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Board of Directors

Kelsey Carriere


Kelsey holds a Master of Urban Planning, Sustainability Planning and Urban Design from the University of Toronto, as well as a BSc of Environmental Studies in Environmental Planning from York University and the University of Toronto.

Kelsey has 4 years as Research and Policy Coordinator and Researcher, Facilitator & Design Lead at Food Systems Lab.Kelsey is presently Senior Project Manager at Park People in Toronto.She has entrepreneurial experience in both food and creative industries, as well as being a committed volunteer in theatre.She is a Beach Community Energy Cooperative board, Design and Communications Committees member and President and founding board member of Glassworks Co-op.

Juneeja Varghese


Juneeja currently works as the Manager of Neighbourhoods at United Way Greater Toronto, supporting place-based strategies and empowerment of local communities to collectively lead and build strong neighbourhoods through addressing local issues such as food insecurity, lack of economic opportunities and need for strong local infrastructure. She has previously managed several community-based projects through North York Harvest Food Bank, Malvern Action for Neighbourhood Change and Black Creek Community Farm, including running a short-term social enterprise in Malvern. She has also worked with resident groups to coordinate advocacy campaigns as well as to manage community gardens, food markets, community festivals in neighbourhood parks. Her passion for mobilization of grassroots work and leveraging collective action towards building inclusive and resilient communities, has led her to support a number of grassroots groups including leading the strategic planning work of Sprout, a local placemaking organization that connects non-profits to urban design expertise. Juneeja is also currently on the Board of Newcomer Women's Services Toronto, having served as the Governance Committee Chair and on the Executive Committee, supporting its mission to ensure newcomer women and their families have a safe and supportive space to thrive and reach their full potential. She has previously sat on the Toronto Food Policy Council, Food Secure Canada Youth Caucus, Meal Exchange's Real Food Challenge Advisory Group and currently sits on the Peel Food Action Council as well as the emergency food access tables alongside municipal and regional governments.

Yunjo Lee


Yunjo is a M.B.A Candidate from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.She has extensive professional and volunteer experiences with non-profit organizations and provides advice on effective business strategies for Thorncliffe Park. She is passionate about equity issues and have been actively involved in volunteering and outreach activities over many years. At St. Michael’s Hospital she is currently co-leading a science outreach program targeting young girls and the youth from neighbourhood development areas such as Regent Park in partnership with Pathways to Education as well as industry partners.


In her current and previous positions at two large hospitals in Toronto, she has managed a number of projects, teams and budget. Currently she is completing an MBA part time at the Rotman School of Management.She participated in Global Consulting Project for DKT International in Brazil, a social enterprise that is involved in family planning products, and with her team, she  co-developed social marketing strategies for DTK Brazil.

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