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.
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.
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.
Food & Climate Change Research Intern
Jasmine Tremblay D'Ettorre is currently working as Food For All NB's summer intern and studies Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. She is interested in the ways that food intersects with all aspects of life, and is eager to support Food For All NB in developing deeper food connections across the province.
Admin Support and Indigenous Food Sovereignty Coordinator
Originally from Elsipogtog First Nation, Madison Girvan has graduated from The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2018. She has previously worked at the Bouctouche Farmers Market as a Kitchen Assistant, with the Health and Wellness Centre in Elsipogtog, and most recently as a communications coordinator with the Cross-Cultural Youth Project.
Community Food Mentor (CFM) Program Coordinator
Whether it be through activism, creation, facilitation, performance, or through day-to-day interactions, Maïna finds meaning in educating and connecting people. They believe food is a source of immense power and are committed to fighting for a food secure New Brunswick.
Digital Mapping Coordinator
Jason Wong is an international development professional who has worked with communities across Canada, Central Asia, and Nepal. Specializing in spatial storytelling and data, he uses location to strategically guide decision-making and to visualize different perspectives on food and the environment. Jason is interested in building equity and pluralism into data.
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.
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 is a Registered Dietitian currently filling a term position as Senior Program Advisor at the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Aisha has worked as a Public Health Dietitian in the Saint John Area for over 25 years on a variety of local and provincial nutrition programs and policy. Her work is guided by New Brunswick’s Public Health Nutrition Framework for Action, which identifies food security as a priority area for action for Public Health.
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.
Roxana Atkinson is the Director of Community Impact at United Way Central NB and is a Registered Dietitian. She has been involved with the provincial network since 2011. She is a co-founder and Leadership Committee member of Farm to Cafeteria Canada. Her work with school food programs and sustainable food systems has led to the development of the Farm to School NB Guide and a national Farm to School Network. She has a passion for programs that support food security, health, and social justice.
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.
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.
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.
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.