Our Staff

Claire Ashton (Social Enterprise Developer) - claire.ashton@sjle.org

I started at the Learning Exchange in 2009 and have held a variety of positions and collaborated to develop some great programs since. I believe in inclusive communities and forming effective partnerships with people, the private sector, and other non-profits to work towards poverty reduction.  I am an artist, home cook, food enthusiast and founder of the ever growing social enterprise Stone Soup Catering. My current role as Social Enterprise Developer allows me to combine these personal passions with my work, as our organization promotes a culture of education, employment and wellness in Saint John.


Mandy Burke Evans (Social Enterprise Developer) -


I joined the Saint John Learning Exchange’s team as a Social Enterprise Developer in January 2015. I have 15 years of experience which includes business development within commercial and industrial settings as well as an entrepreneur in the retail and wholesale industry in Saint John. My passion to reduce poverty and grow our economy while building and supporting our community in a very holistic approach makes this job the perfect fit for me. Outside of work I love spending time with my family and friends while exploring our province and taking advantage of new experiences and opportunities our wonderful province has to offer.

Maureen Creamer (C.A.L.P. Facilitator) - maureengcreamer@gmail.com

I started working at the Saint John Learning Exchange in 2008 after ten years of working as a substitute teacher in the public school system and raising my family. Since then, I have continued my love of life-long learning by completing a Master’s Degree in Adult Education. I have been blessed with grandchildren and I have had many experiences that have taught me a lot about myself and my community.

The best part of my job is watching our adult learners become empowered and energized by their commitment to our programs and seeing them move on to further training, education and employment.

Janelle Flanagan (Academic Coordinator & B.E.S.T. Facilitator) - janelle.flanagan@sjle.org

From Board of Directors...to B.E.S.T. Facilitator...to Academic Coordinator & Coach, my journey with the Learning Exchange began back in 1999.  I have Bachelors Degrees in Nursing and Psychology and a passion for empowering adults to realize their potential. I love to engage my learners in new experiences and watch them embrace their life stories. An arts and culture enthusiast, I just can't wait for the next travel adventure with my husband Gary, fur-baby Bijoux, and our collection of vintage cameras!


Christina Fowler (Executive Director) - christina.fowler@sjle.org

I have been working as the Executive Director of the Learning Exchange since 2005. I have a passion for community and producing innovative programs and businesses  that create genuine impact! I am a risk taker and a freedom seeker, who loves learning new things and creating opportunities that will push the envelope, so we can reduce poverty and make our community the best place for ALL! One of my favorite things to do is walk along the ocean and search for sea glass. The ocean gives me a sense of awe and peace and it reminds me that we are so lucky to live in this place.

Ginny Hooper (C.A.L.P. Facilitator) - ginnyshooper@gmail.com

I have been an adult education facilitator for the CALP program at The Exchange for 15 years. I enjoy learning new concepts and ideas and sharing my learning journey with others, including most recently, learning to love math and even find it fun!!

I love living by our beautiful Bay of Fundy and enjoy walks on the beach with my dogs, especially on early summer mornings. I also am very proud to call Saint John home and love telling people about some of our history (guess that is the tour guide in me, one of my jobs!) My favourite way to celebrate 'me-time' is to sit outside reading a good book, or if the weather isn't co-operative then curl up on my couch to travel to new worlds through reading.

Dale Kilpatrick (C.A.L.P. Facilitator) - dale.kilpatrick@sjle.org

September 2014 marks the beginning of an exciting new adventure for me. I am now a CALP facilitator at the Learning Exchange. My experiences are quite varied and include: work in the forest industry; teaching elementary, junior and senior high school; time as a stay at home dad; working in a market. I enjoy that the Learning Exchange is an environment filled with the enthusiasm of learning, the anticipation of new beginnings and the knowledge that with hard work, dedication and teamwork we can accomplish much. I enjoy time outdoors with my family and friends, in all seasons, moving under my own power whether it be on foot, with a canoe paddle, on snowshoes or by bicycle.

Dayna Lutes (Coordinator) - dayna.lutes@sjle.org

I started at The Learning Exchange in November 2013. I have a passion for community development and wellness; I am a certified Yoga Instructor and have a Masters in Adult Education. I combine these two passions at the Learning Exchange as a Workforce Coach, where I collaborate with Job Seekers to secure and maintain meaningful employment and create change that benefits their whole self. Outside of work I love to spend time outdoors.



Erin MacKenney (Job Developer) -  erin.mackenney@sjle.org

I came to The Learning Exchange in 2014 with a Master's in Education, an international teaching background, and extensive sales and training experience with a major financial institution. These experiences align in my role as Social Enterprise Coach, where I work closely with  Voila! and Stone Soup Catering to help extend employees and participants' skills on their journey to finding meaningful long-term employment.  I am passionate about creative learning, poverty reduction, and community, and the Learning Exchange allows me to centre my work around those passions.  Outside of work I explore my own creative endeavours, continuous learning, and adventures in my community and afar.

 Mary Snow (Workforce Coach) - mary.snow@sjle.org

I am excited to be returning to the Learning Exchange. I began my career here in the late 1980’s. I obtained a Masters in Education (Counselling/Psychotherapy) degree while working at the Exchange. As the Workforce Coach I am looking forward to using my skills as a counsellor to help Learners discover and building on their strengths to move forward to obtaining and maintaining employment.