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BC Food Systems Network (BCFSN), a project on Tides Canada‘s Shared Platform, works to create healthy, just and sustainable food systems in British Columbia by strengthening connections, nurturing capacity, and supporting joined-up food policy at all levels. BCFSN works in partnership with farmers and ranchers, fishers, First Nations, and people in communities working to rebuild their food systems from the ground up. BCFSN works to undertake awareness building and education, and to develop balanced policy proposals that adhere to sustainability principles and reflect the needs and interests of a wide range of people, communities and ecosystems.

Update – September 2017: Brent Mansfield has left us …

Brent in his element in a school garden!

Brent in his element in a school garden!

Brent Mansfield has left the BC Food Systems Network and has returned to teaching.  This gain for the Vancouver School Board definitely leaves a gap at the BCFSN that it will be hard to fill.

The Steering Committee and all members of the BCFSN who have the pleasure of knowing Brent are so grateful for the time he spent in leadership with us.  He helped the organization navigate a transition to being a project of Tides Canada Initiatives; supported three annual Gatherings where participants explored necessary and difficult conversations about diversity and justice; facilitated learning and capacity building for food security with local governments and Health Authorities; and brought his analysis and persuasive intelligence to bear on building the foundation for Sustain BC, a common agenda for multi-sectoral work on sustainable food systems in BC.  These are significant contributions to sustainable food systems work in the BCFSN and for the whole province.

We commend Brent for his self-awareness, unfailing good humour and grace under pressure.  It has been said that the most critical quality in a quest for evolution is an “intent to learn.” This is one of Brent’s greatest strengths: his boundless curiosity and willingness to learn have benefited us greatly and will continue to benefit us and his new communities of practice.

Because we are widely distributed, we can’t hold a big actual party for Brent, but we do encourage you to send your thanks, good wishes and virtual bouquets to him here.  If you are in Vancouver, do call and take him out for a (local, artisanal) beer or two.

Thank you, Brent, for your generosity to the BCFSN and the food movement in BC and across the country.  We miss you already!

… and we are seeking a Project Director

The posting for the BCFSN Project Director position can be found on the Tides Canada website here.

This position is a changemaker role in BC food systems at the intersection of community advocacy, academia and policy makers, with potential for significant impact through the work.

Closing date for applications is end of day Monday 16 October. Please circulate this in your networks.

 

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