Joan Diamond – Program Coordinator
Joan Diamond has been employed with Holland College since 1998. She began as an instructor at the Tourism and Culinary Centre where she realized her passion for working with young adults. In 2003, she became program coordinator for the Holland College Transitions program and has spent the last decade working with the Transitions team to enhance and expand the program from 16 students in Charlottetown to over 80 students in both Charlottetown and Summerside.
Joan is a graduate of the UPEI Bachelor of Education and also the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Tourism Administration program. She is presently working on her master’s degree in Integrated Studies through Athabasca University with a focus on Adult and Community Education.
Nathaniel Croken – Supervisor/Mentor
Nathaniel grew up in Kensington and is a graduate of Kensington Intermediate Senior High. After high school, Nathaniel took part in an exchange program to Iceland, where he lived for a year. Nathaniel graduated from UPEI in 2003 with a BA in Sociology and Anthropology, and recently completed a Master of Education degree, also at UPEI.
Nathaniel began working as a mentor in 2004 and now combines his mentoring role with that of supervisor in the Summerside program.
Steve Tessier – Mentor
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. He is currently in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Holland College Women’s Soccer team.
Steve understands the tremendous opportunity that the Transitions program offers to its students, and enjoys providing them with the hands on experiences and knowledge that will allow them to make more informed decisions in the future. He is responsible for the Policing, Firefighting, Sport and Leisure, and Conservation rotations.
Natasha Johnson – Mentor
Natasha graduated from Holland College’s Child and Youth Care Worker program in 2007 and began working as a mentor in the Transitions program the same year. Natasha is responsible for making sure our Summerside students find out about the program offerings in Charlottetown. She finds her work extremely rewarding and is looking forward to continuing on this career path.
Natasha hopes to gain more knowledge and experience in this profession and is also furthering her education in the field of criminal justice.
Rob Colborne – Supervisor/Mentor
After graduating from Saint Francis Xavier University with a BA, Rob moved west and worked in the oil fields for nearly eight years. Rob 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 business rotation.
Ryan Maxwell – Mentor
Ryan came to the Transitions Program in 2010 after spending several years in the Food and Beverage industry as an Assistant and General Manager here in Charlottetown. He is presently majoring in psychology at UPEI and coaching the Holland College Men’s Hockey team.
Ryan enjoys working with students and seeing them reach their own personal and educational goals. He finds the mentoring experience very rewarding. He believes students benefit greatly by coming to the college, gaining hands-on experience, and meeting instructors and community professionals.
Chris Connolly – Mentor
Chris Connolly started with the Holland College Transitions program in 2009. He has extensive experience in hospitality and tourism, working for hotels, tour companies and cruise lines. Before his time 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. In his time with Transitions, Chris has planned and facilitated the following rotations: Culinary, Hotel and Restaurant, Golf, Business and Trades.
Allison Cooke – Mentor
Allison Cooke began her mentor 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, and most recently, worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, a position that allowed her to work with youth and travel the world. Allison is responsible for the Arts and Media rotation.
Amy Fraser – Mentor
Amy has been working as a mentor in the Transitions Program since 2011. She has a certificate in Tourism and Travel from Holland College, her Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality from UPEI and is currently doing her Certificate of Adult Education at Holland College and UPEI. She has been the mentor for the Hospitality Rotation for the past two years. Amy has spent numerous years working in the hospitality industry, and combines her industry knowledge with her education to design an action-packed rotation.