Island Food Hubs - Together for Food

Cowichan Valley Region

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COWICHAN GREEN COMMUNITY

Cowichan Green Community Society, (CGC) works to address food insecurity and environmental sustainability in the Cowichan Region. As the Food Security HUB for the Cowichan Valley Region, CGC works with local food providors, local government and other community partners on collaborative projects including the Cowichan Food Charter and Food Security Plan, the Kin Park Youth Urban Farm, and the Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Farm Food Map. They've also worked extensively with local governments, supporting the development of policy around backyard chickens, and GE Free purchasing policies.

In their role as a Food Hub, CGC also hosts the Cowichan Food Security Coalition, a monthly meetup where all are welcome to join and engage in collaborative action to shape the Cowichan Valley's food future. Their current initiatives include the 2017 Food Security Report Card, an annual report on the region's food security and working with the CVRD to develop a systems for the reclamation of wasted food. CGC has launched the Cowichan Food Recovery Project, recovering thousands of pounds of food per week from local grocery stores and re-distributing it to service providers. Stay tuned in 2019 for a low-cost grocery store and cafe.

Judy Stafford

Hub Lead: Cowichan Green Community

Since becoming executive director of Cowichan Green Community in 2007, Judy and her team have helped to build community values around sustainable, local food in the Cowichan Valley region by working with food producers and providers, local governments, and local tourism organizations to develop sustainable and profitable food policies for the entire region. Her work, along with the work of community partners, has helped to establish the Cowichan Valley as a leader in local food movements, not just on the Island, but throughout B.C.

Within the Hub Collective, Judy continues to provide leadership in regional food policy, food-focused tourism, mapping initiatives, and developing meaningful relationships with local governments.

judy@cowichangreencommunity.org
250 748 3505

Fiona Devereaux (Island Health)

Fiona is a Registered Dietitian working with Island Health’s Aboriginal Health Team. Fiona’s office is in Victoria and she works with Aboriginal communities throughout the Capital and Cowichan regions. Fiona honours the vast knowledge of the Indigenous communities on Vancouver Island and advocates for acknowledgment, protection and promotion of the Indigenous plants, animals, ecosystems and seafoods of Vancouver Island. Fiona supports the work of the food hubs by participating in food roundtables and encouraging participation with Aboriginal communities.

Fiona Devereaux is one of two, full-time dietitians with the Island Health Aboriginal Health Team. Alongside Jessie Newman, who serves North Island communities. Fiona trained in Nutrition and Dietetics on the traditional territory of the White Cap Dakota Nation at the University of Saskatchewan.

Aboriginal Health Dietitian: South Island
Fiona.devereaux@viha.ca

Christi Thomson (Island Health)

Christi Thomson works as a Public Health Dietitian at Margaret Moss Health Centre in Duncan promoting nutrition and good food through working with community groups, parenting programs, schools, and Aboriginal communities. Her community nutrition role encompasses a broad set of activities including nutrition education, nutrition and health promotion as well as assessment and planning to meet communities’ needs to access a safe, adequate and healthful diet.

Island Health: Cowichan Valley Regional District
christine.thomson@viha.ca
250 709 3050 ext 4509

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