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.


Shenikqwa Philip, Garden Sharing Network Coordinator

Shenikqwa Phillip is our current Garden Sharing Coordinator. Her passions are with serving her community and leaning to create constructive and accessible spaces at York campus and hopefully throughout her life. Right now,her main concern is with learning how to make the city that she loves a greener and more environmentally friendly. Other than gardening, she loves thrift shopping, make up, and making people smile.  Currently, Shenikqwa is in her last year majoring in History and hopes to travel more than usual when she graduates.


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Sewing For Change Staff

  • Helen Melbourne - Lead Consultant  |

  • Sabine Spare - Lead Design Facilitator

  • Jesse Beardsworth - Team Leader

  • Katrissa Singer - Team Leader

  • Sarah Clement - Team Leader

  • Sarah Shepherd - Team Leader

  • Sonam Wangmo - Team Leader and Translator

Board of Directors

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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

Board Members commit to volunteer for three year terms.  We have four openings to join our board starting in June 2018.  The application process includes the submission of your expression of interest/application, an interview with the HR & Governance Committee and invitation to be a guest at the April and or May Board Meeting with final selection being notified for the June AGM.  Learn more about our Volunteer Board Positions.