Meet Our Executive
Brenda Phinney - Chair
Brenda is Chair of The Schomberg Community Farm. She started 2023 as Co-Chair in 2023 and moved into Chair when the position became vacant. She also served as Chair of The Schomberg Community Farm for 2020. Brenda held the role of member-at-large 2021 and 2022, a position that allowed her to help out in many different ways on the Farm.
She's been an avid gardener for 30 years . An active member of The Farm for five years has been an amazing experience!
Cheryl Fisher - Farm Manager & CoFounder
Elected Farm Manager for The Schomberg Community Farm in November 2019. She has been on the Executive since established in 2013.
Cheryl brings over 32 years of local volunteer experience to The Farm. A co-founder of the King Township Food Band and Founder of the Schomberg Scarecrows, she is passionate about community, and enjoys the challenges of getting something started. She also lead the trailblazing in Pottageville of the Millennium and North trails.
She received the Special Recognition Award from the Township of King in 2007 and the Queen Elizabeth 2nd Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Nature and healthy food are two essential factors in her life so The Farm is a perfect fit.
Cheryl has lived in King Township since 1988, Pottageville first then Schomberg in 2006 with her husband of 41+ years.
Wesley Killman - Treasurer
Wesley was elected Chair of the Schomberg Community Farm in November 2016/2017. In 2018 Wesley took on the role of Secretary/Treasurer.
Until age 14, Wesley was raised on a dairy farm in Jarvis, Ontario. As such, he understands the importance of fresh, organic, sustainable food and hopes to raise awareness of this through his involvement with the Schomberg Community Farm.
At age 19, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served for 4 years in the Regular Officer Training Program. He received an honourable discharge in 2007 when he began a career as a Special Constable at the University of Toronto. In 2015 Wesley left the University of Toronto to take a job working for York Region. He holds certificates in Project Management from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Labour Studies from Mohawk College. He has also studied at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology as well as Athabasca University, and is currently working towards the completion of a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Wesley first moved to York Region in 2006 where he now lives with his wife Meghan. He is the father of 2 small children, Cordelia and Charlotte.
Ann Rockley - Communication Manager/Secretary/Events Coordinator
Was elected Communication Manager in 2017 and continues this role through 2023. Ann took on the role of Secretary in 2020 and was elected to the role of Events Coordinator in 2023 after organizing the Spring and Fall Events in 2022. Ann has a passion for nutrition and health. She is keen to help others discover the wonderful aspects of The Farm as a community hub, an oasis of organic community gardening, and a focus for gardening and health related workshops.
Ann founded and ran an international high technology firm with her husband Charles for 32 years. She brings her knowledge of social media and communication to to the role of Media Manager. In 2021 Ann chose to follow her personal passion; health and life coaching.
Ann moved to Schomberg with her husband and daughter in 2000 and they have been active members in the community since.
Donna Parrish - Membership Secretary
Was elected Membership Secretary in 2019 but has been active in The Farm for 3+ years volunteering in a variety of capacities. She almost single-handedly planted and maintained the new Ruth MacDonald Butterfly Garden.
Donna has been a professional graphic designer for 40 years, lifelong textile and paper artist, Dufferin Marsh Nature Connection volunteer for 28+ years and Albion Hills Community Garden volunteer for 7+ years. She is currently a Master Gardener in Training. Donna is the original creator and art director of SIDEROADS magazine and spent 30+ years as an environmental activist and designer at NOW magazine.
Joanne Bailey has been a member-at-large for the Farm since 2019. She is also our produce coordinator, gathering the surplus vegetables from our gardeners and donating them to various places in the community.
She is a retired college professor and registered nurse, having had a diversified nursing career for 47 years. She moved to King Township in1988 and now lives in Schomberg. A mother of two daughters and six grandsons, Joanne values her family time and community involvement.
Joanne is a volunteer board member for the Arts Society of King, writer for the mosaic magazine and facilitates events at the Nobleton Senior’s Centre. Joanne is also an ear
Joanne loves to cultivate her own flowers and vegetables at her home and creates wood designs for people’s gardens.
Joanne states “gardening is relaxing, therapeutic, serene, unique and brings me outside to enjoy what I have grown.”