Our Staff

Sara Shymko

Sara Shymko
Executive Director

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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

Susan was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She and her husband moved their family to Saskatoon in 2008 to pursue educational opportunities. Susan completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, majoring in Food Science in the Spring of 2014. Outside of work, Susan enjoys running, cycling, yoga and experimenting in the kitchen. Susan is the proud mom of three incredible boys.

Christine Meachem

Christine Meachem
Financial and Administration Manager

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Christine Meachem

"I am so proud to be part of a team that is passionate and enthusiastic. I love that we help educators and their students make the connections to where our food comes from. It is gratifying to work in a place where I am always challenged, encouraged to grow and rewarded with a smile from students." Christine was raised on a mixed farm near Aylsham, Saskatchewan. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.A. in History and a B.F.A. in Studio Art. AITC-SK runs effectively and efficiently, largely due to Christine’s ability to effectively manage the finances and administration. Christine is privileged to enjoy the beautiful sunsets and skies from her deck in Aberdeen where she also enjoys swimming, art, photography and spending time with her family.

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.

Ifaz Anwar

Ifaz Anwar
School Garden Assistant, Little Green Thumbs

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Ifaz Anwar

Ifaz was raised in Toronto, Ontario. He moved to Saskatchewan in 2012, to pursue a degree in University of Saskatchewan and obtained a degree in Environmental Science through the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. Ifaz currently lives in Saskatoon with his wife and their two cats. Together they enjoy the smaller peaceful aspect of the city. Ifaz enjoys traveling, cooking, painting, and spending time with his family. "I believe our future generations need to have a clear idea of the challenges they are going to face on meeting the demands of the growing population. I enjoy participating in interactive, informative and fun Ag related learning activities with the kids. This is an extremely rewarding experience for me."

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.”

Kirsten Falzarano

Kirsten Falzarano
Program Coordinator

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Kirsten Falzarano

Kirsten was born in Winnipeg, Mb, where she grew up and developed a love of learning. Kirsten graduated with a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Calgary in 2014, which focused on prehistoric models of land use on the Canadian Plains. Throughout her education, she has had the opportunity to become involved in a variety of educational outreach programs, connecting young children to diverse topics in archaeology, science and agriculture. As a new program coordinator with AITC-SK, Kirsten will be developing and delivering the Explore-Ag field trip program at the Western Development Museum. In her after-work life, Kirsten loves gardening and experiencing new adventures with her husband and two amazing children.

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

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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.

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!

Jenny Klassen

Jenny Klassen
Explore AG Program Coordinator

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Jenny Klassen

For Jenny a favourite memory that has occurred while working with Agriculture in the Classroom was when a student introduced Jenny to fellow classmates, “This is Jenny, she is with Agriculture.” Jenny couldn’t be prouder to be “with Agriculture.” Through childhood Jenny grew up on a dairy farm near the small towns of Glenbush and Medstead, SK. She was able to learn the values of hard work and working as a family while helping on the diary farm, having a garden and seeing the completion of the harvest season. With that passion as the background and a degree in Education from the University of Saskatchewan Jenny is excited to connect students, teachers and families to Agriculture so that they can not only know where their food and resources come from but also for them to know that they can take part in Agriculture in big and small ways. A highlight for Jenny has been seeing students excited and grateful that they can grow their own sunflower to take home. For Jenny, being “with agriculture” keeps her connected to her hometown, her roots as a farm kid and her dad. Jenny is a proud auntie to 5 nieces and nephews and treasures the time she can spend with her family and friends in any kind of capacity.

Christina Krysa

Christina Krysa
Project Specialist

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Christina Krysa

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.

Melanie Veith

Melanie Veith
Administrative Assistant

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Melanie Veith

Bio to come!