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OUR TEAM

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PEOPLE.

The staff at WindReach Farm are essential for delivering our accessible programs and services.

Ross Ste-Croix,
Executive Director

Ross earned a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from McGill University and a Master’s in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa. He spent the first ten years of his career as a leader in the amateur sport sector, working at both the national and provincial levels, leading coach education and athlete development initiatives for athletes of all abilities. In February 2018, Ross htook his passion for leveling the playing field to WindReach Farm.

 

Ross has a passion for finding creative solutions to address the barriers that face those individuals living with disabilities and mental health issues and believes that now, more than ever, more attention needs to be focused on mental health at home; and in the workplace.
 

905.655.5827 ext. 228
ross.ste-croix@windreachfarm.org

Carol Dahlquist,
Foundation Executive Director

Carol is excited to lead the Foundation Board to fulfilling its mission to raise funds and awareness for WindReach Farm. In her role, Carol has the pleasure of reaching out and connecting with potential donors and sponsors in the community who support the programs and services provided by WindReach Farm. She is passionate about the work done at WindReach Farm, and takes delight in sharing this with our donors and stakeholders in the community.

Carol is committed to working with the Foundation Board as they strive to meet the needs of WindReach Farm through fundraising and community presentations, as well as grant and proposal writing. In addition, she is excited to take the lead in planning the annual fundraising gala – A Night at WindReach Farm – which takes place every September. Carol is fortunate to work with a wonderful team of volunteers on this planning committee.

905.655.5827 ext. 231
carol.dahlquist@windreachfarm.org

Kelly Taylor, Volunteer and Operations Manager

Kelly started working at WindReach Farm in 2005 as the Volunteer and Programs Manager.


She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto, and a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure from Humber College. Prior to coming to WindReach Farm, Kelly worked at Holland Bloorview for 10 years in Recreation, as well as Family and Community Relations.

Kelly loves working at WindReach Farm and meeting the visitors and participants in the many programs. The programs have grown over the years since Kelly started, and she is very excited that WindReach is able to serve so many amazing people. Working on a farm, getting the chance to enjoy the beautiful property, and see animals every day is a wonderful experience!

905.655.5827 ext. 225
kelly.taylor@windreachfarm.org

Sara Cosway, Beyond the Farm Gate Program Coordinator

Sara Cosway started with WindReach Farm in April 2005, and has held a variety of positions at the Farm.

She loves working alongside an amazing team of staff, volunteers, and animal ambassadors. Her favourite farm animals are the chickens! But as much as she loves being in the coop with the flock, her greatest satisfaction comes from seeing the visitors and clients’ faces light up when they learn interesting facts, or remember experiences from their childhoods. She is always searching for innovative and fun ways to impact the lives of all the people she comes in contact with.


In her spare time, Sara likes to spend time with her family, spend time outside, go birdwatching, and walk her dogs and foster greyhounds!

905.655.5827 ext. 234
sara.cosway@windreachfarm.org

Pat Bullock, Coordinator of Equine Services

Pat has been working at WindReach Farm since 2014 and has been involved with therapeutic riding for several years. She is a certified instructor for both riders who are disabled and those who are able-bodied.

Pat has been riding since she was eight years old. She enjoys seeing the smiles on the faces of riders, which makes the job amazing!

905.655.5827 ext. 221
pat.bullock@windreachfarm.org

Tony Da Silva, Property Manager

Tony Da Silva started as a volunteer at WindReach Farm in September of 2013. Within a year, he joined our weekend staff, and for the past two years, Tony has been our Property Manager and one of our limited full-time staff.

Being Property Manager is a second career for Tony, and something he thoroughly enjoys, including all the challenges the job sometimes presents. He loves all the animals at the farm, but has a very soft spot for our horses and our young goat named Regina.


Tony looks forward to coming to work at WindReach every day, and hopes to become a therapeutic riding instructor in the near future.

905.655.5827 ext. 223
propertymanager@windreachfarm.org

Jennifer Crothers, Learning-4-Life Coordinator

Jennifer became part of WindReach Farm more than a couple of decades ago. Even from WindReach’s earliest beginnings, she has experienced and passionately embraced the substantial growth of WindReach’s profound vision. While some of this growth is in the actual varied physical structures and facilities, the more important growth continues to occur within the diverse educational and other therapeutic programs that have become such a major part of how we serve the community.

Jennifer remains an integral part of the planning and implementation of many programs at the Farm. Her genuine passion for helping others is well known, and it is reflected in the work she does in the Learning-4-Life Program. She is an avid photographer, artist, and thoroughly enjoys exploring nature. After work, she treasures spending quality time with her family.

905.655.5827 ext. 236
jennifer.crothers@windreachfarm.org

Eleanor Meredith, Farmer and CPP Program Coordinator

Eleanor has been at WindReach Farm since 2011, and is the Farming and Community Participation Program Coordinator. She grew up in Brooklin, Ontario on a hobby farm, and went to high school at Anderson C.V.I. She then graduated from Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph with a 4-year B. Sc. in Agriculture (Animal Science). She has worked in agriculture for over 40 years, starting with the South Ontario 4-H Beef Club, and 10 years of dairy farming, registering calves under the Grand Old Holsteins and Ayrshires prefix.

Her education and experience include working in Senior Care for more than 10 years. This background has helped her to assess individual needs and capabilities of her participants, and offer them appropriate tasks and challenges to make their visits at WindReach successful. She helps to train participants, support staff, animal care volunteers, and college and university placement students to safely care for farm animals. She hopes to share with them the appreciation of nature, farming, and the therapeutic influence animals have on our lives. Eleanor endeavours to provide animals for these programs that are suitably trained and friendly.

Eleanor has been involved in guiding the growth and development of the WindReach Wool Program since 2012, and has been working to offer this program as a therapeutic venue.

Eleanor’s hobbies include reading, learning, Heavy Horse Team Driving, music, visiting local agricultural fairs to learn some of the newest techniques, and spending time with her six beautiful children and their families.

905.655.5827 ext. 229
eleanor.meredith@windreachfarm.org

Andrew Vestby, Horticulture Technician

From 1994 – 1998, Andrew attended Exeter Secondary School. For many of his high school years, Andrew had a co-op placement at WindReach Farm. He really enjoyed this time, and had a wonderful first experience at WindReach.

After high school, Andrew worked at Ocala Winery in Port Perry as a fruit farmer for seven years before he came to WindReach to work at the Stables.

Andrew has been working at WindReach Farm as the Stable Property Manager for over a decade and has recently moved to the position of Horticulture Technican. 

He loves horses and dogs. His other interests include gardening – specifically daylilies and orchids, and viticulture (the science, production and study of grapes for wine making). Andrew is also fluent in American Sign Language.

andrew.vestby@windreachfarm.org

Sonya Yake, Office Manager

Sonya started working at WindReach Farm in the fall of 2018. She is the Office Manager, whose primary task is to look after the accounting and bookkeeping for the farm. Sonya has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Glendon College, which is the French speaking campus of York University. Sonya’s financial career spans over 20 years, and includes years of managing people and processes. Sonya is also trained in “Kaizen” which is a Japanese methodology for improving processes. Being born and raised on a farm, she has the absolute pleasure of coming here each day and meeting so many wonderful participants and volunteers, which makes every day so rewarding.

 

When not at work, Sonya enjoys engaging in house design projects, gardening, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. Sonya and her family are avid hockey and baseball fans, who enjoy watching and playing these sports, and of course taking in a Maple Leaf or Blue Jays game whenever possible!

905.655.5827 ext. 232
accounting@windreachfarm.org

Brett Smith, Learning-4-Life Program Assistant

Brett started with WindReach Farm in 2018. Before WindReach Farm, he completed the Police Foundations and Child Youth Care programs at Durham College, giving him the opportunity to work with the community in a variety of different settings. WindReach Farm was one of his placements, and completely changed his vision of what he wanted to do moving forward. The Learning-4-Life program has provided him with a chance to utilize his artistic abilities and team work skills to enhance the experience for the participants on a daily basis.

Brett enjoys diving into the planning for the program, and finding new and exciting ways to make the program accessible for all. His favourite activity in the program is the monthly talent shows, where everyone gets the chance to showcase their creativity and talents in a fun, inclusive way. Brett’s favourite animals on the farm are the goats, who he loves to train to jump through hoops. When he isn’t at the farm, Brett can be found playing sports, spending time with his family, and completing house renovations.

905.655.5827 ext. 236

brett.smith@windreachfarm.org 

Colleen Arbuckle, Learning-4-Life Program Assistant

Colleen Arbuckle’s first experience at WindReach Farm was as  a support worker for a gentleman in the Community Participation Program (CPP) in 2006. She joined the WindReach staff team in 2016 as a Support Worker in the Learning-4-Life Program.  Colleen has worked in the Developmental Services Field Since 2004, and brings with her a passion for agriculture, lifelong learning, helping people, and a positive and encouraging attitude.

She loves being a part of the Learning-4-Life Team because there is always an opportunity to learn something new at WIndReach.  She enjoys coming up with great activities that are both challenging and fun for the participants of the program.  Colleen encourages everyone to participate in the activities regardless of their abilities, and is always there to cheer them on with her co-workers!

 

In her spare time, Colleen enjoys knitting, crocheting, reading, writing, and playing board games with her friends.  Colleen enjoys volunteering with the local Agricultural Societies, judging the Homecraft and Junior Fair divisions, and she attends many Fairs throughout Ontario. She can often be found at auctions, and with her family and friends in her spare time.

905.655.5827 ext. 236

colleen.arbuckle@windreachfarm.org

Marie Akins, Stables Coordinator

Marie started at WindReach Farm in 2019, in a student placement position with Durham College's Animal Care Program. She eventually joined as weekend staff, and was later promoted to work full-time as the stables coordinator in 2020. Marie has worked with horses since 2014 at her own property, as well as a number of other stables.

Her greatest joy comes from watching the riders flourish. She always loves the acceptance she feels every day from co-workers, volunteers, instructors, and of course, the horses. 

905.655.5827 ext. 221

stables.coordinator@windreachfarm.org

Dave Larkin, Cleaner

Dave began working at WindReach Farm in 2019, as a second career. He works as a facility cleaner providing custodial services for the farm's different buildings.

Dave enjoys all the animals on the farm, and provides assistance where possible. He says the dedication of the people associated with the farm is amazing.

 

cleaner@windreachfarm.org