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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Lesley Lavender

Lesley Lavender

Associate ED, Communications Director and Community Resource Development Coordinator  Lesley is successful and experienced in leading communications and marketing strategies. She has a solid business background and experience in web and graphic design. While her focus is community outreach, she enjoys her relationships and mentorship opportunities with the future of our community – the wonderful teens, 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 a REP 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 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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Sydney Kerr

Program Coordinator  Sydney graduated from Brock University with a BA Honours in Child and Youth Studies. Her passion for working with children and youth grew with her early experiences as a camp counselor and as a literacy tutor for children with reading and learning difficulties. Sydney focused her studies on children’s mental health, child and youth well-being, learning disabilities, and the influence of sociocultural factors on young people’s lives. Sydney worked at the Learning Disabilities Association of the Niagara Region (LDANR) where she facilitated literacy intervention programs for children in schools and was the LDANR Research Assistant for 2 years. In addition to her roles at the LDANR, Sydney facilitated before and afterschool programming with the YMCA and was a mentor for high school girls. Sydney works to meaningfully connect with the young people she comes into contact with and is deeply motivated to help young people reach their full potential.

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Lindsay Ferguson

Program Facilitator Lindsay graduated from Trent University with an honours bachelor degree, focusing on psychology and forensic science. After graduation she continued her education in Community and Justice Services at Loyalist College. Lindsay’s education focused on mental health, supportive community organizations (probation and parole, group home services, juvenial detetion centres, etc) along with assisting individuals at-risk through prevention, intervention and rehabilitation to make positive life choices. Lindsay enjoys being active and participating on sports teams. She pursued a position on the Trent University women’s rugby team and has continued to share her wealth of knowledge and passion for the sport as a Coach for the PECI’s Girl’s Rugby team for the past three years. Lindsay has developed great relationships with youth through this journey and is excited with the opportunity to engage in maintaining and building this impact.

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