Staff that don’t work with us anymore but will be remembered for it.
Fond farewells to our recent staff:
Johanes & Michel Desjardins
Bookings & Operations Managers
Recently retired, Johane and Michel were excited to put their skills and extra time to good use at Tucker House. Johane’s years of experience working at two different universities has helped her build essential administrative and organizational skills that were needed in her previous role as Bookings Manager. Michel, who owned a hardware store for over 20 years, is skilled in plumbing, electric and carpentry work. Together, they have many hobbies such as reading, photography, cooking, gardening, hiking and more! Johane and Michel are an active and friendly couple and who were great assets to the Tucker House Team. We appreciate all the work they have done for the Tucker House team!
Community Coordinator, Head Gardener
Nathalie has a Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences and a Master’s degree in Environment from McGill University. After working for non-profit environmental organizations in Ottawa, she decided to embark on a two-year journey to Japan. She taught English there and continued in Gatineau after coming back. She is our neighbour also, living within the Rockland community. Nathalie is the mastermind behind our seed-saving garden, and carefully managed the cultivation of organic seeds that are well-adapted to the Eastern Ontario region. Nathalie also coordinated our community kitchen project as well as on-site school visits.
Ecotechnology and Sustainability coordinator
Ecotechnology and Sustainability coordinator
Digital Curriculum and Communications Manager
Former Executive Director
Consultant; Director of Partnership Development
Kristina has a Master’s in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) and a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management (BPAPM) with a focus on Environment and Development, from Carleton University. She has also obtained a Capacity Building Certificate from the Wellesley Institute and a Fundraising Certificate at Algonquin College. Kristina was the Executive Director at Tucker House from 2005-2010. She is the Executive Director of Sustainable Eastern Ontario, a partner group which builds capacity for environmental groups in the region. Kristina continues to support Tucker House Renewal Centre. She recently completed a 10 month sailing sabbatical with her husband and four children, sailing the Atlantic coastline in a PDQ 36 catamaran.
Bookings & Operations Manager
Melanie began her role with Tucker House back in 2018 as a Deputy Director. In this position she helped develop new programs, find funding for the organization and increase our organizational capacity. Later, she transitioned to Bookings Manager and through her hard work, has been able to double the amount of guests Tucker House is receiving on a yearly basis. We thank Melanie for her work at Tucker House!
Deputy Director – Summer Programs
Corey is a lawyer with a background in drama and a passion for sustainability. She will be returning to school for a research Master’s in Global Sustainability and Environment Law (LL.M.) in September 2019, where she will research circular economies. In her spare time, Corey plays a blue guitar and works to discover the perfect vegan chocolate chip cookie.
Deputy Director- Programs
TJ is a BC transplant who is looking forward to his first ‘real’ Canadian winter this year! He is a graduate of Commerce from the University of Victoria with a background in experiential and environmental education working with organizations such as Parks Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation. He brings to Tucker House his love of the outdoors and a passion for inspiring youth to champion sustainable living.
Consultant: Collective Impact projects
Kara believes that a strong community organization like Tucker House thrives when the community shares a grand vision together considering the past, present and future. Drawing on her international travels to eco-villages, and her masters in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability in Sweden, Kara leads by creating and sharing the vision of Tucker House with the community.
Kara grew up on the Madawaska river in Arnprior, Ontario and enjoys living close to her family in the Ottawa Valley with her husband and young daughter. To stay grounded, focused, and connected, Kara practices yoga, meditation, and Reiki. Kara has Christian heritage (her Grandfather was a minister) and a loving appreciation for all faiths, and looks beyond ideologies and behaviours to see the heart and core of people and their best intentions.
Kara also runs her own organizational consulting business, AHA! Graphic Facilitation. She has experience coordinating and delivering a national sustainability champions program with Natural Step Canada, and has led visioning sessions and/or offered graphic recording services for many environmental non-profit organizations including the Sierra Youth Coalition, Students on Ice, and River Keepers.
Ecological education network coordinator
Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Queen’s University, a Graduate Certificate in Green Business Management from Algonquin College and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. Laura is an active environmental educator, working with several school boards such as Chelsea Forest School. She is well known in the “eNGO” community of Ottawa through her work with OneChange, the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative, the 3i Summit on Sustainability, the Sustainable Eastern Ontario, the National Capital Environmental Network and many more. other. Laura leads the SEED Educators Environmental Education Network and our environmental education coaching program for new teachers.
I have always believed that education is the key to making things happen, especially when it comes to sustainable development. This is why I am very happy with my role as coordinator of the environmental education network. I came to Tucker House looking for a job. Instead, I have found a new home here where I am surrounded by inspiring people whom I can proudly call my colleagues and friends.
Tobias Bell was our Bookings and Operations Manager from 2007 – 2016 and brought a range of experiences in a variety of fields including agriculture, forestry, fishery, construction, manufacturing… and Tai Chi. Tobias has moved on to other adventures in the Prescott-Russell region and we thank him for his many years of teamwork with us.
Why Tobias worked at Tucker House:
Life is a network of relationships. It is apparent to me, in the early days of the 21st century, that the human race needs to take a long look at the kind of relationships we have; with each other, with spirit, and with our planet and the other beings that share it. I am happy to be in a place where, if only in a small way, that kind of examination and exploration is encouraged.
Research and Program Coordinator
Victoria is our Clean Tech intern who helps with all the multifaceted work at the head office and at our Rockland site! She supports the overall management of the day-to-day operations and provides outreach within the community. Victoria has recently moved to Ottawa after completing her MSc in Social Justice, Development and Health in Scotland and will use her learning to aid in the leadership and development of Tucker House programs. Her extensive experience in fundraising is an asset in securing funds for the numerous projects we coordinate.
Confederation History Researcher
Did you know Tucker House is a Confederation-era building? Rebecca’s MA in Public History is perfect for her work in making our primary documents and artifacts interesting and accessible to the public through research and development supporting creative, engaging history programming – on multiple projects! She also accesses other Ottawa institutions to help in her research. Rebecca has also trained youth volunteers on how to protect and use these artifacts to teach children, youth, and the public during Canada’s 150th.
Alan’s experience with Applied Museum Studies and knowledge of the Tucker House artifacts and history is a great fit for figuring out what to use for our new history program… and we appreciate his care in conserving these items!
History Mystery Development
David is part of the creative team working on innovative history adventure programs. Currently he is working on the Confederation mystery game, as well as putting the polishing touches on other historical mystery games. He’d love to tell you more… but they are mysteries.
History Mystery Development
Emma worked on history mystery programming and research with us last year. She helped out with some History Mystery development early this spring, before leaving for an archeology dig in Italy, but none of us are jealous. She’ll be rejoining our Rockland team this summer.
Local History Researcher
Alexandra is a local history researcher for Tucker House. She researches the history of the Tucker family and Clarence-Rockland while also developing and running the History Mystery programs. Alex also attends the University of Ottawa, majoring in History and Political Science. Both have developed her skills in research analysis and presenting information, which are important for her role.
Program & Tourism Promoter
Leslie has been a past volunteer at camp and knows our site and programs well. Leslie is skilled in communications as well as being at ease in front of an audience, which is good since we had her go to a media event on her second day on the job. She also helped at the eco-ed conference. Her position is about reaching out in the Rockland area. Because she has experience with drama, history studies, and other cool stuff, she is also lending ideas and storytelling to the History Mystery. Leslie supports work on development to ensure we have great programs and great audiences to appreciate them!
Lead Program Coordinator
Veronica works as the Co-Director of CFNC and helped plan/run training and camp. She’s a big fan of paperwork and can often be found shredding things gleefully or sorting emails until her eyes bleed. After camp is over, she is continuing on as a history animator for History Mystery! When not working for Tucker House, Veronica spends most of her time teaching/lifeguarding/team-leading/swimming at the YMCA in Rockland. Aside from working 8 days a week, Veronica is starting her second year at Carleton for Criminology with a minor in Sociology.
Children’s Camp Community Networker
Erin is hard at work promoting and scouting out donations for our nature eco-camp for kids and helps deliver environmental education for youth and campers. She also connects with community partners to help build our network of support for healthy outdoor programming. Additionally, Erin supports other programs and projects, such as youth-led garden activities and communication materials for our organization.
Communications & Website Development