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!

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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.

Adrienne Richards

Educational Farm manager

Born and raised in Montréal, I love being involved in projects that work to make this city greener and better for all its residents. I have been interested in ecological agriculture and food security ever since starting my degree in Environmental Studies. Since then, I have been involved in a variety of agriculture projects, including a community garden in NDG and a rural food sovereignty project in Nicaragua. I am super passionate about community-based initiatives that improve city living for both our human and non-human neighbors (of which the Roulant’s urban ag projects are a perfect example!). I am also super passionate about exploring the island on my bike, reading in the park, and bird watching.

Leda Perdriel-Arons

Farm Hand

I discovered the joy of working outside early on through helping my mom in her garden in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I moved to Montreal for university, and my passion for growing food quickly blossomed when I began working at the Macdonald Student-run Ecological Gardens, an entirely student-staffed farm at McGill’s Macdonald Campus. Through this experience, I gained a deep appreciation for environmentally conscious farming practices, the amazing community of farmers in Montreal, and connecting with others through food. I’m excited to continue my farming journey at the Roulant and to deepen my relationships with the Montréal community.

Frankie Traichel

Farm Hand

Since 2018, Frankie has been involved in a number of community-oriented food production projects, including in-depth work with Dr. Andrew Judge in his Indigenous foods and medicines garden. This experience opened their eyes to the importance of food sovereignty, and since their arrival to Tio’tiá:ke in 2019, Frankie has been a close admirer of local missions that support food security and urban educational opportunities for the Montreal community. They are now a proud returning member to the farm team, and we’re excited to see the wonderful work they come through with this season!

Magali Casaubon

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!

Noah Fisher

Gardens coordinator

Several years back I was visiting my brother who was living abroad and a few happy accidents and coincidences later I found myself farming for the first time working with goats and vineyards wherein I was inspired by the sense of community and care I saw there. While first seeded in upstate New York, I was transplanted to Montréal in 2017 for the quality of the soil, to have more room for my roots, and also school. I took the inspiration I got from my first farm with me and since then have worked in various ways to promote food security from local farmers markets, urban gardening projects, and now the Roulant’s gardens where I hope to see all of you in the foliage and in the shade very soon.

Evangeline Freedman

Gardens coordinator

I’m an Hamiltonian educator, artist, life-long learner, self-taught gardener, and “mother” to three perfect rescue cats. A reformed indoor kid, I spent much time as a teenager and young adult in rural Newfoundland, where I discovered my love for the outdoors and the Atlantic ocean before moving to Halifax for eight years. After spending my past year and a half learning French full time with an incredible group of folks from all over the world, I’ve grown even more passionate about serving the multilingual and intergenerational communities in our beautiful city. I’m especially excited about working with teenagers and young adults, participating in cultural and language exchange, urban foraging, edible flowers, and helping my neighbours! I cannot wait to see what we grow together this season. 🌱🌻🌱

Simone Chen

Les Fruits Défendus Coordinator

Since 2019, I’ve been the coordinator of the citizen collective Les Fruits Défendus, among other various social involvements. I’m also an orchardist on a small plot of land on Île Bizard, where I cultivate an agro-ecological orchard on the shores of the Lac des Deux Montagnes. For me, the world of trees gives meaning to the mystery of life. Studying them founded a powerful conviction in me of their unique power to heal the earth, and inspired in me the will to dedicate my life to learning from them and interpreting the lessons and irrefutable wisdom they offer. I dream of living in a society where human relationships are of paramount importance, constructed according to the logic of an economy of abundance, founded on respect for nature, the resilience of the integrated community  rooted in symbiosis; and finally, in a world where we are accustomed to meeting every year at the end of June, in the shade of the branches and the green foliage of the saskatoon tree, to pick its fruit together at the dawn of the first summer heatwave, blooming with the joy generated by sharing the abundant generosity of life.

Fundraising & Communications

The fundraising and communications team plans fundraising campaigns and events, keeps you in the loop about what’s up at the Roulant, organises the financial resources for our programs to run sustainably, and more!

Melanie Godel

Fundraising & Communications Manager

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.

Clare Shuley

Fundraising and Communications Coordinator

Originally from Vancouver Island, I grew up spending ample time outdoors. Part of this was working in the garden with my parents and neighbours where I came to understand food as an important part of social connection. A few years in Montréal and one degree in environmental studies later, these values have rooted themselves more deeply into my day-to-day life. Since moving to Montréal, my passion for cooking has grown and my professional life has been largely focused on helping to ensure food security for seniors living in isolation. These passions for good food and social connection naturally led me to the Roulant, where I had previously volunteered doing meal deliveries and in the kitchen, but mostly with the bicycle collective, SantroVélo. I am grateful to be able to engage my love of being involved with the community in contributing to the important work of Santropol Roulant.

Ekaterina (Katya) Callies de Salies

Fundraising and Communications Officer

With 12 years of experience in communication, specializing in public relations and event organization, I recently felt a deep calling to contribute more to social causes. From volunteering for the elderly to leading charitable initiatives at the Spartak Moscow ice hockey club, my actions are fueled by a commitment to make a positive impact. Despite a different career focus, I’ve prioritized doing good, and have found immense satisfaction. In these challenging times, I’m eager to contribute to a brighter world. Joining Santropol Roulant as the Fundraising and Communications Officer is an exciting opportunity to align my values with impactful work. I am thrilled to lead efforts fostering inclusivity, education, food security, and the joy of uniting for a meaningful cause. Excited for the journey ahead!

Kate Reade

Fundraising and Communications Officer

Growing up in the Plateau/Mile-End, I remember Santropol Roulant quickly becoming a symbol of grassroots community care in my neighborhood. Years later, I’m honoured to be helping nourish my community as part of the Roulant team. I fell in love with alternative agriculture and food solidarity back in 2019 while volunteering at an urban garden collective. The experience taught me to cherish fresh local produce and the ecosystems it comes from; and to view our food systems as an integral part of social and climate justice. I’m sure that together, we can continue to strengthen our ties and grow toward a greener and tastier existence.


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

Katherine Macnaughton

Kitchen Manager

My journey to becoming Santropol Roulant’s Kitchen Manager is a winding one. I studied Communications at Concordia then began my professional career as a filmmaker, running a production studio for 8 years. In 2016, I co-founded a tech startup that powers mentorship for individual artists and businesses. Both were professional experiences that challenged and honed my creative and business skills, but didn’t quite align with my values; I wanted to be a part of a loving community, drive social impact and create value with my hands, all of which are foundational to the Roulant and its unique environment. Volunteering in the kitchen this past year has allowed me to reconnect with food in a more thoughtful way, grounded in food security and education. As Santropol Roulant’s Kitchen Manager, I am extremely proud to contribute to the organisation’s mission of providing daily nutritious meals to individuals living with a loss of autonomy. I am eager to grow its impact and reach further within the community.

John (JJ) Fridman

Kitchen Coordinator

I began cooking professionally as a seasonal job in-between spending the majority of my year in the country working in and around a summer camp, both as an animator (canoeing’s my jam!) and a groundskeeper. While my academic background is focused in evolutionary biology, a discipline I will always find profoundly interesting, I keep finding myself back in the socially and creatively engaging environment of a kitchen, so-much-so that I’ve spent the last 15 years in all sorts of culinary settings from private catering to grocery production and everything in between! I’m grateful for the knowledge and experiences I’ve accumulated working in the for-profit sector, but I found myself lacking in a deeper, more meaningful underpinning to my work-life. Deciding to shift gears towards food security and education, I discovered Santropol Roulant, and its mission aligned fantastically with my goal of collaborating in an environment fostering community-building, social action, and autonomy and education around food. I’m excited to participate with everyone at the Roulant and discover all the wonderful things we can cook up!

Ben Heaslip

Community Cook

Benjamin Heaslip has spent the majority of his time in music. Having studied piano performance and composition with Christos Hatzis at the University of Toronto, he has been engaged for more than twenty years as a composer, concert presenter, internationally-touring performer, accompanist, band leader, and teacher of music. In his younger existence, before beginning his musical career, Ben worked as a cook; and for the six years preceding his moving to Montreal he divided his working life between music and being proprietor of a vegetarian food enterprise. Now Ben is very happy to be sharing his time and experience with the wonderful staff and kitchen volunteers of Santropol Roulant.

Maya Lewis

Community Cook

Bonjour Hi! I’m Maya, urban geography aficionado and lover of all things tasty. Ever since I was a young Vancouverite, I’ve had a burning desire to become a chef. When I started studying Urban Systems in university and cooking in restaurants across Montreal, I made a pact to unite my two professional passions: city life and food. That’s when I started my foray into the field of Urban Food Systems. Focusing on body-level politics and changing lives one meal at a time? Sign me up. Basking in the human instinct to connect over a meal? Absolutely. Using the inherent cultural power of food to leverage social change and justice? Yes please! And so I found the Roulant, started volunteering, and the rest is history.


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.

Béatrice Daudelin

Meals-on-Wheels Manager

Having lived in the Mile End all my life, I had the chance to grow up near my family, our friends, and a community that was constantly growing thanks to encounters with neighbours and my work with children and seniors in my neighbourhood. After having dedicated several years to my studies, I wanted to reconnect with this part of my heritage and devote myself to what brings me joy each day: people, encounters and the space we share. This desire, joined with the hope that we each have a capacity for action nourished by contact with our living environment (the individuals, the ecosystem, the space, the history, etc.) led me to Santropol Roulant. Here, I have found a warm community of employees, clients, and volunteers; people committed to bringing to life a space for intergenerational encounters and to supporting the mission of the Roulant, one which I now have the joy and honour to participate in as Meals-on-Wheels outreach worker. Come visit us, enter into this space; it would be a pleasure to meet you!

Charles-Auguste Beauvais

Meals-on-Wheels Outreach Worker

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!

Mike Heinermann

Meals-on-Wheels Outreach Worker

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!

Celia Robinovitch

Meals-on-Wheels Coordinator

Hello I’m Celia, lover of plants, food, music and friendship. I enjoy front line, community-based work, and have previously worked at several community organizations that focus on harm reduction and support for migrants and refugees. I started volunteering at Santropol Roulant in 2021 after a seasonal job on an organic market garden left me hungry for deeper community connections. Santropol Roulant has been an important place for me to bridge my love for growing plants and sharing food with my passion for community building and support. I’m excited to bring my experience as a social worker to the Meals-on-Wheels team and keep learning more about food security. In my free time I like to bike around, play scrabble, go swimming, and DJ. Check out my radio show on CKUT – Harmony Express – and come say hi anytime!


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.

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.

Carolina Quintero

Director of Human Resources and Operations

With an original career path in health-care, I’ve spent most of my life volunteering for community initiatives and nonprofits near and dear to my heart, whose missions support access to social, food, and housing security. Obtaining such access is often a delicate first step for many individuals, and is what drove me to specialize in Human Resources, as a way to bridge the information and access gap that too often exists between available resources and those who need them. My current professional interests center on the intersection of the continuous improvement of Human Resources administration, Information Technologies, and the community. Coupled with a background in psychology and international development, my background has spanned clinical operations, aviation, project coordination, as well as program leadership and development within the local and international non-profit and cultural arts sectors. Within the Roulant, I’ve found my calling as a Human Gardener, helping to improve the working experience for individuals who choose to pour their heart and soul into our community projects and mission.

Nazmus Syed

Operations 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.