Board of Directors

 

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Debbie Madore (Chair)

Professional Dietitian

Debbie has been working with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board (CB-VRSB) as the Nutrition for Learning Dietitian since 1999. In this capacity Debbie manages all aspects of nutrition programming for all schools in the CB-VRSB. She coordinates the ordering of food and supplies along with volunteer management functions at the program level; and develops and manages key partnerships, budgets, and fundraising initiatives at the board level. Debbie was an active participant on the provincial task force that developed the Food and Nutrition Policy for Nova Scotia Public Schools and continues her work today as part of the policy advisory group tasked with revision. She continues to work towards increasing capacity for policy by providing supports and resources for healthy food in the school setting. Debbie served as the co-chair for the Breakfast for Learning, Nova Scotia Advisory Council from 2007-2010. In this capacity she played an integral role in advocating for government support for school breakfast programs, which was realized in 2005. Debbie enjoys being active and walks every day. She especially enjoys her walks in Big Pond on the Bras d’Or Lakes during the summer. Her greatest passion in life is her family, most importantly her daughter who teaches her something new every day.

 
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Sherry Jarvis (Vice Chair)

Research Project Coordinator

Sherry Jarvis is a Research Project Coordinator at Applied Research Collaborations for Health (ARCH), Dalhousie University. Currently doing research in Healthy Eating in Recreation and Sports Settings, she has worked in the Health Promotion field for many years. Sherry is a graduate of Dalhousie University with concurrent degrees in Health Promotion and Sociology and more recently she completed her Masters in Adult Education at Mount Saint Vincent University. As Team Lead for the Nourish Volunteer Team, Sherry brings a wealth of experience from her volunteer roles at the Community Health Board, SAC, Nova Scotia Alliance for Healthy Eating, and PHANS Poverty Reduction Working Group. Sherry was born and raised in Newfoundland, lived in British Columbia for many years. She now lives in Dartmouth with her husband, two children and two dogs. Sherry keeps active with her family and enjoys running, cycling and yoga.

 
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Janice Silver (Treasurer)

Professional Dietitian (Retired)

Janice Silver has been involved with Nova Scotia school breakfast programs in various capacities since 1995, from program volunteer to serving as the consultant for breakfast programs at the Halifax Regional School Board from 2001 to 2011. From 1998 until 2010 Janice was an active member of the Breakfast for Learning, Nova Scotia Advisory Council. For seven years, she was its chair/co-chair and was instrumental in the successful lobbying of the provincial government to financially support school breakfast programs. She was a founding member of Nourish and its first Chair from 2013 -2018. Now retired, she remains passionate about creating healthier eating environments for kids and giving back to her community. Janice has lived in Dartmouth for 37 years and is married with two grown daughters. When she’s not busy volunteering, she loves to travel with family and friends and spends many enjoyable hours on Maritime golf courses.

 
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Kelly Sherwood

Professional Dietitian

Kelly has been working and volunteering as a dietitian for over 15 years. Throughout her career, Kelly specialized in paediatric nutrition for many years working with school-aged children and teens. More recently she worked with adults and their families in a health promotion and education environment, working both on client education as well as engaging stakeholders to help change environments. Kelly completed her Applied Human Nutrition degree at Mount Saint Vincent University and post-graduate internship with The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She received her MSc in Nutrition from University of Toronto, researching whether the Canadian food supply provided enough folate for pregnant and breast-feeding women after mandatory fortification. Working with children, teens, new mothers and families and helping to empower and foster good food skills is the cornerstone of Kelly’s work. Kelly recently moved back to Nova Scotia to raise her family and be closer to the ocean. She enjoys being outdoors and active with her family on trails, lakes or wherever an adventure takes them.

 
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Aimee Gasparetto

Senior Coordinator, Community Food, Ecology Action Centre

For 10+ years, Aimee has been working both locally and internationally to develop community-based initiatives that promote health, challenge inequalities, and build local economies. In her role as Senior Coordinator, Community Food at the Ecology Action Centre (currently on maternity leave), Aimee works to develop program and policy initiatives that aim to strengthen regional food systems and build networks of food system actors at the local, provincial and national level. A key focus of this work is ensuring that at-risk populations have equitable access to healthy food sources. On a daily basis, Aimee works with partners and local communities to implement community food initiatives (ex. mobile food markets, urban agriculture projects) and guide alignment and action of policy change initiatives across Halifax and Nova Scotia. Aimee is also co-chair of the Halifax Food Policy Alliance, a multi-stakeholder group that works on municipal food issues for the Halifax region, and serves as an active member on Food Secure Canada’s inter-provincial food network. Outside of the office, Aimee and her husband have begun the journey of parenthood, having recently welcomed their first baby girl into the world! In her spare moments, Aimee spends as much time as possible hiking the trails and beaches of NS, practicing and teaching yoga, and exploring her love of growing and preparing good food.

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Jodi Posavad

Founder and Lead Consultant of Grassroots HR Consulting

Jodi Posavad is a driven Human Resources professional who specializes in all aspects of growth from a people standpoint. With over 20 years of generalist HR experience, her expertise came to true fruition during her 6 years as Director of Human Resources for the Canadian Red Cross Society - Ontario. In her role, she led a team of HR practitioners to service union, non-union employees and volunteers in core human resource functions. Her time at the Canadian Red Cross unlocked her desire to work closely with businesses to navigate the potential of their people. Today, Jodi is the Founder and Lead Consultant of Grassroots HR Consulting. Her business delivers quality services to meet the human needs of small, medium and large organizations across all sectors and industries. Through Grassroots HR Consulting, Jodi helps her clients build HR infrastructures to drive high performing workplaces and build strong work relationships. For 10 years now, Jodi has been laying firm, people-focused foundations for businesses to thrive and grow, from start to finish. Outside of business hours, Jodi is an active volunteer in her local community in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She presently serves as a Board Member for Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia and is a member of Nourish Nova Scotia's Business Team. She brings her passion for people and development not only to clients, but also to actively serve those in her community. Both in her professional and personal life, Jodi is committed to growing the people capabilities of those around her so that they can thrive and succeed.

 
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Heather Morse

Retired Educator

Heather began her career as a physical education teacher at Dwight Ross Junior High School. She was appointed as Curriculum Supervisor for Physical and Health Education for Kings County District School Board. She served on several Department of Education and Early Childhood Development committees to develop physical education and health curriculum.
Following her career as a teacher and curriculum supervisor, Heather accepted a position as principal at Somerset and District Elementary School with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board (AVRSB). She worked towards the development of a healthy school community environment within Somerset School Community, as well as other AVRSB schools. She served on committees to develop healthy food policies, and opportunities for physical activity and mental wellness. Heather worked with Dalhousie researchers for CLASS where data was collected from Grade 5 students attending Somerset School regarding their food intake and physical activity levels.
Following her retirement as School Principal, Heather accepted a two-year contract as a Health and Wellness Consultant for AVRSB. Her committee work included a communications plan for parents and community members regarding the importance of healthy school communities, Community Alcohol Project Committee, Cannabis Legislation, Mental Wellness and Farm to School. She also served as a Coach for teachers in Belize, Central America, helping teachers, administrators and students implement curriculum.
Heather is presently the co-chair for the Western Kings Community Health Board, Secretary for the Kingston Greenwood Mental Health Association, member of the Community Alcohol Partnerships and member of Farm to School. She attends the Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education (AVRCE) Healthy School Community Meetings as a health board member and is a volunteer facilitator with Valley Restorative Justice.

 
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Margo Riebe-Butt

(Executive Director & Board Secretary)

Professional Dietitian

Margo has practiced dietetics and nutrition for 15 years, focusing on the development, growth and leadership of school-based nutrition programs in Nova Scotia school communities since 2005. As a former consultant at the Department of Health and Wellness, Margo facilitated and led the transition of the provincial school breakfast program into a non-profit registered charitable organization, Nourish Nova Scotia. As the organization’s Executive Director, she collaborates with dedicated stakeholders and partners to co-create meaningful change to support sustainability for both program delivery & diversity. Margo is active with the Food and Nutrition Policy for Nova Scotia Public Schools Advisory Group because creating supportive, healthy environments for children and youth to grow, learn and thrive are incredibly important—not only to the future health and education outcomes of students, but for the social and economic prosperity of Nova Scotia as a whole. Margo lives in Bedford with her wonderful husband. In the summer you can find her endeavoring to upkeep an old 1876 one-room school house on the Bay of Fundy, attempting to grow heirloom vegetables, and challenging herself in the kitchen with new recipes and cooking techniques.

 

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"There is something for anyone who cares about good food and has some time and passion to spread this to our future generations in Nova Scotia. Know that at whatever level or amount of time you volunteer at Nourish that you are making a difference in the lives of children and youth."

~ Monica Rodriguez, Founding Board Member