About Halton
Food for Thought

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We give Halton students access to nourishing food and support, creating healthier tomorrows for all.
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Founding Story

What began with food programs at 6 Halton schools in 1997 has now evolved to 130+schools in Halton programs in every Halton school, ensuring that no student in the region goes hungry at school.

Along with our community partners and army of volunteers, we are able to nourish and nurture generations of students. We know that nutrition is essential to their success and that habits established in childhood set the foundation for healthy behaviours in adulthood.

Our work is even more crucial, given that Canada remains one of the few industrialized countries with out a national school food program. As a result, access to proper nutrition is inconsistent and systems rely mainly on ‘patchwork’ solutions.

We feed kids everyday

Our
History

Our history isn’t uncommon; a grassroots group of people who identify a problem and come together to form a solution.  In this case, one of the strongest groups you can have behind your cause: Parents. Fast forward to 2007, just ten years later, and HFFT became an incorporated, registered, charity with its own Board of Directors and 63 programs. As of July 2019, HFFT has partner programs in 130 schools, providing more than 79,000 Halton students access to healthy food at school.

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every day!

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our thing!

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Region

Launched in 1997 and incorporated as a registered charity in 2007, HFFT has been giving Halton students consistent access to healthy food for over two decades.

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Our Mission

In the spring of 2014, we set out to revive the agency. We wanted to realign ourselves with our cause and ensure all of our work was unified toward one goal. Our Mission and Vision are the core of our values and fuel all of our work in the community. In partnership with the community, we feed students healthy food so they can succeed.

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No child will
go hungry!

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our thing!

let us do our thing

Our Vision


Feeding kids is the foundation of our programs, but with the help of our partners, building a stronger community is what we have become very good at doing. With our new Mission and Vision statements in place, we wanted to rebuild the values by which we would strive to reach our goals. The following values were chosen purposefully to represent our beliefs and actions as we work to see our vision become a reality.

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Our Staff Team

Along with our Staff Team, we have over 2,100 volunteers (including 1,060 students) and dozens of community partners who all work together to feed students in their communities.

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Nancy Rumple
Executive Director
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Carrie Baillie
Oakville Community Development Manager
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Maureen McLaughlin
Halton Hills & Milton Community Development Manager
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Kevin Matchett
Director of Philanthropy & Communications
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Our Staff Team

Joanne Jones

Board Chair

HFFT Member Since: August, 2020

Kevin Hutchinson

Treasurer

HFFT Member Since: August, 2020

John Pullen

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: November, 2017

Arlette Edmunds

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: August, 2020

Annita Pospisil

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: July 2021

Prasad Samala

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: November 2021

Bryan Desousa

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: January 2022

Ron McInnis

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: February 2022

Daniel P. McKeown

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: September 2022

Chelsea Bristow

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: September 2022

Jay Michael Poitras

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: September 2022

Mary Osborne

Burlington Community Development Manager

I truly believe that food has the power to bring people together and ignite conversations. I love that Halton Food for Thought creates the opportunity for students to do that in a healthy and positive way. I am so grateful to join the team, and support the schools and volunteers committed to fuelling the next generation

Joanne Jones

Board Chair

HFFT Member Since: August, 2020

Joanne, Director of the Urology Resource Centre, and Chair of the Hamilton / Burlington Bladder Cancer Canada Walk is also actively involved with the Joseph Brant Foundation assisting on a number of committee events. Joanne has spent a decade in executive recruitment for companies within Consumer-Packaged Goods, Medical Sales, and the Marketing Field. Joanne, a long time long-time resident of Burlington with her husband and three young children is passionate about advocating for the health and safety of children, is Board Vice Chair at Pearson Co-op Preschool, is a member of parent council for Glenview Public School. Joanne joined the Board of Directors of Halton Food for Thought in August 2020.

Kevin Hutchinson

Treasurer

HFFT Member Since: August, 2020

Kevin is the Vice President of Investment Finance at Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) where he is responsible for leading all activities supporting the valuation and analysis of OMERS infrastructure and private equity portfolios. Prior to joining OMERS, Kevin was a Partner within the Valuation Services Advisory Group at KPMG LLP in Toronto. In this role, he provided valuation services to both public and private companies for various purposes, including financial reporting, fairness opinions, M&A transactions, and corporate tax planning. Kevin is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA), Chartered Business Valuator (CBV), and holds the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) professional designation. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators. Kevin grew up in Barbados and now resides in Oakville with his wife and daughter. He joined the Board of Directors of Halton Food for Thought in August 2020.

John Pullen

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: November, 2017

John has been actively involved in supporting students’ needs during his career. Through many years of coaching sports and working with student youth groups, he has directly observed the great contributions and success kids can achieve with the support of a nurturing environment that works to reduce the barriers which many will face during their lives. John has two daughters in post graduate university studies and shares time between Dundas and Milton with his partner. He has worked in the Halton District School Board for over a decade as an administrator and is currently the Principal of King’s Road Public School in Burlington. Previously John worked as an environmental chemist in the GTA prior to his transition to teaching.

Arlette Edmunds

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: August, 2020

Arlette is an accomplished Human Resources Executive with more than 20 years of experience leading the people agenda for large global corporates in the financial industry. She is a passionate business leader with a track record of helping leaders deliver talent mandates that enhance growth and profitability, with a focus on the employee experience and a commitment to long-term, sustainable growth and improvement. Today, Arlette leads the human capital strategy at AGF Investments where she is Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for setting the strategic people agenda, globally. Before that, Arlette helped build Ontario’s newest (est. 2020) defined benefit pension plan, at the University Pension Plan where she was Chief People Officer. Prior to her time at University Pension Plan, Arlette spent more than seven years at OMERS – another Canadian pension plan – where she led the talent function globally, for all investment entities including Private Equity, Infrastructure, Platform & Ventures Investments and Capital Markets, with offices in Toronto, New York, London, Sydney, and Singapore. Arlette also spent ten years at TD Bank – first leading human resources within the capital markets sales and trading business, then in corporate human resources leading the Employee Experience strategy, globally. Arlette also spent time working at both Merrill Lynch and Deloitte advising on their people strategies. She was also a successful entrepreneur, founding an online retailer before selling it to join OMERS in 2013. Arlette is passionate about giving back. She works closely with Women in Governance, an organization dedicated to supporting women in leadership development and career advancement. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Halton Food for Thought where she is a Director, and a member of the HR/Governance Committee. Before that, she served as Director on the Board of the Oakville Soccer Club, where she also served as the Chair of the Governance Committee.

Annita Pospisil

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: July 2021

Annita has over 24 years of experience in the financial services industry where she has held several leadership roles and was responsible for the financial reporting and planning processes. In her current role at RBC as a Senior Commercial Account Manager, she manages a large portfolio of Commercial banking clients which are comprised of privately held and publicly traded companies across the retail and consumer services industry. Prior to joining RBC, Annita worked at Ernst & Young in the audit and tax groups. Annita is a Chartered Accountant (CPA,CA). Annita lives in Oakville with her husband and two children and is very passionate about giving back to the community. She was a member of the parent council for St. Mary Catholic Elementary School

Prasad Samala

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: November 2021

Prasad is a strategic technology executive with 20 years of progressive experience in leadership roles delivering a broad range of technology solutions to various industries including Financial Services, Utilities, Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Automotive, and Energy industries. Currently, Prasad works at Google and is passionate about how Digital Engineering & Cloud Computing can redefine business models and transform industries. Prior to joining Google, he spent 2 years at DXC Technology and about 7 years as a Partner & Senior Director at CGI in Toronto. Prasad’s previous experiences include providing technology solutions and services to large Health Insurance clients with numerous award-winning deliveries. He also ran strategy consulting practice for a boutique management consulting firm in Toronto, specializing in business consulting for top 5 Canadian banks. His personal passion is to find ways of giving back to the community. In the past, he led initiatives such as STEM for children and Women in Technology. He holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering and an MBA degree from Ivey Business School, Canada. He resides in Oakville with his wife. He joined the Board of Directors of Halton Food for Thought in 2021.

Bryan Desousa

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: January 2022

Bryan recently joined the Halton Food for Thought Board of Directors in January 2022. He is currently the Secondary, Vice Principal at Christ the King Catholic Secondary School. He has been working in education system for more than 17 years. Bryan is also the Past Director and Chair of the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation and is a Committee Member, Support Services at Catholic Principals Council of Ontario. He was a apart of St. Edmund Campion Secondary School in Brampton recipient of the 2017-2018 Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools and a member of the college of audiology and speech pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). Bryan is passionate about education and healthy active lifestyle. Bryan and his family currently reside in Milton.

Ron McInnis

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: February 2022

Ron is an accomplished Financial Services senior executive, recognized for change management and results oriented leadership in multiple disciplines including Retail Banking, Human Resources, Commercial Banking, Credit Risk and Governance. Demonstrated strengths include ability to substantially drive increased sales activity, consistently improve efficiency and lower cost structures, hire, develop, mentor and engage talent to exceed business objectives and manage challenges, opportunities and change. Performance oriented leader with proven success in inspiring his teams will to win, developing plans of action, securing organizational buy-in and achievement of defined results through effective change management and project execution A people leader who thrives in dynamic business environments requiring strong internal collaboration, focused decision making and team based execution. Ron has significant previous board experience and now retired is looking forward to giving back to the community. Ron has a daughter and 2 grandchildren that live in Burlington.

Daniel P. McKeown

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: September 2022

Born and raised in Burlington, Dan studied English and History at McMaster, obtained his M.A. in 2004 and then went on to law school at Queen’s University. After law school in 2007, Dan articled at the Ottawa Police Service and was called to the Bar in June 2008. Dan then practiced in family law at the Ottawa firm of Augustine Bater Binks LLP. In 2013, Dan returned to his hometown of Burlington and opened a sole law practice where he continued to practice family law. In 2015, Dan became a Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada where he sat as an adjudicator for refugee claims. In 2021 he joined the Immigration Division where he now presides over detention reviews and admissibility hearings. Dan is the Chair of Parent Council at Glenview Public School, and in his spare time you might find him coaching or playing hockey around the Burlington rinks.

Chelsea Bristow

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: September 2022

Chelsea is a Registered Nurse with over 15 years of experience in healthcare, patient advocacy, and health promotion. Her nursing experience ranges from specialized transplant and surgical care to executive health management and discharge coordination. Additionally, she spent three years nursing in Leeds, United Kingdom where she was head nurse and sat on the leadership in practice, and health and safety committees. More recently, she joined the pandemic response and administered COVID vaccinations to the Halton community. In her spare time, she is the parent volunteer coordinator for the Healthy Snack Program and sits on parent council at Glenview Public School. As a Burlington resident with her husband and two young children, Chelsea hopes to make a positive contribution to her community.

Jay Michael Poitras

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: September 2022

Jay Poitras has worked with children and youth since his first job as a summer camp counsellor thirty years ago. Over the last three decades Jay has supported young people in community, residential, clinical and school settings. The bulk of his teaching career was in special education with the Peel District School Board. He has been an administrator with the Halton District School Board since 2015 and is currently the proud principal of Pauline Johnson Public School in Burlington. In both his employment and other volunteer work, Jay is a strong advocate for improving access to healthy food and helping to strengthen communities through food and nutrition programs.

Nancy Rumple

Executive Director

HFFT Team Member since: January, 2016

I have always been involved in health and wellness both personally and professionally in one way shape or form. I am also passionate about education and empowerment. When the opportunity came about to combine these loves with enhancing the lives of children and youth within our community – there was no question, I knew where I needed to be! The more I learn about Halton Food for Thought’s partnerships within the community and local schools, the more passionate I become about ensuring “no student goes hungry at school”!

Carrie Baillie

Oakville Community Development Manager

HFFT Team Member since: February, 2012

I have always been interested in nutrition and eating healthy so when I heard about all the great things Halton Food For Thought was doing I knew I had to be part of the team! I love being in the programs every week and seeing the difference it makes having food available to all students. There are so many reasons kids are not eating enough healthy food and I am fortunate to be able to help ensure “no student goes hungry at school” as part of my job every day.

Maureen McLaughlin

Halton Hills & Milton Community Development Manager

HFFT Team Member since: May, 2009

Kevin Matchett

Director of Philanthropy & Communications

HFFT Team Member since: November, 2021

I’m new to the team. I am passionate about healthy, active living and recognize how important it is to make sure we always fuel our bodies properly for a busy day of learning and activities ‘healthy body = healthy mind’. I’ve been involved in professional sports and philanthropy for the majority of my professional life. When I learned more about the great student nutrition programs Halton Food for Thought provides for students in our community I knew I wanted to help and be part of their team. I’m excited about the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of students where my family lives too, right here in the Halton region. I’m also looking forward to supporting the important work our team is currently doing and making sure ‘No student goes hungry at school”.

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Press Kit

What began with food programs at 6 Halton schools in 1997 has now evolved to 130+schools in Halton programs in every Halton school, ensuring that no student in the region goes hungry at school.

Along with our community partners and army of volunteers, we are able to nourish and nurture generations of students. We know that nutrition is essential to their success and that habits established in childhood set the foundation for healthy behaviours in adulthood.

Our work is even more crucial, given that Canada remains one of the few industrialized countries with out a national school food program. As a result, access to proper nutrition is inconsistent and systems rely mainly on ‘patchwork’ solutions.

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