AITC Canada Staff
Johanne Ross, Executive Director
Over the past 20 years I have spent the BEST part of my career working with Agriculture in the Classroom! I am so proud to now work with AITC-C, and its provincial member organizations, on the national stage. AITC inspires students and educators to take an interest in Canada's agriculture and food story. I am passionate about agriculture and food education, collaboration with our sector partners, partnerships and healthy, energetic conversations.
I am inspired by the people who I get to work alongside in telling this important story. The agriculture and food business is dynamic, diverse, challenging and exciting, right from the farm gate to the supper plate! I am truly committed to helping bring AITC's from across this nation to ALL Canadian classrooms, to empower students and educators to connect deeply with the food they love and where it came from.
Christa Wright, Operations Manager
Growing up on a farm I always had a great appreciation where our food comes from. Our family is now into the 3rd generation, and I have watched how farming is not just a job but a lifestyle filled with dedication and passion. Our children today are so removed from the farm, they do not have the understanding where our food comes from or the importance of food. When I first began my career in agriculture education many years ago I quickly learnt that we have an obligation to educate our future generations. We have a good story to tell and I am excited to have a role to play in delivering it to students across Canada. Agriculture in the Classroom Canada will build provincial capacity across this country for agriculture education so we can reach as many students as possible. So proud to be a member of this dynamic team!
Rayanne Frizzell, Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month Coordinator
Growing up Rayanne was a proud 4-H member in rural Nova Scotia, she attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and earned a B.Sc. in Agricultural Business and also met her dairy farmer husband! Rayanne was previously the General Manager of the PEI Provincial Exhibition where she saw first hand the need to provide more education about the agriculture industry to the general public and in particular those in the next generation that don't have the connection to farmers. A member of the PEI Agriculture Awareness Committee and PEI 4-H, she's been involved with connecting youth and agriculture for the past several years and was pleased to join AITC-Canada in 2016 to expand on this passion. It is more important than ever to share with youth the amazing things that happen in the Canadian Agricultural Industry every single day.
Becky Parker, Ag Careers Program Manager
I love the 'lightbulb' moment when students learn something new about agri-food and increase their appreciation of the industry. My passion is to help them link their interests and skills with career pathways in agriculture and food.
Melissa Clark, Program Assistant
I am so proud to be part of a team that provides curriculum-based programming and resources to students and teachers across Canada, promoting ag education! As a 'teacher to be' I think it is so important to provide students with the opportunities and skills to think critically about where their food comes from so they can navigate their way through the information that inundates their daily lives!
Nicole Freeden, Education Consultant
Louis Hébert, was know as the first European settler to support his family in Canada from farming! I also learned that he was my 16th great great grandfather. This is where my passion for agriculture began! Even though I grew up in a urban community, I was passionate for all things Agriculture. I had only wished back then we had more opportunities in schools to learn about such a dynamic industry.
As an educator, I believe Canadian students and teachers should be able to have experiential learning opportunities in the agriculture sector. That is why I am proud to work with an organization and community of people that are equally passionate for bringing agriculture into Canadian classrooms.
Allison Leclerc, Finance Coordinator
As a farmer, I feel it is important that people, young and old, know where their food comes from and AITC-C delivers in an accurate, balanced and current format! Seeing each province deliver Ag Education across the country makes me proud to be a part of the team.