Our Staff

Meet the Team at BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation 

 

Pat

Pat Tonn — Executive Director

Pat’s passion is agriculture education, and she enthusiastically brings this energy to her role as Executive Director. Pat has over 20 years of work experience with the BC Ministry of Agriculture, including program development in youth leadership for 4-H and building awareness of the BC agriculture industry and career opportunities in agriculture. Pat’s management experience with the Sector Development Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture, along with a team approach to running effective programs, is helping build new partnerships for BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation. As a former secondary school teacher, Pat brings additional expertise from within BC's education system.

Pat is involved in the local community through the Rotary Club of Abbotsford and enjoys travel and wine.

Damon

 

 

Damon North – Program Operations Manager

Damon's commitment to service comes from a long history of hospitality and business management liaising with many sectors. Through education and hands on experience Damon brings a team approach to management, and strives for constant personal improvement and professional development.

Growing up in the Lower Mainland has afforded him the opportunity to experience all aspects of our beautiful province from farmland to beaches, from bike riding backwoods trails to the occasional hike to the top of a mountain to view it all. 

Emma

Emma Sweeney — Communications Coordinator

As our Communications Coordinator, Emma is actively telling the story of BCAITC, whether it’s the latest article, presentation, or social media post. Emma also coordinates The Pencil Patch — A Garden for Learning to share an outdoor growing/gardening experience with students, which helps them connect to our food grown in BC.

Emma is passionate about active sports (skiing and soccer are first choice), music, good food, and dogs — and not necessarily in that order.

Amy

 

 

 

Amy Stafford — Education Specialist

Growing up on a working cattle ranch near Williams Lake, BC, Amy brings first-hand agricultural experience to the position of Education Specialist. Amy was a member of the BC 4-H program for 11 years and continues her involvement as an alumni volunteer. She has worked in several schools in Chilliwack, teaching humanities and home economics at the middle school level. Amy also coordinates the Harvest Bin program for AITC and welcomes the opportunity to give students a taste of farming right in their own backyard. 

When not teaching, Amy enjoys baking, reading, spending time with animals, and pouring over jigsaw puzzles - the more pieces the better!

Glenda

Glenda Johnston — Program Coordinator/Office Coordinator

Glenda brings our “growing programs” to life at BCAITC. From Spuds in Tubs and Planting a Promise to The Pencil Patch and the Summer Institute, it all starts at Glenda’s desk. Teachers know they can count on Glenda to answer all their questions about our growing programs!

Travel tops the list of Glenda’s interests, along with cooking, entertaining, and dragon boating.

Paul

Paul Boudreau — Logistics Coordinator

As Logistics Coordinator for the BCSFVNP, Paul connects with the drivers and school staff to ensure that students receive their fresh deliveries on time. Paul also runs Take a Bite of BC, liaising with chefs and suppliers to get fresh product into secondary school teaching kitchens.

Paul enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hiking, and kayaking. He also enjoys music (particularly stringed instruments), hobby building — creating new out of the old — and sitting around his fire pit on a calm evening.

Jody

Jody Fraser — Program Assistant

Jody keeps the administrative side of the BCSFVNP running smoothly, taking care of everything from payments, fridge grants, and school mailouts to answering phones and filing photos.

Jody is passionate about biking, walking, dancing, gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.