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.
Collective Kitchen Coordinator
Nutrition Package for Seniors Coordinator
Food Access Team
I have been with CHEP since 1997. I am currently the program coordinator for Collective Kitchens, Chefs in Training, Nutritional Package for Seniors, and the Emergency Food Hampers. 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.
Food Access 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.
Food Access Assistant
As a Food Access Assistant, I facilitate the Community Market and its volunteers. I also work with the Chef’s in Training and Collective Kitchen Programs to create cooking videos. I benefited from many of CHEPs programs and services in my childhood so working for this organization today is a full circle moment for me and I am passionate about its mission to provide affordable and nutritious food for everyone.
Favourite fruit/vegetable: Cucumber
Cool, refreshing and great with a dip or hummus.
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.
Indigenous Food Sovereignty Facilitator
My role as Indigenous Food Sovereignty Facilitator is new and I am excited to develop this new initiative. I am a member of White Bear First Nations and grew up in the Regina area. I moved to Saskatoon two years ago and got married during the pandemic. I love being outside, music, and having interesting, imaginative, and philosophical conversations around removing taboos surrounding discussions on decolonization.
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!
Urban Agriculture Coordinator
In my role as Urban Agriculture Coordinator, I support the askîy internship project – an educational program for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth where they work together to garden and grow fresh vegetables. CHEP’s other Urban Agriculture Programs include community gardens, the Saskatoon Seed Exchange, and the Healthy Yards Partnership.
I love to be outside more than anywhere else. My passion and expertise lie in facilitating nature-based, outdoor education programs for children and youth. Urban agriculture is a perfect opportunity to connect people to the natural world through growing fresh food.
Favourite fruit/vegetable: Any Kind of Berry
I like to make jam and pies!
I have been the Accounting Coordinator for CHEP since 2012. I love working with CHEP because it is an opportunity to truly make a difference in someone’s day or life. I have been lucky enough to see how our programs have truly made an impact on people’s lives whether just in that moment or on an ongoing basis.
They can be used in so many ways and are delicious.
Driver/Community Markets and Seniors Nutrtition
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.
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!
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!
Research Support Assisstant
In my role as Research Support Assistant, I conduct and contribute to research initiatives that assist in meeting CHEP’s goals as an organization. The research ranges from funding partners to educational programs to community initiatives. I also provide support to the community markets and askiy garden project when needed. I grew up in an area referred to as “Ontario’s Garden” and have always had an interest in local food systems. My educational background is in environmental health and sustainability, which sparked my passion in food security.
Favourite fruit/vegetable: Potato
The potato is so versatile and it taste amazing in every form!