Caitlyn Creelman, Farm & Workforce Development Manager

Caitlyn Creelman grew up in Bass River, NS, and attended Dalhousie University in Halifax for a B.A., double majoring in Economics and International Development Studies. After her studies, Caitlyn stayed in the city for a couple of years before spending a 14 month stint in Labrador and then 5 years in northern Saskatchewan. She has an 11 year old rescue beagle that has been by her side through all the moves.

Caitlyn has always had a community focus in both her work and volunteer life. She has been an active member of Search and Rescue for many years, a board member for a local housing authority and a participant in MMIWG and Every Child Matters fundraising/events. She is passionate about people and wants to see everyone be given the opportunity to lead a fulfilling and safe life.

Margaret Ells, Training & Awareness Coordinator

Margaret grew up in the beautiful Annapolis Valley on a mixed farm, after highschool she attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College where she received her B. Sc. Agr. with a major in plant protection.

For 30+ years, Margaret lived in Great Village, and was self employed as a caterer while raising her four amazing children. She now resides in Truro with her dog Fundy. For the past six and a half years, she was the Manager of the Truro Farmers’ Market.

Agriculture was always the main topic of conversation around her dinner table, and still is today. She is excited to be able to work with the team at NSFA, to support our producers and all those in our sector.

Patti Leurdijk, Employer Advisor

Patti Leurdijk grew up in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, before moving out to Saskatchewan at the age of 10. Moving provinces again, into Alberta to attend university. Patti has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business Management, and a graduate certificate in Human Resource Management. Now, after 25 years away, Patti, along with her husband and two kids, have made their way “home” for her husband to attend Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture.

She has always been surrounded by agriculture, especially after spending 25 years in the Prairies. Patti knows how vital agriculture is to the future of our province, and our country, and continues to become more aware of current trends and issues through her husband’s excitement about his program.

Patti loves people, and has always had “people focused” jobs, but she found herself always wanting to do more to help, lead, guide, and advise. Having the opportunity to blend her passion for HR and her love of people and relationships with agriculture, makes her excited to get out of bed in the morning!

“I’m looking forward to learning more about current concerns with recruitment, retention, and farm safety from our members and working to continue to improve the accessibility and availability of beneficial resources.”

Check out our Farm and Workforce Development strategy here