Alison Colwell is the manager of the Galiano Community Food Program, regularly teaching cooking and preserving classes, leading the “Soup for Seniors” program, and organizing many of the popular community events, such as Nettlefest, Winter Solstice and the Community Picnic. Her duties include meal planning (for events that feed hundreds of people), volunteer co-ordination, kitchen management. She has taken classes with Fresh Choice Kitchens – on community kitchen leadership, with Volunteer Victoria on Non Profit Leadership and Volunteer management and Food Safe training.
Before working for the Food Program, Alison was the owner of the Blackberry Patch Kitchen, a popular island bakery, is the author of five cookbooks and operates her own business “Alison’s Kitchen”, catering and baking for the local Saturday Market.
Emma Davis is part-time coordinator at the Galiano Food Program. She manages the popular Gleaning program, the Garlic co-op, and regularly organizes workshops and activities like the annual Stock-up Market. Emma’s background is in event coordination and non-profit administration. She served on the Food Program’s inaugural Steering Committee, as well as on the Board of Urban Sprouts, which cultivates school gardens in San Francisco’s under-served neighbourhoods. In 2011 she completed the Gardening and Composting Educator Training Course at San Francisco’s Garden for the Environment, including an internship at Little City Gardens, and she hasn’t put her broadfork down since!
Brahmi Benner is the newest Food Program Coordinator and her role is to teach the school kids in the School garden.
Barry New is part time coordinator at the Galiano Food Program in charge of managing the community greenhouse. Barry grew up in Richmond but has been a visitor to Galiano from his earliest memories. His careers included 10 yrs Commis Chef, 10 yrs Gift Store Owner, 5 yrs founding and managing a Recycling Non-Profit. Full time on Galiano since 2008: Now doing Landscaping/Market Gardening. He is keen in all aspects of organic gardening especially Composting, Seed Saving and Tree Pruning. His work also includes supporting the Saturday Market and various volunteer positions with Island organisations.