Karen Kerk, Coordinator
Karen Kerk recently joined the Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy as the part-time Coordinator. Karen brings a diversified skills and experience base from working for the past 20+ years in the not-for-profit, academic, and business sectors. Since moving to Thunder Bay 11 years ago, Karen has been most active operating Bare Organics Inc. (a natural skin care company using food grade ingredients) out of the Thunder Bay Country Market, teaching in a variety of capacities at Confederation College and working with local food groups such as the Food Security Research Network and the Cloverbelt Local Food Coop. “I really love the local food movement and I want to do my part to ensure a stronger and more vibrant food system in NWO,” says Karen. “I’m really excited to help coordinate and grow the work being done in terms of local food production, regional transportation, local institutional procurement and access to healthy food.”
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Victoria Pullia, Intern
Victoria Pullia is the newest addition to the Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy as a full-time Intern. Her passion for food studies, food security and becoming involved in the local food movement emerged while completing her Women’s Studies degree at Lakehead University. She was the Co-Chair for the Lakehead University WUSC Local Committee advocating for student refugees continuing their post-secondary education in Canada. During her role as a Co-Chair, Victoria helped organize a Symposium on Ethical Consumption in March 2017 to discuss global food systems, food security, and food policies. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Victoria found the Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy to be a perfect fit to help her engage in building a sustainable food system in the region. Victoria is currently pursuing further studies in Food Security at Ryerson University.
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