Anna Contini, Manager
Anna joined the Foodlink team in 2007 as Project Coordinator and became Manager in 2011. She is responsible for day-to-day operations and overseeing the organization's projects and services. This includes planning and organizing Foodlink’s annual Taste Local! Taste Fresh! event, co-ordinating the Buy Local! Buy Fresh! map as well as a variety of communications, marketing and public relations activities. She is a communications graduate and brings a diverse array of work experience in writing, project management and event planning. Anna lives in Fergus with her family where she enjoys running, cycling, healthy local eating and the great outdoors.
Foodlink Board of Directors
Stephanie Soulis, Chair (May 2014-present)
Stephanie is the owner & executive chef at Little Mushroom Catering (www.littlemushroomcatering.com), a simply elegant full service catering company in Waterloo Region. She also owns a promotional cookie company called Nom Nom Treats (www.nomnomtreats.com) - the local leader in edible swag. She sits on the KPL board, the Waterloo Region Entrepreneurs Working Group, is a speaker with the Business Education Partnership, and is chair of the Libro Credit Union Beechwood Branch Council. She is a mother, partner & community advocate.
Dale Stevanus, Treasurer (2012-present)
Dale and his wife Linda own and operate Stevanus Family Farm and CSA in Bloomingdale. Dale began growing produce more than 30 years ago as a part-time venture while working full time at the University of Guelph's Purchasing Services Dept. The Stevanus' originally sold their produce at the Waterloo and Kitchener Farmers Market but switched their focus to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in 2006. Today, their CSA continues to thrive and they also enjoy selling their produce to fine food establishments in Waterloo Region.
Dennis Baer, (2003-present)
Dennis is an organic farmer who provides quality food at affordable prices and is committed to bringing healthy fresh food to local consumers. He currently markets cash crops to wholesalers, and raises organic, grass fed, mineralized beef. He is passionate about providing food that is full of nutrition to families in the Region.
Keirra Reid, (May 2015-present)
Keirra is the Chef de Cuisine at Little Mushroom Catering. She started with the company as junior sous chef in 2011 and has worked her way up to managing all of the daily operations of the kitchen including ordering & menu planning. Keirra can often be found out at community events and fundraisers and prides herself in building relationships with local farmers and suppliers.
Heather Curran, (May 2015-present)
Hailing from small-town Ontario, Heather has extensive experience managing large-scale events, supervising volunteers, developing sponsorship programs, strategic plans and writing proposals. She recently joined KidsAbility Foundation as a Senior Development Officer. A food lover from childhood, Heather's background in hospitality over 25 years saw her oversee many aspects of the food service industry and eventually running her own catering business for a number of years in Vancouver. Heather has served several committees over the years include Feast of Fields, Scotland in Bloom, Out of the Cold, A loving Spoonful and the Food Bank.
Jessica Gerber (October 2015-present)
Jessica works full time for her parents at their on farm meat store Oakridge Acres (www.oakridgeacres.ca), outside of Ayr. She is a farm girl at heart and has a passion for local food, farming and the outdoors. Jess enjoys working with animals and has added a dog(Ruby), cat (Jack) & two pot bellied pigs (Gus & Maximus) to the menagerie of animals at the farm. Jess also loves playing soccer, year round. Jessica enjoys farming and helps with chores at the organic family farm where they raise pure bred Black Angus cattle and grass fed bison. Jessica's parents have been part of the Foodlink family since the beginning and Jessica is continuing this tradition. After years of being part of the Taste Local! Taste Fresh! event, Jessica is excited to join the Foodlink Board.
Cole Jones (May 2016-present)
Cole is the founder & CEO at Local Line (www.localline.ca), an online marketplace for wholesale food businesses. Cole started Local Line in Waterloo Region in 2014. Today the company remains in the region with headquarters in Kitchener and a team that supports hundreds of customers across multiple provinces and states. Cole is actively involved in Waterloo Region's startup culture and frequently spends time speaking with youth entrepreneurs helping them develop their businesses. Whenever he gets the chance Cole's favourite work-related activity is spending time on customers' farms.
Sean Gilders (May 2014-present)