Meet the Team

Think&EatGreen@School Interns Spring 2019

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(TEGS Project Assistant)

Raihan is a 4th year dietetics student interested in all things food including food security, nutrition, and community engagement. She is set to begin a ten month dietetics practicum this Fall. Her interest in food stems from growing her own vegetables in her family garden as a child. Raihan believes that food brings people together in powerful ways and is the best way to build relationships. Her goal is to inspire others to take ownership over their food habits to create strong and healthy communities.

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Megan Fretz

(Summer intern)

Megan is a fourth year Global Resource Systems student in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Her studies center on connecting agroecology to the urban environment. As the population in cities continues to climb, she would love to see the amount of food creatively grown in urban spaces to grow as well! She’s passionate about food in all its forms, and how it not only fuels the body, but builds communities and embodies different cultures. When she isn’t eating or studying, Megan loves exploring Vancouver, cuddling up with her cat, and traveling whenever she gets the chance.

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(Summer intern)

Andrew is a Global Resource Systems student studying sustainable agriculture and food security at UBC. His background in teaching outdoors education combined with experience working in the food service industry successfully sparked his interest in the importance of integrating food skills and literacy into early education. He believes that education is integral in fostering a sustainable food system in the future. Born and raised in East Vancouver, Andrew is excited to work within his community and help spread his passion for food and the environment. He is still a complete amateur when it comes to gardening, but he is committed to improving his green thumb this summer in the 5’ x 3’ box in his back garden.

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Celina Kreipe,                    Think&EatGreen@School Intern 

Celina is a third year Food Nutrition and Health Student at UBC. She is passionate about relying her knowledge of nutrition and its impacts on physical and mental health. Her passion for nutrition began at a young age and she continually  developing her interest for nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle through her schooling and volunteer experiences. Working with the TEGS program, she hopes to provide her unique perspective of the food system to help improve the lives of others in the surrounding community. Celina strongly believes that overall health stems from fuelling your body with the proper nutrients.

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Morgan Dowling, Think&EatGreen@School Intern

Morgan is a third year Applied Biology student from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. Morgan has viewed food systems in a variety of ways, including working in commercial kitchens and participating in community food projects. She is passionate about doing field work and enjoys being outside. Growing up in Vancouver, Morgan intends on using her academic experience and local knowledge to inspire students to critically think about food systems. She aspires to pursue research in the fields of agriculture and soil sciences. In her spare time she loves to cook and spend time with friends.

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Lindsay is expecting her Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health from UBC in May 2019. Lindsay is passionate and contagiously positive about nutrition and healthy living as being the stepping stones to a more vibrant and vigorous way of life! Her mission is to empower individuals to obtain healthy food relationships and to clearly understand the concept of food as part of the whole ecosystem. Lindsay is passionate not only for proper nutrition, but for a sustainable, ecologically friendly and cultural appropriate source of food; essentially food sovereignty is her true passion. Lindsay believes that one of the ways to future food sovereignty is through increasing food literacy skills in young children.

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Samantha Martin-Ferris, Think&EatGreen@School Intern  

Samantha Martin-Ferris is an FNIS student who is in her last semester of study at UBC. While her background is in statistics and policy she loves all kinds of food and is excited to get to contribute to education on the topics of land-based food learning and  healthy eating! Samantha strongly believes in outside of the classroom learning and is happy to discuss different education models.

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Rosemary Porter,              Think&EatGreen@School Intern 

Rosemary Porter is a fifth-year interdisciplinary studies student at UBC with focuses in literature, history and geography. Her studies across disciplines have inspired her to look further into the relationships that humans have with the environment. She is passionate about good food and leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle that benefits the environment and society. Rosemary is currently an intern for Think & Eat Green @ School and is excited to be working with Vancouver schools and communities to help foster food literacy and sustainability inside and outside of the classroom. She hopes to further awareness of food systems and sustainability through a career in teaching.

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Amandine Pieux,              Think&EatGreen@School Intern  

Amandine Pieux is an exchange student at UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Her interest in social and environmental justice drove her to enroll in a master’s degree Human rights and humanitarian action (Sciences Po Paris). Passionate about sustainable food systems and responsible consumer food practices, she decided to apply the human rights’ principles she was taught to food issues. Amandine strongly believes in the necessity of rebuilding a positive relationship between eaters, their plates and the Earth. She aspires to pursue a career in food waste awareness and management at different stages of the food chain, with a special focus on consume

Think&EatGreen@School Interns Spring 2018

Misa Gillis, Think&EatGreen@School Intern 

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Misa Gillis recently transferred into the Global Resource Systems program for her upcoming third year at UBC, with a degree focus on international nutrition. She has always had a passion for health, food, and community, and is excited to be an intern for the Think and Eat Green project. She believes that sustainable food systems are crucial to foster community awareness of both individual health and the health of the environment, which in turn encourages further green projects and community connection.

Natalia Ordoñez, Think&EatGreen@School Intern

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Natalia Ordonez is a third year student majoring in Food, Nutrition and Health and excited to be part of the Think & Eat Green @ School team for the upcoming summer. She loves food and sees its importance in the community, across cultures and amongst individuals. Natalia is involved in the community as the founder of the Spoon chapter at UBC, volunteers at The Vancouver Food Bank and with Growing Chefs!. She aspires to increase food literacy and overall knowledge in the future by educating children and families with involvement in the food community

Maryam Sadeghi, Think&EatGreen@School intern

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Maryam Sadeghi is a third year transfer student to the faculty of Land and Food Systems. She is from Saskatchewan and started her secondary education at University of Saskatchewan in Pharmacology. However, she has always had a passion for nutrition and metabolism, and also very interested in the food system. So she applied for UBC nutrition, got accepted and moved to Vancouver.

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Emma Burger, Think&EatGreen@School Intern 

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Emma Burger’s motivation revolves around the concept of initiating and facilitating growth – whether in the garden, in others, or in herself. She is currently an intern with Think&EatGreen@School, planning and assisting the team with events and grant projects. Emma is in her final year at UBC, completing her BSc. in Food, Nutrition and Health. She strongly believes in the importance of the “outside classroom”, and aspires to decrease societies’ disconnect between farm and table and increase awareness of the importance of food system sustainability.

Carla Hick; Think&EatGreen@School Intern, Red Seal Chef, Food Grower, Agriculture Student and Entrepreneur 

Carla Hick 2Carla Hick loves food. She is a Red Seal Chef, has certifications in Seed Production and Permaculture design. She is in her final semester at UBC studying Applied Biology, majoring in Food and the Environment. Carla is passionate about sustainable food systems with eco-friendly processes from seed to table. She currently works on the research team for the BC Seed Trials and is an intern for the Think and Eat Green Project. She is gradually crafting a “growing, cooking and eating” operation whereby providing ecological vegetables, gardening consultancy, herbal teas, prepared foods, cooking classes, recipes and the art of feasting.

Jasmine Bal, Think&EatGreen@School Intern school liaison and social media 

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Jasmine Bal has a passion for food – its importance in the environment, for health, in community building, and cultural identity. She believes in celebrating good food! Jasmine ventured into nutritional sciences after struggling with health issues and teen onset food allergies and having to change her diet dramatically. She worked with Fresh Roots on an educational farm in Delta,  where she built an acre large organic farm and realized the impact that growing food and being connected to food has on the community. She is in her second year at UBC studying Applied Biology, majoring in Food and the Environment. Jasmine is currently the Think&EatGreen@School social media intern and a liaison for TEGS granted schools. She aspires to pursue a career in food systems education in order to shorten the bridge between food growers and consumers while improving public and environmental health.

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