About Our Team

We are privileged to work everyday at empowering the youth of Prince Edward County to discover, develop and achieve their potential with our recreation programming and outreach mentoring.

Darlene Thompson

Executive Director Armed with belief in the potential of youth and a vision to help guide them through the perils that afflict them, Darlene is one of the founding members of ROC. She began as a volunteer patron and visionary steward, setting up programs for County youth. She soon evolved to become the Board Chair. As the ROC gained momentum over the years, she once again switched gears to lead staff as the Executive Director. Darlene is a Registered Nurse, by profession, practicing at Belleville General Hospital and then as a VON. She is a business entrepreneur, opening Jimodi Jean Company in Prince Edward County, until she turned to focus all of her attention towards the growth and development of the ROC. In 2007, Darlene was presented the “Women in Business Award” for PEC. Darlene holds a passion that inspires all in her presence to believe in youth.

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Hilary Fennell

Youth Centre Director, Program Coordinator  Heavily involved in community theatre, Hilary graduated with a Bachelor in Dramatic Arts from Brock University, after which she spent some time in New Zealand expanding her cultural knowledge and experience. As a lifetime resident of Prince Edward County, she has contributed her energy to organizations such as PEFAC, the Wellington Recreation Committee, and was a committee member for International Women’s Day. Hilary has a particular interest in all aspects of youth, and a clear understanding that at an early age, even small gestures, made at the right time, can be a catalyst in children’s lives. Hilary brings generosity, spontaneity and a brilliant sense of adventure to the team. Her contagious good humour and vibrant personality resonate with the youth she impacts everyday at the ROC.

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Lesley Lavender

Lesley Lavender

Executive Assistant, Communications Director and Community Resource Development Coordinator  Offering more than 17 years successful communications experience combined with leading outreach and marketing programs, Lesley brings her solid business background and experience in web and graphic design to the team. While her focuses is community outreach (marketing, fundraising, etc), she enjoys her relationships forming with the future of our community – the wonderful kids, and you! Lesley is a member of her children’s School Council and sits on the Board of Directors with the County Foundation. She is an active coach with the County Clippers Basketball organization. As a long-time billet home for players on the Wellington Dukes Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club, Lesley has a strong connection with the youth and community organizations of The County. Lesley is also a certified birth doula and has assisted in the births of many babies.

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Peter Berg

Program Coordinator of the YES (Youth Entrepreneurship Success) program. He is passionate about helping young people recognize their capacity to build lives of their own choosing. He is tasked with facilitating connections between entrepreneurs and youth, to expose the youth to a variety of different self employment possibilities, to help them explore and articulate how their interests could be transformed into businesses, and maybe even help them get a business of their own making off the ground. “I am absolutely full of hope and enthusiasm for this project and I’ll be eager to share the news as things happen. Stay tuned!” Peter is himself an entrepreneur. He is self employed as a visual artist, musician, renovator and interior designer and he is very excited for the year to come.

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