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
Urban Agriculture Intern
Working with the soil, growing food for the community, hearing the gentle hum of insects… it all gives me a profound feeling of joy, gratitude, and reverence towards life and the interconnected relationships we’re a part of. I think urban agriculture is essential for building a resilient, sustainable, and socially just food system, and it’s also a source of empowerment and healing. I look forward to sharing these passions with the community and learning together. See you in the gardens!
Support for the Meals-on-Wheels Program
Shaping bread, watering tomato plants, gathering bricks to build an oven, spending afternoons by the stove and finally sitting down and sharing the meal; food has always been a driving force of mine. Having witnessed the positive impact of community involvement and inclusion in Montreal and abroad, I am excited for this learning experience as a Meals on Wheels intern and support, which will allow me to work closely with a tight knit family of community members, clients and volunteers.
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.
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!
I feel really lucky to have found the Roulant. You know that feeling when you find twenty dollars in the pocket of your old winter coat? I moved to Montreal only a year ago, and have been working to make a community for myself since then. The only piece that was missing: a beautiful, meaningful workplace where you’re encouraged to grow and learn. You can probably figure out where I found that (hint hint). I love community, togetherness, being cozy, great food, and cheering people on. Is it possible to experience all of those things at once? I’ll just be over here writing you a thank you card and snacking on a Roulant dessert, surrounded by lovely volunteers and co-workers while you ponder that question!
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 particpated in several humanitarian projects abroad and realized that I wanted to take an active role in the Montreal community upon my return. I am passionnate 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 neighbourghood 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.
Peri-Urban Farming Intern
I’m thrilled to jion the farm team for this upcoming, and surely memorable, farming season. As a new Roulant intern, I find the team’s energy and values endearing and am convinced I will learn a lot from the people with whom I work. My studies in science and the outdoors, as well as an unbounded enthusiasm for food, nature, social justice and community living, led me to Victoriavile, where I completed a college degree in organic farming. Having been involved in farming for a few years now, I feel passionate about the relationships between farmers, the land, and the people it feeds. I am looking forward to meeting you at the market, but also (hopefully) in the gardens where we can have a chat while weeding.
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!
Food has been a passion of mine since childhood—my parents even said I should become a food critic! Having worked with a variety of community organizations and nonprofits in France and in Montreal, I fell in love with the Roulant when I co-facilitated a community workshop on vegan and gluten-free cuisine in early 2017. I am very excited to help keep our community informed and to broaden the Roulant’s reach through our 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!
Director of Human Resources and Operations
My learning journey with the Santropol Roulant community started ten years ago with my first delivery shift. Since then, I’ve been busy getting my hands dirty in as many ways as possible, with everything from bike grease to compost to natural plaster to banana bread batter, in lots of different languages and cultures around the world. Now that I’m back home again, I’m excited about diving deep into all of the behind-the-scenes systems that enable the magic of the Roulant to come to life. At any given time, you can probably find me enjoying one of my favourite things: sunshine, dancing, or having a check in.
Social Entrepreneurship Kitchen Co-Manager
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
Urban Agriculture Intern
As an environment student at McGill University, I have gained an interest in work surrounding food accessibility and availability within the urban context. I am very interested in the work Santropol Roulant is doing to provide a response to the food needs of residents in Montreal, and I jumped at the chance to work and learn from an organization whose main goal is to maintain social cohesion through the use of local, sustainable and organic food. After all, the way to the heart is through the stomach! I love how Santropol Roulant maintains a collaborative environment while achieving this goal. This summer, I am excited to learn how to improve food accessibility in Montreal through the use of urban agriculture.
Peri-Urban Farming Intern