National Staff

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James Haga
Executive Director
james@mealexchange.com

Merryn became engaged with food insecurity while volunteering at food banks in the North end of Hamilton and was inspired by the 'Code Red' studies conducted at McMaster University. She graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2016 with an MSc in Public Health and Health Systems, where she conducted a qualitative study on the experience of student food insecurity. Merryn volunteers her time with Food Secure Canada's Youth Caucus and the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council. She is excited to support the voices of students in changing good food access and availability on Canadian campuses.

Merryn became engaged with food insecurity while volunteering at food banks in the North end of Hamilton and was inspired by the 'Code Red' studies conducted at McMaster University. She graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2016 with an MSc in Public Health and Health Systems, where she conducted a qualitative study on the experience of student food insecurity. Merryn volunteers her time with Food Secure Canada's Youth Caucus and the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council. She is excited to support the voices of students in changing good food access and availability on Canadian campuses.

Merryn Maynard
Knowledge Mobilization Manager
merryn@mealexchange.com
416 657 4489 ext. 2

Susanne comes from a background of student organizing where she spent the last 5 years on Ryerson campus advocating for the needs of marginalized students. She sees food justice as an intersecting issue with classism, racism, sexism, ableism etc. Susanne holds a Bachelor in Social Work and is excited to connect with students and community partners across Canada to discuss, nuance and address systemic causes of food insecurity on campuses.

Susanne comes from a background of student organizing where she spent the last 5 years on Ryerson campus advocating for the needs of marginalized students. She sees food justice as an intersecting issue with classism, racism, sexism, ableism etc. Susanne holds a Bachelor in Social Work and is excited to connect with students and community partners across Canada to discuss, nuance and address systemic causes of food insecurity on campuses.

Susanne Nyaga
Campaigns, Chapters & Communications Coordinator
susanne@mealexchange.com 416 657 4489 ext. 2

Shawna became interested in all matters of food while pursuing graduate studies at Carleton University. Her interest in food systems led her to pursue a PhD in sociology at the University of Guelph where she examined Canadian school nutrition regulations.

Her studies, involvement in student government, and work with non-profit organizations has connected Shawna with hardworking, thoughtful people across the food system Passionate about social justice, Shawna is excited to be bringing her research experience to Meal Exchange and working with students and partners to bring good food for all.

Shawna Holmes, PhD
Campus Innovation Lead
shawna@mealexchange.com

Nicole is Registered Dietitian who strives to use food as a tool to make meaningful impacts within the student community. She has been working with people living within the spectrum of food insecurity on and off campus for five years. As the Food Service Coordinator at 360°Kids she created a program which engaged homeless youth to develop their food skills in a creative and supportive environment. While working as the Community Services Coordinator at The Stop CFC, she experienced first hand how food programs can act as gateway to connect people to their communities and engage them in community led systems change. Nicole holds a Masters in Nutrition Communication.

Nicole is Registered Dietitian who strives to use food as a tool to make meaningful impacts within the student community. She has been working with people living within the spectrum of food insecurity on and off campus for five years. As the Food Service Coordinator at 360°Kids she created a program which engaged homeless youth to develop their food skills in a creative and supportive environment. While working as the Community Services Coordinator at The Stop CFC, she experienced first hand how food programs can act as gateway to connect people to their communities and engage them in community led systems change. Nicole holds a Masters in Nutrition Communication.

Nicole Norris
National Good Food Campus Lead
nicole@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      

 

Part-time Coordinators

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Celia first became passionate about food when she learned to garden with her mother as a child. Now, an avid gardener, fisher, hunter and preserver, she engages with the food system in as many ways as possible. Celia began volunteering with Meal Exchange in 2011, and transitioned from her volunteer position into a full-time job with Vancouver Island University after finishing her undergraduate degree. She has learned from farmers and seed savers around the world, and she is passionate about continuing to learn how to transform our world through the food we grow, eat and share.

Celia first became passionate about food when she learned to garden with her mother as a child. Now, an avid gardener, fisher, hunter and preserver, she engages with the food system in as many ways as possible. Celia began volunteering with Meal Exchange in 2011, and transitioned from her volunteer position into a full-time job with Vancouver Island University after finishing her undergraduate degree. She has learned from farmers and seed savers around the world, and she is passionate about continuing to learn how to transform our world through the food we grow, eat and share.

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!

Jess Schellenberg
Good Food Challenge Fellow - British Columbia

Celia White
Decolonizing the Food System Bookclub Coordinator
celia@mealexchange.com
 

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

Kimberley has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and is completing her second degree in Social Work. She practices from an intersectional lens and centers equity and social justice in her work. Kim was the Operations Coordinator at the Ryerson Good Food Centre where she supported the implementation of a dedicated levy to the campus food bank, helped launched a breakfast program, and worked diligently to stock the food bank with fresh produce, milk alternatives, and plant-based proteins. In her spare time she's an experimental food gardener and novice fermenter. Kimberley is excited to be continuing her food security work at Ryerson with Meal Exchange and connecting with students across the country who are as jazzed about food as she is.

Kimberley has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and is completing her second degree in Social Work. She practices from an intersectional lens and centers equity and social justice in her work. Kim was the Operations Coordinator at the Ryerson Good Food Centre where she supported the implementation of a dedicated levy to the campus food bank, helped launched a breakfast program, and worked diligently to stock the food bank with fresh produce, milk alternatives, and plant-based proteins. In her spare time she's an experimental food gardener and novice fermenter. Kimberley is excited to be continuing her food security work at Ryerson with Meal Exchange and connecting with students across the country who are as jazzed about food as she is.

Maria has an academic background in nutrition, food security and sociology. She realized her passion for food justice while studying to become a Dietitian and discovering that food choice is greatly limited by social inequality. Maria has since volunteered her time with Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, and has created the student group Ryerson Students for Food Security. She is excited to challenge student food insecurity through projects and collaborations and hopes to inspire other students to join the food justice movement through her work.

Maria has an academic background in nutrition, food security and sociology. She realized her passion for food justice while studying to become a Dietitian and discovering that food choice is greatly limited by social inequality. Maria has since volunteered her time with Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, and has created the student group Ryerson Students for Food Security. She is excited to challenge student food insecurity through projects and collaborations and hopes to inspire other students to join the food justice movement through her work.

Kimberley Vaz
Students Feeding Change Operations Coordinator - Ryerson
kim.vaz@mealexchange.com

Maria Jude
Students Feeding Change Strategy and Engagement Coordinator - Ryerson
maria@mealexchange.com

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