Wendy Keats, Executive Director
Wendy was a founding member of CECNB in 2007 and was so excited by the possibilities for building strong economies in NB through co-op and social enterprise development that she gave up her private consulting practice to become CECNB’s first Executive Director.
Teri McMackin, Executive Assistant
Following Teri’s graduation from Crandall University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science, she began her career at an organic vegetable farm where she discovered an unexpected love for agriculture (and dirt!). She went on to become the Manager of the Petitcodiac Farmers market and to hold a variety of paid and volunteer positions with the Conservation Council, Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance, and the Petitcodiac Boys and Girls Club. In 2015, Teri’s first son was born and when he was 5 months old, she was elected as a municipal councilor in Petitcodiac where she remains actively engaged in local development. In 2017, as if life wasn’t already busy enough, the McMackins added another little boy to the mix. In the little spare time she has, Teri enjoys tending her garden and long walks with her family and dog.
Jessica Wall, CCYP Program Director
Jessica has a passion for working in collaborative ways that strengthen communities. She loves being at the forefront of social innovation and helping launch new socially-conscious projects and businesses. Through her studies in Community Development, Food Hub Management, and Health Services, and her hands-on experience working with grassroots organizations, Jessica combines both theoretical and practical approaches to empower people to develop sustainable solutions together. In her free time, you can find her running the trails, teaching yoga, exploring New Brunswick in her vintage camper van, or enjoying a meal with friends and family.
Andy Horsnell, CEDC Project Coordinator
Andy has worked for three decades as a consultant with 100s of small businesses and nonprofits throughout North America. A founding member of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia and past chair of the Centre for Local Prosperity, he currently serves on the Sustainable Economy Commission of Nova Scotia and the Social Enterprise Council of Canada. From his home in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Andy works throughout Canada as an independent consultant in the areas of social enterprise and local economic development. In New Brunswick, he is pleased to work with and through CECNB
David Daughton, Co-op Developer
After starting natural food co-ops in the U.K., Quebec & Ontario, David joined the housing arm of the Regional Co-op Development Centre as the principal co-op developer in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. He helped develop many new and existing co-ops and led the creation of a pan-Atlantic youth internship program. As the President of the CoopZone Developers’ Network , David championed the formation of Canada’s first network of legal specialists in co-operative issues. A committed advocate for sustainability and the sharing economy, he served two terms as the Chair of the Canadian Environmental Network (CEN) and was a founding member of its Health Caucus. Research on the Social Economy and Food Security resulted in participation on SSHRC review panels and CSA Technical Committees. In 2000, David received the Quebec-Labrador Foundation’s “Caring for the Earth Award”; in 2009 he was awarded the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation’s “Worker Co-op Merit Award”, and in 2015, David received the Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce “Non-Profit Excellence Award” on behalf of the Community Legal Education Association of PEI. He was also deeply honored to receive an eagle feather from a Keptin of the Mi’Kmaq Grand Council.
Eric Tusz-King, Co-op Developer
Eric is co-op developer that brings many years of experience to assist various types of new and existing co-ops. He is a founding member and past manager of EnerGreen Builders Co-operative, a worker-owned home construction co-op that builds passive solar homes and renovates existing homes for improved energy efficiency. Eric is also chair of the Board of Open Sky Co-operative, an organic farm where adults who face barriers due to social, developmental or mental health challenges can improve their well-being and independence, through residential and day programs. Along with this direct co-op experience he brings 28 years of work on community development, and social and environmental justice with the United Church of Canada. His formal education includes 2 masters degrees, one of which is in adult education in community development. He is vice-president and Atlantic director on the Board of Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation.
Christina Allain, Community Developer
Christina received her Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree in Economics from the University of Moncton in 2011 and continues to follow Master-level courses at the University of Ottawa. She has worked in several different economic development agencies in New Brunswick’s three urban centres and their surrounding rural areas including Enterprise Kent, the NB Association of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) and the Saint John Community Loan Fund. Fluently bilingual, Christina has held various facilitation and teaching positions with a focus on both business and social enterprise development. An active member of the community, she has served on the board Slow Food Canada and other non profit organizations.
Kelsey Wilson, Community Developer
While completing her degree from Renaissance College at UNB, Kelsey studied change leadership, community problem solving, and social entrepreneurship. She went on to become an expert in school food operations and student projects through her involvement in the takeover of school cafeteria services and incorporation of local and organic foods in school food services across the province and nationally. More recently Kelsey has been consulting with CECNB on social enterprise and co-operative projects across a broad spectrum of industries. With a background in theatre, Kelsey is a skilled facilitator with demonstrated ability to host discussions and trainings around a wide variety of topics. Kelsey also has experience coordinating projects for vulnerable populations on the topics of housing, personal emotions management, addictions & mental health, education, and employment. Passionate about sustainability and community, Kelsey is a board member of La Bikery, a bicycle co-operative in Moncton, and will be pursuing her Masters in Environmental Management in the fall of 2018 while she continues her work with CECNB. Kelsey’s main focus is her woodlot where she is creating her dream off-grid home.
Derrick Beardsworth, CCYP Coordinator
Derrick Beardsworth is the owner operator of Parkindale Productions Shepody House in Dorchester. He has spent the past ten years working in the non profit sector with children and youth; both as Executive Director and Program Director for the Boys and Girls Club. Derrick is a certified canoe and kayak instructor with Paddle Canada and enjoys teaching and coaching youth. Furthermore, his volunteer work extends to hockey, baseball, and soccer in the Riverview area and has been ongoing for 14 years. Heavily involved in the music and art community, Derrick’s company was recognized by Music NB as the music business of the year in 2018 and the music venue of the year in 2017. In Derrick’s free time, he enjoys taking part in anything that involves music or art and being active in the outdoors with his family and four young children.
Laylia Bennett, CCYP Coordinator
Laylia Bennett is an individual who is committed to fostering cross-cultural learning, grassroots movements, and social innovation. She has served her community by taking on the role as a Co-President of the Mount Allison Indigenous Student Support Group, and as a member in the University’s Indigenous Advisory Circle for the past 2 years. Through these roles, and many others, she has been involved in many projects such as Mount Allison’s first annual Powwow, the permanent Mi’kmaq flag raising ceremony, and the ongoing development of the University’s first Indigenous Studies Program.
Gregory Burton, CCYP Coordinator
Gregory grew up in Wolfville NS, amidst the Annapolis Valley’s abundance of community spirit and local agriculture. The son of two musicians Gregory moved to Montréal at the age of 18 to pursue an education, both academic and experiential. Originally a Sociology major, Gregory holds a BFA in Integrative Music Studies from Concordia University and spent 14 years working in Montréal’s vibrant and creative music scene. An experienced venue manager and co-founder of a worker’s cooperative, Gregory is committed to grassroots approaches to community development and social justice through his experience with on-the-ground planning and coordination. Having recently returned to the Maritimes and now living in Dorchester NB with his partner Tessa, he looks forward to bringing his lived experience in the arts, as well as his love of community to bear in contributing to the exciting work at CECNB.
Madison Girvan, CCYP Coordinator
Madison recently graduated as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Soon after, she began working with the Bouctouche Farmers Market and discovered her passion for cooking. This led her to pursue the Culinary Course offered by her school and to become a lifelong learner about food. Growing up she worked on many different farms and discovered her passion and the importance of developing local businesses. She loves to travel and has already lived in three provinces and visited eight provinces and territories. Madison loves to wake up in the morning to her excited and happy dog, and you can find her in her free time going on adventures with him. She also loves to sing, play music, make art, and read whenever she can.
Maygen Sioux Lafford, CCYP Coordinator
Maygen Sioux Lafford has a passion for working with youth, especially Indigenous youth. She will be graduating from the Criminal Justice program at the Nova Scotia Community College this June and plans to continue her educational journey by enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies degree program from Cape Breton University. She is determined to help, support, and pave paths for the youth in her community, as well as the ones she will be working with. The criminal justice program at the Nova Scotia Community College has allowed Maygen to gain skills in motivational interviewing, interpersonal communication, risk assessment, and identifying needs to create meaningful programs. Maygen plans to incorporate cultural identity and traditional teachings and practices into her workplace and by doing so, she hopes to offer a sense of identity and a space that enables cultural healing for the youth.