Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre’s operations are managed by a team of people who share the vision and values of our community.
Amelia has been involved with Qajuqturvik since she moved to Iqaluit in 2015. She also works as one of Iqaluit’s occupational therapists (also serving Pangnirtung, Cape Dorset and Pond Inlet) and is passionate about health, mental health and human rights. She is originally from Vancouver and obtained her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in Edmonton. She believes in the power of community and the power of good food.
Beth is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa where she studied to become a lawyer. She articled at Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik and is currently working with Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa on land and housing issues through the Canadian Bar Association. Beth is interested in food sovereignty, indigenous rights and international law.
Lihua is trained as a land use planner and a certified project manager. She has been working in the public sector for over 10 years on multiple projects and programs alongside with various Indigenous communities. She moved to Iqaluit in 2017 and has since been volunteering for the Qajuqturvik Food Centre. She is interested in working with communities to improve food security and access to healthy food in the North.
Ratidzo Chikari is a professional accountant. Having experienced food insecurity in her home country, she understands the important work that the QFC is doing in eradicating this problem in Iqaluit. She is looking forward to playing a part in improving food security in Iqaluit.
Kimberly White came to Nunavut temporarily in August 2017 and moved permanently in July 2018. She has been working in women’s shelters and other residential programming since 2008 and currently works at the Department of Family Services in Iqaluit.
Jane has lived most of her life in Nunavut, currently residing in Iqaluit. She is a retired teacher and has volunteered with QCFC for many years
Rachel has worked in the education and arts fields in Nunavut for 4 years. She is passionate about food sovereignty, food literacy, and investigating how food intersects with identity. Rachel believes that connections, friendships, and movements can begin with a shared meal.
Nancy started out volunteering before becoming our full-time baker. Along with the baked goods she also provides much-needed humour in the kitchen.
Lucy has worked in various government departments and recently completed the Inspire Nunavut program with a focus on program delivery and peer advocacy work. She is passionate about helping others and empowering those around her through encouragement and care.
Thea has worked with good food non-profit organizations and small businesses for over 10 years. She has facilitated hundreds of community kitchen programs and has witnessed first-hand the power of food in battling social isolation and inspiring change. She has experience with foraging, organic farming, and urban agriculture, and holds a master’s degree from UNBC where she researched the connection between country food experiences and sense of place.
Wade began volunteering with QCFC back in 2014 and within a year found himself not only on the board but serving as its chair. After many years of fundraising efforts, he assumed the newly-funded role of Executive Director in 2018. He presently serves as its Finance Officer.
Born and raised in Iqaluit, Josh enrolled in our pre-employment training program in 2019. Soon after graduating, Josh was hired as a Program Assistant where his culinary skills continued to grow. Josh now holds the position of Food Access Coordinator.
Saimo has lived in Iqaluit all his life. He began coming to Qajuqturvik as a community member and soon began working in the kitchen. Saimo was one of our first training program participants and began working as a Program Assistant soon after graduating from the program.
Stamatis has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. He has experience creating and implementing training programs, organic supply chains and working directly with food producers. Stam has a diploma in culinary arts and loves connecting with others who share a passion for food.