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Our Team

  • Jill Van Horne (she/her)

    Jill Van Horne (she/her)

    Network Director

    Formerly Network Coordinator with Our Food Southeast New Brunswick, Jill Van Horne also co-chaired Food For All’s steering committee from 2017-2019, contributed to initiatives as a regional partner, and had a hand in supporting and building initiatives focused on school food, food policy, and food access. Her work in the food scene has ranged from getting her hands dirty in the garden to bringing people together with elected officials to ensure that experiences and food issues are considered at decision-making tables. This work has helped Jill develop a deeper understanding of the challenges people face in New Brunswick and beyond and the opportunities to address them through a food lens; she knows she’s but scratched the surface on these topics.

  • Leanne (she/her/elle)

    Leanne (she/her/elle)

    Operations & Projects Management

    Leanne Prescott has worked in the Non-Profit sector over 15 years specializing in equipping and empowering people and teams to make their impact for social good.  It was a passion for Food Access and Food Security that motivated her to pursue work in this sector.  Before founding Line Rock Co where she is the principal consultant, Leanne worked for 8 years in the humanitarian sector supporting Public Engagement, Community Development, and Advocacy for World Vision Canada.  In her role Leanne equipped and empowered activists and volunteers to effectively raise support for essential humanitarian issues: Food Security, Gender Equality, Child Rights, and Clean Water.

  • Nancy Albert (she/her)

    Nancy Albert (she/her)

    Communications Coordinator (on leave)

    In addition to having food, wellness, family and environment issues at heart, Nancy Albert is a gardening enthusiast. Born and raised in Caraquet, she is the mother of two boys. Nancy has a background in graphic design and has worked for companies specializing in marketing and communications as well as on her own business. 

  • Maïna Béland-Rahm (they/them)

    Maïna Béland-Rahm (they/them)

    Projects & Community Food Mentors (CFM) Program Coordinator

    Whether it be through activism, creation, facilitation, coordination or day-to-day interactions, Maïna finds meaning in knowledge sharing and helping people connect and care for each other. They believe food is a source of immense power and are committed to fighting for a just food system in New Brunswick.

  • Alicia Diaz-Pappas

    Alicia Diaz-Pappas

    Project Coordinator

    Having recently moved to New Brunswick from Montreal, Alicia is eager to integrate and grow in her new community. With a passion for food security, Alicia is particularly involved in food justice, food waste reduction, and sustainable agriculture. She has worked in agriculture, in field research, and most recently in community development, where her heart now lies. In her free time, you’ll most likely find her in her garden, in the woods, or with a paintbrush in hand.

  • Keren Lifshitz

    Keren Lifshitz

    Interim Communications Coordinator

    While Nancy Albert, our wonderful Comms Coordinator, is off on maternity leave, Keren has stepped in to continue sharing our work across social media and the newsletter. Keren brings her experience in small-scale agriculture (both rural and urban), school garden programs, along with a passion for community development and education.

  • Gill Cormier

    Gill Cormier

    Food & Climate Support

    As a foodie, Gill loves to try out gardening techniques, explore foraging, and to indulge, of course. She’s found a way to bring her love for food and the environment together through this role at Food for All NB, through The Lupine Market (a new slow-food, eco-market located in Hampton, NB) and through her work at the National Farmers Union. All with common goals, to look out for people, their health and the environment.

  • Rossen Lee (she/her)

    Rossen Lee (she/her)

    Digital Tools Program Coordinator

    Rossen is a Chinese queer settler originally from Attiwandaronia, who currently resides in Tkaranto. As a researcher, community worker, and tender soul, she believes that social resiliency is the key towards establishing food sovereignty. Rossen hopes to use her skills to support youth and BIPOC-led food movements in urban cities across the country.

Steering Committee

  • Adrian (Adje) Prado

    Adrian (Adje) Prado

    Co Chair

    Adje is the Northwest Regional Service Commission’s Territorial Analyst. His tasks include the development of a regional climate change adaptation plan, advising on other elements of environmental and community sustainability and networking with collaborators and partner organizations. Adje holds three degrees from McGill University: a bachelor’s of Biology and a bachelor’s of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences as well as a master’s degree in Microbiology. In addition to environmental issues, he is passionate about social issues, and the democratization of science, information and technology.

  • Chad Duplessie

    Chad Duplessie

    Co Chair

    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.

  • Val Polchies

    Val Polchies

    My name is Val Polchies, I am a proud Wolastoqey woman from Woodstock First Nation. I have 3 grown children and am blessed with several beautiful grandchildren. I am the Communications Officer with the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) which works with partners to foster Aboriginal economic and workforce development in the province of New Brunswick.

  • Aisha Khedheri

    Aisha Khedheri

    Aisha Khedheri is a Program Advisor at Public Health New Brunswick. Prior to her current role, she worked as a Public Health Dietitian in the Saint John Area for over 25 years. Her work is guided by New Brunswick’s Public Health Nutrition Framework for Action, which identifies food security as a priority area for Public Health.

  • Jill Mulholland

    Jill Mulholland

    Jill Mulholland is the Manager of Local Food Market Development for the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries. Jill is the lead on the provincial 2020-2025 Local Food and Beverages Strategy which aims to strengthen New Brunswick’s food systems and improve food self-sufficiency through its Grow NB, Buy NB and Feed NB Pillars. Jill achieved her Graduate Diploma in Community and Economic Development from Concordia University in 2013 and a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration from the University of New Brunswick in 2003. Jill has diverse private and public sector experience and strong knowledge in Market Development, Marketing, Community and Economic Development, Tourism, and the food and beverages industry.

  • Aaron Shantz

    Aaron Shantz

    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

    July Synnott

    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.

  • Daniel Dutton

    Daniel Dutton

    Daniel Dutton is an assistant professor in Community Health & Epidemiology at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. His current research focuses on social epidemiology and applied government policy. Most of his work is quantitative, utilizing large data sets and modeling strategies from economics and epidemiology. Currently he is interested in issues faced by those in low income like challenges around food insecurity and housing, including what role governmental policy can play in addressing those challenges.

  • Fatima Rahhali

    Fatima Rahhali

    Fatima brings to Food For All NB a wealth of food related experience in both rural and urban contexts. Originally from Ontario, Fatima has relocated to Knowlesville, NB and is presently building an off grid self-sustainable homestead. Fatima has over 10 years of experience working within social justice and food security, and much skill and knowledge in growing, preparing and preserving local, seasonal foods. Fatima has a keen interest in permaculture solutions and skill sharing. She is very excited to be joining FFANB to promote food literacy and challenge food insecurity in New Brunswick.

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