Board Members & Staff Team

Board Members

The Co-op is driven by the help of a community of Board Members, who are St. James Town residents, community advocates and organizers, and people invested in making St. James Town a stronger, healthier, more resilient community.

Larry Wong

Larry Wong

Chair of the Board

Larry is an avid community, food and sustainability advocate and believes that everyone has the right to access fresh and healthy food. Larry joined the St. James Town Community Co-op in 2018, helping with consultations on the OASIS Food Hub and pioneered the Bulk Food Buying Club. Larry is always looking for ways to build a community we are all proud of in St. James Town.

Josephine Grey

Josephine Grey

Co-Founder

Josephine Grey has been a human rights advocate, community organizer and public speaker for more than 30 years.  She has co-founded many organizations, including Low Income Families Together (LIFT), Center for Social Justice, The Income Security Advocacy Centre, and the St. James Town Community Co-operative. Josephine is the project-lead for the OASIS Food Hub. Read Josephine’s full bio here.

Darryl D'Souza

Darryl D'Souza

Board Member

Darryl is a Lecturer at Centennial College and Communications Consultant and with 20 years of experience in Non-Profit Communications. He has a Ph.D. in Communications and worked in several local and global non-profit organizations.

Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes

Board Member

Coming Soon

Petra Hanzlik

Petra Hanzlik

Board Member

Petra has presently immersed herself in sustainable Urban & rural agriculture & farming practices, permaculture principled food forest gardening and learning everything about how to grow the healthiest soil & food to feed our communities. She has been bringing her passion, insights and experience to the St Jamestown community for over 10 years. Petra is on the board of Directors at LIFT and is a volunteer with several groups in the GTA.

Azikee Huie

Azikee Huie

Board Member

Azikee is an Afro Jamaican immigrant, a Community Organizer, a climate change advocate, and a volunteer to various Toronto organizations. She is a Parent Ambassador for racialized parents and students and a recently elected board member to The St James Town Co-op. Azikee is also the volunteer coordinator for the Co-op’s Emergency Food Program.

Vicky Lu

Vicky Lu

Board Member

Vicky is an active member of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management who works in the hospitality field. She is also an animal lover. Welcome to visit her online pet shop fuzzytails.ca

Erica May Farazi

Erica May Farazi

Board Member

Erica May is the development coordinator at the Coop and grew up in the St. James Town neighbourhood. She is an avid learner with a wide variety of interests including cooking, plants, logic puzzles, and film photography. She has two delightful small dogs who are best friends.

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Staff 

The Co-op is blessed to have a wonderful staff team full of diverse interests, knowledge, and skills. Together, they make a strong team of advocates and organizers to make the Co-op’s dream a reality.

Yasmine El Hamamsy

Yasmine El Hamamsy

Food and Engagement Coordinator

Yasmine is the Food and Engagement Manager with the St. James Town Community Co-op. Whether she is coordinating the community garden, a farm trip, or building a new connection between the co-op and its local farmer-suppliers, her work with the co-op allows her to nurture the community-led food systems that she believes are necessary for a ecologically sustainable and just future.

Azikee Huie

Azikee Huie

Volunteer Coordinator

Azikee is an Afro Jamaican immigrant, a Community Organizer, a climate change advocate, and a volunteer to various Toronto organizations. She is a Parent Ambassador for racialized parents and students and a recently elected board member to The St James Town Co-op. Azikee is also the volunteer coordinator for the Co-op’s Emergency Food Program.

Erica May Farazi

Erica May Farazi

Development Coordinator

Erica May is the development coordinator at the Coop and grew up in the St. James Town neighbourhood. She is an avid learner with a wide variety of interests including cooking, plants, logic puzzles, and film photography. She has two delightful small dogs who are best friends.

Avery McNair

Avery McNair

Project Manger

Avery is the Project Manager for the Emergency Food Program, pictured here with Josephine's sidekick, Ziggy. Avery is an interdisciplinary learner who loves working with people, making art, and advocating for a just and equitable food system and society.

Vinusha Mahendran

Vinusha Mahendran

Bulk Food Buying Club Coordinator

Vinusha is the Good Food Buying Club Coordinator for the St James Town Co-op! She works with the Co-op to better the lives of people in the St James Town community. Vinusha looks forward to getting to know her neighbours and the members of the community.

Drago? Nica

Drago? Nica

Timebank & Education Coordinator

Coming Soon

Astha Kataria

Astha Kataria

Community Development Assistant - Event Lead

Marley Lawrence

Marley Lawrence

Community Development Assistant - Youth Lead

Tiana Gammie

Tiana Gammie

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Shar-Dey Walker

Shar-Dey Walker

Black and Indigenous Food Rights Coordinator

Coming Soon

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