National Staff

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James Haga
Executive Director
james@mealexchange.com

Jaimie has an academic background in food, nutrition and food security and is fascinated by understanding people's’ relationships to food and exploring how these relationships are shaped by broader and intersecting systemic forces. Jaimie finds inspiration and hope for social change through working with students and believes strongly in the power of young people to transform our food system towards an equitable, healthy and thriving future. She is driven by a passion to connect with people through food and is fortunate to do so at work, with friends and through volunteering.

Jaimie has an academic background in food, nutrition and food security and is fascinated by understanding people's’ relationships to food and exploring how these relationships are shaped by broader and intersecting systemic forces. Jaimie finds inspiration and hope for social change through working with students and believes strongly in the power of young people to transform our food system towards an equitable, healthy and thriving future. She is driven by a passion to connect with people through food and is fortunate to do so at work, with friends and through volunteering.

Jaimie White
Student Engagement and Events Coordinator
jaimie@mealexchange.com

Brittany has an environmental background, with a BSc in Environmental Science and International Development Studies from Dalhousie University and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. She has spent the last two years working for the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN), where she learned an immense amount from local producers. Prior to her Masters, she worked for the Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie University on sustainable procurement, with a particular focus on sustainable seafood and fair-trade products. She feels inspired by the food movement and is grateful to be able to bring all that she has learned about food systems to this new position. She looks forward to working together on changing campus food systems to be more just and sustainable!

Brittany has an environmental background, with a BSc in Environmental Science and International Development Studies from Dalhousie University and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. She has spent the last two years working for the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN), where she learned an immense amount from local producers. Prior to her Masters, she worked for the Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie University on sustainable procurement, with a particular focus on sustainable seafood and fair-trade products. She feels inspired by the food movement and is grateful to be able to bring all that she has learned about food systems to this new position. She looks forward to working together on changing campus food systems to be more just and sustainable!

Brittany Maguire
National Good Food Campus Lead
brittany@mealexchange.com

 

Part-time Coordinators

 
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Jess Schellenberg
Good Food Challenge Fellow - British Columbia

Sanjana is an international student, she grew up and did her schooling in New Delhi, India. She is currently in the first year of her undergraduate studies in Computer Science at Lakehead University, and she loves every bit of it. She also loves Thunder Bay, which is why she decided to work with Meal Exchange to deal with student food insecurity there. She wants to give back to the community. Sanjana wants to make sure that every student eats well and sleeps peacefully at night. Apart from that, she also likes writing, performing spoken-word poetry, socializing, motivating people, and drinking coffee!    Currently, Sanjana is also the Staff Writer of The Argus, Lakehead University’s newspaper, and she looks forward to more opportunities to learn about and connect with the community in the city and beyond!

Sanjana is an international student, she grew up and did her schooling in New Delhi, India. She is currently in the first year of her undergraduate studies in Computer Science at Lakehead University, and she loves every bit of it. She also loves Thunder Bay, which is why she decided to work with Meal Exchange to deal with student food insecurity there. She wants to give back to the community. Sanjana wants to make sure that every student eats well and sleeps peacefully at night. Apart from that, she also likes writing, performing spoken-word poetry, socializing, motivating people, and drinking coffee!

Currently, Sanjana is also the Staff Writer of The Argus, Lakehead University’s newspaper, and she looks forward to more opportunities to learn about and connect with the community in the city and beyond!

 

Sanjana Sharma
Students Feeding Change Coordinator - Lakehead
sanjana@mealexchange.com

 
 
Donna is a Hamilton based graphic artist. Although she has no formal training or education about sustainability and the food system, she is passionate about learning and living a lifestyle that supports ethical and sustainable practices.

Donna is a Hamilton based graphic artist. Although she has no formal training or education about sustainability and the food system, she is passionate about learning and living a lifestyle that supports ethical and sustainable practices.

Donna Velasco
National Office Graphic Designer
design@mealexchange.com

Kaitlin is a fourth year Law Major with a Politics minor studying at Ryerson University. She has a particular interest in Social Justice and Food Security. Through her work at an Indigenous criminal law firm, Kaitlin witnessed the inequalities at systematic levels, and noticed that food insecurity was a major factor within the criminal justice system. Kaitlin currently does work for Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project as a Board Member, as well as for Meal Exchange as the Student Feeding Change Coordinator. While her passion work focuses on creating policies that promote centralized food systems, she also runs campaigns that focus on the decriminalization of Sex Work, Students' Rights, Reproductive Justice, Body Autonomy and Food Justice.


Kaitlin is a fourth year Law Major with a Politics minor studying at Ryerson University. She has a particular interest in Social Justice and Food Security. Through her work at an Indigenous criminal law firm, Kaitlin witnessed the inequalities at systematic levels, and noticed that food insecurity was a major factor within the criminal justice system. Kaitlin currently does work for Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project as a Board Member, as well as for Meal Exchange as the Student Feeding Change Coordinator. While her passion work focuses on creating policies that promote centralized food systems, she also runs campaigns that focus on the decriminalization of Sex Work, Students' Rights, Reproductive Justice, Body Autonomy and Food Justice.

Kaitlin Rizarri
Student's Feeding Change Coordinator-Ryerson
kaitlin@mealexchange.com

 
 

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