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Joan Diamond – Program Coordinator
Joan Diamond has been employed with Holland College since 1998. She began as an instructor and quickly realized her passion for working with young adults. In 2003, she became program coordinator for the Holland College Transitions program, where she continues to work with the Transitions team to build and enhance the program, now run on three separate campuses. A strong believer in the power of experiential and student-centered learning, Joan has modeled the Transitions program to expose students to many different career options so that they can make informed decisions about life after high school. Joan is a graduate of the UPEI Bachelor of Education program and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Tourism Administration, and holds a Certificate in Adult Education from UNB, specializing in experiential learning and conflict resolution.

Charlottetown Transitions Team

Trades and Technology Rotation, Prince of Wales Campus: Rob Colborne, Supervisor/Mentor
After graduating from Saint Francis Xavier University with a BA, Rob moved west and worked in the oil fields for eight years. He has been with Holland College as a mentor in the Transitions program since 2004. He is the supervisor for the Charlottetown program and is the mentor in the trades and technology rotation.

Environmental Rotation: Allison Cooke
Allison Cooke began her mentoring role with the Transitions program in 2006. She comes to Charlottetown from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she received a degree in Psychology and Sociology from Mount Saint Vincent University. She brings with her a great deal of experience in the youth care field, working as an early childhood educator and facilitating the teen program with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, a position that allowed her to gain experience while travelling the world.

Prince of Wales Rotation: Ryan Maxwell
Ryan Maxwell has been with the Transitions program since 2010 after spending several years in the food and beverage industry. He has a BA from UPEI, majoring in Psychology and is currently completing his Certificate in Adult Education.

Ryan spent eight seasons coaching with the Holland College men’s and women’s hockey programs and was recognized for his contribution in 2013 by winning the Holland Hurricanes Award, which recognizes a student, staff member, or program for the outstanding support of the Hurricanes varsity program. He enjoys working with students and athletes, helping them reach their potential through personal, academic, and athletic goals.

Hospitality Rotation: Amy Fraser Reid
Amy has been a mentor in the Transitions program since 2012. She has a certificate in Tourism and Travel Management from Holland College, her bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality from UPEI, and is currently completing her Certificate in Adult Education. Amy spent many years working in the hospitality industry and was an instructor in the Marketing and Advertising program at the college. She combines her industry knowledge with her education to design an action-packed rotation.

Health & Community Studies Rotation: Chris Connolly
Chris Connolly has worked in the Transitions program since 2009. He has extensive experience in hospitality and tourism. Prior to joining the Transitions team at Holland College, Chris worked for the Eastern School District as a substitute teacher and developed a true passion for educating and helping young people. Chris has been involved in athletics at the college for seven years as an assistant coach to the men’s and women’s basketball programs. During his time with Transitions, Chris has planned and facilitated culinary, hotel and restaurant, golf, business and trades rotations.

Summerside Transitions Team

Trades & Technology Rotation, Summerside Waterfront Campus: Nathaniel Croken, Supervisor/Mentor
Nat grew up in Kensington and is a graduate of Kensington Intermediate Senior High. After high school, he participated in a student exchange program and spent a year living in Iceland. He has a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology and a master's degree in Education. Nat has worked in both the Charlottetown and Summerside Transitions programs as both a mentor and supervisor, and has vast experience and knowledge of many Holland College programs. With skilled trades as his main focus, he can be found most days in one of the labs or shops at the Summerside Waterfront Campus.

Health and Community Studies Rotation: Jillian Jeffery
Jill graduated from the Human Services program at Holland College in 2011. During her time in the field she worked in many different areas, including school systems and group homes. Shortly after graduating from Holland College, she continued on through an articulation agreement with UPEI and graduated with a degree in Psychology. During her time at UPEI she travelled abroad for part of her summer and volunteered in a community in South Africa.

Policing and Athletics Rotation: Steve Tessier
Steve joined the Transitions program in 2014. He is a graduate of the Bachelor of Business Administration program at UPEI, where he also took part in an international exchange at the Helsinki School of Economics.  While at UPEI, he played four years of varsity soccer and has remained involved in the sport as a referee. He was an assistant coach with the Holland College women’s soccer team for six seasons.

Steve understands the tremendous opportunity that the Transitions program offers, and enjoys providing  hands-on experiences and knowledge that will enable students to make more informed decisions about their futures. His rotation explores career opportunities in the Police Science (Cadet), Basic Firefighting, Sport and Leisure Management, and Wildlife Conservation Enforcement programs.

Alberton Transitions Team

Business Rotation: Christine Batten, Mentor/Supervisor
Christine Batten began her mentoring role as the West Prince Transitions supervisor and business mentor in 2018. Christine has spent over 20 years in the private sector as a successful small business owner, promoting other local businesses in Western PEI with her advertising publication. She has extensive knowledge of businesses in the region, which allows her to bring that experience into the program for her students to explore. Christine has diplomas in commercial art and journalism, and a Certificate in Adult Education from UPEI/ Holland College. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick.

Health & Community Studies Rotation: Kelly Gavin
Kelly joined the Transitions team in September 2019. She grew up in West Prince and is very passionate about supporting people in her hometown.

Kelly took Early Childhood Education at the Nova Scotia Teachers College. After finishing, she explored different career paths, first as a kindergarten teacher, then as a program worker in an after-school program, and lastly as a nanny.

She continued her education with Holland College in the Human Services program. Since her graduation in 2002, she has worked as a mental health employment and community support worker, a residential support worker, an employment counsellor and job coach, and, for the past four years, as a human resource administrator.

Trades and Technology Rotation: Joe Dumville
Joe Dumville was born in O'Leary, PEI and has deep roots in the Western region. He is father to Willa and husband to Genna. Joe has a diploma in Sports and Leisure Management from Holland College, a bachelor's degree in Recreation Sport Studies, and bachelor's degree in Education from UNB. A passionate educator and traveler, Joe worked in international education recruitment for the past decade before starting as member of the Transitions team in 2019. He has lived on four continents and has spent time in 25 countries.

Joe has a strong desire to be involved in community development and believes in the power of sport. He is currently serving in his second term as the Town of O’Leary Recreation Councillor and his sixth year as hockey coach to the Western Regals Midget AAA team, based in Alberton; and is on the Executive Council for the 2023 Winter Canada Games. He is also the Provincial Park Program Coordinator for the province during the summer months, where he oversees 21 students in the delivery of recreation programming and events.