Our Team

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!

To view: Agriculture / Fundraising / IT Systems / Kitchen / Meals-on-Wheels / Volunteer Coordinators / Admin

Photos by: Alex Tran


AGRICULTURE

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.


Maya Jain

Urban Agriculture Intern

I am deeply passionate about the possibilities that food has as a vehicle of wellness. What an amazing opportunity it affords us: to bring people together, to learn, to express ourselves, to reconnect with the earth, to care for the health of the environment and to care for one another. I am elated to be working with and learning from such an amazing community at Santropol Roulant!


Olivia Tonin

Farm Hand Helper

I came to work at the Roulant to learn about horticulture, for the fresh air, and the discipline of labour. I stayed for the community outreach and values shared by the team. How refreshing to work for an organization that stands for so much positive change.


Raphaëlle Maruchitch-Willems

Farm Apprentice

Upon arriving in Montreal, I opened the Roulant’s door by curiosity. Soon after, I began volunteering at their peri-urban farm. One could said my experience inspired me: a year later, I swapped my clothes as a Parisian scientific journalist for those of a farm apprentice. I consider it a privilege to learn from such an enthusiastic and attentive team, especially within the framework of the Roulant’s values as well as its social dimension.


Virginie Grenier-Deschênes

Farm Apprentice

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.


Julien Melanson

Farm co-manager

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.


Marie-Anne Viau

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!


FUNDRAISING

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!


Brooke van Mossel-Forrester

Director of Fundraising

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.


Melanie Godel

Fundraising Officer

Having lived and worked the last ten years on the beautiful unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation 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.


Tara Bhardwaj

Fundraising Officer

If I were to be asked what elements make a society function at its best, I would list community and accessibility. I believe that the Santropol Roulant is an embodiment of these elements through its commitment to making nutritious food accessible and sustainable. Having grown up in small Ontario farming towns, I am moved by the work being done at the Roulant not only for Montrealers but for the environment as well. I hope to bring my experience in the not-for-profit sector and community building to the table as a fundraising officer. It is truly an honour to be a part of the team.


IT SYSTEMS

The IT team provides technical support to the Roulant and improves our services.


Nick Guenther

IT Systems Admin

With a background in computer science and the open source social movement, I am keen to help people reskill their technological lives.


Taowa

IT Systems Admin

Coming soon!


KITCHEN

The kitchen team prepares, develops, and packages healthy nutritious meals every day for our Meals-on-Wheels clients with the help of volunteers.


Danielle Schardinger

Food Preservation Intern

What lured me to the Roulant was the opportunity to serve others delicious food, what hooked me was the family feeling in and out of the kitchen. From the wonderful staff, the volunteers and lovely clients we serve, the warm feeling of home and belonging resonates, and that was so important for me to find while missing my own family and friends back in the United States. I’ve realized many of my passions since becoming a volunteer for Santropol Roulant in early 2017 and will forever be grateful.


Jeremie Vienneau

Kitchen Co-Manager

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.


Karine Houde

Kitchen Co-Manager * Maternity leave

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!


Talia Angelitti

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.


MEALS-ON-WHEELS

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.


Matthew Coutu-Moya

Client Coordinator Intern

Originally from Summerland, British Columbia (traditional Syilx territory), I moved to Montréal (traditional Kanien’keha:ka territory) to pursue a degree in Social Work at McGill. Prior to moving out east, I worked for three years in immigrant and refugee resettlement. I was privileged to work with individuals and families from all over the world. Today, I am excited to be doing my social work practicum at Santropol Roulant. Not only do I get work with an organization strongly rooted in their community, I also get to engage with the elderly. I was lucky to grow up with my Grandma Pearl. Over the course of our time together, I learned about some of the challenges seniors face (social isolation, reduced mobility, etc.). However, I also observed the humility and ingenuity of how our elders face these challenges. I look forward to learning from both the Roulant’s staff as well as their clients!


Jean-François Fournier

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!


VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS

The volunteer coordinators play an integral role at Santropol Roulant, coordinating hundreds of weekly volunteers that support every aspect of our daily services and program activities.


Ellen Fowler

Volunteer Program Coordinator

I have been a neighbour and a great admirer of the Roulant ever since I moved to Montreal and I am thrilled to become part of its team. Having worked with newcomers for many years, I am drawn to the Roulant’s mission to create an inclusive community in which people of all ages and walks of life are given the chance to support and nourish one another. I so look forward to getting to know all of the volunteers who work to build and strengthen this community every day. Come say hi!


ADMIN

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.


Catherine Johnston

Communications Coordinator

Growing up in Bangkok, Thailand has shaped the way I perceive the world for the better. I moved there at a very early age in my life, and absolutely fell in love with the people, culture, and most importantly, the FOOD! For as long as I could remember, I have always wanted to help make a change in the world, and food has always played a central role in this aspect. Food always brings people together, and it is the one thing all cultures have in common. People love to eat, and there is always a story to be told through the process of making and sharing food. After being back in Montreal for 10 years and getting a Masters in Anthropology, I am extremely excited to be joining the Santropol Roulant family and getting to work with the Montreal community on a daily basis!


Christine Superina

Accountant

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!


Jamiey Kelly

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.


Kateri Décary

Transitions and Growth Director

A Montrealer by birth and by heart, it was following an internship in social intervention abroad that something clicked; I wanted to put my weight behind the community sector for the common good. A few months later, I found the perfect opportunity to do just that with the Roulant’s team and I’m still here after almost 10 years of work and commitment.
It was organizational love at first sight. The Roulant’s mission responds to my needs for justice, equity, social inclusion, food security, and dignity for all ages, in addition to being an innovative and simply fascinating organization.


Nazmus Syed

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.


Pier Liné

Executive Director

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.