Cory graduated from Crandall University in the spring of 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. He has superlatively worked as a mental health counsellor for WELL-OVER a decade.
Cory has always had a passion for mental health advocacy which has taken him in many different directions in his career, finally leading him into his current position as Executive Director of Ergon Inc and the Ergon Life Centre.
Since 2004, Cory has been a Naval Reserve Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces. Even with his love for all things nautical he always maintained his passion for his main profession in mental health.
Aside from being the ED of Ergon Inc, Cory is also the Chairperson for the Horizon Health Community Advisory Committee on Mental Health.
When he isn't being all professional in the mental health field or sailing the high seas, he likes to kick back with his 2 children and watch a movie with his fluffy puppy Cooper.
Cecilia Watkins is our Operations Manager; she has been in the Human Service field for over a decade. She discovered her passion for the mental health field while working with at risk youth, and she has never looked back.
Cecilia wears a few different sombreros around the centre, outside of overseeing the programming at Ergon Life Centre. She also lends a hand to social media and digital marketing of Ergon. If that wasn't enough to keep her busy, she is also a proud member of the Albert-Westmorland Suicide Prevention Committee.
As much as Cecilia loves her job in the mental health field, she shares that love with her husband, three children, Norman the guinea pig and coffee.
If you get a chance, stop by and say hi to Cecilia....Bring Coffee!
Bonnie joined the Ergon Inc. team in January 2015. She started as a Support Work Trainer moving into the role of Store Manager.
Bonnie has been in the Human Services field for over 10 years now. She graduated from Eastern College, Moncton Campus in 2009, studying Child & Youth Care with Addictions Support Work. Bonnie really enjoys continuous learning in the field of Mental Health, as she feels it keeps her at the top of her game and provides the best quality of support for our participants.
Bonnie loves working with people from all walks of life. Prior to her work at Ergon, Bonnie worked as a Family Support Worker for four years and was a foster parent for Young Offenders and at risk teens, for a period of seven years.
One of Bonnie's favorite roles at work is teaching cross stitch to participants in the Ergon Life Centre.
Summer is Bonnie's favorite time of year. When she's not at work, she enjoys camping in Fundy Park, T-Bones on the barbecue, campfires, painting crafts and spending time with her partner, four children and two grandchildren.
Bonnie also has an 80lb. Doberman mix named Moka and 2 kitties named Adam and Ashley.
Human Services Counsellor
Tony is a graduate from the Human Services Counsellor program at Oulton College. He has great passion for working in the mental health field, his caring and energetic personality is a driving force behind his ability to engage and connect with our members.
Tony later joined the Ergon team after his placement for college was finished and was hired in late 2020. Tony loves facilitating and creating activities for our members and enjoys teaching and connecting through modules and discussions.
When Tony is not picking on Amanda at Ergon, he is often hanging out with his friends on Playstation or creating designs on Photoshop. He is currently trying to start his own clothing business which he hopes to promote at Ergon Thrift. Tony also streams on twitch as a hobby or his “2nd Job” as he calls it.
Sarah holds the role of Program Coordinator, here at Ergon. She has been a Mental Health Counsellor for well over a decade. Before joining the Ergon team, she spent 10 years at the Crisis Intervention Center as a Counsellor. Sarah is very passionate about her work in mental health and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Outside of Ergon, Sarah is raising her four children. She enjoys light gaming and arts/crafts. Summer is by far Sarah’s favourite season. When she’s not at the beach with her amazing children, she’s out camping, enjoying campfires, BBQ’s with the family or out chasing waterfalls. Sarah also has an adorable cat named Ozzy.
Melissa graduated from the Early Childhood Education, Educational Assistant program at Oulton College in 2018. She has a passion for working within the mental health field and being able to make a difference.She discovered her passion for the mental health field during my practicum where she worked as an Educational Assistant within the school district. After graduating, she took a break to raise her family and could not be more happier to begin this new journey.
Outside of work Melissa enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, 2 children and cat Cinder, who keep her very busy. When she is not spending time with family, she can be found outside walking or just relaxing on the patio and of course playing with her children. She also enjoys crocheting, reading books and movies as part of her self-care.
Thrift Store Clerk
John is our newest staff member of the Ergon team, he completed his training through our Ergon WORKS program, training hard to be successfully employed within the community. John enjoys working within the field of customer services and sales, he's especially fond of the customers that he meets and works with daily at Ergon Thrift.
When John first started within the employment program, he was hesitant about learning the cash, however because of John's determination for personal growth he mastered the cash, went on to be a Shift Supervisor within the WORKS program, and became a staff member of the Ergon Team!
When John is not being a rockstar as our Thrift Store Clerk, he can be found reading, gaming, walking, or listening to the mellow sounds of his favorite play list.
And..... of course, we couldn't talk about John without mentioning his first true love..
...Tim Horton's coffee.