Staff team

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Angela ElzingaCheng, Executive Director

Angela ElzingaCheng grew up working in a farming community providing a foundation for her food and growing knowledge.   She has been a community organizer and developer for over 17 years, and worked at FoodShare for ten years after working at a neighbourhood-based food security organization in Vancouver, Canada and getting a Master’s in Social Work at the University of British Columbia with a focus on community development and anti-oppression. Angela’s passion is to support change towards a more just society that reflects the diversity of Toronto through food and environment justice work.  In the past, she has been involved with nationwide political action related to education reform.

Angela, in her ten years at FoodShare,  supported Good Food Markets, community kitchens, community gardens, neighbourhood-based food planning, consulted to other cities on engagement and consultation practices, organized many city-wide events bringing politicians, funders, and community leaders together.  Her knowledge of food growing, bringing people together to lead food initiatives and her leadership across the city provides Greenest City with skills to lead the development of exciting new projects and support of the existing impactful projects.


Nishat Hasan, Environmental Education Program Assistant /

 Nishat has been working with Greenest City since 2017.

She is a women’s rights activist whose activism has shifted to center itself around protecting ‘mother nature’ and challenging the systems that are driving out local farmers. Her involvement with the Good Food Market is one such initiative that is challenging the idea that corporate-controlled food distribution industry.

Nisha strongly believes in the power of community work & action, and hopes to use her time at Greenest City to help build upon Parkdales capacity for positive change & resistance.


Nina Andrews, Community Market & Programs Assistant /

Nina Andrews joined Greenest City in 2017. 

She is studying Industrial Relations/Human Resources in university and enjoys working in the nonprofit sector. She particularly likes the organizational aspect of running the Parkdale Good Food Market. 

Community engagement is very important to her as she was active in her community growing up by teaching tennis to youth every summer and helping young children learn to read and write. 




Ben Ger, Garden Programs Assistant /

Ben Ger joined Greenest City in 2017.

Ben is an Environmental Economics student who is particularly interested in urban agriculture & policy development. He has numerous years of work experience in the nonprofit sector and a deep rooted knowledge of edible gardening.

Ben's goals for his time with Greenest City are to expand the organization's capacity to advocate for municipal-level food policy changes, as well as to improve upon Greenest City's educational and organization programming.

Board of Directors /

Chair: Stephanie Nixon

Vice-Chair: Kiona Sinclair

Treasurer: Tanya Pausch

Secretary: Kevin Wentzel

Directors: Abe Dyck, Alina Racoviceanu, Brian BarthChelsea Longaphy, Jennifer RobinsonKevin Stephney, and Mathieu McFadden

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