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GOVERNANCE.

The skill set of our Board includes expertise from the financial, academic, health, education  and health sectors. This combined expertise gives the Farm the oversight needed to build long-term sustainability and ensure program efficacy.

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Dr. Wendy Barber
Secretary
PhD

Dr. Wendy Barber is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University. She holds a PhD in Curriculum Teaching and Learning, with a Specialist in Teacher Development from OISE-University of Toronto. She spent her early career teaching and coaching physical education, and serving as Vice-Principal and Principal in elementary and secondary schools. Wendy is an advocate for inclusive physical education and sport, and has published widely through her research in this area. She developed an ongoing partnership between Ontario Tech and the Abilities Centre to increase awareness of accessibility and inclusion for pre-service teachers.

She is passionate about physical education, sport, and the role they play in improving health and well-being for individuals and communities. Wendy represented Canada for five years as a member of the Canadian National Synchronized Swimming team, which was ranked first internationally for all five years. She has four small dogs, Max, Joey, Georgia, and Gracie, who keep her grounded, healthy, and active. She is a committed volunteer in the stables, seeing firsthand how animals have the power to heal and connect people in meaningful ways.

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Theresa Miedema

Director

SJD

Dr. Theresa Miedema is an Associate Teaching Professor and a member of the Dean’s Leadership Team in the Faculty of Business and I.T. at Ontario Tech University, where she teaches business law and business ethics. She is also a member of the University’s Policy Advisory Committee and the Provost’s Indigenous Reconciliation Taskforce. Prior to joining Ontario Tech, she taught in the Ethics, Society, and Law program at Trinity College and in the Law and Business program at Ted Rogers School of Management. 

 

She holds a doctoral (S.J.D.) degree in law from the University of Toronto. Her graduate research focused on law and international development. She obtained her LLB from the University of Toronto and was called to the bar in 2001. She practiced at a major Canadian law firm and later as a sole practitioner and international consultant.

She was born on a farm and remains an animal lover and a supporter of local agriculture. She believes in the power of sport to bring communities together and in the importance of physical activity in maintaining health and wellness.

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Pamela Rice
Director
BA (HONS), MA, PGDIP

Pamela Rice is the Communications Manager at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. She leads strategic-level communications and is responsible for communications, branding, and supporting the organization's fundraising and advocacy efforts. Her work with the media allows her to position the Clinic's balanced views on gender-based violence and social justice.

 

While at the CAMH Foundation, she was responsible for communications, branding and supporting the organization’s fundraising goals through media relations, print, digital and social media marketing.

 

During her tenure at Right to Play International, she collaborated with an international team to share stories of the importance of play to empower refugee children to overcome the impact of war, poverty and disease.

 

She is currently working toward her Master of Public Relations. She holds a Master of Communication and Culture from York University, a Corporate Communications Diploma from Seneca College, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from Dalhousie University.

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