Johanna Kwakernaak, Director
I am interested in the work of FarmWorks based on my personal experience and a strong belief that agriculture as a historical foundation to our Nova Scotia economy can and should be integral to our economic future. FarmWorks provides an innovative model to grow all aspects of an agricultural economy, is uniquely Nova Scotian, a model of a cooperative collaborative community.
I grew up in the Annapolis Valley, an immigrant, the daughter of a landscaper, nurseryman, and small scale produce farmer. My Uncles were dairy and pork producers. After gaining a diploma in Physiotherapist from Dalhousie University in the early 1970’s I worked briefly in Nova Scotia before heading to Alberta. During my almost 40 years in Alberta I returned first to the University of Alberta to earn a Bachelors of Physiotherapist and then to the University of Calgary for a Masters of Business Administration. My professional career was in Health Care. In 2009 I retired from Alberta Health Services where my last role was as Director of Clinical Support Services in the Calgary Region managing an array of clinical services, a staff of over 1,000 and an annual budget of almost $20M.
On retirement my husband and I returned to Berwick in the Annapolis Valley. I have taken up gardening once again and volunteer with a number of organizations: the Western Kings Community Health Board- current Chair, the Berwick Community Garden Group – Vice-Chair, Kings Senior Safety Society – Treasurer, CAPPSCA (Community Alcohol Project – Partners Shifting the Culture of Alcohol) – Recording Secretary, and Kingston/Greenwood Mental Health Association – Treasurer.
I want to see our communities grow, prosper and be healthy and believe FarmWorks has a role in that vision.