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.

Nikole Watson: Environmental Education Intern

Nikole is a recent graduate from the civil engineering program at the University of New Brunswick. For the past year she worked for a local start up where she helped coordinate projects with a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. She has been following the Falls Brook Centre for the past year volunteering and being a board member. Nikole is very passionate about planning and organizing events for non-profits and local organizations. She enjoys supporting local communities and helping them flourish. She has spent most of her life in Fredericton where she is very active in the Swing Dancing community and local Civil Engineering section. She enjoys dancing, biking, and being outdoors in her spare time. You can reach her at

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