Diane grew up in a large, extended family in a northern BC farming community. Economically poor but resource rich, her family ate simple, whole food items that were mostly raised or grown on the farm. Food and food skills were shared and passed down through the generations. Cooking, eating and preserving food together was a regular extended family activity.
For the past 20 years, Diane has been involved in capacity-building food programming in Vancouver and beyond – from farmers markets to good food boxes, to community gardens and meal programs.
Community kitchens, bringing people together to share food skills and knowledge, friendship and fun, has undoubtedly been her greatest passion — both personally and professionally.
In her position as Food and Education Director for the Food Bank, she brings a clear understanding and respect for the important role healthy, safe and nutritious food plays to positively fuel our lives and feed both our stomachs and souls.
Her 15 year participation with the BC Food Systems Network has broadened and deepened her commitment to a systems-wide approach to community and environmental health and wellness.