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.

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. 

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 the BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program Lead Program Coordinator, Paul coordinates the deliveries from the farms to the classrooms by connecting with the farmers, drivers, stores and school staff to ensure that students receive their fresh deliveries on time. Paul also runs the Take a Bite of BC Program, liaising with chefs and suppliers to get fresh product into secondary school teaching kitchens.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys the outdoors; gardening, walking, hiking, and kayaking. He also enjoys playing music (particularly stringed instruments) and hobby building — creating new out of the old.

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.

Patty Blackman

 

 

Patty Blackman — Program Coordinator / Logistics

As program coordinator of Fresh to You fundraiser, Patty works with drivers and school staff to ensure all orders are received in a timely manner and are fresh and top quality.  Patty also assists with the logistics for BCSFVNP ensuring quality products arrive safely to schools and that volunteer coordinators are prepared for the deliveries.

Patty has a love for biking, hiking and dancing, loves the challenge of music trivia.  Exploring BC is her new favourite pastime.

Jessica

 

 

 

Jessica Birchall – Garden Programs Assistant

With her passion for gardening stemming early in life, courses in Horticulture at Kwantlen University, and a desire to provide her family with home grown produce she brings an enthusiasm that runs soul deep to the team. Jessica coordinates The Pencil Patch – A Garden for Learning as well as the Harvest Bin program to share an outdoor growing experience with students and volunteers that make those programs happen.

Jessica fills her days caring for her family and small hobby farm. She enjoys the outdoors (but not limited to) hiking, camping and snowboarding.