Program Manager - Little Green Thumbs National
“With a classroom garden, teachers have a valuable tool which can positively impact the lives of their students. As we continue to pursue our vision of ‘a garden in every school, a school in every garden’ we can ensure that we are helping to build engaged children who are stewards of the environment, advocates of agriculture, and believers in living the healthiest lives possible."
Ray was born and raised on a farm in small town Saskatchewan and he is thrilled to be in a position where he can inspire children through agriculture. Ray graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BSc. in Nutrition and spent 7 years working as a Registered Dietitian in northern Manitoba and Toronto Ontario. In 2014 Ray receive a MSc. in Childhood Education from D’ Youville College and was fortunate to obtain first-hand experience teaching in classrooms in Saskatoon. As a teacher, Ray is passionate about having a positive impact on the lives of children in and out of the classroom. His current role with AITC-SK has Ray involved in providing guidance and direction for the Little Green Thumbs program as it continues to expand nationally and internationally, developing relationships with community partners, and enriching the program to further support teachers and students. Ray currently resides in Saskatoon where he enjoys spending time outdoors, participating in various sports, and spending quality time with a good book and a cup of coffee.
Operations Manager, Little Green Thumbs National
Brit believes the world needs informed, engaged and collaborative leaders working towards healthy communities, and that gardens are an ideal place to grow just such leaders! She has worked with diverse communities, including students, adults, youth and residents of the correction system, in the areas of food security, sustainable agriculture, advocacy, and skills development. With a community development background and a range of project and program management experience, her approach to community development is rooted in mobilizing skills, improving networks, thinking differently about problems, and using community assets in new ways.
Brit is passionate about communicating the relationships between food, environment, agriculture and health, and is thrilled with the country’s growing recognition that food and farming practices lie at the heart of our most engaging educational opportunities.
Brit feels fortunate to live surrounded by the beauty of the prairie and South Saskatchewan River valley and can often be found exploring natural areas across the province.
Project and Resource Manager
Christina comes to AITC via an urban route. She was raised in Prince Albert, further educated at the University of Saskatchewan (B.A. degree in Math & English, B.Ed. degree), then employed in Saskatoon for three decades as a high school English educator. (She retired in 2012.) She brings to AITC her passions for gardening and for helping people effectively connect their ideas with the real world through words and action. “Sustainability of our food sources is essential. If young people learn where their food comes from, how to grow their own food, and realize how many exciting career possibilities exist in the diverse ag sector, then sustainability is attainable. As a means to this end, AITC’s engaging programming inspires students, and me!” Christina continues to also be inspired by her husband, Ron, and their children, Kyle and Brynn.