Krystle is our Executive Director and one of the co-founders of the Squamish Food Policy Council. She began working on food initiatives with the Squamish CAN (Climate Action Network) in 2009, which included establishing the Squamish Food Charter and development of over a dozen grassroots food initiatives including: Community Gardens, School Gardens and a Farm, and the Food Education Workshops, etc. Krystle has works directly with community partners to advance food system policies with the Squamish and Sea-to Sky communities. Krystle has almost 20 years of experience leading non-profits and is highly skilled in program management implementation, fund development and operational leadership. She is committed to unlearning and relearning ways of thinking in efforts to understand and challenge the colonial systems that surround us. She is a committed member of the BC Food Security Gateway Community of Practice. When not working, Krystle enjoys doing pottery in her home studio (@theunofficialpotter) and loves exploring new places by means of rock climbing, hiking and paddle boarding with her husband, Scott. She also enjoys growing food, relaxing with her cats, spending time with people, travelling, and listening to podcasts.
School Farm Manager
Constance joined the Squamish Food Policy Council as co-chair in February 2019. She has been engaged with food and sustainability initiatives since 2009, building a vegetable garden at her high school, starting an Environmental Club and garden at University, ecological farming, and volunteering with, then managing, the North Saanich Farmers Market. In spring of 2019 she began managing Mamquam Edible Schoolyard (MESY) where she gardens with the students every week. You can find Constance now Managing the school farm in Squamish. Constance is continually inspired by the vibrant community drawn together by food and agriculture initiatives, and all the opportunities it provides for learning, collaboration, and enjoying time spent with others over a good meal. She loves spending time on her family's farm on Vancouver Island, hiking with her dog Salal, and exploring places by bicycle with her partner Cameron, always on the lookout for urban agriculture, rooftop gardens, markets and food sustainable food initiatives.
Food Systems Manager
Gaby joined the Squamish CAN team in 2020, where she contributes to grant writing and is supporting ongoing food systems projects in the Sea to Sky Corridor, including leading the Good Food Program. Gaby is passionate about creating sustainable communities and believes that creating a thriving local food system is one of the most important and rewarding actions we can take. Gaby holds a MEd in Sustainability, and a BA in Environmental Studies and Poli Sci. She has worn many different hats in the sustainability field including: contributions to food systems, active and safe routes to school, community planning, and climate-change education. Some of Gaby's favourite things involve food - from growing in her garden, parading the farmers market, dining out, and cooking a good meal amongst friends and family, she is happiest when food is on the table. Gaby enjoys finding movement through biking, hiking, and yoga in the coastal rainforest and in her hometowns' Rocky Mountains. In 2020 Gaby and her partner Fraser welcomed their daughter into this world, accompanied by their four legged friend Rosa.
Food Systems Coordinator
Gabriela joined the Squamish Food Policy Council team in 2021. She supports new and ongoing Food Systems projects, such as managing the edible schoolyard program at Valleycliffe Elementary, maintaining the community gardens, developing a virtual regional Farm Hub on the Sea to Sky, and helping to build a school farm in downtown Squamish. Gabriela believes in the importance of both top-down policy development and bottom-up place-based grassroots efforts to tackle climate change, especially in the food systems sphere. She holds a Masters' degree in Climate Change and a Bachelor degree in Environmental Science and is passionate about using both academic and experiential learnings to support the SFPC in its goal of strengthening an inclusive local food system. Gabriela is also a painter and enjoys rock climbing, hiking, reading, and cooking in her free time.
Past contributing team members:
- Michalina Hunter
- Ariel Leger
- Andrea Aylesworth