Executive Director

Currently the Executive Director of Futures In Newfoundland And Labrador's Youth (FINALY!), Rhonda has accepted the responsibility of empowering the youth of our province.

Prior to assuming her current position, Rhonda has been actively involved in a number of capacities with youth as well as secondary and post secondary educational systems.

Rhonda graduated from St. Mary's University with a Bachelors of Arts, majoring in Psychology and continued to do a graduate program at the College of the North Atlantic in Applied Business Information Technology. Mrs. believes that education is a life long journey and plans to continue with her Masters in Community Economic Development.

Rhonda's community involvement includes: vice president of the Positive Thinkers Club, volunteering for a number of organizations such as John Howard Society, Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council, Community Income Tax Program, and Junior Achievement. She is also an active citizen in her home community of Holyrood, NL

Her message to the youth of Newfoundland and Labrador is to stay positive and have an I CAN ATTITUDE.

31 Peet Street, Suite 206 Tara Place, St. John's, NL  A1B 3W8
Phone: (709) 738-6274 / 1-877-358-2600 (toll free) / Fax: (709) 738-6271

Public Relations Officer

Jennifer has been privileged to work as a communications professional with several provincial organizations including the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Community Services Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Special Celebrations Corporation of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.  She also spent time as a communicator in the health care sector, working first in long-term care and later focusing on internal communications for the 12,000 employees of Eastern Health.   
Jennifer is delighted to have the opportunity to return to work in the voluntary sector.  "Non-profits have a great energy about them," says Jennifer.  "By necessity, employees must work closely together as a cohesive team to achieve a common goal with limited resources.  Working in such a supportive environment helps me feel really positive about what I'm helping to achieve."   
Jennifer loves spending time watching geeky sci-fi shows with her husband or playing trains with her 3-year-old son or playing 120's and being silly with her girlfriends.  She also volunteers as a special events coordinator and fundraising consultant with the Resource Centre for the Arts ( and with Kids In Safe Seats (, and as the artistic director of the Shakespeare By The Sea Festival ( 

31 Peet Street, Suite 206 Tara Place, St. John's, NL  A1B 3W8
Phone: (709) 738-6272 / 1-877-596-6262 (toll free) / Fax: (709) 738-6271

Diane Poole
Wild Craft Coordinator


Diane lives in St. Lewis, Labrador with her husband and three kids. Before taking this position with FINALY, she worked with the local heritage society setting up a community Museum and establishing walking trails to an abandoned village nearby.


Diane graduated high school in her hometown of Mary’s Harbour and went on to College in Lewisporte to receive a Clerk Accounting diploma. She has worked in her own area since then; as book keeper/clerk with Earle Brother Fisheries at Battle Harbour; as a customer representative for the Eagle River Credit Union Ltd.; as Manager of the General Store at Battle Harbour; as Town Clerk at St. Lewis; as a Community Development Officer for the Zone; and as Coordinator/Curator for St. Lewis Heritage Society.


Diane continues to volunteer with the St. Lewis Heritage Society and the Battle Harbour Historic Trust.  Her hobbies are all things historical, reading, boating, Coronation Street, and spending time at Battle Harbour.


1 Frankie's Cove Rd, St. Lewis  A0K 4W0

Phone: (709) 939-2294

Youth Inclusion Coordinator


Steve is a 25 years old "true Townie" who was born and raised in St. John's, NL. He attended St. Bon's elementary school and then Brother Rice High before going on to study at Memorial University of Newfoundland, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Greek and Roman Studies with a minor in Philosophy.


As the Youth Inclusion Coordinator with FINALY!, Steve's main task is to aid youth with barriers to employment to find and use information on career development, job search skills and opportunities that exist here in Newfoundland and Labrador.  His goal is to create awareness amongst the FINALY! membership on youth inclusion in the province. 


In his free time Steve loves to read, jog, hike, play basketball and hang out with friends and family. His interests include history, world affairs, politics, music, philosophy and literature.


Steve says that he's very excited to be working with FINALY!: "It gives me the opportunity to kick start a career right here in this great province and gain valuable experience at the same time. I am thrilled to have the chance to help inform our youth that there can be a future for them in Newfoundland and Labrador!"


31 Peet Street, Suite 206 Tara Place, St. John's, NL  A1B 3W8

Phone: (709) 738-6276 / Fax:  (709) 738-6271

TakingITGlobal Intern


The health of a democracy, and consequently, of the people who form it, relies entirely on citizen participation: consent, dissent, and everything in-between. The stakes are now too high in our province and in our world, to allow our governance to devolve further into a system of elite decision and public ratification. Simply put, as the Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw put it, democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.


Chad believes that youth in Newfoundland and Labrador deserve the best future possible. His position as NL Youth Engagement Coordinator has given him the chance to involve youth in steering the course the province and, indeed, the world. Whether youth are becoming active in promoting better environmental practices, championing human rights in the majority world, or developing economy strategies for their communities, Chad’s assists youth to collaborate with each other and beyond.


Outside of his position, Chad is a full time political science student at Memorial University of Newfoundland and enjoys outdoor recreation and travel. His research interests include civic engagement and democratic erosion, community and technology, and globalization and consumption issues.


31 Peet Street, Suite 206 Tara Place, St. John's, NL  A1B 3W8
Fax:  (709) 738-6271

Katimavik Volunteer


Saumya is a Buddhist Srilankan form Surrey, BC.She is 18 years-old and is a Katimavik participant. She volunteered at the clay studio and is now volunteering at FINALY! She enjoys reading about the metaphysical and occult. She love music of many genres; Muse, Fake Shark-Real Zombie, The Roots, Miyavi, H.I.M., Bob Marley, Cat Stevens, ... To name a few. She loves to travel and has made home in Brunei, Algeria and Srilanka. She hopes go to London, UK and Japan one day. She plays piano, alto saxophone and has begun to learn the acoustic guitar. Saumya want to become an archeologist or technical guitarist.


31 Peet Street, Suite 206 Tara Place, St. John's, NL  A1B 3W8
Fax:  (709) 738-6271

lyne Marion

Katimavik Volunteer


lyne is a Capricorn with long brown hair and hazel eyes. She likes long walks in the park, art, music and dinner by candlelight.

Just kidding, she’s a cancer, but on a more professional note...

Élyne is a nineteen-year-old student from Winnipeg, Manitoba brought to St. John's by the government youth volunteer program Katimavik. (Go check it out at Now on the last length of her journey, lyne is quite happy she was lucky enough to come to St. John's and even happier for the job opportunities she has been given having just finished her contract with the Shakespeare By The Sea Festival. She's also very excited to be working for a By Youth For Youth's program like FINALY!

Unfortunately, Élyne will only be with FINALY! for a few weeks, for her time as a Katimavik participant is coming to its end. In late August she will be returning home to start her post-secondary education at La Collège-Universitaire du St. Boniface.

Excited and saddened that she is going home soon, Élyne is glad that FINAY! is where she will be finishing of her adventure before going home to start a new one.


31 Peet Street, Suite 206 Tara Place, St. John's, NL  A1B 3W8
Fax:  (709) 738-6271


Innovative Office Expert

Katie is a 20 year old student from Paradise, who eagerly started working with FINALY! in early July, 2007. Her current position, Innovative Office Expert, is a temporary summer placement. She came across the position when looking for possible summer jobs under the SWASP program. Noticing FINALY!'s impact on the youth of Newfoundland and Labrador, she knew she had to apply for this excellent opportunity.


Katie has recently completed her second year at Memorial University of Newfoundland, but she will not be returning in the fall. Rather, she will be attending CompuCollege in late August to begin the Massage Therapy program, something which she is very excited about. By August 2009 she will be a Registered Massage Therapist. 

Previous community involvement includes being a Director on the Paradise Youth Center committee, which won an award for Volunteer Group of the Year. This committee was put in place to raise funds to build a youth center for the youth of Paradise. This "for the youth, by the youth" project has since been taken over by the Town, and the committee of young adults has unfortunately dissolved. 

Katie is highly anticipating the weeks to follow, and is looking forward to all the experiences which may be coming her way!

31 Peet Street, Suite 206 Tara Place, St. John's, NL  A1B 3W8
Fax:  (709) 738-6271