Phil Collins OALA

Chair

Phillip is a landscape architect, restorative farmer, ecological designer and educator. While growing up on a farm on the Oak Ridges Moraine, Phil realized the importance of the natural world and it’s ecosystem functions at a very young age. He now owns a small restorative farm and landscape architecture design/build studio with his fiancée Kate, in Sunderland, Ontario, called Foggy River Farm. The ultimate goal of Foggy River Farm is to connect people with the natural world, using food as the catalyst to restore natural human vitality, in our communities, the economy, and most importantly our own bodies and minds. Phil believes this connection to the natural world is of utmost importance to our survival as a species and believes that today’s youth need help connecting to the natural world and all it has to offer them as an educator.

Teresa Wilbur

Vice-Chair

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Teresa followed in her Grandfather & Father’s footsteps in attending the agriculture program at the University of Guelph. As a 2007 aggie she developed a strong passion for the industry and gained a degree in Animal Science.  As her passion for the industry grew Teresa continued her education and gained leadership skills through the Advanced Agriculture Leadership Program graduating Class 14, in 2013. Teresa is soon to be a newlywed and spends her spare time at home in the beautiful town of Georgina just off Lake Simcoe with her fiancé and Labrador Oakley. 

Emma Brightwell

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Emma is the 4th youngest of the 15 Crossland Grandchildren, making her the youngest on the committee. Although she is young she has vast experiences working within committees and organizations. During her time in University she was President of the Lakehead University Student Union, and sat on many committees involving not only the university administration but also local and municipal politicians. She was a member of the Varsity wrestling team and in turn a member on the varsity council as a representative for the women’s wrestling program. Emma has an Honors Degree in Sociology with a specialization in Gerontology as well as a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure services. She hopes to work with Active seniors teaching the importance of recreation and helping individuals stay active as they age. She joined the committee for the love of her grandfather and the desire to keep his legacy alive. She also realizes the need to financially support students through their educational journey.