The staff has the responsibility of running the day-to-day operations and ensuring that the directives and priorities identified by our members are undertaken in a meaningful way. Our team represents a mix of part-time and full-time staff with different backgrounds, ages and interests.
Everyone is a gift – first of our 9 core principles of engagement – and possess a profound desire to work towards social change in meaningful ways. Many of us started as volunteers here at the Roulant!
Photos by: Alex Tran
Volunteer Program Coordinator
I first got involved as a meals-on-wheels volunteer in the Fall of 2003 and quickly became enamored with the community atmosphere and the various opportunities to contribute to the organization. Returning to Montreal following some time away and completing a degree in social work, I jumped at the opportunity to work as the volunteer coordinator, helping others to discover the same experience I myself enjoyed years ago.
Brooke van Mossel-Forrester
Partner Engagement Coordinator
Having worked for years with international non-profits, I’m really excited to contribute to an organization that has an impact on my very own community here in Montreal. As a mother, a food-lover, an environmentalist, and an artist, I strive to help people make more informed food choices through communications, and to help strengthen our local food systems for generations to come. Santropol Roulant is at the heart of this, and it’s an honour to be a part of this dream team.
Social Entrepreneurship Intern
Newly arrived in Canada from France, I am passionate about social entrepreneurship, solidarity and citizenship-based initiatives and all the different ways to seed projects serving our communities. During my studies in social sciences, I was given the opportunity to spend a year abroad and Montreal seemed to me the only possible destination due to its numerous socially innovative projects such as the Roulant. I am eager to meet all the members of this beautiful community and to contribute to this inspiring project!
A few years ago, when the Roulant was located on St-Urbain, there was a little second-hand clothing department, and that was my first contact with the Roulant. I thought that the intergenerational meals-on-wheels concept was totally amazing, so I immediately signed up to become a volunteer. I did translation as a volunteer for a few years before becoming a member of the team as accountant. When I was a kid, we had a huge garden in the backyard, and growing up I realized how important it had been in my life. It makes me happy that the Roulant helps to bring a bit of garden to people’s lives. It feels really good to be able to contribute to something that has so many positive impacts on so many people!
I’ve always had a great appreciation for food and agriculture, fundamental source of life and culture. My education and work experience on many diversified farms and afterwards as an agronomist have brought me to view agriculture as an agroecosystem and the social relationships that it creates and maintains.
I first learnt about the farm project when it was in its initial years. I was struck by the buzz around the organisation and its ability to gather people of all ages around food and agriculture. The satisfaction of a long day of farm work, the attachment to land and the chance to share this passion with the Roulant’s community is a real source of joy! Hope to see you in the fields!
Director of Human Resources and Operations
Originally from British Columbia, I was drawn to Montreal to explore its culture and renowned collectivism, and I got more than I was bargaining for! Having worked in social and environmental justice for the past few years in and around Concordia University, I grew fond of non-profit work because it so often centers on people, both in the communities we serve, and in providing a place for staff and volunteers to learn and to grow together. The Roulant inspired me because our mission aligns with my own values. How cool is intergenerational community? My professional aspirations focus on bringing strong HR practice to the Roulant while preserving the incredible organizational culture that thrives here.
Coordinator of the Meals-on-Wheels Client Community
During the many years that I have spent working with the elderly, I have had the immense pleasure to meet inspiring people who, like the wonderful family of the Roulant, keep the values of community work and social justice close to their heart. It is a daily blessing to have the opportunity to continue my engagement and to be a part of an organisation where food, it’s collective production but above all the creation of deeply human relations have the power to change the world…one meal at a time!
When I moved to Montreal, I couldn’t have imagined all the beautiful opportunities I would find here. The Roulant’s vibrant community has captivated me from the start. I’ve played many roles and worn many hats (both literal and figurative), I’ve cut vegetables and delivered meals as a volunteer; I’ve made pickles and grown vegetables as an intern. I feel so grateful and blessed to apply cooking experience to such a stellar initiative and to work towards building a strong, local food system. When I’m not ensuring the production of 100 meals-on-wheels a day, five days a week, you might find me juggling in a park, or singing on a stage, or balancing and folding in a yoga studio. Montreal has been a place where I’ve developed my multi-faceted self.
Peri-Urban Farming Intern
For me, food is similar to art – it has the power to gather, inspire and transform people. My wish is to channel my efforts producing food in a way that is respectful and nurturing to the ecosystems that enable us to grow vegetables, as well as the people who consume it. The warm, creative and loving individuals that make up the Roulant’s team are what makes this work the best.
When I arrived in Montreal in 2010, the Roulant was one of my first points of contact in the city. It was and still is for me a wonderful place where community meets food. As an avid gardener, beekeeper, cook and DIYer, I feel I have really found my place here within the Roulant community. Food and people are two of my biggest passions and I am so excited about the opportunity to bring them together through community kitchen activities for Roulant clients, volunteers and other community members. Come join me in the kitchen and share you recipes, kitchen tips and ideas for how we can use our great kitchen space!
Transitions and Growth Director
I am a Montrealer madly in love with my hometown! During and after my studies, I participated in several humanitarian projects abroad and realized that I wanted to take an active role in the Montreal community upon my return. I am passionate about people, human relations, nature, and food; I’ve been a bike lover since my first BMX and member of a collective garden in the Rosemont neighbourhood for the last few years. Santropol Roulant works with all these themes and more and I feel privileged to be a part of it. I spent three wonderful years as the Clients-Relations Coordinator, having amazing conversations with clients and getting to the know the incredible volunteers who make the meals-on-wheels program possible. Since the summer of 2011, I’ve had the pleasure of becoming Santropol Roulant’s new Meals-on-Wheels Director, overseeing the MoW program and maximizing its positive impact in the community.
Volunteer Program Intern
I was raised in a culture where people like to grow their own vegetables and prepare big meals to share with neighbours and friends. A memory I carry with me from back home is gatherings with friends and family on a balcony, enjoying a nice meal on a summer evening. I’m so grateful to have found a place like the Roulant, that connects and brings people together through food. A welcoming place that makes you feel as if you found a second home. I’m looking forward to being part of an organization that is so deeply committed to food security and social inclusion. I look forward to working closely with and getting to know the beautiful community that surrounds the Roulant.
Urban Agriculture Manager
Since starting my first collective garden over 8 years ago, I have fallen in love with urban agriculture for the many ways it allows us to reconnect to the earth even in the middle of a city. So in every place I’ve been, I’ve sown many small gardens as a volunteer. I then added beehives, which closer reflect the reality of agriculture and food autonomy. Upon finishing my Bachelor’s degree in biology in December 2017, I sought out a work environment where I could finally share this passion – and what luck. I’m happy lead the urban agriculture program connected to three urban gardens, and am excited to give our community a chance to put their hands in the soil. I want to continue to grow this beautiful agro-ecosystem that is Santropol Roulant and to expand seeds everywhere with this powerful tool that is popular education!
Client Management Intern
As a longtime Plateau resident, the Santropol Roulant has always been on my radar as a landmark that represents the creative, community-oriented values that make this neighbourhood so great. When the opportunity came up for doing my final field placement at Santropol Roulant, as part of my Bachelor’s of Social Work at McGill, I jumped at the chance. My focus in my social work studies has been in social gerontology and intergenerational initiatives, but I also have a lot of previous experiences in various forms of activism and environmentalism, and therefore the Roulant was a very intriguing endeavour. In my short time so far at the Roulant I have learned how special and unique this organization is. This is because it is supported by its amazing team of dedicated, dynamic, conscientious, and ambitious staff; its commitment to the core social values that have upheld its integrity; and the invaluable gifts of benevolence that flourish among the volunteers and the clients.
As a yoga educator and personal coach-in-training, I have witnessed the power of food and community when it comes to facilitating people’s healing and empowering them to reach their full potential. I first discovered the Roulant by participating in a cooking workshop and was deeply inspired by the organization’s vibrancy and commitment to creating a nourished and tight-knit community. I am very excited to help keep everyone informed about our activities and to broaden the Roulant’s reach through communications!
Market and Food Accessibility Coordinator
I first learned of the Roulant during a group volunteering session in 2012 and have loved it ever since. I’ve volunteered mostly on meal deliveries until joining the Fruits défendus collective in 2015, which I continue to be a part of. These two opportunities gave me a way to learn about the challenges of food security and at the same time help to make a difference. In coordinating the market, I am excited to take on the challenge of making local, organic food accessible to people across Montreal and supporting our local producers.
IT Systems Admin
Being the tall shoot on the staff team, and with my European accent, I’m easy to pick out in a crowd. In pursuit of cross-pollination, I buzzed my way throughout a few cities before settling down in Montreal, a place that grabbed me by the heart strings some time ago. Whereas at the Roulant some cultivate recipes in the kitchen or vegetables in the garden, my role centers around the faces of the Roulant and the various cogs and gears that turn in the background. I’m happy as a worker bee in the community hive that is the Roulant, and if the Roulant were a vegetable, I’d eat it at every meal! I especially love community initiatives, urban chickens, seniors and hugs… and of course, above all else, I love the Roulant (have I mentioned that already? no? yes? yes!), a place that allows us to add new feathers to our hat each and every day.
Communications Coordinator – Maternity leave
Working at the Roulant is sort of a dream job for me. When I first started volunteering here a few years ago it was for a university project. I wanted to know, why do people volunteer & what makes this place so special? In a way I am still figuring it out everyday. I am proud to work closely with all types of volunteers and I am constantly amazed by the energy that they bring!
I come from le Centre-du-Québec where I studied organic agriculture at CEGEP. Even if my favorite vegetable is the turnip, I am excited to bring some new surprise crops to the farm that were not cultivated last year. I’m pleased to teach you about vegetables you don’t know yet. Come visit me this summer at the weekly market!
Food Preservation Intern
Despite choosing the coldest February day for my first delivery shift (numb toes, fingers, ears, and nose), I fell in love with the Roulant. Somehow this quirky space full of interesting faces put me immediately at ease. Since then I have been involved in the kitchen, on the farm, in the urban gardens and in intergenerational events, in order to better understand what makes this colourful building on Roy so special. This fall come find me in the kitchen, in the office, and at the market stall. I’m looking forward to meeting you!
Social Entrepreneurship Kitchen Co-Manager
Born in Montreal, I discovered the power of diversity in our communities very early on. From my Italian grandparents with their modest backyard garden, I learned to enjoy the pleasure of good food and good people around the dinner table. After graduating with a hospitality degree in 2014, I spent 6 months in France and then returned to Montreal to lead the opening of a new bakery and catering business. Although I loved the experience, something was missing. Social entrepreneurship is what brought me to Santropol Roulant. I am thrilled to work alongside a dedicated and inspiring team on a mission to bring people together through food. Our volunteers also never cease to amaze me with their commitment and enthusiasm for the work we do.
Director of Fundraising and Financial Vibrancy
I love Montreal and also love community-based initiatives that focus on reducing inequality. I knew that this was my calling. My background is in social justice and community, so the Roulant is a space where I can mix my experience, skills, and creativity into my work every day. Here I get to build relationships with funders, donors and other community members to show them why the work we do has a meaningful impact on our community. I’m also excited to plan really cool events that you should definitely attend!
IT Systems Admin