Board of Directors
A nine member Board of Directors, representing Vendors and Supporters of the Market, govern the Yellowknife Farmers Market. The Board represents a cross-section of community interests supporting the development of local food systems. They include farmers, agriculturalists, strategic planning and communication professionals and small business owners.
Caroline Lafontaine, President (Vendor)
Caroline made the north her home 1992 and since lived in many communities of the Dehcho and Akaitcho regions. She has a degree in agriculture; trained with the Northern Farming Training Institute (NFTI) and also obtained her permaculture design certificate from Geoff Lawton Permaculture Institute. She’s worked as an agriculturalist and supported the development of gardens in the NWT. At the market, you will find her at Daatleh, our local luxurious soap booth which supports the fundraising activities of Charles Tetcho School kids in Sambaa K'e.
Hannah Eden, Vice-President
Hannah moved to Yellowknife in 2015 after spending time working as a documentary photographer and videographer in Dawson City, Yukon. There she found her passion for telling Northern stories, specializing in food security and on-the-land education. Her move to Yellowknife brought her closer to others who are passionate about the environment, and community storytelling. This is Hannah's first term as Vice-Chairperson on the board. In 2017, Hannah served as the YKFM official photographer. She hopes her passion for communication will play a role in future markets.
Emma Ambury, Secretary (Supporter)
Before her recent move to Yellowknife, Emma worked on farms in Canada and around the world, where she fell in love with rubber boots, yarn, goats, and kohlrabi. She has a degree in outdoor and experiential education, and focused her studies on connecting youth with the land. Emma is passionate about local food, education, and community building, and looks forward to putting all of those interests into action through her work with Yellowknife's schools and the YKFM this year.
Lise Picard, Treasurer (Supporter)
Lise Picard, Treasurer, has lived in Yellowknife since 1981 where she raised her family and work in nutrition and in arts and culture. She has occupied different positions on the YKFM board and is known at the market for the successful “waste reduction and compost program” implemented in 2015. Lise enjoys the outdoors, gardening, meals with family and friends and singing.
Valérie Gosselin, Director (Supporter)
Bio to come.
Tom Money, Director (Supporter)
Bio to come.
Julie Plourde, Director (Supporter)
Originally from Quebec, Julie has been living and travelling across Canada for the past 16 years, pursuing her career in communication and journalism. Holding a B.A. in Journalism, she worked for Radio-Canada in Whitehorse, Edmonton and Halifax and more recently, as a Communication Specialist for a school board in Edmonton. Among other work experiences, she worked for the local newspaper L’Aquilon from 2001 to 2003 and directed two documentaries produced by the National Film Board of Canada. She moved back to Yellowknife with her family in summer 2017. She has been previously sitting on different boards and is looking forward to bring her various experiences to the YKFM organisation.
Jordee Reid, Director (Supporter)
Jordee Reid is a born and raised Yellowknifer. She comes from a Chipewyan family that instilled in her the Aboriginal teachings of taking only what you need, giving back to the land, and being grateful for all it has to offer. For this reason, she finds herself continually drawn towards the sustainable food system movement. Food security in the NWT is one particular issue close to Jordee’s heart; And as a lifelong Northerner, she has a comprehensive understanding of the problems we face and a vested interest in doing something about it.