National Staff

Anita has spent her career determined to address our most pressing social challenges and believes in the transformative power of young people to create positive change. She has worked on university campuses over the last decade, including at Social Innovation Generation (SiG@Waterloo), a national collaborative addressing Canada’s social and ecological challenges by creating a culture of continuous social innovation. When she was a student at the University of Guelph, Anita led the Meal Exchange chapter to break national records and engage hundreds of students. She holds a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation.

Anita has spent her career determined to address our most pressing social challenges and believes in the transformative power of young people to create positive change. She has worked on university campuses over the last decade, including at Social Innovation Generation (SiG@Waterloo), a national collaborative addressing Canada’s social and ecological challenges by creating a culture of continuous social innovation. When she was a student at the University of Guelph, Anita led the Meal Exchange chapter to break national records and engage hundreds of students. She holds a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation.

Anita Abraham
Executive Director
anita@mealexchange.com
416 657 4489 ext. 1

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
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

 
 

Part-time Coordinators

Jaimie entered the nutrition field from a science-based background, but quickly grew to realize she was most passionate in understanding peoples’ relationships to food and their impact on health, as well as learning how these relationships are shaped by systemic forces. Jaimie has been working with Meal Exchange on the Students Feeding Change project since December and has found the opportunity to advocate for equity on campus both exciting and humbling. She is entering her final year of Ryerson’s Food and Nutrition program and will also be completing a certificate program in studies of food security. In her spare time, Jaimie loves to run, cook, explore Toronto by bicycle, teach swimming, and volunteer in community-based food programs.

Jaimie entered the nutrition field from a science-based background, but quickly grew to realize she was most passionate in understanding peoples’ relationships to food and their impact on health, as well as learning how these relationships are shaped by systemic forces. Jaimie has been working with Meal Exchange on the Students Feeding Change project since December and has found the opportunity to advocate for equity on campus both exciting and humbling. She is entering her final year of Ryerson’s Food and Nutrition program and will also be completing a certificate program in studies of food security. In her spare time, Jaimie loves to run, cook, explore Toronto by bicycle, teach swimming, and volunteer in community-based food programs.

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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.

Jaimie White

Ryerson University Students Feeding Change Coordinator     

Jess Schellenberg

B.C. Good Food Challenge Fellow

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

 

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