Named one of Canada’s “top changemakers” by Canadian Living Magazine (2010), Laura Reinsborough is an adept and proficient community-builder. As founder of Not Far From The Tree, Toronto’s innovative fruit sharing project, Laura has galvanized thousands of people to take positive action in their own communities, earning her numerous awards and accolades. After returning to her home province of New Brunswick on Canada’s east coast, she is now Director of Food For all NB | Aliments pour tous NB.
Jill was born and raised in Northern New Brunswick, but migrated to the Southeast of the province over 10 years ago. She has long been interested in food and environmental movements and has always loved helping people. Her work with Our Food SENB has helped shape a deeper understanding of the complexities of food and our relationships with it, as well as it’s transformational power within our communities. She enjoys playing music, being outdoors, and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.
Chad Duplessie works with the community of Eel Ground First Nation as the Manager of the Natoaganeg Community Food Centre. He is a member of the City of Miramichi city council where he co-chairs the Community Wellness and Recreation Department as well as the Economic Development Department. He is the father of three young children and wants to see a New Brunswick that is healthy, sustainable and food secure.
Laura is a Registered Dietitian and Senior Program Advisor at the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Laura has worked on a variety of food and nutrition related policies and programs in New Brunswick over the past eight years. She is currently involved with the Public Health Nutrition Framework for Action which identifies food security as a priority area for action for Public Health.
Renee Cool is a registered dietitian for Horizon Health network. She is currently working within 3 health centres in the Fredericton and Oromocto area and has an interest in helping people make healthy food choices by helping them make basic home cooked meals fun and easy. She is also a soccer and hockey mom.
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Jill is a Project Executive for New Brunswick’s Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries and works to strengthen the awareness and grow support for New Brunswick’s agriculture and agri-food. She is also Farm to Cafeteria Canada’s Regional Lead for New Brunswick and assists in efforts to provide healthy and local food options in schools for young New Brunswickers.
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Jessica was born and raised in Miramichi, NB and is a Registered Dietitian currently working as a consultant within Social Development’s Wellness Branch. Jessica’s main files at the wellness branch are breastfeeding promotion and food security She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Waterloo.
Aaron and his wife Shelley are food security activists from Saint Marie de Kent NB. They have been raising their family of four on a once abandoned homestead that they moved to from BC 9 years ago. They are building up a small livestock and vegetable farm. Aaron works on the farm with Shelley who is the principal farm operator; he manages the woodlot and works contracts related to community development around food sovereignty and social justice.
July Synnott is director of the Chaleur Community Inclusion Network. She is passionate about her community and strongly believes in human dignity. She is known for her enthusiasm and her involvement in various food security initiatives. She believes that the food security conversation is a foundation for community development.