Interim Executive Director & Operations Manager
Melanie has had a long and adventurous career in the not for profit sector. Armed with a background in Social Services, Gerontology and Volunteer Resource Management, Melanie has managed offices, been deployed to respond to natural disasters in Canada and the United States, worked alongside President Carter in New Orleans and Thailand and worked with and led teams to Tajikistan, Guatemala, Mozambique and Chile. An adoptive mom of two children, Melanie knows first-hand the impact good food has on health, behaviour and education and is passionate about using her skills to increase access to real food in her community.
Born and raised in Kingston, Michelle’s love for the city grows every day. She has always believed in food as a powerful connector. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics, and a Master of Arts in Human Kinetics. She is currently completing the Trauma Certificate Program through the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfred Laurier University. For the last 12 years Michelle has worked with Indigenous communities in the field of health and wellbeing. Her experiences in both front-line work and program management have taught Michelle the importance of connection, community and collaboration. In her spare time, you can find her spending time outdoors, either cycling, skiing, hiking or playing hockey. She also loves to find treasures at flea markets, test out new recipes, and spend time with her family and friends.
Fresh Food Access Organizer
Ashley has roots in the Greater Kingston Area. She brings close to 20 years of customer service experience to the Loving Spoonful, with experience in banking and as a Childbirth Educator and Family Photographer. Ashley’s admiration of the uniqueness of people is behind her passion of getting involved with non-profits, which she has done through volunteering, working, and holding executive Board of Director positions. Her heart and drive to serve the community is key to her role as the Fresh Food and Systems Coordinator. As a mom of 3, she understands the importance of good food and its connection with mental health. When she’s not working, you can usually find Ashley at a local coffee shop or market, at a craft fair with a few kids in tow, on a hike, out camping or snowshoeing with her kids, or painting or quilting.
Urban Agriculture Organizer
Ayla is a first-generation farmer and community organizer. She graduated from Queen's in 2011 with a B. Sc (Honours) in Biology, and since 2013 has been working on local organic farms, learning regenerative production methods for vegetables, livestock, cereal grains and dairy. Since 2015, Ayla has been a board member of the National Farmers Union, and has been involved with organizing young farmers and farmworkers nationally and internationally, advocating for the transition to agroecology, food sovereignty and climate justice. Ayla also represents the NFU in the global peasant movement La Via Campesina. She is excited to bring her passion for food and farming to Loving Spoonful and the Kingston community as our Urban Agriculture Organizer!
Community Kitchens Coordinator
Tibratā is a Red Seal Certified Chef with over 35 years of professional cooking, 15 years as a culinary educator, 15 years of farming and 8 years of special event programming experience. Her outlook on sustainable food systems is rooted in her training and perspectives as a Biogeographer and as an Applied Food Researcher. As a professional chef in Kingston, she has been active in the local food movement for over 20 years. In the fall of 2017, Tibratā made a life-long commitment and is training to become a Sacred Fire Keeper and as a Sacred Gardener. Tibratā’s life work revolves around food in one way or another as a means of offering love and opportunities for connection. Tibratā joined Loving Spoonful in May 2019 and enjoys coordinating Community Kitchens.
Mary has always been drawn towards work that uses education and community to chip away at attitudinal and systemic barriers that prevent many from accessing resources we all need, particularly in areas of mental health and wellness. Since graduating from the University of Waterloo with a BA in Psychology & Social Work, she's spent 20+ years in the non-profit sector in various roles, many of which have included coordinating efforts to promote service programs and social causes to a wider community through relationship-building and online engagement. Mary’s passion for good food and natural health became more prominent as raising a family became a priority. Mary can be found enjoying the outdoors with her family, and singing with one of Kingston’s community choirs.
Anne Woodall started volunteering with Loving Spoonful in 2016. Her first task as a super-star volunteer was to assist with the Fund Development Committee. Through this volunteer position, Anne learned so much about the different aspects of fundraising and came to appreciate the essential work of Loving Spoonful. In 2017, when Anne retired, she took on the role of Donor Liaison Volunteer. This past March, Anne joined the Loving Spoonful staff team as Administrative Assistant, and she loves working with this team!