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.
Sydney joined the ROC staff in July 2017. Her educational focus on mental health, learning difficulties, child and adolescent development, and the influence of sociocultural factors on the lives of young people earned her a BA Honours in Child and Youth Studies from Brock University. Sydney is a Child and Youth Care Practitioner passionate about relationships and has been working with children, youth and families for the past 5 years at various non-profit agencies. She has experience working with a diverse population of children and youth with a background in research, tutoring, counselling, and program planning and management. As a long-time Prince Edward County resident Sydney has established strong roots in our community. Sydney works to meaningfully connect with the children, youth and families that 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 the Prince Edward County Youth Centre and eager to build lasting relationships with the youth and families of The County.
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