An important announcement from the team: please read for a special update regarding our team and the organization!
To our wonderful community members,
We hope that you are as well as you can be during these strange times, and that you are finding ways to enjoy your summer! In addition to our usual newsletter updates this month, we are writing to you with an important announcement and special message from Mik and Kaitlyn…
After over 2 wonderful years of working with all of you as part of the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, we, Mik and Kaitlyn, will be moving on from our roles here at the end of the summer. Mik is moving on to complete their Masters of Social Work full-time practicum and begin a career in clinical social work and counselling, and Kaitlyn will be returning to school to start her Master of Journalism program at UBC.
You may have already seen the job postings for our roles, now available on the CNH website, but we encourage you to share them to your networks if you know anyone who would be interested in applying!
We want to say that we are so proud of everything we’ve been able to accomplish with you, our community—including the delicious fruits and vegetables we’ve grown together, the laughter we’ve shared over meals in the kitchen, and especially all of the amazing community-building and advocacy work we’ve engaged in together, through food.
With that in mind, our other announcement is an adjustment to the name of the organization: moving forward, our hope is that Renfrew-Collingwood Food Justice (RCFJ) can continue the work of using food to support, connect, and bring people together, and to do this especially with the larger goal of working towards justice. With the success of our recent efforts to further integrate advocacy into our food work—including support with organizing the “Think, Ask, Vote” campaign at CNH and attending the General Strike for Climate Action together—we feel this new name makes it clear that we hope this momentum will continue in even more innovative ways, so we hope you’ll join us in welcoming it, too.
We know these changes bring many questions and surprises with them, but they also bring lots of fresh opportunities for growth, and hopefully the beginning of an exciting new chapter for all of you! It has been an absolute honour to learn, grow, and connect alongside each of you in our community, and our time together is something we’ll continue to cherish even as we continue on to the next chapters in our lives.
Much love from,
Mik & Kaitlyn
and Najia, Emma, and the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Justice (RCFJ) Team
(formerly the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute)