Members of the Charlottetown Food Council

Shannon Courtney

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Shannon Courtney is a PEI-based freelance writer and editor specializing in food and tourism. Shannon holds a Masters in Environmental Studies from Queen's University, where she studied the interplay between local food systems and social capital for her thesis research. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island. Shannon is also a self-proclaimed foodie and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who believes you CAN make friends with salad.

In 2016 Shannon co-founded Salty, a print and digital publication covering the food and farm scene of PEI. She served as the publication's editor-in-chief for its inaugural year and continues to share stories from PEI's foodscape through her work with Discover Charlottetown, her role as a PEI Food Advocate with the Fall Flavours Festival, freelance writing gigs, and unsolicited ravings about her new favourite restaurant, farm, market, etc. She has been a Board Member of the PEI Food Exchange and took the lead on piloting the first PEI-based Community Food Mentors Programs in 2015/2016. Shannon grew up on the North Shore of PEI near Kensington. She currently resides in Charlottetown with her husband, Luke, and their two cats, Chewbacca and Yoda.

 

Robert Godfrey- Vice Chair

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 Robert Godfrey joined the PEI Federation of Agriculture as Executive Director in August of 2015.

Robert grew up on his family’s farm in Meadowbank and brings a wealth of experience to his role. Robert spent a number of years in Ottawa working at the Director level of agriculture organizations such as the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI). During his time with CFA, Robert gained significant insight into the opportunities and challenges Canadian farmers are facing. While at CFI, Robert was intricately involved in the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Agreement signed in 2012 between the PEI provincial government, the PEI Federation of Agriculture, PEI Potato Board, Kensington North Watershed Association and the CFI.

Robert resides in Cornwall with his wife Katelyn and two young daughters Addison and Audrey.

 

Stanley Chaisson

Stanley Chaisson

Stan Chaisson is a Physical Education and Leadership teacher at Charlottetown Rural High School. He's always believed in the power of healthy lifestyle choices and how they can drastically improve a person’s overall well-being. As a Physical Education teacher, he strives to act as a positive example for youth in the community and challenge them to be the best they can be, and to believe in their personal power to make a difference. He is very excited to be a part of the Charlottetown Food Council. 

Pierre El Hajjar

Pierre El Hajjar

Born in Lebanon, Pierre El Hajjar has cumulated over 19 years of culinary experience. He has occupied the position of Head Chef at the Carrefour isle Saint-Jean, François Buote since May 2013.

He began his career at the age of 8 making bread alongside his mother. Upon graduating from culinary school in 1999, Pierre worked at the wide variety of hotels and restaurants.

Pierre is a certified red seal chef and he's awarded the Pear award for outstanding nutrition education and health initiatives and was named the 2017 diversity champion.

Phil Ferraro

Phil Ferraro

 Phil Ferraro, is a founding director of The Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd., a founding  member of the Atlantic Canada Organic Regional Network,  board of director of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, and an Advisor to the Centre for Local Prosperity.

Phil's Master’s degree in Social Ecology included a thesis on creating food and energy self-reliance in Northern climates, with studies in organic agriculture community development and social responsibility.

Since 1999, Phil has managed a series of far reaching programs on behalf of the PEI ADAPT Council and Agriculture Canada. These programs have invested over $12 million in innovative projects that are changing the face of agriculture as they adopt sustainable practices and respond to emerging issues. He is also the manager of the Farm Centre and Legacy Garden (Canada’s largest urban food garden.) This initiative provides garden space for people to grow their own food and donates food to charities to help alleviate food insecurity.

Morgan Palmer

 Morgan Palmer

Morgan Palmer is a Registered Dietitian and Red Seal Chef currently working with public schools to improve student access to healthy, local foods. Morgan's love of food comes from her mother, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who really knew what they were doing in the kitchen. She also sits on the PEI Food Security Network Board of Directors.

Mike MacDonald

 Mike MacDonald

Mike MacDonald is the Executive Director/General Manager of the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry.   Mike oversees the operation of the Upper Room’s Food Bank and Soup Kitchen.  He also operates PEI Food Banks which is the provincial association for food banks in the province.  He has been with the Upper Room since 2001.  Mike has been involved in all aspects of the operation of the Upper Room over the past 17 years and has a passion helping Islanders in need.  Mike studied Business Administration at both the University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College.

 Mike is a resident of Stratford where he lives with his wife Kim and their three boys.  Mike has been an avid volunteer with both minor baseball and hockey over the years.

Karen Murchison – Chair

 Karen Murchison

Karen is a Professional Agrologist and trained agronomist with several years of experience in the agriculture industry on PEI. She has held numerous volunteer positions most often with food-related community organisations; and, is currently the Research Coordinator for the PEI Certified Organic Producers Cooperative in Charlottetown.

Gail Metcalfe

Gail Metcalfe

The past 5-7 years, Gail's experience has been mostly in a volunteer capacity-- a member of the Provincial Advisory Board tasked with developing a seniors' strategy for the province; gleaning for the Food Exchange; participating in a Garden Mentorship program; a member of the Board for Pat and the Elephant; volunteering at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and teaching English for the Newcomers' Association. 

Gail has a strong interest in food and nutrition. Her interests lie with vulnerable populations-- seniors, low income, and the disabled – many who face challenges at a time when they are physically, mentally, and financially unable to cope with them.

Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food..... Hippocrates.

Emilee Sorrey

 Emilee Sorrey

Emilee studied foods & nutrition at the University in Prince Edward Island after moving to Charlottetown from Cape Breton, graduating in 2011. During her studies, she volunteered with local breakfast programs and assisted elementary school nutrition and activity policy research. It was through these initiatives that she learned of her passion for empowering youth with nutrition and food skills. She later worked for Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, a food product development & research centre at Holland College, in a market research role, helping to bring product ideas to market. In 2016, she developed a pilot program for grade 8 leadership students involving chef guest speakers, visits to farms and local food producers, and eventually developing healthy food concepts complete with packaging prototypes and nutrition claims. She enjoys writing part time for Salty Magazine and is excited to be involved with Charlottetown’s Food Council.

 

Bernard Plourd

 Bernard Plourd

"Bernie" lives in Charlottetown with his life partner and two energetic boys, their golden retriever Nellie and Augie the family tomcat.  You can find him most days buzzing around the local Charlottetown Farmers' Market Coop as its Manager and dedicated patron.  He is also a registered massage therapist working part time in a multidisciplinary clinic located downtown.  Bernie worked for over 8 years with the National youth program Katimavik where he developed his strong sense of serving his community. Presently he serves as President of the ALS Society of PEI, Chair of the PEI Coop Council and Registrar of the PEI Massage Therapy Association.  

Jennifer Whittaker

Jennifer Whittaker

Jennifer Whittaker loves food, especially vegetables and desserts of any kind. She is a recent graduate of Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture where she studied sustainable management practices in potato production. For four years, she has volunteered with Start with a Seedling, a community food and gardening project at Prince St. Elementary and now helps to run the program. In addition, she has helped to create a local fundraiser where schools could sell boxes of locally produced, seasonal vegetables. Jennifer is passionate about showing kids, teachers, and the community, how food is grown, where it comes from, and how it reaches our plates. Jennifer is interested in the idea of creating and strengthening community around the topic of food and hopes that her time on the Charlottetown Food Council will work towards those aims. 

Travis Cummisky

 

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