Stephanie Deaken, BA, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Stephanie Deaken has over 10 years of experience as a registered social worker working with children and youth with disabilities and their families. As a registered social worker, Stephanie is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). She left her respected job at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital to follow her dream to open Fiddlehead Care Farm. As founder, Stephanie lives on the farm with her husband where she grows organic vegetables and enjoys gardening. Stephanie holds an Honours degree in Child and Youth Studies and Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She specializes in counselling for children with special needs and their families. Much of her experience lies with diagnoses of Acquired Brain Injury, Autism, developmental disability and chronic medical conditions. Stephanie is accredited as a Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) provider and has experience in facilitating workshops for parents of children with Autism. Other valuable experience includes her work as a Deafblind Intervener and summer program director. Stephanie’s interests include yoga and creating art.
Breanne Mathers, BA, TRS, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist & Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Fiddlehead Care Farm was co-founded by Breanne Mathers who has over 12 years of experience as a Certified Child Life Specialist and Therapeutic Recreation Specialist helping to support and empower children, youth, siblings and their families to master challenging events related to health care. She has a Bachelor is Arts in Sociology and a Post-Graduate diploma in Therapeutic Recreation and is Certified as a Child Life Specialist through the Child Life Council. Breanne has vast experience working with children and youth with traumatic and acquired brain injury and children with complex medical issues, multi system diseases and mechanical ventilation. She has set herself apart as a leading expert and consultant on the use of Multi-Sensory Environments and Snoezelen with children with disabilities and as the author of a variety of peer reviewed journal articles she continues to push forward her passion for the teaching and use of non-pharmacological pain management techniques.
Luna, Therapy Pig
Luna is a micro mini pig born on December 13, 2015. She is smart, funny and a little mischievous. She really loves cuddling with people, young and old, grazing in the pastures with the cows, and doing special tricks for treats of Cheerios or organic apple snacks. We were lucky enough to have got her from our wonderful friends at Our Little Piggy and Heal with Horses in beautiful Prince Edward County.