In my role as the Executive Director, I endeavour to support the staff in delivering our programs and services and ensure we work on behalf of and are guided by the community. No two days are the same but at the end of each day I leave the organization knowing we did some good work for the community.
Favourite fruit/vegetable: Parsnip
It is a relatively unknown root vegetable that is very resilient, tasting even better after a light frost.
In my role as Centralized Purchaser, I order all of the necessary produce that allows for our food procurement programs to run smoothly. These programs include the Good Food Box, Bulk Buying for Schools, Fresh Food Community Markets, Nutritional Packages for Seniors, and our Centralized Kitchen.
There are so many different things that I love about working with CHEP! I particularly enjoy working with a variety of local growers. It’s fun to check in with them to see what they have available and distribute their produce through CHEP programs such as the Good Food Box and Fresh Food Community Markets.
Favourite fruit/vegetable: Broccoli
I could eat it every day and never get tired of it!
In my role as Community Relations Facilitator, I support CHEP Good Food programs, educational initiatives, and community services by helping CHEP tell “our story” to the community. As well, I take the lead role on fundraising events, and donor and media strategy.
I am passionate about building capacity in our community, and I thoroughly enjoy being a part of a team that strives for a food secure community.
I love the taste and texture of bananas, as well as all the delicious recipes you can make with them!
Good Food Box Coordinator
In my role as the Good Food Box Coordinator, I receive and fulfill Good Food Box orders. Every two weeks, a group of volunteers and I work together to pack hundreds of boxes of affordable and fresh produce for distribution all over Saskatoon. I enjoy providing people an alternative way to access healthy and fresh food at a reasonable price. I also love meeting and working with generous volunteers who make this program possible.
Favourite fruit/vegetable: Strawberries
They are as sweet as candy and each one is a beautiful work of art.
In my role as the I resident dietitian with CHEP, I give nutrition presentations to various groups throughout Saskatoon. I also provide nutrition support to CHEP programming as needed. I really enjoy getting to know the program participants and helping to answer their nutrition questions.
Favourite fruit/vegetable: Garden Carrots
I grew up with a huge garden and going down to the garden to pick the fresh produce has always been a special part of my life.
Collective Kitchen Coordinator
I have been with CHEP since 1997. I am currently the program coordinator for Collective Kitchens & Chefs in Training. Since I have been with CHEP so long, I am lucky enough to see the long-term changes that we have made in the community and in individuals. Seeing these results has really made me realize how a small organization can do so much good.
I can eat about 2 cups of strawberries (compared to around 8 grapes) before it effects my blood sugar levels.
Indigenous Food Sovereignty Facilitator
I am a proud Plains Cree woman from Little Pine First Nation in Treaty 6 Territory. I started with CHEP as an intern for the Askiy Project. Working in the garden and growing food turned into a passion of mine and has become a big part of my life. In my new role as a Food Support Assistant, I am a driver and I help deliver produce for all our amazing programs. I support the markets and food security in our community!
Coconuts and Lemons
They tie for my #1 spot. Both fruits are so refreshing!
Community Gardens Coordinator
My role with CHEP involves providing gardening support and resources to community gardens and presentations for community organizations whose clients are interested in urban agriculture. I love talking about gardening and inspiring others to garden, so I really enjoy this role!
Ripe, green, fried, roasted or boiled these veggies are delicious and remind me of my homeland Jamaica.
Markets Outreach Coordinator
As a treaty person and white settler, I feel passionate about questioning modern ways of living which are not functional; I strongly believe that access to food is a human right and not a privilege. As Markets Outreach Coordinator I aim to listen and respond. In the city of Saskatoon there are many gaps on the map devoid of access to affordable, healthy food. Together, with a great team of volunteers, we provide markets on daily and weekly cycles as well as seasonal Summer markets and pop-up events. In the past I have worked with many kids who benefit greatly from the breakfast and cooking programs that CHEP Staff coordinate in schools. Connecting through food, be it cooking, gardening, or eating together has always been a lifeline of many threads beyond physical nourishment. My favourite parts of my job are the conversations, collaborations and tomatoes!
Parsnips were always a part of special holiday meals growing up and I always look forward to them appearing in the Fall.
Terri Lynn Paulson