Our Staff

The Parkdale Food Centre has expanded so much that it would not be possible to do what we do with out our dedicated staff.

Karen Secord, ManagerKaren Secord

Karen landed on the doorstep of the Parkdale Food Centre in October 2012 without any real understanding of the work ahead of her. A lifelong storyteller, Karen believes that change happens one person at a time, one story at a time. And that good food has the universal power to bring people together. Karen’s passion for people and commitment to social justice intersect at the Parkdale Food Centre, reminding her that this is what she has always been meant to do.

Sarah Stewart, Co-Kitchen Manager

Sarah started volunteering in the kitchen at our old location on Stonehurst. Today, she makes delicious and simple meals that in often introduce new foods in creative ways, especially in our weekly cooking classes and drop in lunches.

Sarah also has a background in the creative arts, teaching and business. This past year she developed and spearheaded the social enterprise project 13 Muesli. They have been nothing but successful, and wouldn’t be where they are today without her continued dedication.

Alissa Campbell, Coordinator

Alissa has been following her love for food from her days in the family vegetable garden as a child all the way to the Parkdale Food Centre. Along the way she has immersed herself in organic farming and spearheaded the growth of school gardens across the city. With a background in Environmental Studies and Food Policy, she is deeply committed to contributing to a stronger, healthier, more sustainable food system, and to bringing people together around the table.

Sue Hall, Growing Futures Project Lead

Sue has been with the PFC since 2012. Sue was key in implementing our crockpot workshops and the Food of the Month. However, the most important is making friends with our clients, listening to their stories and educating them on the power of food, good nutrition and ways to implement changes even when on a tight food budget. Sue graduated from the Canadian SchoolofNatural Nutrition as a RHN, Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Her well rounded holistic views of nutrition and health became the foundation for her own business and she has been in private practice since 2003. Sue truly believes that leading a healthier lifestyle really can change lives. When you meet Sue you will discover how passionate she really is about helping others discover the power within them to take control of their own health.

Simon, Co-Kitchen Manager

Simon has spent 15 years working in kitchens in Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Paris and Taipei. He was sous-chef to Gold Medal plates regional and national winner Jamie Stunt, and was the head chef of the critically acclaimed Oz Kafe. Simon has spent the last two years as a consultant and cooking instructor. He has deep ties to the restaurant community as well as the local agriculture sector and has also represented Korea numerous times as a food ambassador at the travel and tourism show.