Student Standards Committee

 Sonya Manchanda Peres is a student at McGill University,  studying for a double major in History and International Development, with a focus on the environment and agriculture. She is particularly interested in food security, environmental racism, and the history of taste and consumption concerning socioeconomics. She is thrilled to be the co-chair of the Student Standards Committee and to help realize the goal of ensuring and promoting sustainable purchasing and consumption across Canadian campuses.

Sonya Manchanda Peres is a student at McGill University,  studying for a double major in History and International Development, with a focus on the environment and agriculture. She is particularly interested in food security, environmental racism, and the history of taste and consumption concerning socioeconomics. She is thrilled to be the co-chair of the Student Standards Committee and to help realize the goal of ensuring and promoting sustainable purchasing and consumption across Canadian campuses.

 Joelle Schaefer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Community & Population Health Sciences Program at the University of Saskatchewan. Throughout her graduate student experience, Joelle has pursued opportunities to work with diverse teams and projects, including the Student Standards Committee for the Good Food Challenge. These diverse opportunities have allowed her to broaden her professional skill set and further her understanding in the areas of food security, equitable health, mental health and addictions, patient and family engagement, and community engaged scholarship and practice. In her non-student life, Joelle can be regularly found enjoying the summer months in the garden or on the Ultimate Frisbee field and during the winter she will often be found knitting while enjoying some canned goods from the summer’s harvest.

Joelle Schaefer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Community &
Population Health Sciences Program at the University of
Saskatchewan. Throughout her graduate student
experience, Joelle has pursued opportunities to work with diverse teams and projects, including the
Student Standards Committee for the Good Food Challenge. These diverse opportunities have allowed
her to broaden her professional skill set and further her understanding in the areas of food security,
equitable health, mental health and addictions, patient and family engagement, and community
engaged scholarship and practice.
In her non-student life, Joelle can be regularly found enjoying the summer months in the garden or on
the Ultimate Frisbee field and during the winter she will often be found knitting while enjoying some
canned goods from the summer’s harvest.

 Laura Armenio co-chaired Meal Exchange’s national Student Standards Committee and completed a Specialised Honours B.A. in International Development Studies at York University, Toronto as a member of the Dean’s Circle of Student Scholars and Golden Key, graduating Summa Cum Laude. At York, she was elected as a President of Amnesty International, LA&PS Senator and chosen to represent students on the Academic Policy, Planning and Research Committee.  Off campus, co-authored Canada’s 1st Benchmarking Study on Supplier Diversity, published by the Canadian Centre of Diversity and Inclusion and the University of Manitoba; elected board member of Green Campus Co-ops; leadership team member of Fair Trade Toronto; and actively volunteered with Covenant House and FCJ Refugee Centre. Today, she is pursuing the study of law and aspires to be a champion in Canada’s food arena.

Laura Armenio co-chaired Meal Exchange’s national
Student Standards Committee and completed a
Specialised Honours B.A. in International Development
Studies at York University, Toronto as a member of the
Dean’s Circle of Student Scholars and Golden Key,
graduating Summa Cum Laude.
At York, she was elected as a President of Amnesty
International, LA&PS Senator and chosen to represent
students on the Academic Policy, Planning and Research
Committee.

Off campus, co-authored Canada’s 1st Benchmarking Study on Supplier Diversity, published
by the Canadian Centre of Diversity and Inclusion and the University of Manitoba; elected
board member of Green Campus Co-ops; leadership team member of Fair Trade Toronto; and
actively volunteered with Covenant House and FCJ Refugee Centre.
Today, she is pursuing the study of law and aspires to be a champion in Canada’s food arena.

Sonya Peres

SSC Co-Chair

Joelle Schaefer

SSC Co-Chair

Laura Armenio

SSC Co-Chair

 
 Aaren Topley is pursuing his Master in the Social Dimensions of Health at the University of Victoria, where he has developed a survey that explores how and if school gardens are sustainable for future generations of students. He has been working in the field of food system development for over five years, with a main focus on building community food literacy. Currently, Aaren is working with Farm to School BC and does organizational consulting with urban farms and farmers markets. He also volunteers his time as the co-chair of the Urban Food Table, a food systems advisory body to the City of Victoria. Reflected in his work is his belief that food is a powerful tool that can create common ground to bring communities together. Outside of work, Aaren loves to cook new recipes, spends his days off exploring the west coast, traveling and riding bikes.

Aaren Topley is pursuing his Master in the Social Dimensions of Health at the University of Victoria, where he has
developed a survey that explores how and if school gardens are sustainable for future generations of students. He has
been working in the field of food system development for over five years, with a main focus on building community
food literacy. Currently, Aaren is working with Farm to School BC and does organizational consulting with urban
farms and farmers markets. He also volunteers his time as the co-chair of the Urban Food Table, a food systems
advisory body to the City of Victoria. Reflected in his work is his belief that food is a powerful tool that can create
common ground to bring communities together. Outside of work, Aaren loves to cook new recipes, spends his days
off exploring the west coast, traveling and riding bikes.

 Abdo is currently studying Global Resource Systems at the University of British Columbia. His academic interests are in taking an interdisciplinary approach to nutrition, food systems  and food security. Some of his hobbies include cooking, hiking, and reading.

Abdo is currently studying Global Resource Systems at the University of British Columbia. His academic interests are in taking an interdisciplinary approach to nutrition, food systems  and food security. Some of his hobbies include cooking, hiking, and reading.

 I am currently a second year Food and Nutrition Student at Ryerson University. I have grown a passion in food security and sustainability throughout my studies at school and time volunteering at a local food bank. I believe that everyone deserves access and availability to safe and environmentally friendly food.  My goal is to help improve our present food system, and make healthy, sustainable food choice an easier choice. I believe that the youth have a significant voice and influence, and we can make a positive change around campuses.

I am currently a second year Food and Nutrition Student at Ryerson University. I have grown a passion in food security and sustainability throughout my studies at school and time volunteering at a local food bank. I believe that everyone deserves access and availability to safe and environmentally friendly food.  My goal is to help improve our present food system, and make healthy, sustainable food choice an easier choice. I believe that the youth have a significant voice and influence, and we can make a positive change around campuses.

 Alycia Sevigny is a student at the University of Ottawa majoring in Environmental Studies. She has worked with Meal Exchange in the past few months running the Real Food Calculator on the uOttawa campus as well as participating in two rounds of the Student Standards Committee. She is very passionate about food (in)security on and off campus, and looks forward to being involved in future food initiatives in Ottawa.

Alycia Sevigny is a student at the University of Ottawa majoring in Environmental Studies. She has worked with Meal Exchange in the past few months running the Real Food Calculator on the uOttawa campus as well as participating in two rounds of the Student Standards Committee. She is very passionate about food (in)security on and off campus, and looks forward to being involved in future food initiatives in Ottawa.

Aaren Topley

Abdo Souraya

Afraa Mustafa

Alycia Sevigny

 
 Andrea Roulet, a 24-year old from Beaconsfield, QC, contributed to the Real Food Challenge during her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Carleton University. She is now wrapping up a Common Law degree at Université de Montréal and intends to write the Québec Bar exam Fall 2018. Her experience with the Good Food Challange and learning about food security motivated her to explore the legal angles of sustainability, environmental and food policy issues. Now, she looks forward to putting her knowledge and experiences to work in the real world by pursuing a legal career in public law or public policy.

Andrea Roulet, a 24-year old from Beaconsfield, QC, contributed to the Real Food Challenge during her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Carleton University. She is now wrapping up a Common Law degree at Université de Montréal and intends to write the Québec Bar exam Fall 2018. Her experience with the Good Food Challange and learning about food security motivated her to explore the legal angles of sustainability, environmental and food policy issues. Now, she looks forward to putting her knowledge and experiences to work in the real world by pursuing a legal career in public law or public policy.

 Andriana is passionate about nutrition and food and wants to implement change in society by building a higher standard for food. She grew up gardening with her parents and values good quality food. Graduating from University of Toronto in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science, she earned a degree in Nutritional Sciences and Health and Disease. Volunteering at a local community centre, Andriana appreciates promoting healthy eating to the public. Currently, Andriana is completing a degree in Nutrition and Food at Ryerson University and hopes to make a difference in the community. Andriana also enjoys working as a piano teacher and at a walk-in health centre.

Andriana is passionate about nutrition and food and wants to implement change in society by building a higher standard for food. She grew up gardening with her parents and values good quality food. Graduating from University of Toronto in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science, she earned a degree in Nutritional Sciences and Health and Disease. Volunteering at a local community centre, Andriana appreciates promoting healthy eating to the public. Currently, Andriana is completing a degree in Nutrition and Food at Ryerson University and hopes to make a difference in the community. Andriana also enjoys working as a piano teacher and at a walk-in health centre.

 Carli Melo is passionate about working to address some of our most pressing global social, economic, and ecological challenges. She is currently working for the Mekong Migration Network in Chiang Mai, Thailand, conducting research on women migrant workers employed in the garment industry. She completed a Master’s degree in Planning at the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from McGill University. Over the course of September 2014 to April 2015, Carli fulfilled a service-learning placement with Meal Exchange where she contributed to the initial research and discussion phases in the development of the Good Food Challenge. Carli is excited to see the GFC come to fruition given its potential to support more sustainable and socially just food systems across campuses in Canada.

Carli Melo is passionate about working to address some of our most pressing global
social, economic, and ecological challenges. She is currently working for the Mekong
Migration Network in Chiang Mai, Thailand, conducting research on women migrant
workers employed in the garment industry. She completed a Master’s degree in
Planning at the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International
Development Studies from McGill University. Over the course of September 2014 to
April 2015, Carli fulfilled a service-learning placement with Meal Exchange where
she contributed to the initial research and discussion phases in the development of
the Good Food Challenge. Carli is excited to see the GFC come to fruition given its
potential to support more sustainable and socially just food systems across
campuses in Canada.

 Carly is a community-based researcher and health activist who is passionate about environmental, food, and reproductive justice. She has spent the last two years contributing to the Real Food Challenge as a Co-Lead on Food Sovereignty, Lead on Health & Sustainable Seafood, and Position Paper Lead. Originally from Manitoba, she recently completed her MPH in Indigenous Public Health after an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies and Indigenous Studies in her undergraduate degree. Carly currently works as the Data & Evaluation Officer at the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, as well as volunteering as a doula and  sexual health educator with a variety of community-based organizations. She was recently recognized by Starfish Canada as one of Canada's Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 for her work as an environmental educator, and sits on the Board of Directors of Learning for Sustainable Futures. Carly follows in a line of quilters, gardeners, and bakers, and also loves to get nerdy about science fiction and urban agriculture.

Carly is a community-based researcher and health activist who is passionate about environmental, food, and reproductive justice. She has spent the last two years contributing to the Real Food Challenge as a Co-Lead on Food Sovereignty, Lead on Health & Sustainable Seafood, and Position Paper Lead. Originally from Manitoba, she recently completed her MPH in Indigenous Public Health after an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies and Indigenous Studies in her undergraduate degree. Carly currently works as the Data & Evaluation Officer at the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, as well as volunteering as a doula and  sexual health educator with a variety of community-based organizations. She was recently recognized by Starfish Canada as one of Canada's Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 for her work as an environmental educator, and sits on the Board of Directors of Learning for Sustainable Futures. Carly follows in a line of quilters, gardeners, and bakers, and also loves to get nerdy about science fiction and urban agriculture.

Andrea Roulet

Andriana Chomka

Carli Melo

Carly Welham

 
 Carly is a community-based researcher and health activist who is passionate about environmental, food, and reproductive justice. She has spent the last two years contributing to the Real Food Challenge as a Co-Lead on Food Sovereignty, Lead on Health & Sustainable Seafood, and Position Paper Lead. Originally from Manitoba, she recently completed her MPH in Indigenous Public Health after an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies and Indigenous Studies in her undergraduate degree. Carly currently works as the Data & Evaluation Officer at the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, as well as volunteering as a doula and  sexual health educator with a variety of community-based organizations. She was recently recognized by Starfish Canada as one of Canada's Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 for her work as an environmental educator, and sits on the Board of Directors of Learning for Sustainable Futures. Carly follows in a line of quilters, gardeners, and bakers, and also loves to get nerdy about science fiction and urban agriculture.

Carly is a community-based researcher and health activist who is passionate about environmental, food, and reproductive justice. She has spent the last two years contributing to the Real Food Challenge as a Co-Lead on Food Sovereignty, Lead on Health & Sustainable Seafood, and Position Paper Lead. Originally from Manitoba, she recently completed her MPH in Indigenous Public Health after an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies and Indigenous Studies in her undergraduate degree. Carly currently works as the Data & Evaluation Officer at the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, as well as volunteering as a doula and  sexual health educator with a variety of community-based organizations. She was recently recognized by Starfish Canada as one of Canada's Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 for her work as an environmental educator, and sits on the Board of Directors of Learning for Sustainable Futures. Carly follows in a line of quilters, gardeners, and bakers, and also loves to get nerdy about science fiction and urban agriculture.

 Chelsea is an undergraduate student in the McGill School of the Environment. Chelsea’s background in food systems began when she co-founded a student run coffee bar that offers sustainable and ethically sourced food purchasing alternatives to students at McGill. More recently, she has been interested in connecting farmers to urbanites through farmers markets with a goal to increase food sustainability by increasing urban agriculture production. In winter 2016, Chelsea took part in the trial audit for the Real Food Challenge at McGill. In her position as a member of the Student Standards Committee (SSC), she hopes to utilize the experience with the RFC audit process to help better version 2.0 of the Real Food Challenge standards. Chelsea will be sharing her knowledge of the food system to improve the RFC’s standards for Community Based, Ecologically Sound and Socially Just foods.

Chelsea is an undergraduate student in the McGill School of the Environment. Chelsea’s background in food systems began when she co-founded a student run coffee bar that offers sustainable and ethically sourced food purchasing alternatives to students at McGill. More recently, she has been interested in connecting farmers to urbanites through farmers markets with a goal to increase food sustainability by increasing urban agriculture production. In winter 2016, Chelsea took part in the trial audit for the Real Food Challenge at McGill. In her position as a member of the Student Standards Committee (SSC), she hopes to utilize the experience with the RFC audit process to help better version 2.0 of the Real Food Challenge standards. Chelsea will be sharing her knowledge of the food system to improve the RFC’s standards for Community Based, Ecologically Sound and Socially Just foods.

 Coco is a new immigrant and settler on Turtle Island. She is active in community organising and facilitates discussions on the issues and opportunities in our food systems. She is passionate about food justice and sustainable food systems and recently completed a masters degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with a thesis looking at private urban agriculture in the neighbourhood of Parc Extension (Tiohtià:ke/Montréal). She took part in the Socially Just and Community Based committees.

Coco is a new immigrant and settler on Turtle Island. She is active in community organising and facilitates discussions on the issues and opportunities in our food systems. She is passionate about food justice and sustainable food systems and recently completed a masters degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with a thesis looking at private urban agriculture in the neighbourhood of Parc Extension (Tiohtià:ke/Montréal). She took part in the Socially Just and Community Based committees.

 I'm David and I am an international student from Hong Kong studying earth and environmental science at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. I'm interested in traveling and experiencing local cultures of different places around the world. In my studies, I'm passionate about environmental protection and sustainable development.

I'm David and I am an international student from Hong Kong studying earth and environmental science at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. I'm interested in traveling and experiencing local cultures of different places around the world. In my studies, I'm passionate about environmental protection and sustainable development.

Charlotte Bolderson

Chelsea Kingzett

Costanza Graziani

David Lee

 
 Elan volunteered with the Good Food Challenge in it's early days, helping to draft the position papers. He is passionate about changing food systems and processes on the institutional level. He believes in the precedent that the Good Food Challenge is setting in altering food procurement models. He is interested in grassroots educational programs that are inclusive and holistic by nature. With a background in agricultural economics, he became engaged in monitoring and evaluation, and using data to determine iterative approaches and solutions.  

Elan volunteered with the Good Food Challenge in it's early days, helping to draft the position papers. He is passionate about changing food systems and processes on the institutional level. He believes in the precedent that the Good Food Challenge is setting in altering food procurement models. He is interested in grassroots educational programs that are inclusive and holistic by nature. With a background in agricultural economics, he became engaged in monitoring and evaluation, and using data to determine iterative approaches and solutions.  

 Ethan is a Project Manager at Food First NL, leading a Collective Impact initiatives called Everybody Eats. During his undergrad at Memorial University, Ethan was involved in food security and food sustainability as a co-coordinator of the Campus Food Strategy Group, which aimed to create more sustainable food systems on university campuses. Living in Newfoundland, Ethan is interested in ensuring support for small-scale, sustainable fisheries and seafood procurement policies.

Ethan is a Project Manager at Food First NL, leading a Collective Impact initiatives called Everybody Eats. During his undergrad at Memorial University, Ethan was involved in food security and food sustainability as a co-coordinator of the Campus Food Strategy Group, which aimed to create more sustainable food systems on university campuses. Living in Newfoundland, Ethan is interested in ensuring support for small-scale, sustainable fisheries and seafood procurement policies.

 Georgia is in her final year in International Development Studies at McGill, with an interest in studying migration. After being part of various food-related initiatives on and off campus, she has recently become interested in understanding the dynamics of food systems. She is excited to be working with Meal Exchange!

Georgia is in her final year in International Development Studies at McGill, with an interest in studying migration. After being part of various food-related initiatives on and off campus, she has recently become interested in understanding the dynamics of food systems. She is excited to be working with Meal Exchange!

 Hannah Chan is an undergraduate Human Nutritional Sciences student at the University of Manitoba and food enthusiast. Her keen interest in how multi-level food systems and food environments affect the nutritional health of individuals and populations led to her role as UManitoba's Meal Exchange Chapter Coordinator in 2016. As a member of the Student Standards Committee (Round 3) and as the Good Food Challenge Calculator and Campaign Lead at the University of Manitoba, Hannah is passionate about connecting stakeholders in the university community, and leveraging the collective energy and creativity of students to build more sustainable, equitable, and healthy campus and community food systems.

Hannah Chan is an undergraduate Human Nutritional Sciences student at the University of Manitoba and food enthusiast. Her keen interest in how multi-level food systems and food environments affect the nutritional health of individuals and populations led to her role as UManitoba's Meal Exchange Chapter Coordinator in 2016. As a member of the Student Standards Committee (Round 3) and as the Good Food Challenge Calculator and Campaign Lead at the University of Manitoba, Hannah is passionate about connecting stakeholders in the university community, and leveraging the collective energy and creativity of students to build more sustainable, equitable, and healthy campus and community food systems.

Elan Swartz

Ethan Doney

Georgia Therriault

Hannah Chan

 
 Jasmine Robertson is the Communications & Engagement Coordinator at the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR) in Victoria, BC. During her time at UVic, she coordinated the UVSS Food Bank & Free Store and co-created the UVic Food Hub. Having studied Political Science and Indigenous studies at UVic, Jasmine is passionate about seeking systemic change and pursuing food justice. In particular, she is excited about engaging children and youth in developing relationships to food.   

Jasmine Robertson is the Communications & Engagement Coordinator at the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR) in Victoria, BC. During her time at UVic, she coordinated the UVSS Food Bank & Free Store and co-created the UVic Food Hub. Having studied Political Science and Indigenous studies at UVic, Jasmine is passionate about seeking systemic change and pursuing food justice. In particular, she is excited about engaging children and youth in developing relationships to food.

 

 I am a student at the university of Victoria studying Environmental Studies, Political Science and Education. I love working with food, and am fortunate to be working with an urban farm TOPSOIL in the heart of Victoria in addition to my work with Meal Exchange. I hope to explore the realm of educational farming with youth!

I am a student at the university of Victoria studying Environmental Studies, Political Science and Education. I love working with food, and am fortunate to be working with an urban farm TOPSOIL in the heart of Victoria in addition to my work with Meal Exchange. I hope to explore the realm of educational farming with youth!

 Keely has been involved in social justice/food issues for most of her life. She has a love of gardening and the outdoors and cares deeply about the health of the earth and the food we consume. She has hopes for a better, healthier world and is doing various things in order to pursue that goal. Keely is an undergrad student at the University of Victoria. Keely was born and raised in the British Columbia and has a love of adventuring, skiing and being creative.

Keely has been involved in social justice/food issues for most of her life. She has a love of gardening and the outdoors and cares deeply about the health of the earth and the food we consume. She has hopes for a better, healthier world and is doing various things in order to pursue that goal. Keely is an undergrad student at the University of Victoria. Keely was born and raised in the British Columbia and has a love of adventuring, skiing and being creative.

 My passion for expanding the availability of real food on campuses stemmed from a desire to become healthier and reduce my ecological footprint. For those reasons I decided to go vegan, which lead me to realize how difficult it is to purchase wholesome, plant-based food on campus. Once I heard about The Real Food Challenge, I knew I needed to join the Student Standard Committee. As an Environment and Business student, I know that by supporting local farms and selling food that promotes ecologically sound practices, we can stimulate the Canadian economy alongside reducing our ecological impact. I am so excited to bring the Good Food Calculator to my campus now, and help create lasting change for students at University of Waterloo and across Canada.

My passion for expanding the availability of real food on campuses stemmed from a desire to become healthier and reduce my ecological footprint. For those reasons I decided to go vegan, which lead me to realize how difficult it is to purchase wholesome, plant-based food on campus. Once I heard about The Real Food Challenge, I knew I needed to join the Student Standard Committee. As an Environment and Business student, I know that by supporting local farms and selling food that promotes ecologically sound practices, we can stimulate the Canadian economy alongside reducing our ecological impact. I am so excited to bring the Good Food Calculator to my campus now, and help create lasting change for students at University of Waterloo and across Canada.

Jasmine Robertson

Jessica Schellenberg

Keely Kergan

Kim Stone

 
 Laura got involved with the Good Food Challenge while she was the Farmers’ Market Coordinator at Vancouver Island University. She graduated with a double major in Anthropology and Sociology and is currently taking a post-graduate program in Public Administration at Humber College. Laura is interested in all things food and comes to the table with an open mind and an appetite for a socially just food system.

Laura got involved with the Good Food Challenge while she was the Farmers’ Market Coordinator at Vancouver Island University. She graduated with a double major in Anthropology and Sociology and is currently taking a post-graduate program in Public Administration at Humber College. Laura is interested in all things food and comes to the table with an open mind and an appetite for a socially just food system.

 While acquiring her Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media studies and Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor, Ms. Chaker worked at Meal Exchange to develop campus food programming, and conducted research to gather diverse student perspectives on defining criteria for the Good Food Challenge. After graduating, she worked as Community Outreach Worker at The Initiative: Glengarry-Marentette Neighbourhood Renewal and as a Youth Facilitator at the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Featured in  TVO’s Short Doc , Ms. Chaker builds community through intercultural food, art, and environmental projects. From establishing a community garden, kitchen, and market, to organizing public mural contests and youth summer camps, she is active in creating spaces and activities for positive social interactions. For three years, she advised government by amplifying the voices of at-risk youth, through her public appointment to the Provincial Council on Youth Opportunities. Winner of the 2016 Youth Changing Lives Award, she continues her volunteerism through a number of roundtables and committees, such as the Windsor-Essex Local Immigration Partnership Newcomer Youth Committee, the ProvincialIslamophobia Sub-Committee of the Anti-Racism Directorate, and is a board member of her local mosque, the Windsor Islamic Association. Ms. Chaker is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Windsor and University of Detroit Mercy in hopes of continuing to contribute to public policy.

While acquiring her Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media studies and Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor, Ms. Chaker worked at Meal Exchange to develop campus food programming, and conducted research to gather diverse student perspectives on defining criteria for the Good Food Challenge. After graduating, she worked as Community Outreach Worker at The Initiative: Glengarry-Marentette Neighbourhood Renewal and as a Youth Facilitator at the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Featured in TVO’s Short Doc, Ms. Chaker builds community through intercultural food, art, and environmental projects. From establishing a community garden, kitchen, and market, to organizing public mural contests and youth summer camps, she is active in creating spaces and activities for positive social interactions. For three years, she advised government by amplifying the voices of at-risk youth, through her public appointment to the Provincial Council on Youth Opportunities. Winner of the 2016 Youth Changing Lives Award, she continues her volunteerism through a number of roundtables and committees, such as the Windsor-Essex Local Immigration Partnership Newcomer Youth Committee, the ProvincialIslamophobia Sub-Committee of the Anti-Racism Directorate, and is a board member of her local mosque, the Windsor Islamic Association. Ms. Chaker is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Windsor and University of Detroit Mercy in hopes of continuing to contribute to public policy.

 Mathieu Bougie was  born and raised on Montreal’s north shore. At the age of 23, he left Montreal to travel and settled down in the Rocky Mountains for 5 years. He then  became an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys living a life connected with nature. He is looking forward to starting environmental studies in Montreal.

Mathieu Bougie was  born and raised on Montreal’s north shore. At the age of 23, he left Montreal to travel and settled down in the Rocky Mountains for 5 years. He then  became an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys living a life connected with nature. He is looking forward to starting environmental studies in Montreal.

 Hi my name is Max Yearian and I am an intern working at Meal Exchange in Toronto for the summer. Originally from Bellingham, Washington, a city north of Seattle, I moved to California in 2013 and I am now going into my fourth year studying Human Geography at the University of California Berkeley. Geography has given me the opportunity to look at the world through many different and intersecting lenses, which I believe has been very foundational in my understanding of food systems and food justice. I am having a great time in Canada, and am especially fascinated by the differences and similarities between food systems here in Canada and those in the US.

Hi my name is Max Yearian and I am an intern working at Meal Exchange in Toronto for the summer. Originally from Bellingham, Washington, a city north of Seattle, I moved to California in 2013 and I am now going into my fourth year studying Human Geography at the University of California Berkeley. Geography has given me the opportunity to look at the world through many different and intersecting lenses, which I believe has been very foundational in my understanding of food systems and food justice. I am having a great time in Canada, and am especially fascinated by the differences and similarities between food systems here in Canada and those in the US.

Laura Valentich

Lina Chaker

Mathieu Bougi

Max Yearian

 
 Melanie is a graduate of Environmental Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, BC.  During her time at school she was the Farmers market manager, Local foods coordinator with PGPIRG, member of the green university planning committee and a Campus Food Strategy Group (CFSG) coordinator coordinator with MealExchange. Since completing her studies she has used her experience working on farms in BC, as an agricultural consultant in Ghana and is now the project coordinator for a meal program for refugees in Greece.

Melanie is a graduate of Environmental Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, BC.  During her time at school she was the Farmers market manager, Local foods coordinator with PGPIRG, member of the green university planning committee and a Campus Food Strategy Group (CFSG) coordinator coordinator with MealExchange. Since completing her studies she has used her experience working on farms in BC, as an agricultural consultant in Ghana and is now the project coordinator for a meal program for refugees in Greece.

 Meram is passionate about changing the way we shape our food systems, and the way that we think about food on an individual scale. She is a student at the University of Waterloo, studying Environment, Psychology, and Business. She is currently working as the UW Chapter Co-ordinator working to promote just and sustainable food options on campus, as well as the Real Food Calculator Researcher for St. Jerome's at the University of Waterloo. Meram hopes to use food as a way to bridge communities together and improve mental health on campuses by improving accessibility to good food and improving accessibility to real food education

Meram is passionate about changing the way we shape our food systems, and the way that we think about food on an individual scale. She is a student at the University of Waterloo, studying Environment, Psychology, and Business. She is currently working as the UW Chapter Co-ordinator working to promote just and sustainable food options on campus, as well as the Real Food Calculator Researcher for St. Jerome's at the University of Waterloo. Meram hopes to use food as a way to bridge communities together and improve mental health on campuses by improving accessibility to good food and improving accessibility to real food education

 Originally from Riverview, NB, Meredith has been living and working in Halifax, NS since 2008. Meredith first completed a psychology degree at Dalhousie in 2012, and then made the switch to a career in food after being exposed to the food movement in Halifax. She recently graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with her BSc in Applied Human Nutrition (Dietetics), Honours. Meredith's honours thesis research involved talking to students in Nova Scotia about their experiences of food insecurity while attending university - she intends to build on this research during her Masters, starting in Fall 2017. Meredith works at FoodARC, a research centre located at MSVU, and coordinated the Meal Exchange chapter at MSVU from 2015-2017. She is committed to working towards a healthier, more just, and more sustainable food system for all. In her spare time, Meredith enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, reading everything she can get her hands on, cuddling with her cats, and enjoying time outdoors.

Originally from Riverview, NB, Meredith has been living and working in Halifax, NS since 2008. Meredith first completed a psychology degree at Dalhousie in 2012, and then made the switch to a career in food after being exposed to the food movement in Halifax. She recently graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with her BSc in Applied Human Nutrition (Dietetics), Honours. Meredith's honours thesis research involved talking to students in Nova Scotia about their experiences of food insecurity while attending university - she intends to build on this research during her Masters, starting in Fall 2017. Meredith works at FoodARC, a research centre located at MSVU, and coordinated the Meal Exchange chapter at MSVU from 2015-2017. She is committed to working towards a healthier, more just, and more sustainable food system for all. In her spare time, Meredith enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, reading everything she can get her hands on, cuddling with her cats, and enjoying time outdoors.

 Mirna Ragheb is a fourth year student at the College of Nursing, University of Manitoba. Mirna hopes to get her Bachelor of Nursing in 2019 and work as a nurse in rural Manitoba. She is passionate about volunteering and giving back to her community. Her current involvements include volunteering at Victoria General Hospital, St. John Ambulance, Food Bank at her church and with the Nursing Student Association at U of M. Inspired by her studies and her volunteer work and moved by the duty of nurses to promote social justice and equitable health, she finds the Student Standards Committee to be her opportunity to impact change and aim for a more sustainable world. By joining SSC, she was able to contribute to the goal of shifting from junk food to socially just, community-based and humane food on campuses across Canada. In the future, she hopes to join the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association Global Health and Outreach Committee to use the experience she gained from joining SSC.

Mirna Ragheb is a fourth year student at the College of Nursing, University of Manitoba. Mirna hopes to get her Bachelor of Nursing in 2019 and work as a nurse in rural Manitoba. She is passionate about volunteering and giving back to her community. Her current involvements include volunteering at Victoria General Hospital, St. John Ambulance, Food Bank at her church and with the Nursing Student Association at U of M. Inspired by her studies and her volunteer work and moved by the duty of nurses to promote social justice and equitable health, she finds the Student Standards Committee to be her opportunity to impact change and aim for a more sustainable world. By joining SSC, she was able to contribute to the goal of shifting from junk food to socially just, community-based and humane food on campuses across Canada. In the future, she hopes to join the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association Global Health and Outreach Committee to use the experience she gained from joining SSC.

Melanie Anderson

Meram Riad

Meredith Bessey

Mirna Ragheb

 
 Norma is an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria. She is originally from South Africa, but after ten years in Canada, she considers this beautiful country her new home. Norma joined this committee because she passionate about environmental sustainability and believes in fueling our bodies with whole and natural resources. She fascinated with the First Peoples of Canada and the traditional relationships they held with mother nature. The consumption of natural resources and the preservation of the Earth requires balance. She has personally transitioned to a plant-based diet and the remarkable lifestyle that comes along with it. She believes that encouraging others to walk on the path to the bottom of the food chain, is so fulfilling. There is only more beauty to be found on this never-ending green road.

Norma is an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria. She is originally from South Africa, but after ten years in Canada, she considers this beautiful country her new home. Norma joined this committee because she passionate about environmental sustainability and believes in fueling our bodies with whole and natural resources. She fascinated with the First Peoples of Canada and the traditional relationships they held with mother nature. The consumption of natural resources and the preservation of the Earth requires balance. She has personally transitioned to a plant-based diet and the remarkable lifestyle that comes along with it. She believes that encouraging others to walk on the path to the bottom of the food chain, is so fulfilling. There is only more beauty to be found on this never-ending green road.

 Omar Elsharkawy is an Environmental Studies and Sociology student at Carleton University in Ottawa. His current research is looking at how we define success in building a just and sustainable food system in Eastern Ontario. Omar Joined the SCC committee as it’s an immense opportunity for students across the country to collectively set standards for our campus food providers.

Omar Elsharkawy is an Environmental Studies and Sociology student at Carleton University in Ottawa. His current research is looking at how we define success in building a just and sustainable food system in Eastern Ontario. Omar Joined the SCC committee as it’s an immense opportunity for students across the country to collectively set standards for our campus food providers.

 I am second-year microbiology student from China. I love all the things about food. My interests are cooking and playing violin. I am glad I can contribute to the Meal Exchange program.

I am second-year microbiology student from China. I love all the things about food. My interests are cooking and playing violin. I am glad I can contribute to the Meal Exchange program.

 I am currently in my Masters of Arts in Social Justice Studies at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. My interest in food systems and food studies was sparked in my first year of my Masters degree when I became exposed to food studies and sustainability in relation to labour and labour practices. I became so passionate about this field of study that I am currently working on my Masters Major Research Project with the subject matter pertaining to student food insecurity. Having been a student for quite a few years now, I understand the issues the students encounter in regards to a lack of accessibility to healthful and affordable food on post secondary campuses and am hoping to be able to contribute to improving student food insecurity through my research. After volunteering with Meal Exchange I believe the organisation is doing a fantastic job at tackling such a huge issue through the use of networking on both a macro and micro scale. I will definitely be holding this experience close to my heart as well as in my mind as I continue my research and my academic career as a whole!

I am currently in my Masters of Arts in Social Justice Studies at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. My interest in food systems and food studies was sparked in my first year of my Masters degree when I became exposed to food studies and sustainability in relation to labour and labour practices. I became so passionate about this field of study that I am currently working on my Masters Major Research Project with the subject matter pertaining to student food insecurity. Having been a student for quite a few years now, I understand the issues the students encounter in regards to a lack of accessibility to healthful and affordable food on post secondary campuses and am hoping to be able to contribute to improving student food insecurity through my research. After volunteering with Meal Exchange I believe the organisation is doing a fantastic job at tackling such a huge issue through the use of networking on both a macro and micro scale. I will definitely be holding this experience close to my heart as well as in my mind as I continue my research and my academic career as a whole!

Norma Appollos

Omar Elsharkawy

Rita Lam

Samantha Stewart

 
 Sarah spends her days growing food on a biodynamic farm in southern Ontario. She moves from the fields, with dirt under her fingernails, to the keyboard to work on the Good Food Challenge position papers. Sarah has a deep passion for and interest in supporting and growing healthy food systems. She loves planting seeds, digging into soils, watching cabbage plants catch droplets of water, and the smell of tomatoes blooming. She started volunteering with the Good Food Challenge in the summer of 2017, and transitioned to a research and writing position that autumn.

Sarah spends her days growing food on a biodynamic farm in southern Ontario. She moves from the fields, with dirt under her fingernails, to the keyboard to work on the Good Food Challenge position papers. Sarah has a deep passion for and interest in supporting and growing healthy food systems. She loves planting seeds, digging into soils, watching cabbage plants catch droplets of water, and the smell of tomatoes blooming. She started volunteering with the Good Food Challenge in the summer of 2017, and transitioned to a research and writing position that autumn.

 Selin is a third year Global Resource Systems student at the University of British Columbia. She joined the SSC following her passion for sustainable food systems and the environment and is very excited to help the Real Food Challenge make a positive change in the food systems of post-secondary institutions!

Selin is a third year Global Resource Systems student at the University of British Columbia. She joined the SSC following her passion for sustainable food systems and the environment and is very excited to help the Real Food Challenge make a positive change in the food systems of post-secondary institutions!

 Shawna  grew up in North Bay, Ontario and is currently living in Ottawa. In addition to studying the sociology of food and nutrition with an interest in policy and its implications, she enjoys trivia, cooking, and baking.

Shawna  grew up in North Bay, Ontario and is currently living in Ottawa. In addition to studying the sociology of food and nutrition with an interest in policy and its implications, she enjoys trivia, cooking, and baking.

 Tanya attended the National Student Food Summit in 2014 and was inspired to joined the Good Food Challenge. She attended the University of Alberta at the time and was the Coordinator of the Campus Garden with the Campus Sustainability Initiative. She’s graduated with a Bachelor’s in Food Science and currently works as a Food Scientist.

Tanya attended the National Student Food Summit in 2014 and was inspired to joined
the Good Food Challenge. She attended the University of Alberta at the time and was
the Coordinator of the Campus Garden with the Campus Sustainability Initiative. She’s
graduated with a Bachelor’s in Food Science and currently works as a Food Scientist.

Sarah Clement

Selin Oguz

Shawna Holmes

Tanya Mireault

 
 Hello My name Is Tedi, I am currently in my second year of studying Nutrition at Ryerson University. I am eager to become a Registered Dietician In Ontario. I have a passion for spreading knowledge on the importance of healthy eating and ultimately building an environment in my community that promotes healthy and sustainable eating.

Hello My name Is Tedi, I am currently in my second year of studying Nutrition at Ryerson University. I am eager to become a Registered Dietician In Ontario. I have a passion for spreading knowledge on the importance of healthy eating and ultimately building an environment in my community that promotes healthy and sustainable eating.

 Valerie is a natural born food lover and has had a passion for munching ever since she can remember! For her, food tastes best when it is derived through environmentally sustainable, humane and ethical practices - conditions she has advocated for from a very young age. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and believes that the best adventures are born in nature. Currently, as a senior Natural Resource Science student at Thompson Rivers University, she spreads her environmental compassion through her work with the TRU sustainability department and ECO Club. She is excited to be working in collaboration with Meal Exchange and to be part of the transition urging universities to analyze where they source their food from.

Valerie is a natural born food lover and has had a passion for munching ever since she can remember! For her, food tastes best when it is derived through environmentally sustainable, humane and ethical practices - conditions she has advocated for from a very young age. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and believes that the best adventures are born in nature. Currently, as a senior Natural Resource Science student at Thompson Rivers University, she spreads her environmental compassion through her work with the TRU sustainability department and ECO Club. She is excited to be working in collaboration with Meal Exchange and to be part of the transition urging universities to analyze where they source their food from.

 Yasaman is an undergraduate student in the Nutrition program at Ryerson University. As a nutrition student, the food guide remains an essential tool in education for not only the public, but also professionals in the nutrition field. Over the past few years, I have become passionate about sustainable eating. I am apart of several local organizations which advocate for the consumption of local food and volunteer with international NGO's focused on securing long-term food security in the face of climate change in different countries in the global south.

Yasaman is an undergraduate student in the Nutrition program at Ryerson University. As a nutrition student, the food guide remains an essential tool in education for not only the public, but also professionals in the nutrition field. Over the past few years, I have become passionate about sustainable eating. I am apart of several local organizations which advocate for the consumption of local food and volunteer with international NGO's focused on securing long-term food security in the face of climate change in different countries in the global south.

 

Teodora Nikova

Valerie Law

Yasaman Sadrikoupaei