Feed Ontario is exited to welcome new members to our board of directors. At the annual general meeting held on June 7, 2022, six new board members joined in leading our mission to Feed Ontario by creating opportunities and solutions, and uniting local food banks to eradicate hunger and poverty.

We are pleased to welcome the following individuals to our board: Audrie Bouwmeester of Diary Farmers of Ontario; Wendi Campbell of Food Bank of Waterloo Region; Christine Clark Lafleur of Port Cares; Maureen A. Ford, a manager and strategic planning professional; Rim Khazall of Canada Border Service Agency; and Michelle Tampoya of Shopify.

Incoming board chair, Meghan Nicholls, stated “On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to send a warm welcome to all of the new leadership that has joined the Feed Ontario board this year. With a strong history of passionate people fighting to end poverty across our province, I look forward to working with each of you to make a difference in our community. Here’s to a year of progress, change, and challenging food insecurity.” 

Individuals returning to the board include: Robin Bailey from the Burlington Food Bank; Dawn Devoe; Neil Hetherington from Daily Bread Food Bank; Konval Matin; Meghan Nicholls (chair) from the Mississauga Food Bank; Ryan Noble (past chair) from North York Harvest; Peter Oram from Sollio Agriculture; Jyoti Saggar, a Senior Financial and Accounting Consultant; JoAnne Sytsma from the Brockville and Area Food Bank; and Wayne VanderWees from Freight Managers Inc.

We would like to acknowledge and thank all those who helped shape Feed Ontario’s strategic direction over the past few years as we say a fond farewell to June Muir UHC – Hub of Opportunities, Laura Wright from Visa Canada, Nitin Jaitly from (IN)Strategy, Peter Gould, and Andre Chow-Leong from Loblaw Companies Limited. We are ever grateful for your leadership and commitment to ending hunger and poverty in Ontario.

We are grateful for the leadership provided by Ryan Noble, Feed Ontario’s outgoing board chair. Ryan, who will remain on the board and continue to provide leadership to the important work being done, said “I’m so proud to have served as the Chair of the Feed Ontario Board for the past two years. I want to thank the dedication of my fellow board members and the Feed Ontario staff who have overcome so many challenges that this global pandemic crisis has presented. Ending hunger and poverty takes innovation, collaboration and the collective will of our organization, members, partners and policy makers.  I am committed to a smooth transition of our board’s Executive Committee and look forward to continuing to serve the board and organization as we continue to work towards ending food insecurity and hunger in Ontario.”

In 2022, Feed Ontario reaches 30 years of feeding communities. We are grateful for the dedication and proud to work with this amazing group of individuals as we recognize the incredible achievements of Ontario’s food bank network while continuing to work to end hunger and poverty.