Kendra Abbey, Stables Coordinator
Certified CanTRA Therapeutic Intermediate Instructor
BSc in Environmental Science and Business Administration
Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation
Kendra has been working at WindReach Farm for the past three and half years as the Stable Coordinator. She coordinates the Therapeutic Riding Program and ensures the daily care of the horses in the program. She is a Certified CanTRA Therapeutic Intermediate Instructor teaching many of our riders at WindReach Farm.
Kendra loves working with the amazing riders, horses, staff and volunteers at WindReach Farm and feels so lucky that she gets to be a part of something extraordinary every day! In her spare time Kendra enjoys riding her horses competing in equine mounted games in Canada and the US and plays hockey in a women’s league.
Pat Bullock, Coordinator of Equine Services
Pat has been working at WindReach Farm for three years and has been involved with therapeutic riding for 15 years. She is a certified instructor for both riders who are disabled and those who are able-bodied.
Pat has been riding since she was eight years old. She enjoys seeing the smiles on the faces of our riders, which makes this job amazing!
Sara Cosway, Beyond the Farm Gate Program Coordinator
BA in Sociology
Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy
Sara Cosway started with WindReach Farm in April 2005, after working with adults with special needs at Community Living Durham North, and has held a variety of positions including Skills Link Coordinator and Day Visitor Coordinator since then. She is currently working in Education and Recreation Services as the Beyond the Farm Gate Program Coordinator.
She loves working alongside an amazing team of staff, volunteers, and animal ambassadors. Her favourite farm animals are the chickens! But as much as she loves being in the coop with Holly, Pip, Turbo and the rest of the flock, her greatest satisfaction comes from seeing the visitors and clients’ faces light up when they learn interesting facts or remember experiences from their childhoods. She is always searching for innovative and fun ways to impact the lives of all the people she comes in contact with.
In her spare time, Sara likes to spend time with her family, spend time outside, go birdwatching and walk her dog, Jasper!
Jennifer Crothers, Learning 4 Life Coordinator
Jennifer became part of WindReach Farm more than a couple of decades ago. Even from WindReach’s earliest beginnings, she has experienced and passionately embraced the substantial growth of WindReach’s profound vision. While some of this growth is in the actual varied physical structures and facilities, the more important growth continues to occur within the diverse educational and other therapeutic programs that have become such a major part of how we serve the community.
Jennifer remains an integral part of the planning and implementation of many programs at the Farm. Her genuine passion for helping others is well known and it is reflected in the work she does in the Learning-4-Life Program. She is an avid photographer, artist and thoroughly enjoys exploring nature. After work, she treasures spending quality time with her family.
Tony Da Silva, Property Manager
Working at Heights
Basics for Small Drinking Water Systems (O. Reg. 319/08)
Tony Da Silva started as a volunteer at WindReach Farm in September of 2013. Within a year he joined our weekend staff and for the past two years Tony has been our Property Manager and one of our limited full-time staff.
Being Property Manager is a second career for Tony and something he thoroughly enjoys including all the challenges the job sometimes presents. He loves all the animals at the farm but has a very soft spot for our horses and our young goat named Regina.
Tony looks forward to coming to work at WindReach every day and hopes to become a therapeutic riding instructor in the near future.
Carol Dahlquist, Foundation Executive Director
Carol is excited to lead the Foundation Board to fulfilling its mission to raise funds and awareness for WindReach Farm. In her role, Carol has the pleasure of reaching out and connecting with potential donors and sponsors in the community who support the programs and services provided by WindReach Farm. She is passionate about the work we do at WindReach Farm and takes delight in sharing this with our donors and stakeholders in the community.
Carol is committed to working with the Foundation Board as they strive to meet the needs of WindReach Farm through fundraising, community presentations, as well as grant and proposal writing. In addition, she is excited to take the lead in planning the annual fundraising gala – A Night at WindReach Farm – which takes place every September. Carol is fortunate to work with a wonderful team of volunteers on this planning committee.
Eleanor Meredith, Farmer and CPP Program Coordinator
BSc in Agriculture (Animal Science)
Eleanor Meredith has been at WindReach Farm since 2011 and is the Farming and Community Participation Program Coordinator. She grew up in Brooklin, Ontario on a hobby farm and went to high school at Anderson C.V.I. then graduated from Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph with a 4-year B. Sc. Agriculture (Animal Science). She has worked over 40 years in agriculture, starting with the South Ontario 4-H Beef Club, then on to 10 years of dairy farming registering calves under the Grand Old Holsteins and Ayrshires prefix.
Her education and experience include working in Senior Care for more than 10 years. This background has helped her to assess individual needs and capabilities of her participants and offer them appropriate tasks and challenges to make their visits at WindReach successful. She helps to train participants, support staff animal care volunteers and college and university placement students to safely care for farm animals. She hopes to share with them the appreciation of nature, farming and the therapeutic influence animals have on our lives. Eleanor endeavours to provide animals for these programs that are suitably trained and friendly.
Eleanor has been involved in guiding the growth and development of our WindReach Wool Program over the last five years and has been working to offer this program as a therapeutic venue.
Eleanor’s hobbies include: reading, learning, Heavy Horse Team Driving, music, visiting local agricultural fairs to learn some of the newest techniques and spending time with her six beautiful children and their families.
Future plans for Eleanor include continuing to network with clinical experts from several areas to form a professional support group that will see WindReach as a destination at which their clients can experience their individual styles of rehabilitation.
Ross Ste-Croix, Executive Director
B.Ed. in Kinesiology
MA in Human Kinetics (Sports Administration)
Ross came to WindReach Farm in February 2018 as the Executive Director.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from McGill University and a Master’s in Sport Management from the University of Ottawa. Prior to coming to WindReach Farm, Ross spent 10+ years working as a leader in the amateur sport sector.
Ross is very excited to bring his experience in developing programs for individuals of all abilities to the farm. When he isn’t at the farm, he is an avid runner and aspiring improv comedian, who likes to visit his family in Montreal and volunteer with a cat rescue organization in Toronto.
Kelly Taylor, Volunteer and Operations Manager
BSc in Cognitive Science
Diploma in Recreation and Leisure
Kelly started working at WindReach Farm in 2005 as the Volunteer and Programs Manager.
She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure from Humber College. Prior to coming to WindReach Farm, Kelly worked at Holland Bloorview for 10 years in Recreation, as well as Family and Community Relations.
Kelly loves working at WindReach Farm and meeting the visitors and participants in the many programs. The programs have grown over the years since Kelly started and she is very excited that WindReach is able to serve so many amazing people. Working on a Farm, getting the chance to enjoy the beautiful property and see animals every day is a wonderful experience!
Andrew Vestby, Stables Property Manager
From 1994 – 1998 Andrew attended Exeter Secondary School. For many of his high school years Andrew had a co-op placement at WindReach Farm. He really enjoyed this time and had a wonderful first experience at WindReach.
After high school, Andrew worked at Ocala Winery in Port Perry working as a fruit farmer for seven years before he came to WindReach to work at the Stables.
Andrew has been working at WindReach Farm as the Stable Property Manager for 11 years. He enjoys helping the stable volunteers as well as helping out with the School Therapeutic Riding Program. Andrew loves to care for the horses and he makes sure they are healthy and happy for the riding programs.
He loves horses and dogs and other interests include gardening – specifically daylilies and orchids, and viticulture (the science, production and study of grapes for wine making). Andrew is also fluent in American Sign Language.
Sonya Yake, Office Manager
Sonya just started working at WindReach Farm this past fall 2018. She is the Office Manager whose primary task is to look after the accounting and bookkeeping for the farm. Sonya has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Glendon College which is the French speaking campus of York University. Sonya’s financial career spans over 20 years which also includes years of managing people and processes. Sonya is also trained in “Kaizen” which is a Japanese methodology for improving processes. Being born and raised on a farm, I have the absolute pleasure coming here each day and meeting so many wonderful participants and volunteers which makes every day so rewarding. When not at work, Sonya enjoys engaging in house design projects, gardening and sewing, knitting and crocheting. Sonya and her family are avid hockey and baseball fans who enjoy watching and playing these sports and of course taking in a Maple Leaf or Blue Jays game whenever possible!