Liz has worked at WindReach as a summer student for the past three summers leading tours with the Day Visitor program, and is now back in a new role as Day Visit Program Coordinator. She completed the International Development and Globalization program at the University of Ottawa this spring.
Liz loves the family atmosphere of WindReach, and seeing the happiness of the visitors after interacting with the farm animals. Meeting new people of all ages and abilities every day is the best part of the job! Her favourite animals on the farm are the sheep and guinea pigs. Outside of the farm, Liz spends most of her time riding, and spending time with her horses.
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 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 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
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.
In Carol’s role of Manager of Donor Relations, she has the pleasure of reaching out and connecting with potential donors and sponsors. She is passionate about the work we do at WindReach Farm and takes delight in sharing this with our donors and friends.
Carol loves working with the Farm Board and the Foundation Board as we strive to meet the needs of WindReach through fundraising and grant and proposal writing. In addition, she is excited to take the lead in planning our annual fundraising gala – A Night at WindReach Farm – which takes place every September. Carol is fortunate to work with a wonderful group of amazing volunteers on this planning committee.
WindReach Farm is a magical place proving impactful programming for many and she is honoured to work here.
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.
Doug first came to WindReach Farm in April 2005 as part of the Skills Link Program. He completed the program after nine months and came back to volunteer a short time after that.
In June 2016 Doug was thrilled to be hired as Housekeeper. He is responsible for cleaning five buildings on the Farm side as well as the Stables. He also takes care of garbage and recycling on the property.
Outside of his time at WindReach, Doug enjoys riding and driving his electric bike around the Durham Region. Keep your eyes out for Doug on his Roadrunner bike!
Monica Sze first got involved with WindReach Farm as a volunteer in January 2016. In April 2016 she joined the team as Day Visitor Program Coordinator. She is a Recreation Therapist with a background in adaptive sport and outdoor education. Her favourite part of working at WindReach Farm is seeing first-hand the amazing benefits the Farm’s unique programs bring to all visitors and participants. In her free time, Monica enjoys sailing, camping, skiing, and daydreaming about her future pet pig, Brenda.
Monica now coordinates the Get Outside! Adapted Sport and Recreation program along with the Horticultural Therapy program.
Kelly started working at WindReach Farm in 2005 as the Volunteer and Programs Manager. She is currently the Executive Director (Acting) and is enjoying her current role.
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!
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.
Amanda has been at WindReach Farm since September 2016. She will be part of the WindReach Farm Staff for a short time as she is covering Kelly Taylor in the Volunteer Coordinator position while Kelly Jewer (Executive Director) is off on maternity leave.
Amanda came to WindReach Farm last fall having worked here in the past as summer student and weekend staff. She is currently an elementary school teacher.
She loves that WindReach Farm offers a unique opportunity for individuals to learn, explore and experience the Farm, while participating in our specialized programming.