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.
A native to the Eastern Townships, Katie returned to live in Stanstead in 2010 after completing her Bachelor of Education at the University of Ottawa and teaching internationally for 5 years in 5 different countries. A self-proclaimed non-traditional educator, Katie jumped at the chance to develop an alternative approach to support student success in the Stanstead area. Katie has been instrumental in the growth of Phelps and under her guidance the organization has grown from a single high school tutoring program to 6 diverse educational offerings that support over 200 participants aged 8-30. Katie is proud that Phelps has now become a community resource, one that students, families, schools and other community organizations are turning to for support and leadership. “The reality is that Phelps participants often face more barriers to education and employment than most, but by working together, we are seeing that these can be overcome and long-term change is attainable”.
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 four years, Clea coordinated and animated the local youth centre, Le Lounge, spending Friday evenings with Stanstead teens. In addition to this, Clea worked tirelessly handling volunteer recruitment, marketing and fundraising for Phelps. After 5 years with the organization, Clea is now in charge of Phelps’ flagship program, the high school tutoring program, and 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 why I am so proud to be part of this organization”.
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.”
Elementary Tutoring Coordinator
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’’.
Macy, a native to Stanstead, holds strong ties in the community. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Education at Bishop’s University, and returned to work with the Stanstead youth. She began her journey at Phelps as the coordinator of Phelp’s en français, which expanded Phelps’ services to the French community. For the past two years, she has been working at the local youth center, and teaching at Sunnyside Elementary. She returns to Phelps as coordinator of the Mentoring Program, as well as the Elementary Tutoring Program at Jardin-des-Frontières. Macy is passionate about learning, visual arts, and dance. She aspires to instill a love of learning in a community that has so much to offer. She is dedicated to the well-being of her students, and youth that she works with.
Alyson grew up in the Eastern Townships and is a proud local. She attended Alexander Galt Regional High School, and Champlain college Lennoxville, where she then discovered her love of learning and exploring new places and knowledge. She attended Bishop's University in Elementary Education, all the while doing a half year exchange program with the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom in Environmental studies. After completing her B.Ed & certificate in Environmental Studies and Geography from BU, she decided to venture North to the Northern Quebec and the James Bay area. She spent two years in a cree community teaching grades 1 and 2, getting involved in the community while embracing and learning Cree language, culture and way of life in the north. Upon returning to her deeply rooted home, in the townships, she is now employed with ETSB and Phelps Helps. Being an avid advocate for inspiring curiosity and the love of learning in young learners, she also loves working with and around animals. “Making learning meaningful for kids is very important to help children see the value in education. Phelps provides children with these opportunities I am ecstatic to be part of the team.”
Elizabeth is an Eastern Townships native. She attended both Alexander Galt and Champlain Regional College. She is currently part-time at Phelps Helps as she completes her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature with a minor in Business at Bishop’s University. A strong supporter of community involvement, Elizabeth is keen to complement the Phelps team with her organizational skills and enthusiasm. Her hobbies include golfing, hiking, painting, and skiing. Previously, Elizabeth has coached competitive downhill skiing and is eager to be working with children again. Inspiring growth and willingness to learn is a lifelong skill that never expires, and she is excited to animate Phelps participants in the same way. “Working with such an amazing organization is a privilege. It is an honour to be a driving force in the educational and societal needs of our community.”
Development and Outreach Coordinator
Sophie was born and raised in the United Kingdom. She moved to Canada in 2008 and her family made Stanstead their home in the summer of 2019 and has embraced being an active member of the community. As a Marketing Management and French BA graduate from Oxford Brookes University in the UK, Sophie has a particular interest in marketing for the nonprofit world. Sophie holds the title of Development and Outreach Coordinator and works closely with the community on various events and projects. “I really value the exchange of knowledge with my exceptional colleagues at Phelps Helps and I am proud to have the opportunity to make a difference to the young people in the community”. Sophie is an avid reader and strongly believes that the love of books is a trait that can be learnt. She has her hand in many different projects; recently training to be a Pilates teacher as well as being the co-founder of an online jewellery brand that she manages with her two sisters.
Jayme is a proud 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 went on to obtain her Masters of Public Health from the University of Guelph and has now returned to work in the Eastern Townships. 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.”
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.”