It seems like just yesterday when we had our Annual General Meeting and we were celebrating the many accomplishments of the previous year, especially those of the youth in our community.  You may recall that when I spoke as the new Chair of the Board of Directors, I mentioned that PFC would be embarking on strategic planning to provide us with a vision to take us to the years 2021/22.  After a busy summer, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on the progress. 

We have hired a consultant to help us with this project – Urooj Qureshi.  Urooj is the Founder of Designed Centred Company and came to us recommended by CSED (Centre for Social Enterprise Development).  Some of you may have met him either at PFC or at our annual Bar-B-Que. He is working with our Strategic Planning Committee, which is comprised of Christine Earnshaw and myself from our Board of Directors, and Karen Secord, Alissa Campbell and Meagan McVeigh from the PFC staff.  

We started out in early June with a combined Board and Staff Retreat to talk about our goals and objectives and to put on paper all our ideas of where we see ourselves in three years from now. It was a busy day and we all came away filled with excitement around how we see PFC transforming and growing to meet the needs of our neighbours and growing community.  

More recently Urooj has held Focus Groups with our neighbours and volunteers, and is now interviewing many of our community partners to capture their input and to ensure that we have a broad set of opinions to consider as we develop  our Strategic Plan and Vision. After these sessions are complete we will regroup as a Committee to begin to put pen to paper.  

Strategic Planning is more than “wish lists”, it means that we (the PFC Board and Staff) will need to make choices and establish priorities.  We need to be open to new ideas and concepts, and be inclusive to our partners, community, city, volunteers and most importantly our neighbours.  Our new Strategic Plan will give us the opportunity to create a shared vision for the future of Parkdale Food Centre.  

We anticipate finishing the Strategic Plan and an Implementation Plan by the late fall.  This is an ambitious schedule but we are all committed to moving forward quickly so that all of you in the PFC Community can see our Vision and be part of our Strategic Plan and transformation.  

Should any of you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at deb@parkdalefoodcentre.org

Kind regards, 

Deb 

Chair Parkdale Food Centre,

   Board of Directors

We’re planning the next three years!

Strategic planning for the next three years at Parkdale Food Centre is underway! We are excited to be working with Design Centred Co. to create a vision and strategic direction that align with our values and our community needs. We are asking big questions about our role in the community and what the future holds. How we can be our best possible self? How can we contribute to our community in a way that honours our values of inclusiveness, participation, leadership, health and innovation? An important step in this process of strategic reflection is engaging our community and listening. Your thoughts are needed, valuable and welcome.

We will be engaging our stakeholders in numerous ways, one of which is the survey below. If you are connected to us in any way at all, please share your thoughts with us by answering the questions below. This survey should take 20-25 minutes, and your responses are completely anonymous.

Introducing…..our newest team members!

Tamara’s passion for food was ignited when she was given her first cookbook on her 10th birthday. She has been making people smile with her food ever since. She loves baking with sourdough, growing vegetables and creating vegan versions of her family’s favourite dishes. She comes to Parkdale Food Centre after years of cooking in restaurants and cafes around Ottawa. She is working as Coordinator for Thirteen: A Social Enterprise and is excited to be working towards community empowerment through food.

 

 

 

Karin Freeman is a new resident of Ottawa who came to the Parkdale Food Centre looking to build new community in a meaningful way. She is very excited to be filling in for Elle this summer as the Growing Futures Coordinator! She will help lead Solutionary Workshops in schools to engage students in solving big community problems around Food Justice. As a new, small-scale, organic farmer she believes in the positive impact of exposing people to good food and the value of sharing meals and conversations with others. Don’t be surprised if she has a little dirt under her fingernails from time-to-time!

We’re Hiring! DEADLINE EXTENDED: Sunday May 12th

We are recruiting a social justice-oriented candidate to play a lead role in a 14 month project to support transformative changes and build capacity of members of the Ottawa Community Food Partnership. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in food security issues and is at ease developing and supporting relationships across a number of stakeholder groups. The Coordinator will work both independently and in collaboration with our team, helping to drive multi-faceted projects forward. The position will be based out of the Parkdale Food Centre location with frequent travel and work at other sites throughout the network.

Responsibilities include

    • Coordinating internal communications within the partnership to ensure members are informed of member news, programming, challenges, and desired training/support.
    • Ensuring grant management and reporting occurs in a timely fashion
    • Reviewing and directing communications activities relating to the partnership
    • Ensure the deliverables of active grants are met; including:
      • Coordinating collaborative training opportunities;
      • Creating tools for collective advocacy work;
      • Identifying tools and facilitating partnerships for donations of fresh food;
      • Increasing fundraising capacity and donor communication tools; 
      • Developing partnerships to support gleaning
    • Supporting members in:
      • Developing Good Food Policies
      • Procuring infrastructure for perishable foods and processing
      • Integrating more demos/workshops/gardens

Qualifications

  • Experience in community-based/non-profit organizations with direct experience planning or coordinating program operations.
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop a network with multiple partners;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of online tools to support learning, community-building, and mobilization.
  • Keen attention to detail and strong organizational abilities.
  • Leadership and initiative, tact, diplomacy, and creativity.
  • Strong interest in community food security
  • Strong coalition-building and facilitation skills
  • A flexible and collaborative spirit
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • G Class Drivers License and use of personal vehicle

This position is part-time (21 hours per week) compensated at an annual salary range of $40,000 – $44,000 pro-rated.

To apply please send your CV and Cover Letter to Alissa Campbell at alissa@parkdalefoodcentre.org. In your cover letter, be sure to tell us your professional goals and share with us your approach to facilitating organizational change.  The deadline to apply in Sunday May 12th