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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Geneviève Chatelain, staff page

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.