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.
Interim Executive Director
Debbie is a native Townshipper and a longtime active community member in Stanstead, whether as former postmaster of the Beebe Post Office or as a volunteer coach for youth sports, and member of the Stanstead Recreation Association. A mother of four, Debbie earned her BA in Sociology from Bishop’s University. During her 10 years as Health and Social Services Coordinator for Townshippers' Association, Debbie was involved in numerous committees and organizations focused on youth, education and mental health. She has also served as both a board member and employee of the Stanstead Volunteer Centre (CAB). Debbie currently sits on the board of the Stanstead Historical Society and has been a town councillor for Stanstead since 2017. “I am happy to be a part of this dynamic team of caring, compassionate, intelligent, and dedicated individuals. Together we will continue to offer services that help Stanstead children and youth recognize and achieve their full potential in both education and employment.”
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”.
Program, Data, and Communications Coordinator
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 spending time with friends, showing cattle, and playing sports. As the Compass Program Coordinator at Phelps Helps, she enjoys 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 now become my home.”
Geneviève is originally from the South Shore of Montreal, but the Eastern Townships has always had a special 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’’.
Elizabeth is an Eastern Townships native. She attended both Alexander Galt and Champlain Regional College and is currently working 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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
Youth Engagement & Outreach Coordinator
While Nick was born in Ontario, he has Eastern Townships blood flowing through his veins. His father grew up right here in Stanstead, his grandparents lived here for over half a century, and he still has many family members in the area.
Originally a Police Foundations graduate from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario, Nick worked as a Canada Border Services Officer for five years, and then as head residence life advisor at Fulford Academy for another five years. It was at Fulford Academy that he then discovered his talent for counselling, which led to his return to school. Nick's school of choice? Bishop's University. Bringing him full circle, back to the Eastern Townships.
As a recent graduate from Bishop’s University with an honours degree in psychology (Go Gaiters!), Nick “believes that the best way to build a strong community is to start with the foundation, and the foundation of any community is the people who live there. By helping our young community members realize their full potential, we are laying a foundation that’s harder than Stanstead granite.”