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, Sandrine Corbeil, Catherine Johnston and JF Veilleux
The Roulant’s agriculture program aims to build a food system that is healthy, just, and sustainable. Our agriculture projects are designed to support local and organic agriculture while ensuring that the fruits of our labours remain accessible to all regardless of socio-economic status, level of mobility, or degree of autonomy.
While I grew up in Québec, I fell in love with organic gardening in British Columbia. In 2015, I spent the summer learning about intensive small-scale agriculture. Following that summer, I came back to Québec to begin my studies in anthropology. Since then, I pursued my interest in gardening through urban agriculture projects in Montréal. Over the last three years, I learned about social movements and I worked in the non-profit sector. I strongly believe that social change began with bellies full of beautiful locally-grown organic produce. What I wish the most is to increase the number of veggies grown at the Roulant’s farm for those in need.
Urban Agriculture Program Manager
Originally from Mexico, I have lived in Tio’tia:ke (known as Montreal) since 2001. Growing up on a farm with two crafty parents, I had an attachment to land and art since I was a kid. Later, I got to get involved and fell in love with the food justice initiatives around the city, as well as work for various peri-urban farms. Joining the team at the Roulant is an awesome opportunity to put my heart in what I value and I can’t say how excited I am! After working on the Roulant farm in 2019, and then on the Meals on Wheels team, I’m stoked to now manage the Urban Agriculture program and pursue its mission of universal accessibility, education, and bringing people together around flowers and vegetables to feed bellies and hearts. See you soon!
Fields Production Coordinator – Out for the season
I grew up and discovered my love for farming in wonderful BC. I wanted to work in and contribute to a field essential to the community well-being on a basic and potentially transformative way. While working on other farms, I often felt that the lack of community engagement seemed like such a lost opportunity. After moving to Montreal in 2018, I was so happy to find work at the Ferme du Roulant, where what I found to be lacking elsewhere is a central pillar. While I’m not covered in dirt, I dedicate myself to the defence of B-list horror movies and banjo-inclusive music, petting cats, and making bad art.
Greenhouses Production Coordinator – Out for the season
After exploring and moving, I worked in the community sector and in youth intervention before landing at the Ferme du Roulant. This is where I was able to combine my passion for outdoor work, my desire to participate in a thriving community and my interest in the production (and consumption!) of quality food for and by all! In the swirling vortex of days on the farm, it is sometimes possible to see me: in the greenhouse entertaining the seedlings with varied and catchy rhythms; repairing and installing irrigation pipes; or in admiration in front of the fennel. Otherwise, apart from vegetables, I love cycling and collective independence from large food systems (among others!).
The fundraising team plans our main fundraising events, fundraising activities, manage our second floor rental, bring alive our sponsorship and corporate partnership strategy and more!
Fundraising Coordinator: Events, Systems and Partnerships
Having lived and worked the last ten years on Vancouver Island, I feel privileged to be making a new home on the unceded traditional lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal. I am excited to leverage my experience in the non-profit arts sector and my passion for facilitating powerful community partnerships and events — from the main stage to the fringes, to my own backyard — to contribute to the incredible work and reputation of Santropol Roulant. And I am eager to share the stories and values at the heart of our work to build vibrant partnerships in this growing community. Let’s connect.
Born and raised in the countryside, I have spent the last eleven years on the territory of Tiohtiá:ke unceded lands of the Kanien’kehá: ka community. Passionate by urban swarms and all kinds of community projects that emerge in this city, I’ve just finished a master degree in urban studies at INRS in which I worked with young Montrealers on their unique vision of the city and its daily life. My involvement at the Roulant started back in January 2016 as a volunteer for the meals on wheels program. During all these years, I’ve met dozens of incredible human beings overflowing with kindness, energy, sensibility and creativity. Today, participating actively in the organization management is a real honour and a dream challenge. Looking forward to exchanging and sharing wonderful moments with you!
Fundraising Admin Ninja
When I planted for the first time in 2011, I found myself drawn into the eco-landscape of the Peace Garden at Dawson College. I shifted my curiosity into rooftop gardening and quickly founded Campus Potager, an initiative that connects people with their food. I was inspired by how food comes to life and felt the need to share and offer the space to grow food with the community. I deepened my knowledge and love for nature after becoming a beekeeper. I continue to marvel at honeybees and the lessons they have to teach us about democracy, self-governance, community living and teamwork. In the summer of 2020 I co-managed a community farm, fostering connection between the people and our local food. I am a passionate person who strives for building strong communities and connecting to nature that surrounds us.
The kitchen team prepares, develops, and packages healthy nutritious meals every day for our Meals-on-Wheels clients with the help of volunteers.
Kitchen Programs Manager
Originally from the USA, and having lived in France as well as Italy before settling in Montréal, I strive to create direct links between my passions and my daily life. From a very young age food has always been a focal point for the way in which I view the world, permeating so many interactions with close ones and often offered as an invitation to new friends. It is through this lens that I’ve come to believe that food is one of the most powerful mediums through which we can create a community. Following my most recent studies in food ecology and sovereignty, I feel incredibly honoured to have the opportunity of joining the Santropol Roulant’s community — striving to make the world a better place through the diverse efforts in inclusive food security programs. This organization is an incredible reminder that we have the ability to join forces and do good.
I spend much of my free time researching, cooking and eating food. Cooking has been a way for me to connect with my culture and older generations of my family, unencumbered by language barriers. In my studies and through my love of gardening, I became interested in the relationships between food, land, history and identity. Much of my work experience has been in post-secondary and elementary education which has cemented my abilities and conviction in working towards community-led justice. I believe food is a powerful tool for community building and particularly in fostering intercultural and intergenerational relationships and healing. I am grateful to have found a workplace that shares my passion for food and community. I am interested in further exploring the relationship between food justice and racial justice and look forward to learning more in my work with the Roulant!
Originally from the U.K., I came to Quebec for the first time in 2017 to study at Laval University in Quebec City. I fell in love with ‘la Belle Province’ for the welcoming people, the beautiful language and the incredible winters (I felt like I was in Narnia the first winter I spent here!). In September 2019, I moved to Montreal to see what the city had to offer, and it did not disappoint! I have loved cooking for as long as I can remember and I can’t wait to use this passion to help increase food security by creating delicious, nutritious meals for people who need them. Santropol Roulant is doing such important work and I’m thrilled to be a part of it and to be able to serve my community here in Montreal. My other main passions are singing, playing the guitar, knitting, going hiking in Quebec’s awesome national parks and growing all kinds of delicious things in my improvised balcony garden.
Being raised in the city of Montreal, culture and human relations were always a big part of my life. From my studies in theatre and visual arts, to the kitchen, I like to think that everything is connected and each experience has forged my personality. I like to be where the action is, which ended up bringing me to discover new places, meet extraordinary people and learn more about life elsewhere. However, I felt the need to come back home, to Quebec, to learn more about the territory and its own richness. It is of a real importance for me to work with local products and I believe we have a lot to discover in our forests and our rivers. My studies in gastronomy at ITHQ brought me techniques and knowledge that I’m really excited to share and apply. I firmly believe in the intrinsic link between agriculture, cooking, and human relations. All of these things are what brings me now to Santropol Roulant, an organization that works on all these levels. I am happy to be part of this group full of passionate people, to promote sharing and to achieve the end goal of supporting each other.
Julie St. Onge
Some of my happiest memories have been around a dinner table; the energy and laughter that came along with these gatherings, paved the way for my career in the food industry. My early education was spent getting a degree in Sociology at Concordia, but food was always at the back of my mind. The question that did and still dominates my thoughts is “what am I going to eat?”. I knew as I was completing my degree that I would be going to culinary school to pursue a career in the food industry. After 10 years of working in the Montreal food scene, I started to think more deeply about the impact our global food chain has on our local food systems and how it negatively impacts vulnerable populations. This led me to rethink my future and so, as a new mom, I went back to school and got a degree in Human Environment. At Santropol Roulant I hope to use my experience to cook food that promotes inclusion and empowerment within our community.
Our Meals-on-Wheels program is at the heart of the organization and is the core around which Santropol Roulant was built back in 1995. It responds to the increasing need for greater food security among the elderly, but also to the shared desire, as manifested by our volunteers, to build a rich and healthy social fabric.
Brooke van Mossel-Forrester
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 vibrant partnerships, 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.
Originally from France, I arrived in Montréal 8 years ago to study at the University of Montréal and never left! I fell in love with the city and its unique atmosphere and way of life. After getting my master’s degree in political science, I decided to get involved in non-profit organizations in Montréal because I found it was the best way to do my part in creating a fairer and kinder society. I’m really happy to join the team of the Roulant and its community. The programs the Roulant has put in place over the past decades and how they complement each other and create solidarity and a sharing environment between generations is a great source of inspiration. I’m very enthusiastic about contributing to the Meals-on-Wheels program, which ensures access to healthy and accessible meals for everyone.
Meals-on-Wheels Outreach Worker
After having spent a few years working with the elderly in my home city Lille, and then in Chicago, I decided I was going to set my suitcases down in Montreal in September of 2020. Both my passion for cooking, healthy eating and responsible consumption, as well as a deep interest in intergenerational connections have led me to apply to Santropol Roulant. I couldn’t wish for better, integrating into an organization actively working towards inclusion that brings together two areas that I hold dear. I’m really looking forward to meeting all the members of the Roulant community and to take steps that will make the Roulant even more wonderful than it is already.
Volunteer Program Dispatcher
Freshly graduated in Political Sciences and International Relations, I have always had a passion for working with people. Starting as a witness to my mother’s community organization and activism to working hands on with the local grassroots community of Montreal as a volunteer coordinator for the New Democratic Party, I have come to embrace the challenges that this type of work may bring. To see the differences that one may bring to his community and to bring positive change to someone’s life, no matter how big or small, that is what I want to do.
I first came to Montréal in 2008 after studying music in Toronto and Ottawa, and quickly found a new love of mine: doing work to help others out. I started doing this at Concordia by becoming involved with student-run initiatives like the People’s Potato (a politically engaged soup kitchen) and TAPthirst (a working group of QPIRG Concordia against the privatization of water). My studies there focused on how to navigate and try to alter the capitalist system to create a better place for all to live. Now, I find myself at the Roulant doing just that by providing good meals to people who need them. Don’t be shy, come say hi!
The admin team supports the Roulant’s other duties and responsibilities through a variety of tasks related to organization and communication to ensure efficient operation of the office.
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.
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.
Originally from the Netherlands, I have lived more than half my life in Montreal and what a fruitive, creative and high-spirited city. Coincidentally, it is also these three elements that attracted me to the Roulant – a community full of light and colour (and I think tech could use tons more of this!!). I am currently finishing my Bachelor’s in Computer Science at McGill and in parallel, using my passion for innovation to further connect people and contribute to a sustainable food system here at the Roulant. I enjoy groovy house music with funky basslines, walks and hikes wherever there is water and some greens and, of course, love talks about the limitless universe we live in. I’ll see you around!
Proud Rosepatrien, I’m a run commuter, cyclist and ultramarathoner active in my community. I have been campaigning for the fight against climate change and to break the social isolation of my fellow citizens for several years. I discovered the Roulant while doing a case study on social businesses and the mission and core values really struck a chord with me. I’m a Google docs ninja and I’m always trying to decrypt the new secrets of the different social media platforms. I wish to see an ecological transition that is fair in the next few years.
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.