Alberta Food Matters Board Members
Wanda has been involved in the Ground Level Youth community garden for the past 6 years, and just this year also is working with École des Quatres Vents at their school based community garden. Each garden has a unique set-up for who participates and how decisions are made. Wanda also belongs to the Peace of the Whole Holistic Management group and the Peace Permaculture group. These two organizations are a means to share information on stewardship of the land and the mental wellbeing of the caretakers of the land. Her philosophy in life is, enjoy the moment, plan for the future and consider: we are the ones we have been waiting for.
As Vice-President of the Bow Valley Food Alliance as well as a member of the Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council, Avni is striving to make the world a better place through complex and systemic food issues.She comes from a background in healthcare for over a decade, and now over 15 years of experience in the food industry as a social entrepreneur and community leader. Committed to affecting change in local food systems, Avni launched and ran a successful organic, fair trade tea company, before she co-initiated and developed Farm Box – a social business that has since merged with The Organic Box. Both teams were initial market leaders in the food box delivery model in Alberta.A passionate cross-country skier, Avni spends her time on the trails envisioning ways to improve local food systems. She is committed to inspiring meaningful change in her community, and will always bring some Alberta carrots to the table.
Claire is a registered dietitian and views diet as an impactful lifestyle behaviour. She believes everyone should be able to enjoy the foods they like while achieving a balanced lifestyle. She has experience in clinical research and values learning about credible, evidence-based information and practices. Supporting local foods and providing school children with nutritious foods is of great importance to her. She is happy to bring Albertans together through community engagements. Claire enjoys the outdoors and appreciates all that nature provides us with. Truly, laughter is brightest in the place where food is.
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