Launch Pad Staff
Emily Morrison, Executive Director
Emily, has graduated with an Honours Degree in Business Administration and Biology and a Masters Degree in Sustainability Studies, both from Trent University.
After completing her education she worked in the Durham Region at the Brock Youth Centre creating and executing programs to foster a culture of youth entrepreneurship in the local, and surrounding, rural communities. Emily was named the 2016 Youth Engagement Showcase Winner by the Rural Ontario Institute and received a five-minute documentary that can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDmy1rsCoRw&t=11s .
Since then she moved back to the her hometown area and joined the Launch Pad team in the role of Executive Director back in February of 2018. Emily has been an instrumental part of the continuing growth of Launch Pad, and she’s just beginning!
Erin Hopkins, Programs Manager
Erin Hopkins is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Social Development Studies and is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work Degree at Laurier. She has over ten years experience in camp programs and has provided respite care for several families in the Hanover area. Erin is excited to help Launch Pad grow and to support the development of new programs.
Seth Veenstra, Programs Assistant
After graduating university in 2008 with an Honours English B.A., Seth spent the next seven years working as a reporter, editor-in-chief, and communications consultant. When he and his wife moved to Hanover in 2015, he was immediately drawn to the excitement surrounding Launch Pad. He began his time at the centre as a volunteer and within a few months came on board as programs assistant. From the start he’s been inspired by the young people who choose to spend their time at Launch Pad: how energetic, creative, fearless, open, funny and honest they can be. He loves seeing youth gain a deeper understanding of their community through Launch Pad projects, whether it’s participating in the Eat Well Farmers Market, helping to organize fundraisers, or hosting political debates. Besides facilitating community engagement projects Seth also loves to organize arts and music workshops.
Katherine (Kate) Blythe, Office Coordinator
Kate Blythe is a recent graduate of Durham College where she received her Diploma in Business Administration and Marketing, as well as earning a spot on the Dean’s List. After graduating in 2017 she began looking for work that would allow her to directly apply her new found knowledge. When she saw the job posting for Office Coordinator at Launch Pad, she knew that this was the job that she had been waiting for! She has been working at Launch Pad since March of 2018 and has been able to grow her skill set farther than she could have ever imagined by taking on new roles and tasks. Kate is excited to continue on with Launch Pad and looks forward to its future and the future of the youth who are members!
Rachael Zister - Programs Assistant
Rachael is currently in her third (and final) year of receiving her Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma Program from Georgian College. Having worked in schools, daycare’s, Bluewater youth and adult services, respite and the Hanover Library for two summers as a program assistant, Rachael has an excellent amount of experience working with youth. She is very excited to be working as a member of the Launch Pad’s staff!