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Connecting Across Atlantic Food Systems

May 31st | 1:00pm-2:30pm

It’s been one year since the launch of the Atlantic Food Systems - Vision for Recovery - a common vision of how our food systems can play a role in a just, equitable, and prosperous recovery from COVID-19.

Food For All NB invites you to join a virtual conference call on Tuesday, May 31 from 1:00pm-2:30pm to hear the reflections of Atlantic provincial food systems leaders. 

Based on the pillars of the Atlantic Vision for Recovery - we’re asking: Where are we seeing progress? Where are we not? What needs to happen next?


Joshua Smee

Joshua Smee is the CEO of Food First NL, a provincial nonprofit organization that works with communities in Newfoundland & Labrador to ensure everyone has access to affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate food.

Passionate about systems change and the power of collective action, Joshua has taken a lead role in many coalitions and campaigns. He co-chairs the provincial Food Security Working Group with the Government of NL and sits on the province's Health Accord Task Force.  

Outside of work, Joshua sits on many boards and committees and has been heavily engaged in work around civic engagement, local food, and the arts.


Ben Lemphers

Ben is a Community Food Coordinator with Ecology Action Centre in Halifax. He is dedicated to community development that brings people together and creates conditions for people to thrive. Ben has a background in community planning, and holds a Master of Planning degree. He is currently working on Halifax’s JustFOOD Action Plan, the region’s first food security strategy. He is also an active member of the Nova Scotia Coalition for Healthy School Food.


Bernadette Goguen

Bernadette is co-operator of Marcel Goguen Farm, which is a family farm that has operated since the arrival of the first Acadians to the region. The farm was started in 1778, and seven generations later Marcel and Bernadette took over operation in 1987. The farm currently features 6 acres of apple trees, 4 acres of mixed vegetables, small livestock, and a wide collection of local antiques. 

In a 2016 interview, Moncton Beats tried to ascertain how many things Bernadette was involved with and, “even after an hour of interviewing her, we were still not sure of the extent of her involvement in the community – we suspect she wasn’t either.” She is an inherent community organizer and supporter, and local food activist. Bernadette also has had a notable career off farm as a researcher with AAFC. A long time member of the NFU, she has always sought to improve the organization's visibility from anything to having meetings hosted on her farm to sitting on the board of directors. 


Ann Wheatly

Ann has been working as a community organizer for more than 25 years. Whether it's as a volunteer or in her position as a program coordinator with Cooper Institute, Ann spends much of her time encouraging people to take part in conversations and take action on a wide range of issues related to livable income, food sovereignty and environmental justice and is dedicated to the idea that the good public policies and decisions can be made only when the people who are most affected are included in their development. Ann is a founding member of the PEI Food Security Network and served on its board of directors for many years.


Erica Ward

Erica Ward is a Mi’gmaq woman who was born and raised in Natoaganeg First Nation, where she resides and is raising her two young boys. She is the Impact Assessment Assistant Coordinator with Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn, where she assists in implementing the Mi’gmaq Rights Impacts Assessment Framework. 

Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn is a non-profit organization that consists of nine member Mi’gmaq Communities in New Brunswick. A L’nuey leadership body that protects our people by asserting and implementing our Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights throughout Mi’gma’gi. 

In the past 6 years Erica has worked as the Program Coordinator then Manager at the Natoaganeg Community Food Centre helping to build a space where community could learn, advocate and share in good food.  Traditional Food Access was fundamental in supporting Indigenous Food Sovereignty through community led programming. Her current role with MTI is where the work is to foster the relationship with Governmental and the Private sector, assisting Mi’gmaq member communities in the growth of their best interest through asserting inherent and Aboriginal treaty rights.

Erica’s experience has led to her dedication in assisting to advocate for Mi’gmaq Communities in self-determination through her work with Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn.

When she is not assisting in the work with MTI, Erica can be found caring for one of her many plants, nose deep in a novel or enjoying her time with her children.

Recording coming soon ! 

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