Staff

Ashley Thompson

COMMUNITY FOOD ANIMATOR

Staff Member

Ashley Thompson is a proud Edmontonian, passionate about food, community and sustainability. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Anthropology and holds a Certificate in Community Service Learning. Ashley is also a Master Gardener and Master Composter-Recycler. She has worked in various capacities with non-profit organizations, farmers’ markets, community gardens, and local agriculture movements, emphasizing education and advocacy for Good Food. As the Community Food Animator with Food4Good, Ashley coordinates food security projects in west end neighbourhoods and helps increase access to affordable, fresh foods for those living with low-income. Otherwise, you can find her playing with her worm compost, tinkering with the backyard chicken coop, or cooking dinner for friends.


 

Food4Good Steering Committee

The Food4Good Steering Committee is the group of individuals that guides Food4Good.

Jennifer Clary

F4G STEERING COMMITTEE CHAIR

Edmonton West Primary Care Network

I have been involved with Food4Good since 2015 as a team member. I was drawn to Food4Good because of the grassroots nature of the work they were doing in the community. I am also a registered dietitian working with the Edmonton West Primary Care Network and facilitated a formal partnership between Food4Good and the Edmonton West Primary Care Network beginning in 2016.  I recognize how difficult it is for people to adopt the healthy diet that their healthcare providers are recommending. When pop is cheaper than milk, when corner stores and fast food restaurants are more prevalent than grocery stores and markets, it is easy to see why so many, especially those with low incomes, struggle to eat well and stay healthy. When I see patients, I understand that what I am asking them to do is hard. Food4Good helps to make it easier. That is what drives me to help Food4Good grow into an established part of Edmonton’s food system and create the opportunity for everyone to eat food that keeps them healthy and vibrant.


 

Randy Niederhaus

F4G STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Community Representative

Randy Niederhaus has been a member of the team for about a year now. Food4Good has intensified his views about food security and nutritious meals. Randy worked with Edmonton's Food Bank for the past nine years and sees the need to give support to all communities and find new ways to get real food to people that need it. He is also an advocate of growing local food, as freshness matters. In the last five years Randy has chaired community gardens in his neighbourhood and has been an active member in the Edmonton Organic Grower's Guild. Food4Good's produce markets are a great source of providing fruits and vegetables to people that want nutritious food but cannot afford it. Collective community kitchens also show people how to use real ingredients to prepare low cost meals that are tasty and nutritious. Central to these programs is each community bringing a sense of cooperation and involvement, and knowing and helping your neighbour.


 

Murray Soroka

F4G STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Jasper Place Wellness Center

Murray Soroka is the Executive Director of the Jasper Place Wellness Centre, and has lived in west Edmonton for the majority of his life. Passionate about food, Murray has a background in the food service industry where he owned and operated many businesses. When he isn't working you can find Murray taking care of his garden, giving cooking lessons to his grandchildren, or sneaking fresh vegetables to the family dog. Murray believes in the strength of his community, and is excited to see Food4Good continue to build resiliency into West Edmonton.


 

Elizabeth Smythe

F4G STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Trinity United Church

Elizabeth Smythe is a long-time resident of Edmonton and has been active for the past decade on local food issues.  She was part of a group at Trinity United Church led by Debbie Hubbard working  in the west end with communities on local food and food security issues. This led to the founding of the Westend Food Hub Alliance in 2013 along with three other community partners and the support of the Edmonton Community Foundation. She is the Trinity United Church representative to Food4Good. In her day job she is a Professor of Political Science at Concordia University of Edmonton. Aside from her food activism, she has also been involved in research on food labelling, food standards and international trade issues involving food.  She enjoys cooking, shopping at the farmer’s market on 104 Street and hanging out with her cat Niki.


 

Eugene Ulmer

F4G STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Hosanna Lutheran Church 

Eugene Ulmer is a retired recreation therapist who coordinated the horticulture therapy program at Glenrose Hospital for many years. He has been a member of Food4Good since it's beginning and is coordinating Hosanna Lutheran Church's community garden. Eugene has been gardening for over 30 years and often grows a huge tomato crop that becomes salsa, soup and tomato sauce in the fall.


 

Wendy Bit

F4G STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER  

Community Representative

Wendy was born and raised in the west end of Edmonton. She has been living in the Meadowlark Community for 20 years with her husband and 4 daughters.  Wendy is passionate about raising awareness about Food Justice. This includes Environment, Social and Economic Justice for Food Sovereignty through community involvement.  She helps lead, participates and engages in: Food Documentary Nights, Food Workshops and Community Kitchens, Community Gardening and Urban Food Forests, Composting and Food Waste Awareness, CSA's, Community Food Markets and the Local Food Economy.


 

Alma Duran

F4G STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Annunciation Catholic Church

Alma Duran is a representative of Annunciation Catholic Parish community. She is new to growing vegetables in her backyard since she has changed her eating choices to include more healthy food. This is Alma’s second growing  year and her vegetable garden area is bigger than last year. She believes in Food4Good’s projects since everybody has the right to be educated about and have access to fresh food.