Afton Conneely: Executive Director

Afton was raised on the west coast of Ireland and moved with her husband to New Brunswick in 2008. She was initially attracted to Falls Brook Centre because of her interest in Permaculture and its’ application in the real world. Indeed Afton and her husband Nils carried out several land improvement projects on their previous property in Keswick Ridge using Permaculture Principles which significantly increased both the functionality and biodiversity of the property while making low-hassle harvests from their kitchen garden the norm.

Afton’s previous experiences and degree in Microbiology means that she comes at problems from a different viewpoint than most. She’s most interested in how to turn problems into opportunities and in pulling together threads of information to come up with solutions that solve root causes instead of symptoms. She is looking forward to fostering the relationships that individuals and organisations have made with Falls Brook Centre in the past, and in creating and incubating new relationships into the future to solve the challenges that we all face in wishing to remain in this beautiful part of the world.

And in the eventual circumstance of having free time again, Afton’s hobbies include fly-fishing, back-country skiing, knitting, gardening and reading.

You can reach her here.


Charlotte Flores: Education Coordinator

Charlotte was born in New Brunswick and raised in Connecticut, USA. She has her BS from the University of Connecticut in Education and a MA from the University of Connecticut in Secondary History Education. After teaching and working in various locations throughout the world including France and Australia she moved back to New Brunswick with her family. She wanted to pursue educational opportunities in the province and loved Falls Brook Centre’s mission of a sustainable, strong community. She is excited to be a part of the Falls Brook Centre community and to see our province thrive with new opportunities. She is happy to have her children experience the beauty of New Brunswick and a childhood filled with lakes, shores and snow. Her hobbies include photography, baking and travel. You can reach her here.


Max Mathies: Renewable Energy Coordinator

Max joins the Falls Brook Centre after completing his undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph. He is passionate about resource conservation, specifically with regards to water and energy. Outside of the office, he spends his time rock climbing, canoeing, and playing guitar. Max is thrilled to be working with the Falls Brook Centre towards the sustainable development of New Brunswick. You can reach him here.


Michelle Lavery: Media and Promotions Coordinator

Michelle joins FBC while completing her Masters of Science in Biology at the Canadian Rivers Institute. She has been passionate about conservation and sustainability education and communication since childhood, and has been heavily involved in science communication throughout her graduate studies. She has written for Fisheries Magazine, The Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, The Canadian Young Scientist Journal, The Fisheries Blog, Science Borealis, The Brunswickan,, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (NB). She has also interacted extensively with the mainstream media, doing interviews on research from her BScH at Queen’s University for National Geographic Online, Scientific American Blogs, CBC, LiveScience, and the Science Media Centre of Canada. In her spare time, she loves to explore New Brunswick’s natural gems on foot, by canoe, or on skis! Moving forward, Michelle is very excited to be sharing FBC’s incredible work with the media and public. You can reach her here.


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