Meet our Board
You may recognize some of the faces behind the NFU-O. That’s because they’re Ontario farmers, and farm all across the province—they might even farm in the same county that you do.
Before they held leadership positions within the NFU-O, they were actively involved in their Local. We welcome any farming member to get involved in the governance of their Local, and we hope to see your face up here over the next few years!
Don Ciparis has been a grains and oilseeds producer in the Rodney area of Elgin County since 1986. He has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has participated as a Binational Public Forum member on the Lake Erie Lakewide Management Plan and is a director on the Elgin County Grains and Oilseeds Association. He has been on the Board of the National Farmers Union – Ontario since 2016 and was acclaimed as the NFU-O President last week.
National Board Member
Hilary Moore and her husband have a mixed organic farm in Lanark, ON. They raise Tamworth pigs for pork, vegetables, honey as well as hay for their workhorses and livestock. Hilary has been farming full time since 1999, since graduating with honours from the Environmental Studies program at Carleton University. She operated one of the first CSA’s in the Ottawa area for 13 years. They continue to direct market from the farm and through a farmer’s market. Hilary has been an active member of the NFU since 2002, as part of her local executive, as well as acting on several national committees and acting as National VP (Policy) for one term. In her past, Hilary has been involved in school ground greening projects, the Ottawa Good Food Box local food procurement program, as well as the formation of the Ottawa Food Security Council (renamed Just Food).
National Board Member
Ayla Fenton is a new farmer and community organizer from the Kingston area. She has worked on organic farms in the area for the past six years, and is currently launching a new farm cooperative with other young farmers to produce organic vegetables, heritage grains, and pastured pork in Lanark County. She works with the National Farmers Union to advocate for new and young farmers, and for the transition to agroecology, food sovereignty and climate justice. Ayla also represents the NFU in the global peasant movement La Via Campesina.
Marcelle knows a thing or two about farming in Northern Ontario. Since she and her husband started their farm in 2009, they have been active members of the NFU-O. Farming 50 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, she enjoys the connection to other farmers across the province and Canada that she gets through the NFU-O and the relationships she formed with like-minded producers even at a distance.
Coreen is new to the NFU-O, but she’s already found her place on our board. A seasoned livestock farmer, she pasture-raises beef, pork, lamb, and laying hens. Although she’s been farming for many years, she joined the NFU-O last year because she looked beyond her farm gate and saw the need to help build a strong voice for a sustainable future in agriculture.
Devan Penney runs Fair Fields on a 100 acre farm near Neustadt, in Grey County. He is joined by his wife Nicole and their daughters Lillian and Fiona, as well as a mix of parents, uncles and friends, depending on the time of year . He runs a 35 member CSA and grows strawberries and raspberries for retail, wholesale and u-pick. Since receiving his FBR number, Devan has been a member of the NFU, and he wholeheartedly shares the commitment of this farmer driven organization to social and environmental justice.
If you’d like to contact any of our board by phone, please contact the NFU-O provincial office at 1-888-832-9638.
Meet our Staff
While our team may be small, we’re mighty! Our crew maintains all the daily activities keeps the NFU-O up and running. But that’s not all, folks–we also take on a number of programs and special projects that help to advance the goals and objectives of the NFU-O. Our team certainly knows how to make hay when the sun shines.
Sarah has been farming in the Kawartha Lakes region since 2005 and is an active member of local 345. She farms 100 acres with her family and raises pastured chicken and grass fed and finished beef. Sarah brings her background in marketing and fundraising multi-million dollar projects to the NFU-O, which has helped her grow the organization over the past six years.
Membership Development and Special Projects Manager
Aric farms near Kingston, Ontario, and is an experienced community organizer. He was active in the NFU-O’s Food Down the Road Project, the New Farm Project, and the Save Our Prison Farms campaign. Aric works to develop new projects for the NFU-O, to facilitate training workshops, and to strengthen the NFU-O’s connections with allied organizations.
Communications and Programs Intern
Sana brings her extensive experience working in the environmental non-profit sector to her role with the NFU-O. With a strong skill-set in public outreach and communications, she is an effective advocate for social and environmental issues and truly understands what makes movements and campaigns a success. Sana is excited to be working with an organization that advocates so strongly for environmentally and socially sustainable farming in Ontario.
Looking for general contact information for the NFU-O? You can find it here.