The Qajukturvic 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.
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.
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 the University of Northern British Columbia where she researched the connection between country food experiences and sense of place. She is thrilled to help Qajuqturvik Food Centre become a vibrant community food hub by leading kids cooking programs, community kitchens, and FoodFit.
Emily previously worked at the North Grove Community Food Centre in Dartmouth, NS. As a dietician, she is passionate about the power of food to combat social isolation, and creating strengths-based and structured environments that allow people to thrive. Her volunteer and internship experiences with breakfast programs, food insecurity research and food skills programming allow her to see food as a gateway to making meaningful connections within communities.
Nancy started out volunteering before becoming our full-time baker. Along with the baked goods she also provides much-needed humour in the kitchen.
Originally from Nunatsiavut, Trudy has spent her entire career exclusively with Inuit organizations in Ottawa and Iqaluit for the enrichment of her fellow Inuit. Trudy is an effective advocate for Inuit community members, with a strong voice and an outgoing personality. A recognized Chef and avid crafter, Trudy learned many of her skills from fellow community members in parka-making, seal skin jewelry-making and beading. Trudy happy to be working for community and continuing the connections that have been such an important part of her life.