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.
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.
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!
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.
Jill holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick and following 10 years of working in Marketing and Sales, she boldly halted her career to follow her growing passion for social change, community economics and the environment by accomplishing Concordia University’s Graduate Diploma in Community and Economic Development. And since becoming a stepmother to two incredible boys, local healthy food options have become of paramount importance to her. Jill has recently joined New Brunswick’s Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries’ as a Buy Achetez NB Project Executive. She is also proud to be a part of Farm to Cafeteria Canada team and helping New Brunswick provide healthy and local food options in schools for young New Brunswickers.
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.
Based in Toronto, Matt is the campaigns, chapters, and communications coordinator for Meal Exchange, a national non-profit that coordinates the student movement to transform food on Canada’s campuses. Matt was trained as a teacher and firmly believes that social change is best achieved through the power of young people and education. He has spent the past several years as a community builder and campaigner, working on issues of food security, social inclusivity, and civil liberties. Matt holds bachelor’s degrees in theatre, teaching, and an MBA, where he focused on health service management and policy development. He has learned from his experiences as an educator, healthcare professional, and activist that food is central to community well-being and mobilization. Matt is excited to share his experiences to help students build just, healthy, and sustainable food systems on campus.
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.
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!
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.