Meet Our Board

We support children and youth to reach their full potential!

The Abbottsfield Youth Project (AYP) Board of Directors is a governing board comprised of volunteer board members with a variety of skill sets and expertise. The AYP Board is the legal authority for Abbottsfield Youth Project. As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization.

Courtney Naccarato


Why I Love AYP:

I’ve worked with AYP in one capacity or another for over 15 years, and to be honest, I can’t really imagine the person I would be without AYP – it has been the most constant thing in my life. And as cliché as it all sounds, I enjoy volunteering with AYP because it is truly like a family to me. It’s my second home. The staff and the other Board members are incredible people and I enjoy working together with them to make our community stronger. AYP has taught me so much, it has taught me about who I am as a person and who I want to be, what I value and what matters most in life. AYP has brought so many wonderful experiences and situations to me, but most importantly, it has introduced me to the most wonderful people. And I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a beautiful organization and to grow and learn with such creative, kind, and intelligent people.

Fun fact about me:

I’m obsessed with the 60’s. I could probably recite you any Bob Dylan song word-for-word. But I am a terrible singer, so you wouldn’t want me to! I also speak Italian!

Randy Witte

Vice President

Why I Love AYP:

Having been an educator for the past 26 years, I know first hand the importance of organizations such as the Abbottsfield Youth Project.  Providing kids with a safe environment to play, to connect and to learn gives them the opportunity to make meaningful connections with their peers and caring adults.  The skills and attitudes they learn via AYP’s programming offers them the tools to be successful in whatever they wish to do.  I look forward to contributing however I can to this important organization.

Fun fact about me:

I love to fly fish and camp.  I wrote a camping guidebook many, many years ago.

Adam Dressler


Why I Love AYP:

During the pandemic I came to recognize how important my relationships to other people are and how much I had taken those connections for granted. Knowing how that isolation felt, it suddenly hit me that there were now children who have had to spend a good part of their life distanced from everyone else or otherwise having to limit how they play. I love AYP because it does the critically important work of bridging those spaces that have formed in recent years, bringing children together to forge new relationships, and learn practical skills that are both fun and meaningfully transformative.

Fun fact about me:

I have a ridiculous love for books! So much so I end up having a difficult time finding places for them all. While my day job may be as an accountant, I think I may have missed my calling as a librarian! I also love learning and I love to inspire others to dive into discovering anything and everything that interests them.

Sheena Kelloway


Why I Love AYP:

As a former teacher, I have been looking for a way to contribute in my community in a meaningful way. I found AYP and, in this community, I found other like-minded individuals that are also striving toward the goal of making a positive impact for children and their families. It is my privilege to be afforded the opportunity to collaborate with the community in the capacity of this wonderful organization and to make a difference.

Fun fact about me:

I really enjoy going to concerts. I once got to see Paul McCartney in Halifax, Nova Scotia and it was one of the greatest events I have been part of. Listening to 30,000 people sing Imagine by John Lennon was moving to say the least.

Danielle McDonald

Director (On Leave)

Why I Love AYP:

I love AYP because it is a window of opportunity to support youth, families, and community. It takes a village to raise a child and I firmly believe when humans come together with the objective to increase well being, supports and outcome; magic can happen. Being on the Board of Directors is an honour and I am beyond excited to have a seat at this beautiful table with such amazing humans.

Fun fact about me:

Sparkles are my favourite colour, I can draw pretty much anything and I love musicals.

Abbottsfield Youth Project

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