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Sustain Ontario – the Alliance for Healthy Food and Farming

401 Richmond Street West, Suite 365, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8

Phone: 647.348.0235


Director – Ravenna Nuaimy-Barker

Ravenna brings over ten years of experience working on food and agriculture issues and environmental policy to Sustain Ontario. For six years Ravenna worked at FoodShare. In this position, Ravenna designed, developed, and fundraised for a wide variety of programs; consulted with community groups and government decision makers on policy issues; and organized and supported a number of local, provincial, and national networks. Ravenna has also worked for the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy and for Public Interest Research Groups in the U.S. She has a Masters of Urban Planning from York University.

Program Manager  – Carolyn Young

Phone: 647.839.4030

Carolyn comes to Sustain Ontario with over 6 years of experience working on food, farming and environmental policy issues. She has worked on farms and farming issues in four provinces in addition to visiting countless others in Canada and abroad as an Independent Organic Inspector. More recently, Carolyn has been coordinating urban agriculture projects in Toronto at Greenest City and The Stop Community Food Centre; conducting food policy research in Toronto and Hamilton; and supporting policy change through several networks and advocacy groups including the Toronto Farmers’ Market Network and the Toronto Community Garden Network. She studied Environmental Science and Rural Extension in Guelph and has a Masters in Environmental Studies.

Ontario Edible Education Network Coordinator - Carolyn Webb

Phone: 613.852.7709

Carolyn Webb (not to be confused with Carolyn Young) comes to the position of Coordinator for the Ontario Edible Education Network (formerly the Children, Youth and Food Network) with over six years of environmental policy experience and almost a decade of experience building a network.  Prior to Sustain Ontario, Carolyn worked as Programmes Manager and Chief Administrative Officer for the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP), where her roles including project management, fundraising, volunteer and intern coordination, communications, and strategic and operational planning.  Alongside these efforts, Carolyn co-founded InterChange: International Institute for Community-Based Peacebuilding, a network that supports peacebuilders to build relationships, share knowledge, skills and experiences, collaborate on educational and research projects, and support one another with the aim of nurturing and developing dynamic, durable and positive peace.  Carolyn studied Environmental Science at the University of Guelph and received her Masters degree in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE.  Her new role will involve weaving together the individuals, systems and processes needed to bring the Edible Education Network to life.

Communications Coordinator – Jenn Kucharczyk

Jenn brings a medley of experience to her role as communications coordinator for Sustain Ontario. Her undergraduate human geography studies at the University of Toronto provided the opportunity to learn about more intricate issues regarding the food system and community access, leading three years of involvement with the Hart House Good Ideas Fund and local food-focused community cafes, Hot Yam! and Harvest Noon Cafe. She continues to organize small food swaps that promote food skill-sharing, and her writing and photography can be found around the internet.

Jenn joined the Sustain team in September 2012 as a volunteer intern, supporting the membership development project as well as providing on-going communications and design support. She took on a new role in January as the Digital Media & Communications Intern, a position made possible by the YMCA’s Digital Skills Youth Internship Program, which evolved into her current role. She is currently pursuing a Certificate in Digital Media Skills at OCADU to better enable the development of Sustain’s web and print material.

Events Coordinator – Katie Butterill – on maternity leave

Katie brings over 5 years of event coordination experience to her work coordinating the Bring Food Home Conference. She has played key roles in such events as the “Grow for the Stop” concert series at the New Farm in Creemore, Foodstock and community Feast of Fields events. Additionally, as the owner and operator of Small Holdings Farm and a community lead with her local food coop, Katie’s passion and dedication to sustainable food makes her a perfect fit for coordinator of the Bring Food Home 2013 planning team.


Karen Hutchinson Executive Director, Caledon Countryside Alliance
Bryan Gilvesy Owner, Y U Ranch
Chair, Norfolk County ALUS Pilot Project

Steering Committee

Lauren Baker Manager, Toronto Food Policy Council, Toronto Public Health
Kathryn Scharf Program Director, The Stop Community Food Centre
Rod MacRae Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Moe Garahan Director, Just Food Ottawa
Janet Horner Chair, Golden Horseshoe Food & Farming Alliance and Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee
Pat Learmonth Director, Farms at Work

Advisory Council

Christie Young Executive Director, Farmstart
Devorah Belinsky Nutritional Anthropologist and Consultant
Ann Bell Director of Conservation and Education, Ontario Nature
Shae Zeru Communications Officer, Ontario Trillium Foundation
Karen Burson Project Manager, Hamilton Eat Local, Environment Hamilton
Erin Chapelle Proprietor, Karma Marketplace
Kathy Chaumont and Yvette Plentai Agente de développement, RDEE Ontario
David Cohlmeyer Sustainable Foods Consultant
Don Mills President, Local Food Plus
Jeff Crump Partner and Executive Chef, Landmark Group
Linda Davies Executive Director, London Community Resource Centre
Janet Horner Chair, Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee
Voula Halliday Slow Food Toronto
Meredith Hayes Senior Manager, Student Nutrition and School Program FoodShare
Bridget King Member, Sudbury Food Connections
Jodi Koberinski Executive Director, Organic Council of Ontario
Pat Learmonth Director, Farms at Work
Joseph LeBlanc True North Community Co-op
Rebecca LeHeup and Julia Gilmore Executive Director, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
Elisa Levi The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples
Vanessa Ling Yu Director, FoodSpokes
Tom Manley Owner and Operator, Homestead Organics
Theresa McClenaghan Executive Director and Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association
Connie Nelson Professor, Lakehead University, Food Security Research Network
Jamie Reaume Executive Director, Holland Marsh Growers’ Association
Wayne Roberts Consultant,
Lynn Roblin Nutrition Consultant, Dietitians of Canada
Ken Mills National Farmers Union
Lori Stahlbrand Founder and Special Advisor, Local Food Plus
Heather Thoma Farmer, LoonSong Garden
David Thompson Project Coordinator, Rural Agri-Innovation Network, Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre
Elbert van Donkersgoed Consultant
Sheleena Forfar Project Manager, Community Development, Evergreen Brick Works


Accessibility Policy

As a project of Tides Canada Initiatives Society, Sustain Ontario is committed to the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity. We believe that helping to create a country, and an organization, where every person can fully participate benefits our people, our partners and our communities.

Tides Canada’s Accessibility Policy and Plan outline the various considerations our staff, volunteers and contractors need to take into account when communicating with an individual with a disability. They also outline our guidelines regarding training, what to do in the case of a temporary disruption and how we accept feedback regarding the way Tides Canada has interacted with a person with a disability.

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