Our Staff

Meet the Team at BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation 

 

Pat

Pat Tonn — Executive Director

Pat’s passion is agriculture education, and she enthusiastically brings this energy to her role as Executive Director. Pat has over 20 years of work experience with the BC Ministry of Agriculture, including program development in youth leadership for 4-H and building awareness of the BC agriculture industry and career opportunities in agriculture. Pat’s management experience with the Sector Development Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture, along with a team approach to running effective programs, is helping build new partnerships for BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation. As a former secondary school teacher, Pat brings additional expertise from within BC's education system.

Pat is involved in the local community through the Rotary Club of Abbotsford and enjoys travel and wine.

Sabrina Bhojani

Sabrina Bhojani, BSc. BEd. MEd. — Education Specialist 

Sabrina is a teacher-training consultant, speaker, and designer of professional learning experiences. She has over 15 years of experience as a teacher and school-based administrator, leading transformation in K-12 schools across the province. She has worked as an Adjunct Faculty at both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia in their respective Faculty of Education programs. Sabrina has a passion for curriculum, blended learning experiences and effective assessment. She brings with her an enthusiasm for agriculture and dedication to supporting teachers who lead 21st century learners as the new BCAITC Education Specialist for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Glenda Johnston

Glenda Johnston — Program Coordinator/Office Coordinator

Glenda coordinates our Program Office, she is an integral part in ensuring that our office operations run smoothly and is successful in supporting other business activities. Along with the office coordination Glenda brings our ‘growing programs’ to life at BCAITC. From Spuds in Tubs and Planting a Promise to the Summer Institute, offering assistance to the School Fruit and Vegetable program when necessary and assisting with the Pencil Patch garden tops off her portfolio.

Travel tops the list of Glenda’s interests along with dragon boating, cooking, and entertaining.

Paul Boudreau

Paul Boudreau — Logistics Coordinator

As the BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program Lead Program Coordinator, Paul coordinates the deliveries from the farms to the classrooms by connecting with the farmers, drivers, stores and school staff to ensure that students receive their fresh deliveries on time. Paul also runs the Take a Bite of BC Program, liaising with chefs and suppliers to get fresh product into secondary school teaching kitchens.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys the outdoors; gardening, walking, hiking, and kayaking. He also enjoys playing music (particularly stringed instruments) and hobby building — creating new out of the old.

Jessica

 

 

 

Jessica Birchall Garden Programs Assistant

With her passion for gardening stemming early in life, courses in Horticulture at Kwantlen University, and a desire to provide her family with home grown produce she brings an enthusiasm that runs soul deep to the team. Jessica coordinates The Pencil Patch – A Garden for Learning as well as the Harvest Bin program to share an outdoor growing experience with students and volunteers that make those programs happen.

Jessica fills her days caring for her family and small hobby farm. She enjoys the outdoors (but not limited to) hiking, camping and snowboarding.

Meghan

 

 

 

Meghan McCrea Communications Coordinator

Meghan provides communications services to help promote the Foundation and contribute to the development of positive relationships with the community, teachers, schools, and sponsors. Meghan brings to the position over 25 years of experience in various marketing roles and is passionate about communications and community engagement.

Meghan loves playing tennis and also enjoys walking, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She is also excited to expand her knowledge of cooking and gardening.

Amy Keryluik

Amy Keryluik  Program Coordinator/Administration

Amy is the newest member of the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation team and brings over 20 years of administrative experience with her. As program coordinator of the Fresh to You fundraiser, Amy works with drivers and school staff to ensure all orders are received in a timely manner and are top quality. Amy also assists with the BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program ensuring schools across the province receive fresh BC products.

Amy is enthusiastic about lifelong learning and delicious local food. In her spare time, Amy loves to read, feed chickens, and try new experiences.