What motivated you to join the VFPC? I joined the VFPC at the behest colleagues and friends who encouraged and encourage me to connect diverse community/grassroots perspectives to wider public policy conversations.
What are your areas of expertise in the food system? (and/or) What are your skills? I am a food justice organizer and community developer currently residing on unceded Coast Salish Territories. I coordinated community food security initiatives (including community gardens, community kitchens, and food preservation workshops) in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood for many years. I am currently working with Vancouver’s Sustenance Festival to explore underrepresentation in Vancouver’s “food movement,” and working towards food and arts-based opportunities for cross-cultural relationship-building. I am also doing graduate research in the area of food justice organizing and community stories. As a feminist scholar-practitioner, and daughter of persevering immigrant parents, I approach food justice work with an embodied understanding that the “food movement” can (and must) engage more meaningfully with questions of privilege and social difference.
Tell us one interesting fact about yourself; (and/or) What is one of your proudest food system-related accomplishments? I persist in growing tomatoes, despite our rainy climate.
Which VFPC working group(s) are you currently active on and/or do you co-chair? Right to Food/Food Justice working group