Meet our Board of Directors for 2017 – 2018
The board is elected at our annual general meeting and meets throughout the year to oversee the governance of the Society. Board representatives are individuals from the region representing business, gardening, farming, policy, small business, and community organizing.
Anita Wasiuta – President
Anita is a community explorer using engagements and public participation to connect people with their micro communities. Her expertise and work in marketing programs, project and event management, facilitation and public relations all begin with understanding and working with people. Anita grew up in Sooke and has been on the Food CHI Board for three years.
Amelia Shaw – Treasurer
Amelia is a public consultation strategic, practitioner and facilitator. She is committed to ensuring all the voices are heard and contribute to quality decision-making. Amelia’s contribution to public participation at the national and international levels included project design and management leading to being recognised as international best practice. Amelia moved to East Sooke just over a year ago, she volunteered in our Seedy Saturday and our Farm Tour.
Britton Jacob-Schram – Corporate Secretary
Britton has just finished her first year as a director with Sooke Region Food CHI. Originally from southern California, she is concerned with how sustainable agriculture can dovetail with ecosystem-based management, and brings attention to issues like the Site-C dam in her role as grants coordinator for the Sierra Club of BC.
Gerard LecBlanc – Director
Gerard’s interest in agriculture stems from growing up on a small holding raising livestock, berries and market gardens. He has a planning degree in agricultural policy and land use and has worked in the Cowichan and Comox Valleys with large and small producers, Farmers’ Institutes and in other small rural municipalities. He lives in Shirley where he shares his interest in gardening with his wife Brenda.
Martin Bissig – Director
Martin first trained and worked as a professional farmer before he became an Agronomist. For 15 years he was a food security coordinator for the International Committee of the Red Cross and mainly supported farmers to produce more income. He now lives in Kemp Lake with a small farm and working on his own herbal tea project. Martin is a member of Food CHI, volunteered in the Sunriver Garden and supported the T’souke first nation in starting up their Wasabi project.