Meet The Team
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.
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 manages the cultivation of organic seeds that are well-adapted to the Eastern Ontario region. Nathalie also coordinates our community kitchen project as well as on-site school visits.
Gardening and Landscape Consultant
Éliane always enjoyed her rural surroundings in Eastern Ontario, observing the cycles and characteristics of flora and fauna and acquiring a rich experience from both her mother, a landscaper, and her father, a farmer and an architect. As a volunteer, she traveled overseas and met with professionals who contributed to expanding her knowledge in different subjects, namely horticulture. In 2016, Éliane graduated from a graphic designer and illustrator program, giving her an understanding beyond her intuition of visual arrangements. Her love of nature has always guided her interests and choices. She designed the magnificent Pollinator Garden at Tucker House and remains with us as a consultant.
David was born at Montfort Hospital in Ottawa and raised in Clarence-Creek on his maternal grandfather’s land. It is from his grandfather that he learned to take care of a land according to the seasons. From his paternal grandfather, who operates a fruit and vegetable market in Ottawa, he learned how to run a farming business. Both sold their land when David was a teenager, which shocked him. Suddenly, the life he had always dreamed of no longer existed; time spent in nature is replaced by school, work and social media. This is why he embarked on social sciences at university; first in humanities and then in political science. The question that haunts him: why are producers still so poor? After graduation, David worked at the Clarence-Rockland municipal dump and joined the Alfred-Plantagenet environmental committee to fully understand the obstacles to sustainability in the region. He also rents uncultivated agricultural land in the region in order to rehabilitate it in a natural way. In 2021, he joins the Maison Tucker team with one goal in mind: the sustainability of the land, services and ultimately the community.
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.
Johane & Michel Desjardins
Bookings & Operations Managers
Recently retired, Johane and Michel are 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 needed in her new role as Bookings Manager. Michel, who owned a hardware store for over 20 years, is skilled in plumbing, electric and carpentry work. He is looking forward to sprucing up Tucker House. Together, they have many hobbies such as reading, photography, cooking, gardening, hiking and more! Johane and Michel are an active and friendly couple and we are confident they will become a great asset to the Tucker House Team.
Meet The Board
- Sydney Atkinson, chair firstname.lastname@example.org
- Morgan Hurtubise, vice-chair
- Kristine Veaudry, secretary
- Manon Prince, treasurer
- Stephen Dibblee
- Anton Ehret