The Qajuqturvik Food Centre is registered as a charity with Canada Revenue Agency (#810143925RR0001) and a Society with Nunavut Legal Registries (SOC2129).
2019-20 Board of Directors:
Amelia Rajala has been involved with Qajuqturvik since she moved to Iqaluit in 2015. She also works as one of Iqaluit’s occupational therapists (also serving Pangnirtung, Cape Dorset and Pond Inlet) and is passionate about health, mental health and human rights. She is originally from Vancouver and obtained her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in Edmonton. She believes in the power of community and the power of good food.
Beth Kotierk is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa where she studied to become a lawyer. She articled at Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik and is currently working with Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa on land and housing issues through the Canadian Bar Association. Beth is interested in food sovereignty, indigenous rights and international law.
Lihua Huang is trained as a land use planner and a certified project manager. She has been working in the public sector for over 10 years on multiple projects and programs alongside with various Indigenous communities. She moved to Iqaluit in 2017 and has since been volunteering for the Qajuqturvik Food Centre. She is interested in working with communities to improve food security and access to healthy food in the North.
Annie Nakashuk is currently a full-time student at Nunavut Arctic College taking the Environmental Technology Program. She recently relocated to Iqaluit after 27 years. She was previously involved on various committees such as Ambe Tigadaw, Orillia Community Gardens, including Orillia Food Council that was a part of the Advisory Committee at Orillia City Hall addressing policy for local gardens and food insecurity. She was a team member for Blue Dot Campaign through the David Suzuki Foundation, and former program coordinator at Orillia Native Women’s Group coordinating culture-based programs, activities and teachings for First Nation, Metis and Inuit ‘FNMI’ families to learn about food production, food as medicine concepts, and increase and improve food knowledge within families and communities.
Ratidzo Chikari is a professional accountant. Having experienced food insecurity in her home country, she understands the important work that the QFC is doing in eradicating this problem in Iqaluit. She is looking forward to playing a part in improving food security in Iqaluit.
Kimberly White came to Nunavut temporarily in August 2017 and moved permanently in July 2018. She has been working in women’s shelters and other residential programming since 2008 and currently works at the Department of Family Services in Iqaluit.
The Qajuqturvik Food Centre’s operations are managed by a combination of full and part-time staff as well as volunteers.
Current full-time staff:
- Wade Thorhaug, Executive Director
- Dorothy Turner, Project Coordinator
- Trudy Metcalfe, Community Chef
- Thea Zuiker, Food Skills Coordinator
2019-20 Board of Directors: