Board of Directors Candidate Statements (2014 AGM)

***Tasha Stansbury***

I have volunteered with Harvest Noon before, am friends with a few board members, previous board members and regular volunteers, and would love a chance to get more involved. I’m a third year Equity Studies major, and I’m passionate about food justice and community building.

I’m also one of the main coordinators for Toronto’s Food Not Bombs chapter, so I have experience with community networking, and I’m deeply interested in local food initiatives as well. I love opportunities to work in learning and sharing environments. I also love a challenge and always give 110%. I try my best to be organized and efficient, and try to contribute and apply problem solving skills as best I can whenever required – I also love food and would be glad to contribute inside or outside the kitchen.

I really believe in Harvest Noon’s initiative to strengthen our community through both the co-op model and through providing local, healthy, vegan, and affordable food. I do lack experience in some of the more managerial aspects of a director’s responsibilities as outlined on the website, but I am a quick learner and am willing to work hard in order to become thoroughly familiar with the systems and methods used.

I hope that you will find me a suitable candidate. I look forward to be being able to contribute as much as possible to Harvest Noon in the future, whether on the board, in the kitchen, or continuing the co-op’s relationship with Food Not Bombs Toronto. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

***Glynis Tabor***

My name is Glynis Tabor and I am doing my specialist in Urban Studies at the University of Toronto. In my previous career I was a chef and a pastry chef. I have worked all over Canada. Including Vancouver, Lake Louise, Whistler,Hamilton, Dundas, and Toronto. Many of the restaurants I have worked in have been 100 mile restaurants. I have a lot of knowledge on local, sustainable foods focusing on gluten free and other dietary needs. For the past 6 years I have been a supervisor and catering organizer at St. Michael’s College on campus and I supervise up to 20 people at a time. Because of this experience I feel I would contribute to the board by helping with staff as well as promoting and advertising.  After starting my studies at U of T, I started to connect my academic work with my food knowledge. I am currently working at a placement with Toronto Public Health at the Toronto Food Strategy developing a feasibility report regarding selling healthy foods from hot dog carts and in convenience stores in low income areas. Part of this project involves reaching out and making connections with external organizations. This is why I think my skills with coordinating with external groups could also help the board. I am applying for the board because I want to become more involved on campus and think I have many skills to contribute.

***Megan Kinch***

Megan Kinch has been a member of Harvest Noon since December 2013.

I am committed to social justice and experienced in co-ops, having been a member/editor for the Toronto Media Co-op since 2010. I was a founding member of the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, and have been working against complicity with Canadian mining companies (including being an active part of the Munk out of U of T campaign doing organizing and direct action on campus). I have also been a U of T student facing food insecurity so I understand the critical need for good affordable and ethical food on campus. I often cover food justice issues for alternative media. I have experience in multiple areas such as volunteer coordination and event planning. As a board member I would strive to continue and deepen Harvest Noon’s commitment to food justice and leadership in ethical local vegan food.

***Torey Kehoe***
My name is Torey and I am an organic farmer, graduate of the Non-Profit Leadership & Management Program at Seneca College, and hopeful Board Member here at Harvest Noon! Although not a U of T student, I work just around the corner at Harvest Kitchen on Harbord Street. When I’m not at work, I am usually up at my farm plot in Sutton, where I am a member of an inspiring collective of farmers building community, providing volunteer opportunities, and growing organic veg for the people of York Region and Toronto.

I see this opportunity to get involved with the Board of Harvest Noon as the ideal way put my recently completed certificate in Non-Profit Leadership & Management to good use. With my knowledge of Non-Profit and Co-operative Governance, Financial Management, Human Resources, and Volunteer Management, I feel I bring a holistic understanding of what makes a Board and an organization successful. My top interest is Volunteer Engagement, but I also have a knack for financial statements, and an interest in event planning that I’d like to expand upon.

I am also a self-described Strategic Planning nerd. I love the process of looking at where an organization is now, what it would like to achieve in the future, and figuring out the concrete steps of how we will get there. I will truly enjoy collaborating with fellow Board Members on this.  I hope to learn and grow through my service to the co-op, and above all continue building community around a healthy and sustainable food system.

I look forward to meeting you at the Annual General Meeting!