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

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.

Email darlene@theroc.ca

Alison Kelly

Alison Kelly

Administrator & Communications Officer

Born in Toronto, and raised in Belleville, Alison and her family moved to Prince Edward County in 2013. When not working from home as a Project Manager (PMP) Consultant, Alison and her family spent the rest of the time laying down roots in the county by attending every community event advertised. In 2018, Alison decided to step away from Project Management and enrolled in Ryerson University’s Community Engagement, Leadership and Development Certificate Program. That same year, Alison joined 99.3 County FM as a volunteer DJ and began her first term as the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board Trustee for South Prince Edward. Alison provides support as our Administrator and Communications Officer and is happy spending her days committed to supporting the youth of Prince Edward County.

Email alison@theroc.ca

Lindsay Ferguson

Lindsay Ferguson

Youth Centre Manager

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, 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.

Email lindsay@theroc.ca

Ben Wadsworth

Ben Wadsworth

Youth Inclusion Program Manager

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.

Email ben@theroc.ca

Claudia Bernardino

Claudia Bernardino

Youth Inclusion Program Case Worker

Claudia joined the ROC in November 2019. She is an experienced Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).  She graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Claudia has spent 9 years working in the non-profit sector with 8 of those years dedicated to supporting youth experiencing homelessness in a Toronto shelter. She is highly skilled in Trauma-Informed Care, Crisis Intervention, Case Management, Counselling, Conflict Resolution and Anti-Oppressive practices. Claudia is committed to developing professional relationships by meeting youth where they are at through a strengths-based, youth-led approach. She is a passionate mental health advocate and believes in the power of the voices of youth and the impact they can make in their communities. Claudia is proud to be a part of the ROC’s youth centre and is excited to connect and create meaningful relationships with youth and their families.

Email claudia@theroc.ca

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