As the growing season begins to wind down, there is some news that we would like to share with you.
We would first like to announce the happy news that Gavin Dandy, Everdale’s Farm Director and co-founder, will be moving into the position of Executive Director.
Driving Everdale’s programs forward since it was founded over 15 years ago, Gavin has been recognized as one of the country’s leading experts and educators on sustainable agriculture and new farmer training. Over the course of his career, Gavin has trained over 60 new farmers and inspired countless more. This season, Gavin has been leading the development of our new project, Black Creek Community Farm. Needless to say, we’re confident that Everdale is in good hands as we move forward into the next stage of our work.
We would also like to let you know that after serving over 15 years on Everdale’s Board of Directors, our president and co-founder Wally Seccombe will be transitioning into the role of Past President. Wally will be joining our staff group as a volunteer at Black Creek Community Farm. Over the years, Wally has provided a tremendous amount of vision, heart and strategy to Everdale’s work. It is no exaggeration to say that without Wally, Everdale would not be here today. His drive, passion and infectious enthusiasm for education, building communities, and transforming our food system have influenced every aspect of our work. We are fortunate that this transition signals Wally’s intention to work more closely with our staff on the ground. We couldn’t imagine Everdale without him.
Moving forward, our Board of Directors will be co-chaired by Brendan Johnson and Lauren Baker. Brendan has been a part of the Everdale family for over 5 years and served as our first Executive Director. He brings with him a great deal of passion, dedication and leadership. Lauren brings her vast experience in sustainable food systems as the Coordinator of the Toronto Food Policy Council and the founding director of Sustain Ontario. We are excited by the leadership that Brendan and Lauren will bring to our Board of Directors. And while Wally’s boots are big to fill, we think that Brendan and Lauren are the two best people to take on the task.
We are also welcoming to our Board of Directors John Slack CEO of Boreal Agrominerals Inc. and farmer of over 20 years operating Golden Innisfree Farms in Erin Township. Also joining our Board of Directors is Marilyn A. Cade, a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 35 years of experience. Winston LaRose, a prominent member of the Jane and Finch community, will also be joining Everdale’s Board of Directors as the first representative from the Black Creek Community Farm neighbourhood. This recognizes an important shift as Everdale becomes a two farm organization. We would also like to give our sincerest thanks to outgoing board members Joan Malcolmsen, and Bob Wildfong of Seeds of Diversity for their years of service, guidance and good humour.
It’s been a tremendous year with the launch of Black Creek Community Farm and the celebration of our Harvest Share program’s 15th anniversary. Thanks for a great season. We’re looking forward to another one ahead.