Island Food Hubs - Together for Food

Comox Valley Region

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LUSH VALLEY FOOD ACTION SOCIETY

LUSH Valley Food Action Society supports projects that educate and empower people in the Comox Valley. In their role as the Food Hub for the Comox Valley region, LUSH coordinates the Comox Valley Food Roundtable, which connects government, businesses, nonprofit organizations and other stakeholders to address issues and opportunities in the regional food system, with a particular focus on urban agriculture.

In 2017, LUSH Valley engaged the community in policy development around urban agriculture, proposing that beekeeping, backyard chickens, and yard-gate sales be permitted in residential neighbourhoods in Courtenay. LUSH sought community input via public consultation meetings and a lively forum featuring a panel of experts on urban agriculture. A survey to the public was developed, the results of which were made public in Spring of 2017.

Maurita Prato

Hub Lead: LUSH Valley

As the Executive Director of LUSH Valley Food Action Society in the Comox Valley, Maurita's current focus is on helping the communities of the Comox Valley gain the skills and knowledge they need to grow, access, and prepare healthy, local food, while pushing for progressive food policy change. Within the Hub Collective, Maurita brings extensive knowledge in working within the political spectrum to develop progressive policy for communities engaged in building local, sustainable food systems.

In addition to her experience in food security organizations, Maurita holds a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability and a diploma in Ecological Gardening.

erika@clayoquotbiosphere.org
250 725 2219

Kim Black

Kimberley is a Registered Dietician working with Island Health’s Aboriginal Health Team since 2012. Kim’s office is in Campbell River and she works with Aboriginal communities throughout the North Island, with the Comox Valley as the Southern boundary. Kimberley has great respect for the traditional food knowledge held within Aboriginal communities, and values the bounty of fresh seafood available on the West Coast. Kim supports the work of the food hubs in the North Island by participating in food roundtables and encouraging participation with Aboriginal communities.

Kim Black is one of two, full-time dietitians with the Island Health Aboriginal Health Team, alongside Fiona Devereaux, who serves South Island communities. Kim obtained her Food, Nutrition and Health degree from UBC.

Kimberley.Black@viha.ca
250 850 2146

Anthea Kenelly

Anthea is a Registered Dietitian working with Public Health Services at Island Health since 1997. She covers communities in the Geo 1 area of the island including Mount Waddington, Strathcona and the Comox Valley. Her office is in Courtenay. Anthea supports the work of the North Island Food Hubs by participating in food roundtables, providing support and consultation for funding and projects and linking food security to prenatal, early years and school age groups in the communities.

Comox Valley Regional District
anthea.kenelly@viha.ca

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