What do you do at the Toronto Vegetarian Association?
As TVA’s Executive Director, I work with our volunteer board of directors to set strategic priorities for the Toronto Vegetarian Association. And I work with staff to implement those strategies to achieve our mission – to inspire people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating.
How did you become interested in vegetarianism?
One of my friends invited me to see a presentation on factory farming, which really opened my eyes about animal issues. I decided that I didn’t want individual animals to suffer just for my convenience. So I sent away for a vegetarian starter kit and haven’t looked back!
What do you like most about working for TVA?
Working with amazing volunteers and dedicated staff! I got involved with TVA very soon after becoming veg. The people I met and events I attended helped me learn how to cook delicious, healthy plant-based meals and where to find the best veg food in the city. And there’s nothing quite like the positive energy that comes from helping organize North America’s largest Veg Food Fest.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Recently, I’ve had a lot of poems published in poetry journals and magazines and I’ve written two short poetry chapbooks, one of which is all about chickens!
What is your favourite healthy meal or snack?
I love everything in Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero. Terry’s classic caesar and the smokehouse chickpeas ‘n greens recipes are very yummy! I’m also fond of mangos, avocados, and tofu.
What is your favourite indulgence food?
Vegan sausages! My favourite right now is the Smoked Apple Sage flavour from Field Roast.
The Veg Food Fest is coming up September 9-11… is there something you’re especially looking forward to?
We have a lot of fun stuff in the works that’s still to be announced! I’m excited that Taymer Mason (Caribbean Vegan) is coming back as a cooking demo presenter. Taymer is a talented chef who makes very tasty food. You do not want to miss her demo!