updated June 4, 2019
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.
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!
Pauline Cameron grew up in Halifax and recently moved to Riverport district, where she spends her time teaching English as a second language and writing music for fun. She has worked alongside children and youth for over ten years, and has had an outsider’s curiosity about horses for longer, so the volunteer opportunity at Hinchinbrook Farm felt perfectly timed with her arrival in the area. Previous volunteer experiences include Halifax Public Libraries (English Language Learning), the SPCA (Christmas treat sales) and community radio. Pauline became a volunteer in November 2019.
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 Past President of the Hinchinbrook Farm Society, is a mom who served on the Board from 2011 to 2019. 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. Jaime still rides but also volunteers at Horse Boy Play Dates and events. Jaime graduated from Parkview and has been a sea cadet for several years. She is now our paid summer student camp assistant. Her organizing skills are very welcome in a tack room that gets tossed after just one lesson!
Megan Daniels-Garber 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.
Kéla Laroque joined the Board of Directors in 2018 and immediately volunteered to take over as Treasurer. Kéla was a volunteer from 2013-2015 then took time away to study and get her MPT at Dalhousie U. Now she is a very busy Physical Therapist in Bridgewater. Kéla helps with horses, children and activities at Horse Boy Playdates and at special events. She is also known by the tribe for her homemade baking. Kéla is a life long equestrian and hopes to start training in Hippotherapy.
Keara Leary goes to Hebbville Academy is a member of the Hill N Dale 4H Club. She volunteers at lessons and Horse Boy. She is an extraordinary fiddler and plays whenever she can. Keara has brought her rabbits to visit the farm and to the Silent Santa. Her bunnies are super therapy critters too.
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.
Kerenza Verburg is a Medical Sciences student at Dalhousie University. She is also a part-time dance instructor, and of course a volunteer at Hinchinbrook Farm. She started volunteering at Hinchinbrook Farm in the spring of 2019, and fell in love with the place (and critters) right away. Kerenza is a very active person who loves to be busy, which is certainly no problem at the farm!
Kerenza grew up in Europe, where she learned to ride; and ever since she moved to Canada, she’s wanted to get back into horse riding. Hinchinbrook farm provides her with that opportunity, and also combines her love for animals and passion for working with children and youth perfectly!