Our Team

National Administration, Management, and Communications

Jesse Veenstra

National Director Farm to Cafeteria Canada

Jesse is a public health professional with a passion for food security and community building. From 2018 – 2020 Jesse served as the National Manger, Farm to School Initiatives with Farm to Cafeteria Canada. Prior to joining F2CC, she spent a decade managing complex projects across the continuum of care within Vancouver Coastal Health and BC’s Provincial Health Services Authority, including work in the realm of Healthy Schools and Healthy Communities. In 2017 she was appointed to the Vancouver Food Policy Council and is currently an active member of the council’s Leadership Team and Zero Waste Working Group.. Jesse holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Science and Master of Science in Human Health and Nutrition, both from the University of Guelph; a Diploma in Project Management from Simon Fraser University; and a Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University. In her spare time you’ll find Jesse exploring the BC wilderness, experimenting in her garden, or getting creative in her kitchen with the local bounty this province has to offer.



Tracey O’Neil

Graphic Design and Communications Lead

Tracey O’Neil works as an independent Graphic Designer and started her own design studio, simplelife designs, in 2007. Tracey holds a diploma from the Advertising Art department at Red River College and dabbled in International Development at the University of Winnipeg. Much of her focus is to provide design support for organizations and non-profits working towards social, environmental and sustainable development initiatives. In the spring of 2012, she was asked to work with Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) to design their website, and later signed on as part of their Communications Team in 2014 where she is currently the Graphic Design and Communications Lead. Tracey is an active volunteer, loves to cook and bake for her family and friends, and spends much of her time in her backyard garden where she harvests most of her fresh veggies as long as the Winnipeg growing season will allow.


Regional Leads

A national community of practice of Regional Leads exists in Canada - supported in their roles by Farm to Cafeteria Canada and often in partnership with a regional agency that is leading farm to school, farm to campus or farm to healthcare activity in their area. These individuals work together to advance activity in their regions through capacity building, network development, knowledge translation and education, evaluation, and/or research. The combined  expertise on this team is a powerful driving force behind the movement to get the highest quality foods possible on the public plate.
Claudia Páez Varas

Claudia Páez

Regional Lead for BRITISH COLUMBIA (Mainland & Vancouver Island)
Focus: School
F2CC School Animator
Public Health Association of BC

Claudia has a MSc. in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems (UBC), a Bachelor in Social Communication, and a Diploma in Film Production. She is originally from Chile, and her love for healthy gardens and healthy food is in her cultural DNA from her matrilineal side. Her participation as a graduate student and research assistant in several research projects regarding food security, gender participation, food systems and food sovereignty in Indigenous, national and international context have provided her with the invaluable opportunity to gain an overview on the issues that the systems currently confront. Between 2016 and 2017, Claudia co-leaded a community-research project about food affordability and accessibility and organic food on campus. Claudia strongly believes that only healthy and culturally meaningful food can feed both our body and soul.


Carolyn Webb

Regional Lead for ONTARIO
Focus: School
Coordinator of Sustain Ontario’s Edible Education Network

Carolyn Webb is the Coordinator of Sustain Ontario’s Edible Education Network, a network that brings together groups in Ontario that are connecting children and youth with healthy food systems. The Network’s mission is to better enable these groups to share resources, ideas, and experience, work together on advocacy, and facilitate efforts across the province to get children and youth eating, growing, cooking, celebrating, and learning about healthy, local and sustainably produced food.

Prior to her time at Sustain Ontario, Carolyn studied Environmental Science at the University of Guelph and received her Masters degree in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE, University of Toronto. She then worked as Programmes Manager for the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP), where she was involved in policy research, project management and communications on issues ranging from waste management to developing a green economy for Canada. Carolyn currently lives in Ottawa.

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Nicole Hambleton

Regional Lead for ONTARIO
Sustain Ontario’s Lead for farm to school programs

I’m thrilled to be joining Sustain Ontario’s Edible Education Network as Ontario Lead for farm to school programs. I have worked in the sector of food and nutrition since graduating from Ryerson University with a degree in nutrition (Dietetics) in 1999. Since 2014 I have been involved in local food, farming, and education in the Headwaters Region as a consultant, then co-coordinator of Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance’s (HFFA) farm to school programs. In this role I helped establish Local Food Club – a school centred, monthly, hyper-local meal in a bag program; Farmers in the School – real farmers in classrooms teaching kids about local food and farming; and Family Food Classes where Dietitians, Chefs and Farmers shared knowledge and cooked with kids! When not working on an organic farm, I teach empathy based programs in schools.

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Geneviève Chatelain

Regional Lead for QUEBEC
Focus: Daycare, School, Healthcare, Campus
Educational projects advisor, Équiterre

Experienced in local food sourcing and fair trade, Geneviève joined the Équiterre team in April 2017 as an educational project advisor. Her work consists of supporting institutions (mainly daycare centres and schools) and helping to incorporate more organic and local products into their menus. She coordinates the Schools Take Root fundraising campaigns, a project to raise awareness of healthy, local and eco-responsible food through the sale of baskets of local and organic vegetables. In addition, her university training in international studies led her to take an interest in the global challenges of sustainable development. This interest led her to become actively involved in the Quebec Fair Trade Association, as a member of the executive council.


Richard Han

Richard Han

Provincial Manager, Farm to School BC
Public Health Association of BC

Richard Han is a Health Promotion Specialist residing in Coquitlam, BC. He graduated from Simon Fraser University (SFU) with a Masters of Public Health (MPH) and Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Kinesiology. Ethnically Korean and a cultural adoptee of Campbell/Windsor family in Heiltsuk First Nation, Richard’s second home is located in Bella Bella, BC. He brings diverse and rich experiences from working in: K-12 community school, child and family services, social development, health authority and universities. He is passionate about children’s well-being, sustainable living, and the link between food security and health. Richard also co-chairs Policy Advocacy Research Committee in Public Health Association of BC and is passionate about social equality, justice, and Indigenous rights. During his spare time, Richard loves to go backpacking, play guitar and spend time with family and friends.

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Melanie Cormier

Melanie Cormier

Regional Lead for NEW BRUNSWICK

Melanie is supporting Farm to School initiatives in New Brunswick. She is a Registered Dietitian, passionate about food security and child and youth nutrition. She graduated from Université de Moncton in 2013 and has been perusing her passion in her work as a Public Health dietitian ever since. In her spare time, she loves experimenting in the kitchen as well as hiking and kayaking with her dog, Mia. Melanie is very excited to share her passion and experience while supporting Farm to School in New Brunswick.


Suzanne Hawkins

Program Coordinator at Food First Newfoundland and Labrador

Suzanne Hawkins is a Program Coordinator at Food First NL, where she works on projects related to institutional food, food insecurity, and equity and inclusion. Before joining Food First NL, Suzanne worked at a researcher at York University’s Centre for Feminist Research. Her areas of research included rural poverty, food insecurity, and gender and economics.