Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of members of the Kingston community who bring diverse skills and backgrounds to the table, but who share a common passion for Loving Spoonful's vision and mission.

Chair

CATHERINE STYLES

Catherine has lived in Kingston since 1999 raising two children and working with community organizations. With a background in commercial design and management, she is the founder of the GROW Project and continues to work with students in the Limestone District School Board teaching about community interaction and social responsibility. Catherine joined the Board of Directors in October 2012.

Vice-Chair

MAGGIE SHEPHERD

Margaret B.K. Shepherd is a professor in Management and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) where she currently serves as the Chair of the Master of Business Administration program. Moving from the Maritimes to complete her studies, Maggie is a graduate of Laval University, RMC and completed her program on Negotiation through Harvard University. An advocate for social justice, she has a profound commitment to social change through education and empowerment. Maggie serves and has served on several not-for-profit and professional boards and has been a member of Loving Spoonful's Board since June 2017.

Secretary

MICHELLE KEHOE

Born and raised in Kingston, Michelle’s love for the city grows every day. She has always believed in food as a powerful connector. Food can act as a vehicle to teach youth about community and patience or bring together a group of people to learn valuable life skills. After spending the last 11 years in the north, working with Indigenous communities in the field of health and wellness, she has recently moved back to Kingston to focus on a new career, as well as her family and dear friends. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics, and a Master of Arts in Human Kinetics. In her spare time, you can find her spending time outdoors, finding treasures at flea markets, playing hockey and cooking. Michelle joined the Loving Spoonful Board of Directors in January 2019.

Treasurer

LISA WITTUR

Lisa is new to Kingston and Loving Spoonful but is delighted at the welcoming she and her family have received. Lisa's career has been focused in the financial industry for almost 25 years but has always found time to give back to the community through women's shelters, fundraising at school's her son has attended or volunteering at Loving Spoonful summer event The Night Market and other local fundraisers. Lisa now has the opportunity to combine her passion for numbers with her interest in healthy food as Treasurer with Loving Spoonful. Other interests include travel, photography, knitting and gardening. Lisa joined the Loving Spoonful Board of Directors in June 2020.

Member at Large

CAREY BIDTNES

Carey Bidtness is an experienced Human Resources Generalist, with expertise in recruitment, training, employee relations and organizational development. She has worked in the hospitality, non-profit, public and private sectors in both human resources and operational roles. Carey has served on the Board since 2011.

Member at Large

FAIRLEIGH SEATON

Fairleigh joined the Board in July 2014 after volunteering with Loving Spoonful in other capacities. With a background in Public Health Nursing, Fairleigh has a keen interest in food security and community health. Fairleigh’s previous work also includes the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program at Kingston General Hospital and Queen’s University School of Nursing.

Member at Large

SUZANNE BIRO

Suzanne has an extensive employment and volunteer history in public health, research, and facilitation. She has worked throughout Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, and Prince Edward Counties. She has been involved with a local Slow Food initiative, and has been a food writer for several Canadian newspapers. Suzanne joined the Board in 2013.

Member at Large

BRIAN SMITH

Brian joined the Board in June 2017, having retired after spending his working life in the human services field and the last twenty years as Executive Director of the Community Living agency in Prince Edward County. He is a strong advocate for the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, and others who live with disadvantaging social conditions. He attended Queen’s University, and achieved a Master’s Degree in Canadian history. As well as serving on the Board, Brian volunteers with Loving Spoonful in the food reclamation program. Brian also spends a lot of his time learning French and Italian cooking and working in his vegetable garden.

Member at Large

JOCK DEVONSHIRE

Jock is a long time Kingston resident and has worked as a manager at Camera Kingston since 1984. He has been a volunteer in the community for a number of years, most notably with Food Not Bombs. He is a founding member of Loving Spoonful.

Member at Large

JACKIE STONEMAN

Jackie Stoneman joined the Loving Spoonful board after a 22-year career in vocational rehabilitation working with individuals in recovery from mental illness. She has worked closely with Loving Spoonful’s Cooking Connections program to build community capacity and reduce barriers created by stigma. She is also a Mental Health First Aid instructor, facilitating classes in the Kingston community for the past four years to help people develop a better understanding of mental illness. Jackie has worked in the non-profit sector as a volunteer in many roles and enjoys supporting Loving Spoonful in reaching their goals. As a mother of five and grandmother of ten she is very aware of the important role that food security plays in our society.

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