Island Food Hubs - Together for Food

Capital Region

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CRFAIR

The Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR) supports the Capital Region through information sharing and networking, collaboration and policy development around healthy food systems in the region. Under the leadership of Executive Director Linda Geggie, CRFAIR has put forth the following resolution: Good Food 2025, which invites community members to commit to 20% locally-sourced consumption by 2025. They are mobilizing community members with their Food Hubs Strategy: a movement of neighbourhood-level organizing that shifts away from centralized food banks to initiatives that are place-based, social, and empowering. They are also participating in the development of a Good Food Policy for the Capital Region, a project in collaboration with regional governments and community partners with the outcome of a Regional Food and Agriculture Strategy.

CRFAIR hosts an Good Food Summit in support of Good Food 2025. This event features discussions about cultural safety, Indigenous foods, school food initiatives, youth engagement, rural and remote community perspectives, and collective impact alongside hands-on opportunities to engage with the region's food-focused people and places.

Linda Geggie

Hub Lead: CRFAIR

Executive Director Linda Geggie works extensively with a wide range of individuals and groups and believes in collaboration as a path to meaningful change. Within the Hub Collective, Linda brings significant expertise in working with policymakers to effect change at regional, municipal, and community levels. In addition to her work with CRFAIR, Linda is a member of the Peninsula Agricultural Commission and a Community Research Fellow with the University of Victoria's Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community University Engagement. She 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.

lgeggie@telus.net
250 896 7004

Fiona Devereaux (Island Health)

Fiona is a Registered Dietician 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

Areli Hermanson (Island Health)

Areli Hermanson works as a Public Health Dietitian at Island Health in South Island communities including Greater Victoria, Saanich Peninsula, and Gulf Islands. As a public health dietitian, she helps to translate nutrition knowledge, guidelines and recommendations into action.

Island Health: Capital Regional District
areli.hermanson@viha.ca

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