Our Team
Lauren MacKeigan, Coordinator
Julia Mitton, Coordinator
Stephen MacKnight, Coordinator  
Kaela Grant, Coordinator
Joanna Zhao Duplessie, Coordinator
Agar Place
Simonds High School
Hampton High School/ Sussex Regional High School
Kennebecasis Valley High School
Tina Valllis, Coordinator Assistant
Simonds High School
I joined the Work Room in July 2016 after several years in education. I have also worked extensively in business and in the music industry. I enjoy working with people and the variety of career experiences I’ve had helps me to empathize and identify with our clients. I look forward to learning new skills and utilizing that knowledge to help our clients make the right choices that fit their needs. I enjoy the nature of New Brunswick, I enjoy learning how to play new musical instruments and you will find me at art openings across southern New Brunswick. 
St. Stephen High School/ Fundy High School/ Ganong Place
Sasha McKenzie, Coordinator Assistant
Simonds High School
Emmah Vincent, Coordinator Assistant
Kennebecasis Valley High School
TBA, Coordinator Assistant

Agar Place
I joined The Work Room May 2019. I am thrilled to be working with such a talented team. I am a proud Saint Johner who has had some pretty amazing opportunities as an administrative assistant in this awesome city. I have worked within the private and public sector as well as not-for-profit (JD Irving Limited, Public Health Services, Xerox, Saint John Arts Centre, YMCA and the Anglophone South School District). On my days off, I like to recharge my batteries by spending quiet time in the great outdoors with my husband and pets. 
I joined The Work Room in September 2019 after working in the non-profit industry as a vocational facilitator for persons with disabilities. I have a background in classroom instruction and in employment assistant services. I was born and raised in Jackson, New Jersey and fell in love with Canada when I visited with my family at the young age of twelve. My adolescent love for Canada was the driving motivation in my quest towards a Canadian post-secondary education. Originally, I attended University of Victoria for two years with a concentration on creative writing and philosophy, but soon gravitated towards a teaching profession and finished my degree at University of New Brunswick Saint John. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & English, as well as a Bachelor of Education. I am passionate about assisting others in overcoming educational and employment barriers and pride myself on helping others find success by reaching their full potential. My free time is spent reading, writing and spending time with my family.  
I joined The Work Room in October 2005.  I previously worked with NBCC Saint John in Student Services. I have a diploma in Executive Office Administration.   I really enjoy my job and the people I work with.  It is very rewarding assisting the community and students that come in every day.   I love meeting new people and learning new things on the job.  When I am not working I like to cook and go for walks. 
I joined the The Work Room team in December 2017 after completing several years working in the post-secondary education system,  helping students build their academic and career plans based on their interests and goals. I am originally from China and moved to Saint John in 1999. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a certificate in Teach English as a second language (TESL) from the University of New Brunswick. I am eager to add value to the great services that we deliver to our clients through The Work Room!
During my days off, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my kids, taking exercise classes and enjoying the many great local restaurants that we have.

I joined the Work Room in July of 2018 after living and working in Northern Alberta for six years. Previously, I worked in health services, promoting mental health and wellness within schools and communities. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and hold an Advanced Diploma in Behavioural Interventions. I am very passionate about helping people work towards their personal goals and thrilled to be able to share this with my community at the Work Room. When I am not working, you will find me spending time with my family or exploring the beautiful east coast with my little dog.

William MacKnight, Coordinator Assistant
St. Stephen High School/ Fundy High School/ Ganong Place

I joined the Work Room team in December 2019 after working in the hospitality and tourism industry for several years across Canada. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Psychology at St Thomas University while acting as head captain of the STU Varsity Women’s Rugby team. Previously I have worked with youth at risk at a secured crisis unit, working alongside social workers to implement developmental programs for high risk clients. I have also ran youth recreational programs for many years and have a passion for motivating others. I am excited to bring my creativity and enthusiasm to the Work Room and to help community members achieve their career goals. Outside of work, you can find me playing hockey and rugby, or relaxing with my dog and two cats. 
I joined the Work Room staff in September 2018 as the Ganong Place Work Room Assistant Coordinator. I am three years into my English degree at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, and I am currently exploring future career options. I have experience in customer service and tourism, and I enjoy working with the public. In this position I find that I am gaining just as much knowledge as I am imparting on others, and I am looking forward to putting this knowledge to good use in the years to come. As far as hobbies go, I love a good TV series, and I have always had a strong passion for gaming in all of its forms. 
I joined The Work Room January 2021. I am a recent graduate of NBCC Saint John, and my previous job was at an Adventure park start-up in Saint John. I am excited to use my talents and knowledge I gained in school and at previous jobs at the work room. We have such a great team at the work room, and I am thrilled to be able to work alongside them and be able to collaborate on projects together. On my days off, you can find me spending time with my family, walking my dog at the beach, and baking.