Summer at TVA means busy days prepping for the Veg Food Fest and outreach events, tripping over boxes of books and last but not least, two new staff people each and every year who join our team as the Festival and Events Assistant and Veg Directory Assistant. This summer, while our Executive Director David Alexander takes some time off to spend with his new daughter Sadie, we also have a new interim General Manager, Lucas Solowey and a new Veg Food Fest coordinator.

Before the summer flashes by before our eyes, here’s a chance to get to know a few of the TVA folks a bit better.

Kara Webb – Festival & Events Assistant

Coffee or tea?

I grew up a tea person, but I have also always liked coffee. But since moving to Canada, coffee culture has taken over my tastes and I now probably drink too much coffee and only have a ‘normal tea’ (black tea with milk), maybe once or twice a week.

Dog or cat?

This is TOO hard. As with coffee v tea, I used to consider myself one way inclined (cats) and am now completely obsessed with the other, dogs dogs dogs! Really I have come to see dogs as a complete embodiment of joy and find it increasingly hard to understand people who don’t love dogs.

Sweet or savoury?

I just love food! Probably sweet though, just as long as it’s something deliciously chocolate based! In the immortal words of my big brother “If it’s not chocolate it’s not worth the calories.”

Secret quirk:

I do have a quite definitively favorite toe, the baby toe on my left foot. I’m not sure what it is about this toe, maybe just because it seems so ridiculously small and odd. I also consider myself to be very good a lighting camp fires, even in the rain.

kara, barbi and lucasLucas Solowey – Interim General Manager

Coffee or tea?

Tea. I’m actually allergic to coffee!

Dog or cat?

I’m a dog person! I love how sweet, playful and loyal they are.

Sweet or savoury?

Ideally a bit of both (vegan chicken and waffles). If I had to choose, savoury!

Barbi Lazarus – Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator

I’m not new around here but I do love to talk about food and animals!

Coffee or tea?

Tea all the way. **Thanks Lisa Pitman, Anna Wyse and Jenny and Peter McQueen for always keeping a kettle close by!

Dog or cat?

No favourites here. I need both in my life!

Sweet or savoury?

Sweet. Have you seen my posts about breakfast and granola?

Secret quirk:

This is not exactly a secret but I’ve held a longtime fascination with cacti, so much so that I even had a co-authored article about the population demographics of cacti worldwide published in an academic journal while doing my undergrad!