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
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
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.
Volunteer Coordination Intern
Having worked these last years as a community worker as well as a vegetable grower on small organic farms, I am personally touched by the mission of Santropol Roulant. My aspiration of personal fulfillment also brought me to study a form of therapy (Thérapie par la relation d’aide) which allowed me to realize the importance I grant to the development of healthy human relationships and a strong sense of belonging to the community. I worked to question and develop my consciousness and my interest for authentic human relationships, as well as to move closer to my values of mutual aid and cooperation. I am very enthusiastic at the idea of playing a role with the volunteers of the Roulant, who are essential to the realization of its activities, as well as the fulfillment of its mission. I am eager to bring my experiences in the service of this beautiful community. Looking forward to meeting you!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Client Management Intern
As a longtime Plateau resident, the Santropol Roulant has always been on my radar as a landmark that represents the creative, community-oriented values that make this neighbourhood so great. When the opportunity came up for doing my final field placement at Santropol Roulant, as part of my Bachelor’s of Social Work at McGill, I jumped at the chance. My focus in my social work studies has been in social gerontology and intergenerational initiatives, but I also have a lot of previous experiences in various forms of activism and environmentalism, and therefore the Roulant was a very intriguing endeavour. In my short time so far at the Roulant I have learned how special and unique this organization is. This is because it is supported by its amazing team of dedicated, dynamic, conscientious, and ambitious staff; its commitment to the core social values that have upheld its integrity; and the invaluable gifts of benevolence that flourish among the volunteers and the clients.
Community kitchen assistant Coordinator
Food has been a reoccurring theme in my life since I was no more than three apples tall. When I cook, I express my creativity and share my love through the dishes. To eat should be a synonym of pleasure, good company and well being, and at the same time being connected to ourselves, others and our environment. I think that our food system needs a great metamorphosis, which is only possible with the contribution of a rich and engaged community, in a open and dynamic environment like Santropol Roulant. It is with great pleasure that I become part of this warm community.
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.
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!
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.
IT Systems Admin