The Mount Waddington Community Food Initiative connects community agencies, institutions and volunteers to facilitate partnerships and community action to support a healthy food system across the Mount Waddington Region. Under the leadership of Leslie Dyck, and in partnership with North Island College (Mount Waddington Campus), the Initiative is guided by a food security needs assessment and food action framework that provides a basis for identifying community priorities for a Healthy Food System. Since its inception the initiative has been a catalyst for community food action in region helping to garner community support and funding for many initiatives including:
Mount Waddington Community Food Initiative has also been working to share the North Island Voice and bring home key learnings from province wide and island wide events such as the BC Food System gathering, Healthy Communities Conference (Parksville), and the annual Island Food Connections gatherings.
Since taking leadership of the Mount Waddington Community Food Initiative, Leslie has worked with community patners to facilitate the Indigenous and International Food Project, along with a Seedy Saturday, and a series of urban agriculture workshops in Port Hardy, for which the Initiative was awarded a BC Healthy Communities grant.
Leslie is currently working with community partners to establish the Hub in her region, and playing a key role in a collaborative effort to develop a Port Hardy Farmer's Market.
Within the Hub Collective, Leslie brings a depth of experience in addressing the unique challenges faced by remote and rural firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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.
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