Sylvia Page, Chair

Sylvia’s interest in local and in particular local, organic food, began in the year 2000 and was mainly driven by health concerns. Committing to local and organic brought great results for her health and she has been committed ever since.

She became aware of the CV Food and Farm a few years ago and attended the 2019 Annual meeting. She was so impressed with the passion that was evident to support locally grown and produced food.

As she was exploring ways to give back to the community in a volunteer capacity, this seemed a perfect match.

She joined as the Board’s Secretary in January 2021 and was elected Chair in March 2022.

Anna-Marie Rautenbach, Director

Anna-Marie, born and raised in South Africa, has over 25 years of international experience in Education and Hospitality Industries, with specialization in Food & Nutrition, Culinary Skills, Food & Beverage Management.

Anna-Marie’s, first international opportunity was as Private Chef in New York City (NY, USA), and this was the start of her passion for international flavours and culturally diverse food. An avid culinary tourist, she enjoys exploring local food markets, food farm visits and local food experiences.

With an emphasis on sustainable food practices, she was part a research team, investigating Agritourism in British Columbia, specifically in the Lower Mainland. This ties in with her current focus and interest on sustainability of food through awareness and reduction of food waste.

Alison Bell, Past Chair

Alison Bell is a chef, food educator, and all-round gastronomer. Her commitment to bolstering the local food system has seen her work closely with local farmers, help initiate innovative projects like the Groundswell Community Greenhouse, and lead the formation of three local food non-profits. Alison’s interest in food and the local food system saw her complete an MA in Gastronomy, with her dissertation focusing on food security and agriculture in the Columbia Valley. Alison’s passion for simply-prepared, delicious foods using the freshest, seasonal ingredients has always guided her cooking, teaching practices and volunteer interests.

Andrea Salzbrenner, Director

Andrea is the Chef Instructor and Teacher of the Culinary Arts program at David Thompson Secondary School in Invermere. She is a Red Seal Chef and certified teacher, leading the program that she took as a former student.

Andrea grew up in the Columbia Valley and enjoyed learning about food, cooking and sharing food with others so much that it inspired her career choice. In 2013, she returned to Invermere and took over the Chef Training program at DTSS from her mentor and friend, Alison Bell. She feels lucky to be able to continue growing the program in the community.

Andrea is passionate about cooking, teaching and connecting with local youth and families over food. She hopes to inspire kids to get into the kitchen with the abundance of local foods, and to care for their families and communities through great meals!

Glenda Wah, Treasurer

Glenda, alongside her husband Jack embarked on their horticultural journey in 1982 when they purchased Winderberry Nursery from the Taylor family. At that time the business consisted of two small greenhouses and was only open for two months each spring.

They spent the next 36 years ‘growing’ the business into the thriving family operation it is today. Winderberry is now made up of over 20,000 square feet of greenhouse area, a nursery and garden centre, a five acre certified organic vegetable and fruit farm, Edible Acres, operated by daughter Lin and husband Oliver, and the Edible Acres Cafe and Catering, operated by daughter Anna and partner and chef, Randy.

Although the business is now owned and in the capable hands of Lin, Oliver, Anna and Randy, Glenda remains committed to the vision of community, healthy lifestyle, and all that Columbia Valley Food and Farm stands for. She encourages anyone who is interested in the many aspects surrounding local food to join our vibrant organization!

Lawrie Mack, Director

Lawrie has been a full-time resident of the Valley since 2007, after retiring from 30+ years as a teacher and administrator in Calgary. He started volunteering with the local Food Bank that year, and in 2014 he became an acting member of the Board, and was elected to the Board and the role of Vice-Chair in 2015. Lawrie became Chair in 2016, a role he served in for four years. He was honored to have been at the helm while the CVFB constructed and moved into the Albert Cooper Building. While no longer a director, he still volunteers with the CVFB in the area focusing on local procurement of meat and vegetables. In 2021 he became a director with the Columbia Valley Community Foundation. He is looking forward to his new role as a Board member with Food and Farm.

Katrina Dubois, Director

Katrina was born and raised in the Columbia Valley, then moved to Edmonton to pursue a career in dietetics. Now, back in the Columbia Valley, she is excited to combine her interests in food and nutrition with food sustainability and security. Katrina has always been passionate about all things food, garden, and farm, but at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic she began to think more about local food, sustainability, and food insecurity. Through her work as a dietitian she hopes to educate and teach the powerful impact nutrition can have on overall wellness, health, and quality of life. Joining this organization felt like a natural fit to help expand this mission to support food sustainability and security.

Maureen McCaw, Director

Bio coming soon!