Wendy Keats, Executive Director
Wendy Keats has been involved in co-op and community economic development nearly 35 years (although she swears she was only 4 years old when she started). She was a founding member of the 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 impact ventures. 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 and has a special passion for renewable energy. She lives completely off-the-grid in the deep woods of Salisbury, tending her gardens and relaxing on the river whenever the hectic world of community economic development allows it.
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 currently serves on the board Slow Food Canada and Slow Food Cocagne Acadie.
Clare Bustin, Communications and Administration Assistant
Clare grew up in Berwick, Nova Scotia, coming from a family history of co-operators particularly in the Agriculture sector. She attended Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, studying Political Science for her undergraduate and Masters degrees. Following her Masters degree, which included a Public Policy internship, she worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for Indigenous Affairs with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Clare recently relocated to Sackville, NB with her fiancé and their dog, and is excited to be back in the Maritimes and involved in the community.
Judy Young Melanson
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 is a graduate of St. Thomas University with a double major in Communications and English Literature. In her free time, she enjoys reading and practicing calligraphy.
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.