, I have every intention of seeing the world. I’ve taken a course to teach English, and think it would be great to take a couple weeks and teach kids in another country one day.

What is your favourite quote?

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lombardi

 

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

 

Debra Brown is the Executive Director of 4-H Ontario, previously holding the title of Senior Manager, Volunteer and Community Engagement. Debra has 15 years of experience working with volunteers and youth. She brings with an amazing skill set for volunteer and community engagement, as well as a passion for the 4-H program. Debra was a 4-H'r herself and she is grateful for her 4-H Club experiences and the development it gave her. Read on to learn more about Debra.

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What you love most about the 4-H program?

I love that there are so many dedicated volunteers who have seen children grow up in 4-H and know how it shapes young people's lives, choices and character. I like to think that in some way I will be a part of that process.

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

I love being with my family - hiking, biking, playing board games. I also like baking, dancing and singing.

What is your favourite quote?

So many favourite quotes, but the one I try to teach my children is "Nurture your mind with great thoughts for you will never go any higher than you think." Benjamin Disrael

 

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