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CRFAIR supports the development of this network by hosting its communication tools, generating funding for coordination of network activities, and coordinating the Good Food Summit. 

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What is the Good Food Network Leadership Group?

The Good Food Leadership Group provides leadership capacity and guidance to the Good Food Network and, in particular, to CRFAIR as the network backbone. This body will function at the highest level, acting as a point of reflection to ensure the Good Food 2025 initiative is efficiently and effectively working to achieve our ambitious goals. More specifically, the Leadership Group is responsible for providing guidance on strategy, community and stakeholder engagement, the development of shared measurement, research and reporting. When necessary, the Leadership Group will also act as a liaison to the wider community, local government, and other authorities.

Leadership Group Members


The City of Victoria Food Systems Coordinator provides leadership to support the delivery of a variety of food security or food systems community initiatives that help to develop a more sustainable food system for the City of Victoria. This includes working collaboratively with community stakeholders, associations and non-profit organizations to assess needs, provide guidance and support in areas such as coordination and partnership development.

City Of Victoria


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Community Animator with Farm to School BC in the Capital and Nanaimo Regions. Passionate about urban and small-scale agriculture, and the positive impacts that outdoor education has on students.

Farm to School BC




Em is a settler on Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories and feels privileged to work, (un)learn and build community on these lands. Em studied Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. Currently Em works with CRFAIR as the Communications and Engagement Coordinator. They sit on the Urban Food Table (Victoria) and co-chair the Good Food Network Leadership Group.




Linda has been actively working on regional food system issues since the early 1990s and has been instrumental in building and shaping CRFAIR into the organization it is today. She has worked extensively with a wide range of individuals and groups and believes in collaboration as a meaningful path to getting results. In addition to her work with CRFAIR, Linda is a member of the Peninsula and Area Agricultural Commission and co-chair of the BC Food Systems Network. In 2015 she was recognized by Food Secure Canada with the Cathleen Kneen Award for vision, leadership, and a commitment to grassroots activism in building a more just and ecological food system. She was also the Community Research Fellow with the University of Victoria's Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community University Engagement. Linda is an avid food grower and fisher. 



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Janelle Hatch has been working as a dietitian in the community for more than ten years, bringing attention and focus to the area of food security, food systems, and healthy eating. She has worked as a dietician in public health, and now works specifically with the Healthy Schools program for Island Health. She brings passion for food literacy and healthy eating and this enthusiasm is reflected in her home and volunteer work also. She is a busy mother of two children and as a family they work together to grow a vegetable garden and fruit growing trees to maximize their urban garden area and the pleasure derived from eating whole, fresh food.

CRFAIR & Island Health


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Matt grew up searching for salamanders under rotten logs in the woods of Shawnigan Lake. He has been with LifeCycles since 2007 and has been integral in helping shape LifeCycles' seed, school, orchard and community food programming. He has deep passion for natural systems restoration in heavily urbanized environments, a passion inspired by a long history of listening to children in dozens of schoolyard gardens in Victoria and Vancouver. Matthew is a father, seed saver, community food commons creator, bread maker and lover of plants. He has a Masters degree in Environmental Education and Communication and a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies.

Lifecycles Project Society



Rudi has been working in the nonprofit sectors for the past 10 years. He completed his BA at the University of Victoria in Political Science before going on to complete a bilingual graduate degree at the University of Ottawa, specializing in Community Development and Post-Colonial Studies. He is the grants manager at Victoria Foundation, leading the organization's food security work.

Victoria Foundation 


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Executive Director of the Horner Foundation, working collaboratively with youth serving organizations and Indigenous communities in South Vancouver Island to support food literacy and food sovereignty initiatives. We look to support community-led solutions to food insecurity, and provide innovative opportunities for youth to be on the land and experience culture and community in meaningful ways.

Horner Foundation



Susan Tychie is the founder of Share Organics (1997 to 2015) a community produce box program that aggregated food from Vancouver Island farms for delivery in Victoria, BC. In order to meet the increasing demand for local produce strong relationships with local farmers were establish and grow to order contracts with individual farms provided the basis for local purchasing. Crop planning was also an integral part of the system designed and operated by Ms Tychie. This system provided a stable market for growers to increase their production to meet the emerging demand. In 2004 with technical partner Pam Sallaway an online management interface was developed for Share Organics with a view to offering the service to produce box program in other regions. As a partner and Vice President of Sales and Customer Service (2004-2017) for Home Delivery Management Inc., the company expanded to serve home delivery providers in Canada, the USA and Australia. More recently Ms Tychie was the main researcher on CRFAIR’s Institutional Purchasing Project. This project looked at purchasing requirements of Assisted Living health care residences in Victoria and the opportunities and challenges farmers face in serving this market. Currently involved as a consultant on the Closing the Supply Gap Project.

Closing The Supply Gap



Jess is a recent graduate from UVic with a double major in Political Science, Environmental Studies and a minor in Education. She works as the market manager at Topsoil, where they provide healthy local and transparent organic food for the community. She also co-coordinates Seeding the City program in partnership with Topsoil and Lifecycles; engaging youth into the world of food systems and farming. Lastly, she works as the B.C. Good Food Challenge Fellow, for the national non profit Meal Exchnage, where she coordinates campus leads to increase Good Food procurement, and host food literacy and food security programming.

Topsoil & Meal Exchange



Passionate about food, I am excited to work with such a dynamic group of people! We are dedicated to ensuring that food destined for the landfill is redirected to people in need in a caring and dignified manner.

Food Share Network



Jim is the executive director of the TBuck Suzuki Foundation, a fisheries foundation created in 1981 to protect habitat, prevent pollution and promote sustainable fisheries. Social justice and equality are a big part of the Buck Suzuki legacy. Jim is very passionate about connecting local seafood to our local food systems. He is Pacific Vice-President of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvester’s Federation, the largest independent harvester and fisheries organization in Canada. It was built to protect independent fishermen and coastal community commercial fishing interests. He is the co-ordinator for the BC Commercial Fishing Caucus, a leadership group from the BC fishing industry focused on bringing commercial fishing interests into integrated marine planning. The Caucus includes the Fishermen’s Union, the Native Brotherhood of BC, Area A Crab Association, BC Longline Fishermen’s Association, and 9 other fishing organizations. Jim’s academic background is in math, physics and philosophy: commercial fishing paid his way through university. Over the decades he has participated in various fisheries research initiatives include: the Ecosystem Based Management Roadmap; Ocean Modeling Forum on Pacific Herring; Fisheries value to Community - beyond the economics; and a Comprehensive Fisheries Evaluation Framework.

TBuck Suzuki Foundation



Jeff’s background spawns from the diversity of regional planning, sustainability principles before diving into wildlife management then shifting into regional food and agriculture planning. By his own admission, he knows very little about a lot of things. On matters of food agriculture, Jeff is committed to life long learning. He eagerly shares what little he knows, and looks to others to learn and receive knowledge. Jeff is a planner and project manager and helped to complete the recently approved Southern Gulf Islands Food and Agriculture Strategy and Capital Regional District Food and Agriculture Strategy in the CRD.

Capital Regional District


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Diana is a researcher, communications expert, activist, and social entrepreneur. She has worked nationally and internationally. leading research and community development initiatives aimed at changing the policy context and providing critical evidence on the ground to make a more just and sustainable society. She has also co-founded several successful mission-driven enterprises.
She is a Research Advisor to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and a Distinguished Research Fellow of the University of Alberta's Parkland Institute.

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