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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.
Richard Han

Richard Han

Regional Lead for BRITISH COLUMBIA
Focus: School
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.

prov.manager@farmtoschoolbc.ca
www.phabc.org/farmtoschool
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Kiku Dhanwant

Regional Lead for HAIDI GWAII
Focus: School
Local Foods to School Learning Lab Coordinator

Kiku Dhanwant has lived on Haida Gwaii for 20 years and has worked primarily in the area of wildlife and forest conservation. Her passion for local food has come naturally in a place with a rich food culture of growing, harvesting, cooking, preserving and sharing. Combined with her roots in traditional Indian cuisine, Kiku’s love of food has grown into a deep passion for cooking local food in unique ways. She now shares her passion with others through cooking courses and workshops. With funding from Farm to Cafeteria Canada, she initially started working as a Learning Circle Coordinator for Haida Gwaii Local Foods to School Program in order to scale up local foods in schools. She continues her work with Secretariat of the Haida Nation as a part of a multi-community partnership involving three other First Nations Communities. This three year collaborative project is coordinated by University of Waterloo with funding from Canadian Institute of Health Research; Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples. Living in a remote setting, eating locally has become not only a healthy choice but a way of life. Her local foods to school work is informed by Haida traditions with their respect for the land, ocean and the food it provides.

kiku@galaxymail.ca

Susan Roberts

Susan Roberts

Regional Lead for ALBERTA
Focus: School
Chair of Alberta Food Matters
Secretary of Food Secure Canada board
Co-chair of the Jasper Local Food Society

Susan Roberts, lives in Jasper Alberta, and is a P.E.Islander by birth. She has an M.ED and is a registered Dietitian. Susan has retired from her 20 years love of working in Asset-based Community Development and community coaching across Canada and the US. as a community coach and facilitator and owner of Community Building Resources. Over the last 15 years Susan has focused her energy in being a strong sustainable food systems and food sovereignty advocate in Canada and Alberta. Susan is the Board Chair the Non Profit Organization, Alberta Food Matters (AFM) through which the Growing Food Security in Alberta Network operates. AFM reaches out to Albertans sharing the message of “the real value – of real food for everyone”. Susan is also the secretary for the Board of Food Secure Canada and the Vice Chair of the Jasper Local Food Society. Mom of two grown sons, and Nanny to four grand children, Susan is an avid urban and country gardener, and finds joy in cycling our beautiful country, skiing, hiking, and getting her hands dirty. Susan believes in surrounding herself with positive energy, positive people and positive activity. Bottom Line – Have fun and just do it!

Susanr.cbr@gmail.com
www.foodsecurityalberta.org

Carolyn Webb

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.

CWebb@sustainontario.ca
www.sustainontario.ca
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Murielle Vrins

Murielle Vrins

Regional Lead for QUEBEC
Focus: Daycare, School, Healthcare, Campus
Project Manager, Institutional Food Procurement, Équiterre

Murielle Vrins focuses her energies in awareness-raising and public education about local, organic and fair-trade food. She is a graduate in environmental science and has been with Équiterre for the past 12 years. Murielle works with Quebec institutions to increase the share of local and sustainable foods in their menus. Through various projects with childcare centres, schools , health institutions and universities, she has mobilized a large number of these environments and worked with producers , suppliers and food concessions to facilitate procurement of local food.

mvrins@equiterre.org
www.equiterre.org

Sarah Ferber

Sarah Ferber

Regional Lead for NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
Focus: Daycare, School, Healthcare
Education Manager at Food First Newfoundland and Labrador

Sarah Ferber has been a passionate food advocate for the past 20 years in a number of different roles. As Education Manager at Food First Newfoundland and Labrador, Sarah has the great pleasure of connecting with community groups across Newfoundland and Labrador to celebrate local food, share knowledge and build food skills. Sarah was one of the first graduates of the Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University, she holds a BAH in Sociology/Drama from University of Guelph, a Certificate in Education from Medaille College and is certified in Food Safety Management Level. She loves picking wild Newfoundland blueberries along the coast with a view of the ocean.

sarahferber@foodfirstnl.ca
www.foodfirstnl.ca
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Dana Lahey

Dana Lahey

Regional Lead for CANADA
Focus: Campuses
Program Manager, Meal Exchange

Dana has been working to transform food and education on Canada’s campuses since 2007. During his undergraduate degree Dana founded the McGill Food Systems Project, and since graduating he has been helping campuses across the country achieve their own breakthroughs as a manager of the Campus Food Systems Project. He has also worked with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to develop their national Value Chain granting program, recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation through the University of Waterloo, and is an Advisory Committee member of Farm to Cafeteria Canada.

dana@mealexchange.com

Claudia Páez Varas

Claudia Páez Varas

Regional Lead for MAINLAND BC
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.


f2ccanimator.paez@farmtoschoolbc.ca

Marcus Lobb

Marcus Lobb

Regional Lead for COASTAL ISLANDS & NORTHERN BC
Focus: School
F2CC School Animator
Public Health Association of BC

Located on Vancouver Island, Marcus first began an interest in Food Security while studying at Concordia University in the Human Geography Program. As a student he was integral in the creation of the award winning City Farm School educational training program, which has trained nearly two hundred aspiring farmers in the past seven years. His experience coordinating this program led to a position with the English Montreal School Board as an environmental advisor and educator, building numerous school gardens and teaching hundreds of students how to grow their own food. Since relocating to the Island, he has been an Island Health Food Hub Coordinator for the Alberni Valley region, and has started his own micro-farming operation. In his spare time you can catch him coaching basketball and baking sourdough bread – but not at the same time!


f2ccanimator.lobb@farmtoschoolbc.ca

Celia White

Celia White 

Regional Lead
Focus: Campus
Real Food Challenge Coordinator
Meal Exchange

Celia first became passionate about food when she learned to garden with her mother as a child. Now, an avid gardener, fisher, hunter and preserver, she engages with the food system in as many ways as possible. Celia began volunteering with Meal Exchange in 2011, and transitioned from her volunteer position into a full-time job with Vancouver Island University after finishing her undergraduate degree. She has learned from farmers and seed savers around the world, and she is passionate about continuing to learn how to transform our world through the food we grow, eat and share.

celia@mealexchange.com