Greenest City Staff
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.
Urban Agriculture Coordinator
Cheyenne Sundance has been an organic farmer both in rural and urban settings where she tended to fields of vegetables, fruit forests and livestock. Her farming has always been with a social justice framework since she thinks being able to grow your own food is the foundation of independence, especially for those who are marginalized.
Cheyenne has also worked in community organizing and non-profits focusing on harm reduction using therapeutic gardening.
She has experience as an anti-oppressive facilitator educating people on food justice, environmentalism, food growing and the connection of systemic racism to food and land.
Community Cooking Coordinator
Adrian DiLena is a cook, bread baker and struggling gardener. An artist and arts administrator early on, Adrian soon became enamoured with the world of food - spending years as a line cook before specializing as a sourdough bread baker since 2015. His interests in art and food have led him to lead a number of small ad-hoc projects attempting to blend these seemingly disparate practices together. Adrian is excited to be a part of Greenest City and looking forward to contributing to the organization’s impact in the Parkdale community.
Creative Reuse Toronto:
A partnership initiative with Greenest City
Helen Melbourne [Pictured] - Coordinator
Sabine Spare - Assistant Coordinator
Nikki Lam - Assistant Coordinator
Shareen Ally - Outreach and Communications Assistant
Tsering Dolma - Outreach and Communications Assistant