Hinchinbrook Farm is always looking for new volunteers who like to work with children, with horses or both! We also have some places for people who would like to work on therapeutic riding skills with adults who have mental or physical challenges. Here are some of the current 40 volunteers who call us their Tribe.
Nikki (Nicole) Ali is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. Se already has degrees in Sociology, Applied Psychology and Elementary Education. After completing her PhD she would like to use her education and experiences to work as an autism specialist. Her current research involves the study of sleep issues and neurodevelopmental disorders. Her interest in the world of autism started with working with a girl with autism about five years ago and since then she has been seizing every opportunity to work with other wonderful children on the spectrum. In summer 2013, Nikki went to New Trails in Texas to train with Rupert Isaacson learning the Horse Boy Method™. Nikki is on the Board of the Society.
Elizabeth Bhagan has been a rider since early 2015 and became a volunteer in 2017. Her main mount is Dandy and she can now train others how to lunge and groom the horses.
Mary Bhagan is a mom and pharmacist/owner at Kinley Drug Co. Ltd in Lunenburg. She sponsored Hinchinbrook Farm long before she came onto the Board of Directors from 2016 to 2017. Although less involved, Mary is pleased to help out when needed and at special events.
Brianne Boudreau has been a regular volunteer since early 2016. She helps with lessons, is a regular at the Horse Boy play dates and will do any of the chores that pile up quickly with 12 critters at the farm. Brianne is a student at Parkview and a favorite mentor to all the horse boy families. Extra bonus: She rides like a dream!
Lucrecia Castillo hails from Ontario but has travelled the world and settled in Blockhouse. Lucrecia came to the farm in 2014 to critter sit and stayed to volunteer for a couple of months. We were very happy when Lucrecia returned to the area and immediately signed up to volunteer again. Lucrecia helps on Wednesdays and makes delicious nutritious snacks for the Horse Boy play dates. Lucrecia has another life as a permaculture enthusiast. She sets up the Farmer’s Markets and loans her expertise and energies to tree lot farmers.
Stephanie Chipman is a mom with two awesome daughters and who works hard for the Bridgewater Elementary school; but since 2016 Stephanie has found Tuesday mornings to help riders and to do chores at the Farm as well as helping at some playdates. Stephanie signs up to help out at special events too and is a great resource for parents when she shares her insights and solutions. Stephanie owns “Quietude Polly” whois sister to our Delilah. Stephanie is a member of “Bluenosers Who Care”, a local group that provided funding of the 2017 summer camp.
Carolyn Collicutt, the President of the Hinchinbrook Farm Society, is a mom who has served on the Board since 2011. She came to HF in 2008 through First Steps Intervention and is a founding member of the Society (in 2010). She has created a resource list for special needs families and arranges special visits by local resources such as the RCMP, Search and Rescue Canine and EHS ambulances at play dates. Carolyn is also a leader with the local Sea Cadets and the Scouts.
Jaime Collicutt started at Hinchinbrook Farm as a rider when she was just eight years old, and we were just starting up. At 16 Jaime still rides but also volunteers at Horse Boy Play Dates and events. Jaime is in grade 10 at Parkview and has been a sea cadet for several years. Her organizing skills are very welcome in a tack room that gets tossed after just one lesson!
Megan Daniels is a new mom and an aspiring therapeutic riding instructor and has been volunteering with Hinchinbrook Farm since 2014. Megan has travelled to Horse Boy Central in Elgin Texas. She was raised around and with horses and still competes while working as a care assistant. Megan’s goal is to work in therapeutic riding. She is an amazing asset to all the volunteers. She is always ready to share her horse knowledge.
Peter de Vries lends his time and energy both on the Board of Directors and at the lessons and events. Peter travels from Liverpool where he has settled in to retirement from a career in medical writing. This makes Peter a great resource for information too. Peter has taken on some poster making and event photographer work for the farm. He comes faithfully to Tuesday lessons and fills in for other volunteers when needed. He has also been known to do a few chores around the Farm.
David Friendly joined Hinchinbrook Farm Society as the grant writer and fund raiser in 2013. He took over as our Webmaster in April 2014. After a career in the oil industry as a safety and emergency response professional, David and his wife relocated to Lunenburg to take in the quality of life the area offered to retired people looking to stay active. David has volunteered over recent years with the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society and the Lunenburg Doc Fest. He is a former trumpet player and currently band leader for the Mahone Bay Legion Swing Band and plays flugelhorn in the Chester Brass Band. David has been Technical Director for the South Shore Players and Producer for several productions. He also created the slide show used in the Summer Troupe production of Glimpses and produced the official DVD of the show in 2017. In addition to our web site, David manages the sites for the Mahone Bay Legion Swing Band and The Bluenose Opera House Syndicated Radio Show. A former hobby was leading groups to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. It had a brief re-emergence in 2012 when he took a group of 15, mostly from Lunenburg County, on their ‘trip of a lifetime’ for their own private tour of Ecuador and chartered yacht excursion in the Galápagos. While living in Calgary, David made a point of taking a 3-day horse trip into the Rockies at least once a year. He likes the fact that, at Hinchinbrook, he will be able to keep a link with these gentle creatures.
Sebastian Haumering began volunteering at Hinchinbrook Farm as a Grade 9 student at Bluenose Academy in September 2017. He will be completing his high school education at Parkview Education Centre in Bridgewater. Sebastian is a skier, mountain biker and junior firefighter with the Lunenburg Fire Department. He is planning on becoming a paramedic and work for life-flight air ambulance.
Denise Humphrey joined HFS as a volunteer in March 2017 and comes to both play dates and lessons.
Cicely Smith is a student at Dalhousie University, majoring in sociology and social anthropology with a double minor in law and society and psychology. Cicely wishes to join the school of Social Work in 2018. Cicely began volunteering in the spring of 2016 and found herself with Canadian Summer Student job grants both the summer of 2016 and 2017. Cicely learns new facts and creates memories with the horses of Hinchinbrook as often as possible. Cicely thinks that the goats, Rosie and Sissy, are enough fun and stubbornness for a lifetime. Although bonding with horses comes relatively new, she finds herself attached to the mysteriousness that links her and Delilah, and to the softness that holds her to eating lunch with Silverbell in her stall.