Our Team

Meet The Team

Marie Veilleux 

Executive Director

After a long career teaching at the university level, Marie is facing the challenge of being the new Executive Director with enthusiasm! A resident of Clarence-Rockland, her priority is to increase the community’s awareness of the cultural heritage and environmental mission of Tucker House through an increased local presence.  Fencer, translator, traveler and mom, Marie has chosen a simple way of life and turns to history for answers.  She is hoping that Tucker House will benefit from her pedagogical expertise and experience and aims to pass on her passion for nature and sustainability.

Christine Desrochers

Bookings coordinator

Christine loves to connect with people, animals and our incredible Mother Earth. She has a profound respect and gratitude for everything our planet offers and these values were always at the heart of her career as a teacher. Moved and inspired by Tucker House’s historical significance, environmental mission as well as its contribution to the community, she looks forward to meeting and greeting guests and local visitors to help them discover the gem that is the Tucker House property. When not at Tucker House, Christine devotes her time to artistic pursuits, exploring nature, serving the dog community, as well as facilitating women’s circles.

Victoria Duval

Gardener, educational garden

Since early childhood, Vikki has always felt a deep connection and relationship with the earth. She joined the Tucker House team in September 2021 as our Seed Saving Garden Co-Ordinator, aka “The Onion Lady”, after showing great commitment and dedication as a cherished volunteer. She embraces the gift of fertile soil naturally and has been a successful vegetable and home landscape gardener for almost 35 years. She never tires of the joy and fulfilment of planting seeds and nurturing them responsibly and loves to help them develop into thriving, healthy, productive plants. Her overarching goal at Tucker House is to produce and harvest an abundance of organically grown, open-pollinated, heirloom seeds to be offered by Tucker House. With our team’s values and this vision in mind, she has already begun overhauling our current seed saving garden and envisions growth, beauty, and variety in what we will produce in the future. If on-site, Vikki will greet you with a warm, authentic welcome! She is pleased to advise others of our volunteer opportunities as she loves to share her passion and work with the community!

Paul Deschâtelets

Operation and maintenance

I love nature and I’m a good handyman! Paul has worked in the area for several years and will be seen out in the field tending to the property and house as well as meeting visitors!


Sophie Roy


Sophie has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UOttawa and has focused her studies on the impact of society on the environment. From a young age, she has been passionate about sustainability; especially in regards to the loss of biodiversity and understanding new challenges we face in today’s society. In her professional career, Sophie has assumed roles within The City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health, working alongside members of the community to coordinate programs and better the community she resides in. As she has a deep love and respect for nature, Sophie is excited to join the team at Tucker House as the Sustainability Intern. 


Noa Belanger 

Sustainability intern

Noa Belanger joined the Tucker House team as a sustainability intern in July 2022. Having recently completed an BA Honors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Carleton University, she hopes to begin a new path exploring the environmental non-profit sector. Growing up, she has always had a love for the environment, and she’s excited for the opportunity to grow her interest in apiculture, composting and sustainability at Tucker House. When she’s not working, she can be found practicing yoga, experimenting in the kitchen or reading.

Diana Brushey

Program Advisor

Diana holds a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University with attention to outdoor and experiential education. She has worked with a wide range of community organizations and has nearly 20 years of experience in leading quality environmental and experiential education programs. Her professional training and background includes extensive work in youth outreach, volunteer management, environmental education, and communications. As “Cedar”, she supports our long-standing Country Fun Nature Camp, oversees environmental education programs, and is passionate about sharing and preserving the local natural history of the site.


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