Sam Porte

Volunteer & Youth Engagement Coordinator 

Hello! I’m Sam, and I joined Seeds of Diversity and the Youth in Food Systems program in 2022. I have been working in Waterloo Region social services for almost 10 years and volunteering for nearly 20. I have worked with all ages, genders, and groups and am very passionate about food security and food insecurity and the education and access around our basic needs. I want to see accessible and affordable food for across our province and country, and empowering the next generation is a very important part of that. I am very happy and proud to be a part of such a wonderful team!

Email: samantha@youthinfoodsystems.ca

Allison Eady

Research & Project Developer

Hi! I’m Allison and I joined Seeds of Diversity in 2019 to help grow the School Food Gardens program. As a PhD Candidate in Community psychology, I am so excited to be able to continue the work I started through a scan of school gardens in Waterloo Region that helped create this project. One of the things I appreciate most about working with Seeds of Diversity and the School Food Gardens / Youth in Food Systems program is the chance to connect research and action to keep growing and improving the work we do. I love working with schools to help them plan and build their dream gardens, and connecting with youth learning about all of the ways we can create change in our food systems.

You can get in touch with me via email: wrsfg@seeds.ca

Rayna Almas

Program Manager

Hi everyone! I’m Rayna and I joined Youth in Food Systems back in 2019 as a summer student while finishing up my BASc. in Child, Youth, and Family at the University of Guelph. I now study Food Security & Urban Agriculture through TMU, and am pursuing my PMP certification.

This project means a lot to me because our industrialized food systems are neither healthy nor sustainable and we have the opportunity to inspire lasting change. I’m proud to be part of our growing efforts to empower young people across Ontario in food systems learning. 

Email: rayna@youthinfoodsystems.ca

Rimal Raul

Communications Assistant

Hi! I’m Rimal. I joined the Youth in Food Systems program back as a summer student in 2019 and have continued supporting the team ever since!

I have enjoyed working on this project because it’s a great work environment and I believe it is for a wonderful cause. As an amature gardener, I was enthused to hear about an idea of teaching students to garden. One of the several things I like about working with YFS is the variety of projects I get to work on — social media planning, content creation, newsletters, organizing a school food farmer’s market, website posts. Outside of this work, I am a full time student at the University of Waterloo and I like to attend to my garden, go running and bake. I hope you have a fun time exploring our website!