Member Biography: Caitlin Dorward

Caitlin DorwardWhat organizations are you affiliated with? I am a Land Use Planner with the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission and work with various organizations around the city as a canning instructor. 

What motivated you to join the VFPC? I have long been inspired by the work the VFPC does to support the development of a just and sustainable food system in Vancouver, and am very interested in how policy works and is implemented behind the scenes. Joining the VFPC has allowed me to contribute in very concrete ways to the city I live in and be involved on the ground on issues that matter to me most.

What are your areas of expertise in the food system? (and/or) What are your skills? I recently completed a Master degree at UBC studying the food self-reliance capacity of our region, so I am well versed in regional food production potential. I also love canning and love to share this skill through teaching workshops.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself; (and/or) What is one of your proudest food system-related accomplishments? I love the outdoors! When I’m not working on food systems issues in Vancouver, I spend as much time as possible rock climbing and hiking in our nearby mountains.

Which VFPC working group(s) are you currently active on and/or do you co-chair?  I am Food Policy Council Co-Chair alongside Tara Moreau, and co-chair the Development Working Group alongside David Speight.