Our Staff


Darren Feltham

Executive Director


 Darren is currently the Executive Director with Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador. In this role, he is responsible for leading and developing strong partnerships and funding relationships with government departments, corporations, agencies and community organizations. Darren holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Acadia University and has over 20 years experience working in the environmental sector, including work with such groups as Parks Canada, Environment Canada and the Western Newfoundland Model Forest. Darren has held the positions of Regional Supervisor, Project Officer and Program Manager, and Director of Programs with Conservation Corps. In his current role as Executive Director, Darren is able to combine his diverse skills as a professional manager, leader, biologist, trainer/facilitator, and program developer, as well as advocate our province's youth, environmental, and cultural resources.


Megan Stuckless

Programs Manager


Megan Stuckless began working with CCNL in 2007 and her appreciation for the cultural and environmental well-being of our beautiful province, as well as the as the not for profit sector, has grown with each passing year. As the current Programs Manager she finds great value in being able to support and advance the goals of the organization. Being a mother and working with youth inspires her to continue working toward sustainability and cultural and environmental integrity for those to come.

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Heather Boland

Finance & Office Manager


With a genuine passion for budgets, financials and reconciliations, Heather Boland embraces the role of Finance and Office Manager with Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL). Heather ensures financial reporting compliance on all funding, maintains quarterly budgeting for all projects, processes payroll and accounts payable/receivable and maintains all financial records throughout the year in preparation for the annual year-end audit. Heather has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and has over 9 years’ experience working in the accounting industry. Prior to joining the CCNL Team in 2015 she gained diverse and exceptional experience working in public accounting firms serving clients in manufacturing, construction, retail and charities/non-profits. When Heather doesn’t have her head in the books, she is likely found enjoying time with her two children, Nathan and Sadie. Heather loves to embrace the outdoors in every season through ice fishing, kayaking, hiking, swimming in the pond and berry picking


Natalie Dignam

Outreach & Communications Coordinator


Natalie has a background in communications, heritage and radio. She loves getting out from behind the screen to connect with people and communities about CCNL's programs and projects, from climate change education to trail work. Natalie graduated with her M.A. in Folklore from Memorial University, and has worked with Heritage NL, CHMR 93.5 FM, and Memorial University on various community-based cultural projects. She is a Massachusetts native who earned her B.A. at St. Lawrence University in Upstate New York before moving to NL. In her free time, she enjoys hiking.

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Emily Cumming

Environmental Education Program Lead


Emily was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and grew up exploring the province, collecting beach stones and wildflowers. She received a B.Sc. with Honors (2015) in Earth Sciences (Geology) from Memorial University, and a M.Sc. (2018) in Earth Sciences from MUN, with a focus in Environmental Geochemistry. As a graduate research assistant with the DELTAS Research Group at MUN, she studied the flux of greenhouse gases in the Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park. 

Prior to joining CCNL, Emily was Project Coordinator for Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program, where she oversaw projects pertaining to coastal water quality in Placentia Bay, plastic waste diversion and reduction within the Virginia and Waterford watersheds, and aquatic connectivity across the Avalon and Burin Peninsulas.

Emily is a fierce advocate for conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador, and for environmental education that is inclusive and empathetic. She is thrilled to be a part of the CCNL team.

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Chantel Aylward

Finance and Office Manager (Maternity Leave Replacement)


Chantel is currently the Finance & Office Manager (Maternity Leave Replacement) with CCNL. A Labrador native with an extensive background in Management, Finance, and Client Relations, Chantel loves working with numbers and thinking outside of the box on how to make things more efficient and innovative. Chantel graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and is currently working toward gaining a CPA designation. Outside of work Chantel will most likely be found at the dog park with her partner and two golden doodles.

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Susan Higdon

Environmental Education Coordinator


Susan joined the CCNL team in February 2021 and is excited to contribute to the efforts of the Climate Change Education Centre. She completed a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University in 2005 and has worked as a teacher to students of all ages. She appreciates the importance of educating our youth about the impact of climate change on our environment and the changes we can make to move toward a more sustainable future. She is passionate about helping people connect with nature and each other. She believes in creating a happier, healthier global community that celebrates cultural diversity and cooperation. She fosters these values in her own family by hiking and camping together, gardening, supporting local businesses and organizations and through travel. Yoga, music and art are a few of her favorite things.

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Sabina Akhter

Watershed Conservation Coordinator


Sabina was born in Bangladesh and grew up in a peninsular Arab country, Qatar. Her diverse and multicultural background has assisted her in tackling challenges with unique perspectives. Newfoundland has been her home for a few years now. Sabina looks forward to dedicating her work to conserve water resources and advocate for safe drinking water in this province. She has a Bachelor of Technology in Engineering and Applied Sciences from the Memorial University of NL and a post-graduate Advanced Diploma in Water Quality from the Marine Institute, NL. Outside of her work, she enjoys painting, reading, and kickboxing.


Shelby Beals

Program Coordinator


Originally from Nova Scotia, Shelby came to Newfoundland and Labrador to earn her BSc in Biology at Memorial University. It was here, and through her various travels, that she discovered her passion for communication development, leadership building and project management. Shelby joined the CCNL team in 2020 as a Regional Supervisor and has since held several placements leading to her current position as Programs Coordinator. On weekends you can find her enjoying sunsets at Topsail Beach, hammock camping on the East Coast Trail, or dancing in the kitchen with friends. Shelby is "passionate about enthusiasm" and is excited for the opportunity to continue learning from, and contributing to, this exceptional organization!

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Edward Oteng Asante

Climate Education Assistant- Western/Central Region


Edward was born and raised in Ghana. His background is in land economy and environmental policy. He has a strong passion for teaching and research and has taught different subjects throughout his entire education. Currently, Edward is finalizing his master's program at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is excited to work with Conservation Corps NL. As an individual, he believes that preserving and advocating for environmental sustainability is essential. Therefore, he is keen on transferring knowledge about environmental conservation and engaging with people in communities. Edward hopes to utilize his role as a Climate Education Assistant to empower people and help Newfoundland and Labrador build back better. On a nice sunny day, Edward loves to play soccer and explore the province.

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Ryan Brazil

Climate Education Assistant- Avalon/Metro Region


Ryan was born in Labrador and has lived and travelled throughout Atlantic Canada. He has a professional background in technology, sales, and media production. Ryan joined the Conservation Corps NL team as a member of the Waterford Conservation Team in 2021 and quickly realized he has a passion for working in resource management and environmental education. Ryan has a bachelor's degree in Geography from Memorial University, which sparked his enthusiasm for sustainable development and urban planning. In his spare time, Ryan is an amateur musician, producer, disc golfer, and explorer.

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Ondreya Beals

Climate Education Assistant- Labrador


Ondreya Beals is CCNL's Climate Action Assistant for the Labrador region. She grew up in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and after completing her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees, she decided to return to her hometown. She spent her first two years in Labrador as a primary teacher, and she is now excited to focus on climate education. She's very excited to continue to work with youth, spread awareness of climate change, and empower students to take action. In her spare time she loves exploring outdoors with her dog, kayaking, singing, and teaching yoga.

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Hi I’m Polly! I’m part of the Climate Change Club with the Climate Change Education Centre at Conservation Corps NL. My friends and I raise awareness about climate change and how we can all work together to take care of our planet.