The following amazing individuals are will currently be running for various leadership positions in Maloca Garden for the upcoming season! Please come to the Maloca Election on Tuesday, March 15th @ 12:30pm – 2:00pm to hear what these folks have to say about themselves and their visions for Maloca!
Ana Luis Santos – Maloca Community Garden Coordinator
My name is Ana and I am a graduate student at York, currently finishing my Masters degree in music, but I also love being outside and getting my hands dirty! I grew up watching my family growing their own vegetables wherever they could, and I have absorbed a lot of information in my three years with Maloca, although I am always eager to learn more. Living on campus makes it easy for me to visit Maloca regularly, and I have always found that my best skills seem to be in organizing and planning, so I feel up for the challenge of helping co-ordinate the garden.
Ellen Kaross – Maloca Community Garden Coordinator
I would be a successful Maloca Community Garden Coordinator because I am organized, goal-oriented, committed to social justice, anti-oppression and equity, and an attentive leader. I possess demonstrated experience preparing schedules, recruiting volunteers, facilitating orientation sessions, compiling reports and working collaboratively on a team. My M.E.S. work predominantly explores the ways in which food can be used as an educational tool and a catalyst for social change, as well as the relationship between food and culture. Throughout my Undergraduate experience, I was thoroughly engaged with York University in social, academic, peer mentorship and volunteer capacities. Therefore, this role, which complements my academic and personal interests, is a natural extension of my previous community involvement and leadership. Finally, I possess an intermediate knowledge of gardening and the principles of organic agriculture, which I have acquired from personal experience and throughout my ongoing 2-year volunteer stint at The Stop Community Food Centre. Above all, I am enthusiastic, positive and passionate. If you would like to learn more about what I envision for the Maloca Community Garden don’t hesitate to approach me or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. I appreciate your consideration. I will see you out in the garden!
Alexa Macaulay – Community and Student Engagement
As a self-described summer-time farmer, Alexa MacAulay has been WWOOFing and interning on farms since she was sixteen. From the Okanagan valley in British Columbia, to rural New York, to Ganonaque, Ontario, and in the Pyrénée mountains in France, Alexa has pruned, transplanted, harvested and weeded a rainbow of fruits and vegetables with a curious hand. In her third year undergrad in Environmental studies and Community Arts, Alexa is currently trying to mend her divide of farmer/artist and is hoping to stay in Toronto for part of the summer. Alexa would love to make it easier for students to get involved with Maloca, and to help keep Maloca going as a successful and bountiful student club. Let the growing begin!