GOVERNANCE OF OPEN SKY CO-OPERATIVE
At June Annual General Meetings, the members of Open Sky Co-operative elect their Board of Directors to manage the organization on their behalf. Here are the Directors for 2022:
jane braedley, Vice chair of the board
Pronoti Majithia, Secretary of the board
Born and raised in India, Pronoti came to live in Sackville in 1999. She has been an elementary school teacher in Nova Scotia for the past 10 years, before which she worked at Mount A. in a few different positions. Through the years she has also enjoyed wearing hats of treasurer, fundraiser, and secretary on the boards of several local non-profits like the Playschool, Sackville Music Festival, Tantramar Family Resource Center, Sackville Swim Club, and the Sackville Food Group. She loves to cook and learn different forms of arts and crafts!
Craig Evans, Treasurer of the board
Joanna fisher, Board member at large
Joanna lives in Sackville with her husband Zack and son Weston. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from UNB and a Certified Professional Accountant designation. Joanna currently works as a Financial Analyst at Action Car and Truck Accessories Inc. She loves to travel when she can, and stay as active as possible for not only health and wellness, but to also keep up with her toddler.
Debbie Champagne, Board member at large
Debbie is well-known in the Sackville community for her philanthropy and positive involvement with causes that are important to us all. Open Sky is pleased to have Debbie’s skills and experiences to bear, as the Strategic Plan is being implemented.
Peter Irwin, Board member at large
Peter has a Masters Degree in Library Sciences and a keen interest in the history of food and cooking. A graduate of the Open Sky Employment Development Program in 2018, Peter now works with Powerhouse Co-operative Ltd. as a crossing guard. In his spare time, Peter can be found baking delicious treats, and responding to small catering jobs that come his way. Peter is an active member of St. Paul’s Anglican church in Sackville.
Scott Langille, Board member at large
Sarah Poirier, Board member at large
Sarah is the go-to person for all things on the farm, providing work and learning experiences for Open Sky participants. Sarah has amazing organizing skills and she puts them into practice connecting learning and the tasks around our sustainable farming efforts. Not just skills, participants also receive therapeutic benefits through gardening and animal care.
Laura Hunter, Executive Director
Laura is a founder of Open Sky. She has more than 40 years of working with community organizations, connecting people and good works. For 14 years she served in a regional ministry with the United Church of Canada, supporting social justice actions and community ministries. Laura is passionate about adult education, the well-being of others, and dance!