As a not-for-profit business, we are directed by a volunteer board of diverse and interesting individuals.
Peter McKenna (chair) – Peter has been working in the health and social services field for 30 years. For the past 15 years he has been the Executive Director of Rideau Community Health Services (RCHS). Prior to joining RCHS Peter spent four years with the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre in the heart of Ottawa. Peter also spent 10 years as a middle manager at Brockville General Hospital. As a volunteer Peter served as a Director and Chair of Rideau Valley District Health Council, Board member on the eastern region of the Canadian Red Cross, the Ontario Association of Community Health Centres, and was a founding board member of the Tri-County Addictions Service, Child and Youth Wellness Centre (children’s mental health), and the Settlers Non-Profit Housing Corporation. Peter and his wife Donna operated a beef farm in Jasper, ON for 15 years before leaving the farm in 2008 to move to Rideau Lakes Township.
Bill Dobson (Vice-Chair) – Bill was born and raised on a farm in Cobden. In 1966 he got his first job as a teacher at Rideau Regional Centre and at 23-years old he bought his current farm in Montague township where he raised his five children and has certified organic, grass-fed beef. Bill was first elected as Deputy Reeve of Montague Township in 2008 and as Reeve in 2011, as well he has served as Warden For Lanark County for 2012-2013. He has volunteered at the Montague Forget-Me-Not seniors club and coached in minor sports.
Jane Graham (Treasurer) – Jane is a Certified Financial Planner working in the financial services industry for 30 years. Jane lives on a 13 acre, 200 year old farm on the Rideau Canal just outside Merrickville and served 7 years on Village of Merrickville- Wolford Council as well as currently volunteering on the Economic Development committee of council. A dedicated foodie, Jane also grows her own organic veggies, keeps laying hens and is a member of MAD (Merrickville and District) Gardeners. She makes a weekly soup for Montague Township staff from October to March with the funds raised going to food initiatives (in 2014 the recipient was TRFH). Jane graduated with a BA from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS.
Robert Argue (Secretary) – Bob Argue is the (volunteer) Executive Director of ecoPerth, a community-based demonstration of greenhouse gas reduction measures in Lanark County. EcoPerth has been working for seventeen years to engage residents, business, and municipalities in dozens of action projects, such as renewable energy programs and promotion and support of local food systems. Bob is also President of REIC Perth, an environmental consulting company he founded in 1977, with extensive experience in renewable energy technologies, green communities, waste management and recycling, energy conservation in housing, and climate change issues. He has written several books and manuals on renewable energy and low-energy housing.
Chenoa Marshall – A resident of Tay Valley Township in Lanark, Chenoa Marshall is a small-scale, non-certified organic, market gardener. She grows a range of standard, unusual and heirloom vegetables and maintains a mixed flock of livestock with her husband and two small children. She has been selling her produce along with her husband at the Perth Farmers’ Market as well as contributing to a Weekly Food Box.
Shannon Miller – Shannon Miller farms with her husband and family on their 4th generation mixed farm at Lombardy. In addition to field crops, they operate a strawberry patch and roadside vegetable stand. Over the past decade, Shannon has seen the emergent trend toward local food, and is eager to contribute further toward its growth through her involvement in the Board of the Two Rivers Food Hub.
Cheryl Nash – Cheryl grew up on a mixed fruit farm in Niagara. Her working life began as Energy Conservation coordinator for Stratford, followed by years spent developing recycling and composting programs throughout North America, the UK, the Caribbean and Thailand. Through ecoPerth’s Lanark Local Flavour program, Cheryl has focused on increasing and improving the production and availability of locally grown food. Projects include hosting numerous Meet-and-Greet events to bring farmers and food buyers together, annual production of the LLF farm sales brochure, establishing community gardens throughout Lanark County and hosting a variety of agricultural skills development workshops. Cheryl is a co-founder of the Lanark Slow Food Convivium, founding member of the Eastern Ontario Local Food and Farming Collaborative and the recipient of the 2014 Lanark County Award of Excellence.
Meghan Pettipas – Meghan is co-owner of Dandelion Foods – a full service organic grocer and supplements store, which opened in Almonte, Ontario in January 2014. As a worker co-operative, Dandelion Foods offers meaningful local employment to its four members. Meghan, her husband, her two young boys live in a post-and-beam strawbale home on a six wooded acres outside Mississippi Mills. Meghan graduated with a bachelor of business administration (BBA) from Acadia University in Wolfville, NS and a diploma in public relations from Algonquin College. She worked for over 3 years as Manager of Marketing Communications for OCRI (now Invest Ottawa) and 5 years as Manager Communications for Brookfield Renewable Power. In her “free” time, she likes to cook, garden and chase her boys.
Our Staff are the face of the Two Rivers Food Hub. They have a range of skills to help serve you better.
Bruce Enloe – Bruce was born in Texas to a family of food lovers and restaurateurs, after an exceeding short career in music, he took up the family business of cooking in Texas and eventually California, where he worked for seven years as the sous chef to Executive Chef Eric Tucker at the world famous Millennium Restaurant and was co-author of their second cookbook, The Artful Vegan (Ten speed Press, 2003). After travelling to France and Italy to work on organic farms, Bruce settled in Kemptville, Ontario in 2006 and opened the Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill with his wife, Ottawa native Nicole LeBlanc. The Branch specializes in organic and local foods and serves a signature traditional Central Texas style 100% hardwood smoked beef brisket. Since moving to the area, Bruce was on the first advisory committee for Savour Ottawa, helped found The Kemptville Kinsmen Farmers’ Market and Sustainable North Grenville and has been an outspoken advocate for local foods.
Sarah Mackenzie -Sarah grew up in Ottawa but decided to move to a more rural location to pursue her dream of farming with her partner. They purchased a farm outside of Smiths Falls where they raise sheep, grow produce and greenhouse plants. Sarah has sold produce at the Perth Farmers’ Market for 14 years and has been President of the Market for the past 4 years, as well she sits on the Lanark Agricultural Advisory Committee, and spends time with her husband and 3 boys on the farm.
Kim Brake – Kim is our new facility manager. She takes care of the day to day running of the Food Hub and ensures that everything is clean, organized and helps the clients. She is also responsible for the sorting, packing and distribution of orders through Fitzroy Beef, and our summer and winter Local Food Baskets.
Ashley Spence – Ashley is a student at Durham College in Whitby, Ontario studying for a Horticulture – Food and Farming Diploma and has a keen interest in local food and artisan products. Ashley grew up in Perth, Ontario and volunteers at Bowes Whispering Pines in Balderson as well she has training in WHIMIS, Fire Extinguisher Handling, Food Safety Training, and Smart Serve. Ashley worked for us during the 2015 summer food box season.