Sustain Ontario – the Alliance for Healthy Food and Farming
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 365, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8
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
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.
Communications Coordinator – Jenn Kucharczyk
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. Jenn received an Honours Bachelors of Arts from the University of Toronto, majoring in historical and cultural geography, where she was involved with the Hart House Good Ideas Fund and local food-focused community cafes, Hot Yam! and Harvest Noon Cafe.
Ontario Edible Education Network Coordinator - Carolyn Webb – on maternity leave
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.
Please contact Meredith Hayes, Acting Coordinator for the Edible Education Network, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Municipal Regional Network Facilitator – Kat Rendek
Kat started with Sustain Ontario while finishing her Master’s degree in Health Policy and Equity, where she focused her research on sustainable food systems and collaborative development strategies. With a key interest in local food systems, Kat now facilitates several municipal regional level food initiatives for Sustain Ontario including the Municipal Regional Food Policy Working Group, a pilot project supporting local food procurement, and select best/promising practice reports. Having recently accepted the role of All Things Food/Bouffe 360° Coordinator for The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Kat is looking forward to advancing and bridging these two food networks over the coming year.
Strategic Policy Advisor – Marc LaBerge
Marc joined Sustain Ontario in September 2014 as part of a six-month learning opportunity sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. This will provide him with the opportunity to combine two of his passions – food and public policy. Marc has provided sage policy advice in various provincial ministries for 15 years, including the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (and its various incarnations) and the Cabinet Office. Marc studied political science at Western and received his Master’s in Political Studies at Queen’s.
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.
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