The Team

John Sharpe | CEO


john croppedJohn has worked with youth and youth at risk for over 20 years.  Educated in youth work at Holland College in PEI, John also has certification training in Family Violence Issues from UNB Fredericton.

John has served on various provincial boards and agencies. He has been director of various not for profits, has worked for a number of government departments, and has been Chief Executive Officer of PFY since 2006.

He is married to Jo. They have one daughter, Ally, a cat named Tim, and a puppy named Willow.

Suzanne Laver | Making Waves & PFY Summer Camp


suzanne croppedSuzanne Laver was born and brought up in Yorkshire, England where she was a special needs teacher, specializing in Personal, Social and Health Education. She moved to New Brunswick in 2010 with her husband and three teenage children and started working for Partners for Youth the following year.

Suzanne has worked on many of our projects, including: the Elementary Assistance Program, the PFY Summer Camp, Sunrise Farm, and as support worker for a special needs teenager. Since 2013 she has also been coordinating our Making Waves relationship violence prevention program.

She lives on a hobby farm with her family, two crazy dogs, chickens, a cow, turkeys, ducks, and lots of Berkshire pigs. She loves to eat home-grown food and to be outdoors tending her gardens or renovating her old farm house.

Robyn Lippett | The Human Trafficking Project


robyn croppedRobyn Lippett joined the Partners for Youth Inc. team in July 2014. Originally from Toronto, ON, Robyn is a Registered Social Worker who moved to Fredericton in 2012 and has no plans to leave!

Her work prior to Partners for Youth Inc. included developing programs for the Canadian Red Cross and various other community agencies. Robyn has been involved in a number of community outreach initiative and in such diverse fields as health promotion, literacy, and food security.

Susan King | Safe Harbour House


sue croppedSusan King is a Registered Social Worker serving as project lead for Safe Harbour House. Susan’s professional achievements include comprehensive training in concurrent disorders, mental health and addictions, crisis intervention, direct practice, risk/safety/needs assessment, and motivational interviewing.

Susan is also a past board member of AIDS-NB, an instructor of the Roots of Empathy program, and a current committee member of the Supportive Housing Network.

Cindy Miles | Dots NB


cindy croppedCindy Miles has been working and volunteering in the not for profit sector for 25 years and brings to Partners for Youth Inc. 15 years of successful business management experience, a social science degree from St. Thomas University with a concentration in policy development. She also has experience working with children with exceptional needs in the provincial education system.

Cindy was part of the creation team for Dots NB. When Dots NB merged with Partners for Youth, she brought with her a strong passion for change and a desire to be part of a continuum of care that is child centered, family focused, and community supported.

Mathieu Cormier | Director of Communications and Engagement


matt croppedMathieu began working for PFY in 2010 as Project Coordinator of the New Brunswick Youth In Care Network (NBYICN) and our original financial literacy program. He was closely involved in the organization of various large-scale PFY events, including the 2012 Youth In Care Hearings and the 2011 Youth Engagement Summit.

In 2015, Mathieu moved from his Project Coordinator position to become PFY’s first Director of Communications and Engagement. In this role, Mathieu develops and maintains our organization’s web presence, provides new tools to engage stakeholders, and assists PFY staff with program promotion and development.

Jack Simpson | PFY Summer Camp, The Adventure Classroom, Roadmap Program


Jack Bio Photo

Jack started working with Partners for Youth in the summer of 2013 as camp staff thanks to an internship opportunity through Renaissance College. He quickly realized the importance of the programs that the organisation was providing for youth and decided to volunteer with the organization throughout the following year.

Having now just finished his Bachelor’s degree in Leadership from the Renaissance faculty of UNB he is joining us in a full-time position as director of our Summer Camp and project coordinator of our Adventure Classroom program. He also helps coordinate our Roadmap program for youth in custody.

Jack gained experience doing adventure-based work thanks to having completed the bronze, silver, and gold standard of the Duke of Edinburgh award, as well as during his time with them as a recruiter for the past three years. In his free time he enjoys being outdoors exploring the woods or biking the trails of Fredericton.

Sarah-Jane Thiessen | The Human Trafficking Project


SJSarah-Jane (SJ) Thiessen left her job at a bookshop in Toronto in 2012 and came to Fredericton to finish her undergraduate degree at St. Thomas University. She joined the Partners For Youth Inc. team in the summer of 2015 as a Project Coordinator for both the sexual exploitation/trafficking prevention project and the Youth in Action for Mental Health program. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, focusing on critical approaches to Psychology and feminist/queer theories. She loves the public library and riding her bicycle around town.

Michaela Toner | Project Support Staff


michaela croppedMichaela had the opportunity to participate in a Partners for Youth Inc. program (Making Waves) back in 2009, when she was in 10th grade. From that point on, she was part of the team. She worked as a volunteer and facilitator up until she finished her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration at UNB. She then joined the PFY family as a full-time staff member.


Zoe Bourgeois | New Brunswick Youth in Care Network


zoZoe Bourgeois started her employment with Partners for Youth Inc. team in December 2016. Zoe obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology in 2014 and her Bachelor of Social Work in 2016. Zoe’s academic and advocacy work has lead her to being named by Saint Thomas University as their “Star Student” in the article The choice of universities in Atlantic Canada, published in The Globe and Mail, Oct. 23, 2015.

Her work prior to Partners for Youth Inc. included Personal Support Worker and Human Service Counselor that included youth mentoring. Zoe has been a youth leader for the New Brunswick Youth In Care Network since 2010. Zoe also has been an advocate since 2007 for the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation advocating for foster children and older child adoptions. Zoe is the youth representative for the Alternative Measures Committee which is intended to help youth develop personal programs as an alternative to a criminal record. In Zoe’s free time she is a photographer. She is committed to providing affordable photography to low or no income families because she believes every family deserves a record of their memorable moments.

Julia Arsenault | Safe Harbour House


juliaJulia Arsenault grew up just outside of Saint John in Quispamsis. She is very excited to be returning to her home town to become a part of the Partners for Youth team as of February 2017.

Julia obtained her Youth Care Worker certificate from NBCC in 2012. She has had much experience working as a Youth Care Worker, specifically with youth in care and youth on the autism spectrum. She also spent time in Yellowknife, NTW helping develop and implement a summer camp for children and youth. Julia has also completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2015 and her Bachelor of Social Work in 2017 both from St. Thomas University.

Julia enjoys spending her free time with her partner, James and their Bernese Mountain Dog, Stella

Nigel Bone | Safe Harbour House


Nigel is excited to be back in New Brunswick with his partner Carissa working as Safe Harbour House’s outreach worker. While at St. Thomas University Nigel completed his B.A with honours and distinction in English Language and Literature; he also completed a minor in Psychology. Following his B.A. Nigel attended Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto and graduated with a Master of Divinity. Nigel completed a residency year in spiritual care at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) and was awarded the Angel Marie O’Conner award for the resident who best integrates clinical work, academics, and research. Nigel also completed a graduate residency and a clinical fellowship in spiritual care at SJHH. Finally, Nigel is a Registered Psychotherapist, an associate member with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) and a trained qualitative researcher.


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