(leading the development of regional F2C networks, communications, marketing/promotion and/or capacity building)
Provincial Manager, Farm to School BC
Public Health Association of BC
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Local Foods to School Learning Lab Coordinator Haida Gwaii
Kiku Dhanwant has lived on Haida Gwaii for 20 years and has worked primarily in the area of wildlife and resource 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. She has been able to bring all these interests and skills into her job as a Learning Circle Coordinator for Farm to Cafeteria Canada to scale up local foods in schools. 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.
Alberta Food Matters (Operating the Growing Food Security in Alberta Network)
Provincial Farm to Cafeteria Lead , AB
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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!
Provincial Farm to School Lead, ON
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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.
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.
Laurie Anne Patenaude
Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries NB
Provincial Farm to Cafeteria Lead NB
Laurie-Anne Patenaude is a Registered Dietitian and Senior Project Executive for the at the Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where her main tasks include managing funding programs, developing the Local Food and Beverage Strategy, aiming to increase consumption, availability and production of healthy local food and beverages. She graduated with a Bachelor in Science (Nutrition) from the University de Moncton in 2014 and has since lived in Fredericton. Her past experiences and areas of work include research in food security, long-term care and research on health services best practices for a private service provider. Her experience has nurtured her passion for healthy eating, local food and sustainability.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Jennifer graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and a Diploma in Integrated Dietetic Internship. Since then, she has been providing nutrition counselling and consulting as a Registered Dietitian in her hometown of St. John’s, NL. With a family history deep rooted in farming and home economics – Jennifer knows the value of healthy, local food and is taking her first crack at growing her own through container gardening. Jennifer now has the honour of filling in for Sarah Ferber during her maternity leave at Food First NL where she is connecting with community groups across Newfoundland and Labrador to celebrate the province’s rich food heritage while working together to strengthen its food system.