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 / Kitchen / Meals-on-Wheels / Admin

Photos by: Alex Tran, Sandrine Corbeil 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.

Virginie Grenier-Deschênes

Farm Manager

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.

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!


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!

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.

Kate Reade

Fundraising Agent

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 three years ago while volunteering at an urban garden collective. The experience taught me to cherish good produce and the earth 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.

Aidan Vorolieff

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.

Aida Setbel

Community Cook

I have always been passionate about food, so when I started to get involved in the social and solidarity economy in Montreal, I naturally was drawn towards the Roulant. I feel honoured to be a part of the team as a community cook and serving people warm meals that feeds mouths, hearts and minds. I believe that good food has a role to play in growing healthy and sustainable communities for the future. Outside of work, you can find me cruising in the streets on my longboard or bike, gardening on my balcony (or wherever there is dirt to drop seeds in) or eating a good ice cream.

Julie St. Onge

Community Cook

Some of my happiest memories have been around a dinner table; the energy and laughter that came along with these gatherings, paved the way for my career in the food industry. My early education was spent getting a degree in Sociology at Concordia, but food was always at the back of my mind. The question that did and still dominates my thoughts is “what am I going to eat?”. I knew as I was completing my degree that I would be going to culinary school to pursue a career in the food industry. After 10 years of working in the Montreal food scene, I started to think more deeply about the impact our global food chain has on our local food systems and how it negatively impacts vulnerable populations. This led me to rethink my future and so, as a new mom, I went back to school and got a degree in Human Environment. At Santropol Roulant I hope to use my experience to cook food that promotes inclusion and empowerment within our community.

Hope Jesmer

Community Cook

From post-secondary studies, work in various kitchens, farming stints, rabbit holes researching culinary history or food pathways, experimental recipes, and all the precious time spent connecting with people over shared plates, I’ve come to understand the central role food plays in our lives with my hands, head, and heart. I’m passionate about food sovereignty, environmental sustainability in food supply chains, gathering people in the community, and things that taste good. Being a part of the Roulant gives me the immense opportunity to merge all of things alongside some inspiring people, which is a purely umami combination, in my opinion. See you in the kitchen!


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.

Laura Marec

Meals-on-Wheels Manager

Originally from France, I arrived in Montréal 8 years ago to study at the University of Montréal and never left! I fell in love with the city and its unique atmosphere and way of life. After getting my master’s degree in political science, I decided to get involved in non-profit organizations in Montréal because I found it was the best way to do my part in creating a fairer and kinder society. I’m really happy to join the team of the Roulant and its community. The programs the Roulant has put in place over the past decades and how they complement each other and create solidarity and a sharing environment between generations is a great source of inspiration. I’m very enthusiastic about contributing to the Meals-on-Wheels program, which ensures access to healthy and accessible meals for everyone.

Floriane Defaut

Meals-on-Wheels Outreach Worker

After having spent a few years working with the elderly in my home city Lille, and then in Chicago, I decided I was going to set my suitcases down in Montreal in September of 2020. Both my passion for cooking, healthy eating and responsible consumption, as well as a deep interest in intergenerational connections have led me to apply to Santropol Roulant. I couldn’t wish for better, integrating into an organization actively working towards inclusion that brings together two areas that I hold dear. I’m really looking forward to meeting all the members of the Roulant community and to take steps that will make the Roulant even more wonderful than it is already.

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!

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!


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.

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.

Nazmus Syed

Services 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.

Gautam Mohanlal

Information Systems Administrator

Originally from the Netherlands, I have lived more than half my life in Montreal and what a fruitive, creative and high-spirited city. Coincidentally, it is also these three elements that attracted me to the Roulant – a community full of light and colour. I am currently finishing my Bachelor’s in Computer Science at McGill and in parallel, using my passion for innovation and technology to further connect people and contribute to a sustainable food system in our community. My aim is to create more structure, convenience and efficiency within the IT infrastructure and use my programming background to advance some of the smaller (and bigger) needs within each program. I preach groovy house music with funky basslines, endeavour on walks and hikes wherever there is water and greenery and, of course, love anything to do with the limitless universe to whom I owe it all. I’ll see ya around!

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.