Wendy Keats, Executive Director
Wendy Keats has been involved in co-op and community economic development nearly 40 years (although she swears she was only 4 years old when she started). She was a founding member of CECNB in 2007 and was so excited by the possibilities for building strong economies in NB through co-op and social enterprise development that she gave up her private consulting practice to become CECNB’s first Executive Director. Wendy has worked with hundreds of community groups in organizational development, strategic planning, governance, management, performance measurement, and a wide range of other areas related to the development of successful business and social enterprises. She is also a certified mediator and served as a senior faculty member of UPEI’s Centre for Conflict Studies for more than a decade. Wendy sits on numerous boards and committees related to community economic development, including the Canadian CED Network (CCEDNet) and the Petitcodiac Riverkeeper and has a special passion for renewable energy. She lives completely off-the-grid in the deep woods of Salisbury and in her spare time (chuckle chuckle) she loves relaxing with her two best buds, her black Labrador Ebony and her who-knows-what rescue pup Chessie.
Teri McMackin, Executive Assistant
Following Teri’s graduation from Crandall University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science, she began her career at an organic vegetable farm where she discovered an unexpected love for agriculture (and dirt!). She went on to become the Manager of the Petitcodiac Farmers market and to hold a variety of paid and volunteer positions with the Conservation Council, Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance, and the Petitcodiac Boys and Girls Club. In 2015, Teri’s first son was born and when he was 5 months old, she was elected as a municipal councilor in Petitcodiac where she remains actively engaged in local development. In 2017, as if life wasn’t already busy enough, the McMackins added another little boy to the mix (the smiling face you see with her here). In the little spare time she has, Teri enjoys tending her garden and long walks with her family.
For almost 30 years, Andy has worked to create thriving local economies and communities. After 9 years at the Acadia Centre for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, he shifted his focus to provide strategy and social enterprise development services to community sector organizations. He has since worked with 100s of community groups — large and small, rural and urban ‒ throughout North America. As a volunteer, he currently serves as vice-chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada and member of the advisory board for the Nova Scotia Quality of Life Index, and was a founding director of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia and Chair of the Centre for Local Prosperity. In early 2018, Andy left his full-time gig as a co-owner at Common Good Solutions to establish his own firm. He lives with his amazing wife, two dogs, and five chickens in the beautiful seaside village of Kingsport, NS.
Eric Tusz-King, Co-op Development Advisor
Eric is co-op developer that brings many years of experience to assist various types of new and existing co-ops. He is a founding member and past manager of EnerGreen Builders Co-operative, a worker-owned home construction co-op that builds passive solar homes and renovates existing homes for improved energy efficiency. Eric is also chair of the Board of Open Sky Co-operative, an organic farm where adults who face barriers due to social, developmental or mental health challenges can improve their well-being and independence, through residential and day programs. Along with this direct co-op experience he brings 28 years of work on community development, and social and environmental justice with the United Church of Canada. His formal education includes 2 masters degrees, one of which is in adult education in community development. He is vice-president and Atlantic director on the Board of Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation.
Christina received her Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree in Economics from the University of Moncton in 2011 and continues to follow Master-level courses at the University of Ottawa. She has worked in several different economic development agencies in New Brunswick’s three urban centres and their surrounding rural areas including Enterprise Kent, the NB Association of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) and the Saint John Community Loan Fund. Fluently bilingual, Christina has held various facilitation and teaching positions with a focus on both business and social enterprise development. An active member of the community, she has served on the board Slow Food Canada and other non profit organizations.
Kelsey Wilson, Community Developer
While completing her degree from Renaissance College at UNB, Kelsey studied change leadership, community problem solving, and social entrepreneurship. Kelsey went on to become an expert in school food operations and student projects through her involvement in the takeover of school cafeteria services and incorporation of local and organic foods in school food services across the province and nationally. More recently Kelsey has been consulting with the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick on social enterprise and co-operative projects across a broad spectrum of industries. With a background in theatre, Kelsey is a skilled facilitator with demonstrated ability to host discussions and trainings around a wide variety of topics. Kelsey also has experience coordinating projects for vulnerable populations on the topics of housing, personal emotions management, addictions & mental health, education, and employment. Passionate about sustainability and community, Kelsey is a board member of La Bikery, a bicycle co-operative in Moncton, and will be pursuing her Masters in Environmental Management in the fall of 2018 while she continues her work with CECNB. Kelsey’s main focus is her woodlot where she is creating her dream off-grid home.
Judy Young Melanson, Bookkeeper
Judy migrated to New Brunswick from Eastern Ontario in 2011. Former adventures, among others, include touring theatre by horse-drawn wagon in South-Western Ontario and British Columbia, studying movement-theatre in Switzerland and supporting indigenous ceremony in the Ottawa Valley. More recently she has delved into the world of Family and Systemic Dynamics and is currently a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner-in-training. Judy is happy to be participating with the Co-operative Enterprise Council by lending her bookkeeping skills and being inspired by the great work it supports in our region!
Alyssa Fry, Administrative Assistant
Alyssa Fry is a graduate of St. Thomas University with a double major in Communications and English Literature. She has previously worked as an Analyst for Medavie Blue Cross and an Admin Assistant for the NB Dept of Transportation. While in University, Alyssa interned with Ignite Fredericton and was an Alumni Research Assistant for St. Thomas University.