Board Members

  • Ginny Point – Director

    Ginny Point has a long standing interest in agriculture and healthy food. It started years ago when working at the Ecology Action Centre, with the agriculture committee. She was fascinated by the interconnections between sustainable agriculture, healthy people and a healthy planet. That led to wanting to learn more about the specifics of nutrition, so she enrolled in the School of Nutrition at Acadia University. After graduation, for many years Ginny worked at a dietitian, until her retirement in January 2018. For numerous years she managed the Food Services Department of Kings ...

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  • Robert MacEachern – Director

    Robert MacEachern grew up in the Antigonish area and currently lives with his wife and children in Halifax where he is the Indigenous and Diversity Program Manager, Global Health Office, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University. Previously he was the Non-Insured Health Benefits Navigator / Policy Support for the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs, and Culture Program / Department Coordinator for the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. Joe has served on the Executive or as a member of many Boards and was the Founder of the Evolve Music Festival. He is an experienced ...

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  • Valerie VanOosturm – Secretary

    B Commerce 1997 Saint Mary’s University. For the past 18 years working at Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op in Customer Service & Orders; President of the Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-operative Board during a time a transition. I am interested in being involved in an organization committed to promoting and financially supporting agriculture and a sustainable future for Nova Scotia.  A key to this is providing a local food supply for Nova Scotians.  Born and raised in Grafton, NS on a family farm, we raised beef cattle and grew apples.  ...

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  • Chris Atwood – Director

    Chris has been the Executive Director of the Yarmouth Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) since July 2005. For 6 years prior to this he worked for the South West Shore Development Authority as a Development Officer and was primarily responsible for coordinating the Community Access Program (CAP) and agriculture development initiatives for South Western Nova Scotia. Chris has been involved with a number of international development initiatives and has worked on projects in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Moldova, Thailand, Nigeria, the former Czechoslovakia and Swaziland. Chris graduated from the Nova ...

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  • Aaron Eisses, Director

    I was raised on a dairy farm in Colchester County, Nova Scotia. Growing up on the farm I was taught the lessons of hard work, community, and pulling together to get through hard times, and an understanding of the climate and how changes are affecting the environment. I studied computer science at Dalhousie University. After graduation, I moved to Ottawa and worked for Nortel Networks. At Nortel I became an accomplished problem solver and team player. Unfortunately, while at Nortel, I also experienced the ugly side of business. In 2005 it was ...

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  • Jenny Osburn – Director

    Jenny Osburn found a passion for cooking very early in life. Learning at her mother’s side, she learned to appreciate the delicious flavours of fresh food prepared from scratch and came to head up the kitchen in one of Nova Scotia’s most beloved restaurants. For the past fifteen years, she’s been hard at work promoting Nova Scotia’s spectacular array of locally produced vegetables, meat, bread, cheeses and wine at the Union Street Café, a ...

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  • Dave Oulton – Independent Director

    David Oulton is a Hants County farmer who has been raising purebred beef cattle for many years.  Married to wife, Dianne, they have four children – three sons and daughter Liza, a trader on the stock market in Toronto. They consider themselves blessed that their three sons live in the Kings/Hants area and are active in the farming community, and they are part of the Buy Local Advantage through Oulton Fuels, Oulton Poultry Farm, Fox Hill Developments, Bloom Greenhouse & Garden Centre and Sweetgrass Beef. Dave attended the ...

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  • Amin Tran – Independent Director

    Amin was born in Ottawa, raised on the west coast, had his own business in the Prairies and now calls Nova Scotia home, where he lives in the Annapolis valley with his wife and son. Ironically, Amin found his passion for coaching small business and food while working in the corporate world where he has held senior leadership postings for companies such as Wal-Mart, IKEA, Best Buy, and The Hudson's Bay Company. He has experience n various aspects from merchandising to logistics, marketing to operations and ...

    Posted at May 13, 2013 | By : | Categories : Board Members | 0 Comment
  • Leslie Brown – Director

    Full Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax NS (1983-present). Ph.D., University of Minnesota, March, 1983, B.A. (Honours), University of New Brunswick, 1972. Over the past 15 years I have been involved in collaborative research, for the most part funded by SSHRC as part of their community-university partnership program of grants. Projects include: *Social Reporting in Co-operatives and Corporations (2013 – present) funded by Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives *Measuring the Co-operative Difference (2010-2015). I am the co-lead for the Atlantic Cluster and also work on various projects ...

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  • Peter Hicklenton, Director

    Peter was first elected director of FarmWorks in April of 2014 having previously served as an advisor and supporter of the investment cooperative. He is a former research scientist and National Science Director with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, based at the Kentville Agricultural Centre (Kentville Research Centre). His research focused on greenhouse crops, and later addressed crop production and physiology challenges in small fruit. From 2005 until his retirement in 2012 he directed AAFC’s national effort in sustainable crop production systems, with special responsibility for programs in Winnipeg, Kentville, ...

    Posted at May 9, 2012 | By : | Categories : Board Members | 0 Comment
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