MEET OUR PEOPLE
Darren is currently the Executive Director with Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador. In this role, he is responsible for leading and developing strong partnerships and funding relationships with government departments, corporations, agencies and community organizations. Darren holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Acadia University and has over 20 years experience working in the environmental sector, including work with such groups as Parks Canada, Environment Canada and the Western Newfoundland Model Forest. Darren has held the positions of Regional Supervisor, Project Officer and Program Manager, and Director of Programs with Conservation Corps. In his current role as Executive Director, Darren is able to combine his diverse skills as a professional manager, leader, biologist, trainer/facilitator, and program developer, as well as advocate our province's youth, environmental, and cultural resources.
Megan Stuckless began working with CCNL in 2007 and her appreciation for the cultural and environmental well-being of our beautiful province, as well as the as the not for profit sector, has grown with each passing year. As the current Programs Manager she finds great value in being able to support and advance the goals of the organization. Being a mother and working with youth inspires her to continue working toward sustainability and cultural and environmental integrity for those to come.
With a genuine passion for budgets, financials and reconciliations, Heather Boland embraces the role of Finance and Office Manager with Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL). Heather ensures financial reporting compliance on all funding, maintains quarterly budgeting for all projects, processes payroll and accounts payable/receivable and maintains all financial records throughout the year in preparation for the annual year-end audit. Heather has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and has over 9 years’ experience working in the accounting industry. Prior to joining the CCNL Team in 2015 she gained diverse and exceptional experience working in public accounting firms serving clients in manufacturing, construction, retail and charities/non-profits.
When Heather doesn’t have her head in the books, she is likely found at the cabin with her husband Steve and two children Nathan and Sadie. As a family, they embrace the outdoors in every season through ice fishing, kayaking, hiking, swimming in the pond and berry picking.
Hailing from the east end of St. John’s, Jess is a longtime supporter of environmental conservation initiatives. She thanks her father for this, as he dedicated his career to environment stewardship and instilled in her a similar appreciation and awareness.
Jess has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her role as Education and Outreach Coordinator combines her interests in environmental preservation with her experience as a teacher. This exciting position has her traveling the island, meeting teachers and students, sharing ideas and learning new ones!
A DIY and upcycling enthusiast, Jess dreams of travelling the world in an Airstream trailer and stopping at every yard sale and antique shop along the way. All of this with her favourite person, Peter.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree (Communication Studies and English) at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Spring 2015, Stephanie was delighted to return to CCNL as the Communications and Marketing Coordinator. She had previously worked with the organization as a Green Team member and then a Regional Supervisor.
Stephanie is excited to be able to share her passion for promotion, digital marketing, and media enhancement in this position. She has had the opportunity to create CCNL's new TV show EcoVision, develop many new promotional materials, and improve CCNL's social and online presence (including making the website you're currently reading!).
Stephanie is an animal lover and the owner of two adopted rescue pets: Nacho and Calvin. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, and getting outside!
Penny joined the team at CCNL in the spring of 2015 as a Regional Supervisor for the Green Team program. After her summer as a Regional Supervisor, Penny worked as the Education and Outreach Assistant for CCNL, where she delivered climate change classroom presentations to students across Newfoundland and Labrador. She recently started a new role as the Program Support Coordinator and is excited to continue to share her passion for environmental stewardship and conservation.
Penny has a Bachelor of Education Degree and has been teaching Geography for the past 8 years. In her spare time, Penny enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and any other outdoor adventure. Penny hopes to one day visit every landform in Canada!
Katie has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Earth Sciences from Memorial University, which has helped her develop a strong interest in the responsible and sustainable development of our planet’s resources.
As part of the “Taking Action on Water Conservation in NL” project Katie will mainly be working to promote water conservation around the province. A large portion of the project will focus on making information accessible to people about home water usage, safety, and the opportunity for conservation. In addition, Katie will be conducting a homeowner study to assess current levels of water usage and conservation around certain areas of St. John’s. Katie will also be hitting the road to promote water conservation in areas all across the province through social media and in person presentations and town hall events.
If you’re still reading this, Katie enjoys being active by running, hiking, and playing basketball. She also recently started learning Aikido, a Japanese martial art. She loves the tv show The Walking Dead, and unfortunately doesn’t have time for any criticism of the plot moving too slowly! Check out her favourite TED talk “The happy secret to better work” by Shawn Achor.
Nick Wells has a vested interest in Newfoundland and Labrador and the success of its young people. As a former camp counsellor with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, he understands that empowering youth is important for the success of their communities. Nick believes the best way to tackle this is through initiatives like CCNL that not only offer meaningful employment, but help young people learn something about themselves and their communities in the process.
Aside from that, Nick is a huge fan of board games, card games, and “nerd” culture in general, whereas his favourite outdoor activities are kayaking and throwing a Frisbee around with his friends.
Jennifer Crowe is stoked to be back for a second summer as a Regional Supervisor in the Avalon region of the province! Working last summer as a Regional Supervisor opened Jen's eyes to the incredible work being pursued (especially in small communities) by youth and community organizations, who are working in collaboration to conserve their environment, culture, and community at large. Passionate about community development and youth engagement, Jen previously worked as the coordinator of Memorial's Student Volunteer Bureau for two years while completing her degree in Political Science. Through the CCNL Regional Supervisor role, Jen feels privileged to work with the inspiring youth of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the empowering community partners who work so hard to strengthen our communities!
In love with all things Newfoundland and Labrador, in Jen's spare time, she can be found procrastinating her Masters thesis by hiking the East Coast trail, rowing at quidi vidi lake (go team O'Dea Earle!), volunteering, or finding an excuse to indulge in her favourite food, chocolate (today's excuse... it's Tuesday!).
Cecelia has a Bachelor of Education degree from Memorial University, which has given her the opportunity to work with youth of many ages and cultures. She has always understood the importance of empowering today's youth if we want to promote positive growth within the community and the world at large.
Cecelia was grateful for the opportunity to work with CCNL, as this non-profit organization encompasses all the areas she is passionate about. CCNL gives youth the opportunity to develop a variety of skills as they work to protect this provinces environment and cultural heritage. She feels that this combination will make an affirmative difference not only in the lives of our youth but for the individual communities and the whole province.
As the mother of two amazing young girls, Cecelia has a strong set of family values. As a family, they love the outdoors and spend their free time enjoying nature with their cat Annie. They also have two horses and hope to one day run their own family farm.
Ryan is a Regional Supervisor for the Green Team and ECHO programs for the summer of 2017. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies) at Grenfell Campus of MUN in 2015. He is in the process of completing a Master of Arts in Geography & Environmental Management from the University of Waterloo specializing in community planning & rural community development. This background has provided Ryan with a strong interest in environmental and cultural conservation, as well as working to better communities in Newfoundland & Labrador.
Ryan is an outdoor recreation enthusiast particularly backcountry hiking, trail running, kayaking, and both skiing and snowboarding. Ryan has spent time volunteering for other non-profit organizations including the International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador and the Canadian Ski Patrol.