Our Staff


Darren Feltham

Executive Director


 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

Programs Manager


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.

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Heather Boland

Finance & Office Manager


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 enjoying time with her two children, Nathan and Sadie. Heather loves to embrace the outdoors in every season through ice fishing, kayaking, hiking, swimming in the pond and berry picking


Natalie Dignam

Outreach & Communications Coordinator


Natalie has a background in communications, heritage and radio. She loves getting out from behind the screen to connect with people and communities about CCNL's programs and projects, from climate change education to trail work. Natalie graduated with her M.A. in Folklore from Memorial University, and has worked with Heritage NL, CHMR 93.5 FM, and Memorial University on various community-based cultural projects. She is a Massachusetts native who earned her B.A. at St. Lawrence University in Upstate New York before moving to NL. In her free time, she enjoys hiking.

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Willem Peters

Watershed Conservation Coordinator


Willem Peters works with the municipalities, residents, and other interest groups along the Waterford river on the creation of a watershed management plan. With a BSc in Geography at Memorial University and a MSc in Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Willem has a keen passion for sustainably managing environmental resources for its myriad of uses, from ecosystem services to recreational opportunities. 

Outside of his work with CCNL, Willem enjoys writing, hiking, and playing frisbee golf.

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Emily Cumming

Environmental Education Program Lead


Emily was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and grew up exploring the province, collecting beach stones and wildflowers. She received a B.Sc. with Honors (2015) in Earth Sciences (Geology) from Memorial University, and a M.Sc. (2018) in Earth Sciences from MUN, with a focus in Environmental Geochemistry. As a graduate research assistant with the DELTAS Research Group at MUN, she studied the flux of greenhouse gases in the Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park. 

Prior to joining CCNL, Emily was Project Coordinator for Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program, where she oversaw projects pertaining to coastal water quality in Placentia Bay, plastic waste diversion and reduction within the Virginia and Waterford watersheds, and aquatic connectivity across the Avalon and Burin Peninsulas.

Emily is a fierce advocate for conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador, and for environmental education that is inclusive and empathetic. She is thrilled to be a part of the CCNL team.

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Susan Higdon

Environmental Education Coordinator


Susan joined the CCNL team in February 2021 and is excited to contribute to the efforts of the Climate Change Education Centre. She completed a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University in 2005 and has worked as a teacher to students of all ages. She appreciates the importance of educating our youth about the impact of climate change on our environment and the changes we can make to move toward a more sustainable future. She is passionate about helping people connect with nature and each other. She believes in creating a happier, healthier global community that celebrates cultural diversity and cooperation. She fosters these values in her own family by hiking and camping together, gardening, supporting local businesses and organizations and through travel. Yoga, music and art are a few of her favorite things.

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Chantel Aylward

Finance and Office Manager (Maternity Leave Replacement)


Chantel is currently the Finance & Office Manager (Maternity Leave Replacement) with CCNL. A Labrador native with an extensive background in Management, Finance, and Client Relations, Chantel loves working with numbers and thinking outside of the box on how to make things more efficient and innovative. Chantel graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and is currently working toward gaining a CPA designation. Outside of work Chantel will most likely be found at the dog park with her partner and two golden doodles.

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Juliana Phelan

Programs Assistant


Juliana was born and raised in St. John’s, developing a passion for all things outdoors. She has a BSc in Ecology and Conservation Biology (2020) and BA in Geography (2021) from Memorial University. In addition, she is commencing her MSc at St. Mary’s University with a focus on plant community ecology in the fall.
With a passion for community engagement, environmental education programming and cultural and environmental conservation, she is excited to be working as the Programs Assistant with Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador this summer.
Outside work, she enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, travelling (when allowed), and spending time with her friends.

Green Team Regional Supervisors

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Benjamin Piercey

Regional Supervisor (Zone 1)


With an interest in people, cultures, and the law, Ben graduated Memorial University in 2018 with an Undergraduate Degree, majoring in Sociology and Law & Society.
Ben has worked with CCNL since the beginning of 2019, working with the READY Program, Green Team Program, and as part of the Climate Change Education Centre team.
Outside of work, Ben enjoys spending time outdoors and walking his over-excited Golden Retriever, Tanner.


Shelby Beals

Regional Supervisor (Zone 2)


Upon graduation, Shelby took time to travel the globe developing her interest in communication regarding the environment. She has lived in a tent, hiked the Himalayas, cycled through countries and guided thousands of people across the Athabasca Glacier in this pursuit. Her endeavours have solidified her passion for working with people and have pointed her compass toward sustainable environmental management. Shelby has worked with CCNL in various capacities; first as a Regional Supervisor with the Green Team Program in the summer of 2020, then as the Strategic Initiatives Facilitator investigating exciting social enterprise opportunities, and now returning as CCNL's Zone 2 Regional Supervisor for the 2021 season. She is excited to continue working with the community she calls home and to see what we can accomplish together!


Jenn Reid

Regional Supervisor (Zone 3)


Jennifer is returning to CCNL in the role of Regional Supervisor for her third Green Team season. A recent graduate from Memorial University's Bachelor of Primary/Elementary STEM Education second-degree Program, Jenn has a deep-rooted passion for inclusivity, equitability, and social justice. Working with and mentoring the youth of this province has and continues to be the perfect opportunity to share these passions and make an impact on those who will be the future leaders of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Outside of working with CCNL (and attending University), Jenn is a detail-oriented, goal-setting, pun-loving individual who enjoys event planning, crafting, and learning new and creative skills. She is looking forward to what is always a fun, insightful, and eye-opening experience this summer and can't wait to meet you and your dogs (from a safe social distance)!


Jessica Turner

Regional Supervisor (Zone 4)


Jessica is originally from Windsor, Ontario and moved to Corner Brook, Newfoundland to pursue a BSc in Environmental Science with a minor in environment and sustainability at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University. She is very passionate about the planet and has a special interest in climate change, sustainability and species at risk. Engaging with community members, especially youth to discuss and educate about environmental concerns is something Jessica has been invested in for many years and is excited to continue through her work with CCNL. In her personal life, Jessica enjoys hiking, camping, snowshoeing and skiing. She is also an active volunteer member of Bay of Islands Search and Rescue in Corner Brook.

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Hi I’m Polly! I’m part of the Climate Change Club with the Climate Change Education Centre at Conservation Corps NL. My friends and I raise awareness about climate change and how we can all work together to take care of our planet.