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.
Urban Agriculture Manager
Since starting my first collective garden in 2009, 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!
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 Coordinator
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! My presence at both the farm in Senneville and at the Roulant’s office allows me to bridge the seed-to-plate journey and connect the hearts behind it. This with our common vision to bring accessible, affordable and fresh vegetables to the Roulant community. What a dream!
Fields Production Coordinator
Greenhouses Production Coordinator
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!).
I’ve been involved in urban and peri-urban agriculture for a little over 4 years now. Since the beginning of my learning in agriculture, I have been pulled deeper and deeper into a passion for food! It has a beautiful way of connecting us through memory, culture, pleasure and necessity. Having had the opportunity to work with several food and agricultural initiatives in Montréal, I’ve grown passionate about the potential of alternative food initiatives in combating social injustice, building resilient communities and addressing health and environmental issues. I’m thrilled to be part of the Ferme du Roulant’s team this year, providing organic produce and shrinking the gap between people and their food production! I also carry with me a background in design! In my free time you’ll most likely find me creating something – sewing, coding, recording, constructing, dancing, and growing more food!
Urban Agriculture Intern
My interest in urban agriculture is quite recent and is in large part due to inspiration from my neighbours from the Mange-Trottoir, a citizen-led garden in Villeray. Participating in this project showed me the relevance of agriculture as a community-building tool and the satisfaction that comes with growing food in the city. Having studied both graphic design and film animation, my work usually entails extended time on the computer, but this summer, I’m gladly leaving it behind. I’m very excited to get involved with Santropol Roulant and learn about the agricultural and political process that brings food to our table.
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.
Fundraising Coordinator: Government, Foundations and Individual Donors
If I were to be asked what elements make a society function at its best, I would list community and accessibility. I believe that 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 coordinator. It is truly an honour to be a part of the team.
Originally from the UK, I moved to Montreal in 2013. I quickly feel in love with the city, and it wasn’t long before I heard about the wonderful work being done at the Roulant. My background is in biology, and I’m excited to work for an organisation that values ecological sustainability and food security. I love the way the Roulant uses food to bring generations together and build community. I’m excited to help support the Roulant’s fundraising activities, while learning more about urban agriculture and community engagement.
The IT team provides technical support to the Roulant and improves our services.
IT Systems Admin
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.
Interim Kitchen Transition Coordinator
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.
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!
After being exposed to the social and environmental impacts of the contemporary food system, I became passionate about organic gardening, local farmers’ markets, and community-supported agriculture (CSA). Food has been a central theme throughout my community involvement and career, and I love to cook as much as I love to garden. At this point in my career I am eager to join Santropol Roulant’s extended community to increase food security, social inclusion, and community capacity.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Volunteer Program Dispatcher
Originally from the Eastern Townships, I have lived in Montreal for the past few years for during my studies in music and anthropology. It was by chance that I found myself volunteering for meals-on-wheels in the past year. I instantly fell in love with the community involved, the many projects and the mission of Santropol Roulant. Having worked in the reforestation industry in British Columbia for several summer seasons, this position gives me the opportunity to get involved in a project that corresponds more deeply to my interests, namely, action anthropology, activism, food sovereignty and community building. I am passionate about the outdoors, good food, music, and popular education. It is with great pleasure that I will share my many passions and my few good jokes as a member of the Roulant team.
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.
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!
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.
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.