Sarah Jean Harrison- Social Media & Digital Story Teller.
Raised on a farm in rural Ontario where the ability to tell a good story is a key social skill, Sarah Jean discovered at an early age her knack for uncovering the heart of a story and engaging people in its telling. Throughout her formal education in social and environmental justice Sarah Jean developed the strong written voice and discerning visual eye needed for digital communications.
Fifteen years of experience with community development and education confirmed for her the power of a well told story to change minds and open hearts. Today, Sarah Jean’s passion for connecting people through story is used to cultivate engaging digital experiences and effective communication strategies for her clients.
Becky Porlier – Upper Canada Fibreshed Co-Founder
Rebecca has a B.A. in Anthropology from Wilfrid Laurier University (2008), and M.Sc. in Capacity Development and Extension from the University of Guelph (2012). Her work and research focus on sustainability and material culture though the lens of permaculture.
Her research in the Capacity Development and Extension program explored strategies for organizational development, group facilitation, qualitative research, communication and community building in the context of organic agriculture and rural development.
Becky is also the founder of Upper Canada Mercantile.
Jennifer Osborn – Upper Canada Fibreshed Co-Founder
Jennifer Osborn is an artist, farmer, felter, ice cream maker, as well as a permaculture designer & teacher. Since being put on her first pony at age three, always had a passion for animals and nature. Since her early years Jennifer has been able to see ability to see natural systems, directing her towards permaculture. Value added permaculture farming with sheep was a natural fit for Jennifer. Her interest in Fibreshed began as a way to utilize her own wool.
Approximately 95%+ of Canadian fibre that is not considered suitable for next to skin wear. Exploring the potential and viability of this type of wool is where Jennifer’s focus lies in UCFS. Being a career farmer, she is interested in having wool to once again become a viable income stream for sheep farmers.
Since 2015, Jennifer and her husband, Tim, have been running a sheep dairy farm, making small batch ice cream with their milk, along with local, and organic ingredients.