Our TeamWe 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.
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.
Youth CounsellorLindsay 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, juvenile detention 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.
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.
Ben is a proud member of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care Practitioners (OACYC). Ben had many teachers, youth workers and camp counsellors who invested in him in his teenage years which has made him passionate about youth work and the importance of healthy role models in these formative years. Ben graduated from Humber College with a three-year advanced diploma in Child and Youth Work and is in his last semester of the Bachelors of Child and Youth Care (BCYC) program from the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Ben’s education focused on child and adolescent development, interventions, youth mental health, abnormal psychology, addictive behaviours in child youth and families, youth counselling and psychotherapy and law in child and youth care. Ben has experience working in many different areas of child and youth care including child protection through the Highland Shores Children’s Aid, Community Living, Ontario Works, a youth shelter in Toronto, drop-in centres, group homes and many youth groups. Ben is thrilled to be a part of the team at ROC and thePrince Edward County Youth Centre and eager to build lasting relationships with the youth and families of The County.
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