Our Staff

Sara Shymko

Sara Shymko
Executive Director

Bio

Sara Shymko

"My roots are woven in my love of agriculture and I am grateful that my “job” is really just an extension of my passion. I want all kids to have these meaningful experiences with food so they can understand, appreciate and respect agriculture and its importance locally and globally." Sara is a passionate leader who gets energized by new ideas. She was raised on a mixed farm near Jasmin, Saskatchewan and still returns to the farm to help out as often as possible. Sara is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics. Before joining AITC-SK, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to live and work in Uganda and Australia. Sara is the proud mother of two lovely, high spirited daughters, Alexandra & Jordyn, and is delighted they share her love of gardening and football!

Susan Jorgensen

Susan Jorgensen
Programs Manager

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Susan Jorgensen

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Susan found her connection to agriculture through a love of cooking, gardening and science. Susan completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in Food Science. She is constantly inspired by student’s ‘Aha! Moments’ in the classroom as well as the passion and commitment of the AITC team. Outside of the office, Susan enjoys digging in the soil and experimenting in the kitchen. Susan is the proud mom of three incredible boys.

Brit MacDonald

Brit MacDonald
National Program Director, Little Green Thumbs

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Brit MacDonald

Brit knows our world needs informed, engaged and collaborative leaders working towards healthy communities - and that gardens are an ideal place to grow such leaders! She has worked with diverse communities, including students, youth, adults 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.

Chandra Gusikoski

Chandra Gusikoski
Communications Coordinator

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Chandra Gusikoski

Chandra was raised on a grain farm outside of Cudworth, SK. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and obtained a Marketing Degree through the College of Commerce. Chandra currently lives in Viscount with her husband where they keep busy with community involvement and volunteering. For fun Chandra enjoys golfing, camping, hunting, fishing, and sports such as slow-pitch, hockey and volleyball. “Having grown up on a farm I take for granted the knowledge and experiences I had being part of the production that gets our crops to your plates. I am excited to grow this initiative and share that knowledge with the province.”

Shauna Hill

Shauna Hill
Finance Officer

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Shauna Hill

Nicknamed the 'Energizer Bunny' by her previous staff, Shauna embodies getting things done and keeping the paperwork flowing. She ran her own accounting and project management firm in the BC Peace Country until trying early retirement. Too much of a go-getter to sit still for long, she now assists Agriculture in the Classroom with a mission close to her heart, teaching kids that food comes from the earth, not the grocery store. As a serial volunteer, Shauna has served on several boards as well as having managed a community garden. In the summer she enjoys her own garden and going on long road trips. Winter is devoted to home renos and quilting.

Paige Pister

Paige Pister
Program Coordinator

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Paige Pister

Paige grew up on a farm in Rhein Saskatchewan – she has loved being involved and helping out on the farm. After working in England as an Au Pair, Paige obtained an Agriculture Degree with an Environmental Science Major from the University of Saskatchewan. She enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, travelling and spending time with her family and friends. This year she has started farming 80 acres near her family farm in Rhein. "My job truly combines two of my passions – agriculture and engaging with children. I love seeing a student’s face light up when they learn something new."

Leah Hermanson

Leah Hermanson
Program Coordinator (on leave)

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Leah Hermanson

Leah has always had a love of agriculture which was fostered from a young age on her family’s Seed Farm in Kamsack, SK. She has a Bachelor of Science (Crop Science) and a Master of Science (Weed Biology) from the University of Saskatchewan. Leah and her husband live in Lumsden, SK with their lively, loving and wonderful daughters, Clara, Elyse and Miriam. Leah enjoys gardening, running, hiking, cooking and helping out on the farm.

Brent Hofstede

Brent Hofstede
Program Coordinator

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Brent Hofstede

To come!

Zach Fellows

Zach Fellows
Sustainability Program Coordinator

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Zach Fellows

Zach grew up in New Hampshire and is a recent Canadian resident and living in Saskatoon. He attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts where he obtained an Environmental Science degree as well as a Masters in Teaching. Working for Agriculture in the Classroom is a blending of both of these passions and an opportunity to explore his new province. For fun Zach enjoys being outdoors, eating great food, and spending time with his dog, Nimoy!

Morgan Lester

Morgan Lester
Program Assistant, Little Green Thumbs

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Morgan Lester

Bio to come!

Melanie Veith

Melanie Veith
Administrative Assistant (on leave)

Bio

Melanie Veith

Melanie is excited to have joined the AITC team as the Administrative Assistant. She hopes to continue to build a strong relationship with AITC. "I enjoy bringing resources to kids about how the food they eat and agriculture are connected." She was born in Prince Albert and grew up in Saskatoon where she received all her education and post-secondary education. She is a very proud mom of twin boys who keep her very busy. Melanie enjoys reading, flower gardening, quadding, snowmobiling, camping and travelling. "My most favourite thing to do is spend time with my family and friends at the lake."