updated June 4, 2020
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 48 volunteers who call us their Tribe.
Alexia Armato is originally from Montreal and moved out East for school. She has a brother with down syndrome who would accompany her to the barn sometimes to play with her horse, Meeka. Around the same time as she got her mare, she started learning about Natural Horsemanship, and her interest in therapeutic riding and the horse-human connection grew! “I’m really looking forward to learning from everyone and being apart of this amazing team.”
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!
Juliana Boyd joined the Hinchinbrook volunteer team in 2020. Juliana is married and lives in Halifax with four children, a cat and a dog. Juliana also owns 2 horses. She grew up in PEI on a small farm and was lucky enough to have ponies to ride from a very young age. She attended Pony Club, obtaining her C2 level before she went off to university to become a nurse. Juliana’s first nursing job was at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre. There she cared for patients with brain injuries, strokes, amputations and many more physical and cognitive challenges. Six years ago, Juliana had to retire from nursing to care for her busy household. But then was able to get back into horseback riding when two of her children showed an interest. Juliana is currently working toward obtaining her NCCP license in order to become a riding instructor. “I absolutely love horses but especially what they can do for people and I want to be able to share that with others.” Her background is in show jumping and eventing but she also thoroughly enjoys groundwork and many other aspects of life with horses. “Thank you to Hinchinbrook Farm for the opportunity to learn from and participate in a fantastic program!
Kristian Burrows lives on the South Shore and is very grateful to be a part of this amazing volunteer family! She has worked in many domains from owning her own business in the skincare industry, producing TV commercials, caregiving, personal trainer/nutritional coach and one of her favourite career choices was being a resource counsellor for adults with special abilities. Kristian is very curious and tries to live life to the fullest with a positive attitude of encouragement. Kristian is finishing up a reflexology certification to start her own practice as she believes self-healing is something everyone can benefit from. “As an avid equestrian for over 40 years I believe whole heartedly that horses have a magical ability to enhance the lives of people.”
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.
Lily Carrigan Lily became a volunteer in 2020 within days of her 14th birthday. She is familiar with Hinchinbrook from her summer experiences taking lessons when here from California. When stranded in Nova Scotia by COVID-19, Lily decided to join the volunteer crew.
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 in 2013. He took over as our Webmaster in April 2014 and Bookkeeper in 2015. 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, were he also saves as Treasurer. David has been Sound Director for the South Shore Players and Producer for several shows. He also created the slide show used in the Summer Troupe production of Glimpses and produced the official DVD of the show in 2017. 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.
Nick Hume is a former rider who is now old enough to volunteer. He is especially helpful with our Middle Level Connect Centre program with the Regional Centre for Education.
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.
Bruce Parks joined the Board of Directors in 2018. He lives in Lunenburg with his wife Jennifer and son Hunter, who has has been attending therapeutic riding at Hinchinbrook Farm since 2015. Bruce works full-time as a Paramedic with Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia and is also a fire inspector and assistant emergency coordinator for the Town of Lunenburg.
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!