Project Description

I like lichen because it’s a great example of symbiosis, an association between a fungus with an alga.

My Place

I am a long-time resident of Jane-Finch Community and mother of two children who has been a leading social activist work in the Jane-Finch area of Toronto and across the City of Toronto for the past 12 years. As a community resident and organizer, I have been instrumental in the development and formation of a number of prominent community groups and initiatives including Jane Finch On The Move, Jane Finch Action Against Poverty, Jane Finch Political Conversation Café, Black Creek Food Justice Network, Mothers-In-Motion and so on and so forth. I have also worked as a Community Development Worker with Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre for many years.

My passion with food

In my capacity as a program worker, then a program manager and now the director of the Black Creek Community Farm, I engage residents, allies and other stake holders in struggles for community improvement and social and economic justice including the realization of food security and food Justice in Jane-Finch. I have helped facilitate the formation of Black Creek Food Justice Network, Black Creek Community Farm Resident Council and have managed to bring together a wide range of allies and supporters together to work for the enhancement of the community farm and the non-profit urban food development in one of Toronto’s most excluded and disadvantaged communities.

I am a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council. I am also vice-chair to USC Canada and currently a part-time instructor with George Brown College. I received the Canada Community Food Hero Award from the Arrell Institute. 

My Perspective on food sovereignty
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My participation in the Legacies project
I am connected to the Legacies Project as a

Links to videos and photo essays


Black Creek Community Farm

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Food Justice and Urban Agriculture

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