Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance Hub

The Hub committee sets direction, policy and resourcing for the activities of the working committees.

HFFA Hub Members

Lisa Needham        Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Sandra Dolson       Town of Caledon

Ruth Philips             Town of Orangeville

Marci Lipman          Dufferin Farm Fresh map

Karen Hutchinson*/Shirley Boxem*      Headwaters Communities in Action

Janet Horner          Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance

Diana Morris           Dufferin Board of Trade

Jacalyn Dryland/Bob Megens      HFFA Education, Literacy and Access (ELA) Working Group

Hub Support: Branka Gladanac    Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Education, Literacy and Access Working Group

The mandate of the HFFA Education, Literacy & Access Working Group is to educate residents by supporting school-based food and farming programs, community programs and outreach campaigns on food and farming issues and opportunities including food literacy, food access issues and farming education.

The primary objectives of the ELA group are:

  • To support the education and engagement of our youth about local food and farming.
  • To collaborate with schools to provide children and youth with opportunities and experiences to learn about food and farming, including the economic and financial value of our food and farming culture in Headwaters.
  • To increase food literacy skills by promoting the preparation and consumption of healthy foods.
  • To advocate for increased access to culturally acceptable, safe and nutritious foods to meet dietary needs; in a manner that maintains human dignity.
  • To educate and engage people in Headwaters about food & farming issues and opportunities within the region by supporting the identification, replication, development and execution of successful programs and/or events.

ELA Committee Members

Jacalyn Dryland          Dufferin Area Family Health Team, Registered Dietitian (RD)

Bob Megens                  volunteer

Heather Verpaalen      The Children’s Foundation of Guelph & Wellington/Food & Friends Network, Manager Dufferin Network

Kathryn MacDonald    volunteer, RD

Andrew Seagram         Upper Grand District School Board, Community Use of Schools Director

Shirley Boxem*              HCIA

Nicole Hambleton*      HCIA, RD and HFFA Farm to School Program Coordinator

Jennifer Payne*            HCIA and HFFA Farm to School Program Coordinator

ELA Support: Branka Gladanac    Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health


Communication and Website Subcommittee

Charged with the promotion of farm and food businesses in Headwaters through the HFFA website and other media.

Committee Members

Marci Lipman

Sandra Dolson

Jennifer Payne

Janet Horner


*Supported by Headwaters Community in Action Staff