The Phelps Helps staff is comprised of university graduates with degrees and training in education, psychology, public health and literature. Our team is passionate about their work and each member brings a personal understanding of the specific challenges facing the local youth.
Katie grew up in the Eastern Townships and is a proud alumnus of Alexander Galt Regional High School. After completing her BA in Political Science at Carleton University, Katie discovered her passion for teaching and never looked back. She became ESL-certified while working with Spanish-speaking migrants in the United States, and she proceeded to parlay her love of travel and education by taking on teaching opportunities in Ghana, China, and South Korea. Returning to Canada in 2010, she obtained her B. Ed. from the University of Ottawa before moving to the Stanstead area with her husband. Katie was instrumental in the establishment of Phelps, and under her guidance, the program has grown from a single program to 7 diverse educational offerings. “As an educator, working at Phelps is a dream come true. I have the opportunity to support a student through every step of their education and watch the evolution of the whole child. That is what makes being a part of Phelps truly special”.
Volunteer, Advancement and High School Program Coordinator
Another lifelong Townshipper, Clea brings years of mentorship experience and grassroots knowledge to Phelps’ programs. She holds both a BA in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Certificate in Business Management from Bishop’s University. For the last four years, Clea coordinated and animated the local youth centre, Le Lounge, spending Friday evenings with Stanstead teens. In addition to her tireless work handling volunteer recruitment, marketing and fundraising for Phelps, Clea also coordinates Sunnyside Elementary's Community Learning Centre. In her spare time, she enjoys working with horses, practicing yoga, and playing racket sports. “We dream big at Phelps, and it is immensely rewarding to see those dreams become a reality and have such a direct impact on the community. What we do at Phelps is tangible; this is the reason why I am so proud to be part of Phelps”.
Communications and Operations Manager | Graduate Support Program Coordinator
Jayme is proud a Stanstead native. Like the vast majority of students in Phelps’ programs, Jayme made the often daunting transition from the small, local Sunnyside Elementary school to the substantially larger Alexander Galt Regional more than an hour away by bus from her home. Jayme recently obtained her Masters of Public Health from the University of Guelph and as new member of the Phelps team, is keen to put her specialization of community health to use in her hometown. She is passionate about healthy living and loves spending time outdoors, especially playing competitive softball. “I was drawn to Phelps because of our community engagement, inspirational successes, and the impact the program was having on the community,” says Jayme. “I see so much potential for Phelps to grow in the coming years and am thrilled to be part of it.”
Education and Career Advisor
Elizabeth grew up in a rural town in southwest Quebec. She moved to the Eastern Townships in 2011 to pursue post-secondary studies at Champlain College Lennoxville and immediately fell in love with the community. After completing Champlain, she went on to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Bishop’s University. Elizabeth is passionate about learning and trying new things. In her spare time, she loves playing team sports, showing cattle, and reading. As Education and Career Advisor at Phelps Helps, she looks forward to highlighting every opportunity the community has to offer and to support students in their education and future careers. “I am eager to be a part of the future of Phelps and to help give back to the community that has become my home.”
Phelps en français Coordinator
Alvin grew up in Martinique attending a French school, while English was his first language. He worked in a rehabilitation hospital as an orthotist-prosthetist for 8 years. During these years, he learned to be responsive to the need of others and build strong connections with them. He moved in Quebec in 2006. After Laval, Montreal and Laurentians, he stopped his journey in the beautiful region of the Eastern Townships. Being in nature and the mental and physical well-being of such incited him to move here with his wife and his 3 kids. He studied Literature and Languages at the University in Martinique. He obtained his Bachelor of Education in French Second Language in 2012 from UQAM. During his free time, he plays tenor saxophone, and enjoys reading, especially about health, nutrition and education. At an early age, Alvin was working with teenagers and for him, teaching is as appetizing as an apple-pie. "Caring about others is essential to really knowing someone, this is what I find in Phelps' mission. Be responsive and make every situation an opportunity to build a strong relationship."
Geneviève is originally from the South Shore of Montreal, but the Eastern Townships has always had a place in her heart. Spending summers here with her family since she was a young girl, Geneviève decided in to make Stanstead her home in 2015. In 2017, Geneviève began as a dedicated Phelps en français volunteer tutor and fell in love with the organization. In April 2018, she joined the Phelps’ team as a Programs Assistant. Her past being in the cooking and pastry industries, Geneviève’s love for creating healthy versions of people’s favorite foods has been helpful for preparing our sessions’ healthy snacks. ‘’I believe that Phelps is a wonderful organization where every little gesture can make a big difference and I feel lucky to be a part of it’’.
Heather attended both Sunnyside Elementary and Alexander Galt Regional High School. After studying Business Administration at Champlain College, she returned to Stanstead and began her career in fashion and design with HB Heller. She had the opportunity to hone her skills in the summer of 2007 while studying contour fashion at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. For the past seven years, Heather has enjoyed working closely with local students and educators as Sunnyside’s Administrative Assistant. She has been an enthusiastic member of the Phelps team since its inception. “It’s been wonderful to see how Phelps has grown and the impact that it’s had on so many of our students lives.”