In 2019 we built a wood-fired community oven in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, as a space for collective healing, happiness, social connection, radical empathy, and accessible and joyful food literacy. Through the power cooking together, eating together, being together, and sharing stories in a public park, we transform ourselves, the community, and our world into the more beautiful world we know is possible. Since 2019 we’ve hosted thousands of people at more than 100 gatherings at the oven. Learn more
How We Thrive, in partnership with WeavEast, is embarking on a Future of Food scenario exercise with a group of 20-30 people actively working towards sustainable, equitable food systems. This group will come together to craft compelling, plausible scenarios about the future of food in our region. We will identify key global and regional trends, share knowledge about what is and isn’t working, and apply a scenario method that generates “alternative futures.” Learn more
“It’s a way to build a greater sense of community and to celebrate cultural diversity through the preparation of food.”
Back in 2020, I started to work on breaking the habit of positively praising, judging, or concluding about an experience or story shared with me.
The surrounding air is crisp, carrying the scent of sweet fall leaves and hinting at the scent of the coming cool winter. A family is seated nearby, waiting in quiet anticipation for their fresh, fire-baked pizza. They continue to munch on leftover toppings, silently observing the glow of the coals while their dinner transforms before their eyes.
In my facilitation work, I am always mindful about creating spaces in which participants feel taken care of. Over time, I have noticed patterns that I feel can be applied to any meeting, from community halls to boardrooms.
Have you ever been in a situation where you are being praised and it just feels awkward?
Why do compliments feel weird sometimes? What is it about compliments that makes them a challenge?
My goal used to be “I’m a busy entrepreneur”. These days, I hold the intention of being calm, poised, focused, and slowly having a bigger impact within my community.
Food and community are at the heart of what I do. I’m passionate about creating community models which work for both humans and our planet.
I’m driven by the urge to understand how we might renew our connections to the earth and to each other, and how we might re-author the narratives that describe and support such relationships.
I look to the power of food. In its growth, harvest, preparation, and consumption we can engage with the wisdoms of the hand, heart, and head, coming to deep understandings of the relationships we share. We bond over food, we share it, we learn, we get to know ourselves with it, we come to know each other and the land from which it grows.
Throughout history, food has provided the roots for peace and stability, sewn the seeds of change and progress, and nourished cooperation and innovation all across our planet. Food supports all. Cooking together helps us see the gifts in our differences. As we transform food, it transforms us.
In the first decade of my career, I was privileged to be a part of the growth of a new food system in Canada, one which places a high value on farmers and food producers. I was able to use my background in marketing to help develop food based social enterprises all across the country.
Fast forward to 2020; after helping to establish Wolfville’s Front Street Community Oven in 2019, I’ve shifted my attention to begin understanding the role narrative plays in shaping Atlantic Canadian communities. I’ve been working with the Narrative Project and coaching clients to re-author the collective and individual narratives that shape our view of the world and our actions. We’ve been exploring our preferred identities, mindsets, and the community narratives we want to live by; we are taking back the pen that writes the stories of our lives and communities.
In my downtime you can find me in the lovely town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, beside my life-partner, Anne. I live an active lifestyle by walking, cycling, swimming, gardening, and playing basketball, and I love to be creative, play music, and spend time with friends and family; and of course, I love to cook and share great food, too.
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Guiding values: generosity, inclusion, diversity, respect, and kindness. Nurturing lifelong learning and supportive, collaborative relationships is important to me.