Sprouts & Seedlings Closing Dates

Posted on 09. Apr, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Hello all,

The last day where Sprouts and Seedlings will be fully open will be the last day of classes, April 10th. They’ll be closing early on the last day so our volunteers can attend Block Party and other LDOC festivities.

There will be coffee hours at Seedlings next week, 9-5 from April 13th-17th. Come study for your exams and grab a cup of coffee with us!

2015-2016 Executive Board Election – Candidates

Posted on 21. Mar, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Hello all!

Here are the candidates running for the board in 2015-2016. Remember to come out to our social and cast a vote this Monday, March 23rd. It will be held at Seedlings at 6:00 PM.

To view more detailed information about all the candidates and read their platforms, click below:

Full Candidate Bios

President (1):

  • Carlee Cater
  • Esther Huang

Vice President (1):

  • Renee Proulx

Treasurer (2):

  • Jon Grierson
  • Teresa Zhai

Kitchen Manager (1):

  • Mikaela Nevin

IT Manager (1):

  • Rys O’Connor
  • Florie Cai
  • Jojo Zhu

Promotions and Outreach Coordinator (1):

  • Marcus Narsaiya
  • Ernielly Leo
  • Georgia Wilkins
  • Mischa Milne
  • Caro Sanchez

Seedlings Kitchen Manager (1):

  • Marcus Narsaiya
  • Ilana Marder-Eppstein
  • Chouvalit (Chevy) Chourkittisopon
  • Simone Vachon

Seedlings Operations Manager (1):

  • Marc Sierro Goffaux
  • Lindsay Fenwick

Workshops Coordinator (1):

  • Georgia Wilkins
  • Caro Sanchez
  • Hannah Lunn
  • Ilana Marder-Eppstein
  • Channy Lapierre
  • Stephanie Soo
  • Frances Jones

Volunteer Coordinator (2):

  • Jojo Zhu
  • Madelyn Dekerf
  • Hannah Lunn
  • Yi Liu
  • Sophia Kontou
  • Daniela Rodriguez
  • Sophia Larney
  • Ilana Marder-Eppstein
  • Channy Lapierre

Store Coordinator (1):

  • Claire Livingstone
  • Olivia Holuszko
  • Yasmin MacDonald
  • Stephanie Marcil
  • Clea Harrison
  • Ruby Pyke

Bulk-buying Coordinator (1):

  • Stephanie Marcil
  • Olivia Lam
  • Sam Khurshid
  • Clea Harrison

Community Eats Director (1):

  • Josh Smith
  • Chouvalit (Chevy) Chourkittisopon

Community Eats Assistant (2):

  • Mischa Milne
  • Yasmin MacDonald
  • Stephanie Soo
  • Cederic Lee
  • Sashka Warner

Distributors Coordinator (1):

  • Renee Proulx
  • Madelyn Dekerf
  • Sam Puddicombe
  • Olivia Lam

Sprouts Box Coordinator (2):

  • Adele Thieras
  • Jenna McIntyre
  • Ruby Pyke

Sprouts Board Elections

Posted on 02. Mar, 2015 by in Uncategorized

It’s that time of year again!

Do you have experience with the Sprouts community? We want you! We are looking for interested and enthusiastic individuals to help form the executive board next year. If you are interested in playing a more active role in the Sprouts community, please consider applying for the Sprouts Executive Board.

Here are the descriptions of positions available:

    President (1)


Approximate time commitment: 15-20 hours per week
Qualities of the applicant: Well-versed in Sprouts’ vision, history, values, and overall operations; conversant in concepts related to food security; highly committed, reliable, and organized.
Position Description: The President acts as head coordinator of Sprouts store/cafe as well as independent projects (Community Eats, The Sprouts Box, Workshops, and the Bulk Buying Club). The President oversees long term planning for these initiatives and guides the rest of the board members in day-to-day duties. Other responsibilities include chairing bi-weekly board meetings, maintaining a positive relationship with the AMS, maintaining integrity of and relationships with Independent Projects, and acts as a booking representative to the AMS.

Vice-President (1)
Approximate time commitment: 10-15 hours per week
Qualities of the applicant: Well-versed in Sprouts’ vision, history, values, and overall operations; conversant in concepts related to food security; highly committed, reliable, and organized.
Position description: The Vice Presidents support the President in long-term visioning as well as guiding the board in day-to-day operation. Other duties include acting as primary media spokesperson for Sprouts, liaising with external parties, attending weekly or bi-weekly board meetings, and chairing board meetings in the President’s absence.

Kitchen Manager (1)
Approximate time commitment: 10 hours per week
Qualities of the applicant: passionate and creative about cooking with local organic ingredients; familiar with vegan and vegetarian cooking/baking, gluten/wheat free baking; engaging volunteer manager; experience cooking in quantity an asset but not necessary; food safe certified an asset but not necessary upon entry into the position.
Position description: The kitchen managers lead one of two weekly cooking and baking shifts. The kitchen managers should be Foodsafe certified within one month of being elected (Sprouts will reimburse the cost of the course).

Operations Manager (1)
Approximate time commitment: 15 hours per week
Qualities of applicant: Excellent leadership and communication skills, ability to problem-solve, organizational skills, good interpersonal skills, willingness to work closely with Vice President, graduate students preferred.
Position Description: This position focuses on Seedlings. The Operations Manager is expected to work with the Kitchen Coordinator to maintain inventory. Responsible for maintaining café appliances and equipment as well as physical and aesthetic aspects of the space. Maintain and facilitate communication between the GSS, volunteers, board members, and the public. Trouble-shoot problems/technical issues as they arise such as broken appliances, warm fridges, flooding etc. Work with the Kitchen Coordinator to ensure all FOODSAFE requirements are maintained. Deal with laundry and recycling. Thoroughly train board members (and volunteers as necessary.) Must have strong interpersonal communication and organizational skills.

Volunteer Coordinator (2)
Approximate time commitment: Average 10 hours per week. Much busier at beginning and end of term–up to 17 hours.
Qualities of the applicant: Organized, patient, sociable, outgoing, good communication/interpersonal skills. Strong computer skills (excel, google docs/forms/calendar etc.) are also an asset.
Position description: The two volunteer coordinators recruit and schedule all volunteers for Sprouts at the beginning of the term. They do this through creating online applications and being present on clubs days. After the initial volunteer recruitment, the volunteer coordinators are in charge of all Seedlings and Sprouts store volunteers. This involves scheduling shifts, developing a training program, keeping records of volunteers’ contact information and schedules. This requires ongoing correspondence with roughly 140 volunteers via e-mail. The volunteer coordinator is also in charge of organizing volunteer socials for all Sprouts/Seedlings volunteers each term, and conducting experience surveys to ensure volunteers are enjoying their role.

Community Eats Director (1)
Approximate time commitment: 12 hours per week
Qualities of the applicant: responsible, creative, comfortable working under pressure; familiar with vegan cooking; experience cooking in quantity an asset but not necessary; food safe certification
Position description: The Community Eats Director organizes each weekly Community Eats along with the help of one or two Community Eats Assistants. This entails ordering food such as grains, spices, and oil, as well as organizing the pick ups of food donations. The CE Director can also manage a list of volunteers, send them updates on cancellations or first cooking shifts, etc. Additionally, along with his/her assistants he/she will be present at all cooking shifts and food preps.

Community Eats Assistant
Approximate time commitment: 10 hours per week
Qualities of the applicant: responsible, creative, comfortable working under pressure; familiar with vegan cooking; experience cooking in quantity an asset but not necessary; food safe certification an asset but not necessary upon entry into the position.
Position description: The Community Eats assistant work closely with the Community Eats Director to ensure that all duties are fulfilled. The Community Eats assistant is in charge of every Community Eats and therefore needs to be available on Fridays. This involves planning a menu according to the food received, leading a cooking shift the day before the event while overseeing volunteers, and ensuring smooth proceedings the day of the event (e.g. preparing the last of the food before the event, communicating between the store and the kitchen, be familiar with the kitchen equipment, and cleaning).

Workshop Coordinator (2)
Approximate time commitment: 15-20 hours per month (Too little?)
Qualities of the applicant: Responsible, creative; experience as an educator or workshop facilitator an asset but not necessary; passionate about environmental and food security education;
Position description: The Workshops Coordinator is the principal organizer of Sprouts’ free MONTHLY workshop series. The Workshops Assistant assists the Coordinator in this role. Responsibilities of both positions include managing the workshops email account, scheduling workshop speakers, supervising workshops and brainstorming ideas as a team.

IT Manager (1)
Approximate time commitment: 5-10 hours per week (expect to spend more if things go wrong, i.e. the website crashes, etc)
Qualities of the applicant: Committed, reliable, organized. Familiarity with website management, social media, HTML, CSS. Experience with PHP, SQL Databases, WordPress, Javascript; and ability to create website graphics are all plusses. Note: if you don’t have a lot of experience with some of these things, don’t worry, we will show you the ropes. If you’re interested in website management/design, this would be great experience.
Position Description: The IT Manager is in charge of all things technological at Sprouts. This includes managing the wordpress website and the domain, acting as admin for all social media accounts, and troubleshooting the computers and printers in Sprouts and Seedlings.

Store Coordinator (1)
Approximate time commitment: 10 hours per week
Qualities of the applicant: organized, crafty, interest or affinity for (very simple) design, familiar with use of cash register, “handy-man/woman” skills a bonus, ability to multitask
Position description: Two store coordinators work together to ensuring the cleanliness and aesthetic of Sprouts storefront/cafe space. They are in charge of selecting grocery items to sell in the cafe. In addition, the store coordinators set prices and keep store labels updated, maintain and upgrade store/cafe appliances and equipment, maintain active store inventory, work with Volunteer Coordinator to train volunteers in store procedure, communicate with Distributor’s Coordinator to maintain stock of produce, groceries, snacks, and bulk foods in store, communicate with Kitchen Manager to make labels and menus for cafe items, and attend all meetings of the board.

Distributors Coordinator
Approximate time commitment: 10-15 hours per week
Qualities of the applicant: Organized, good communication skills and knowledge of Sprouts vision and purchasing policy.
Position description: The distributors coordinator acts as the representative of Sprouts and Seedlings to our primary distributors. They monitor sales and place the appropriate orders from our three main distributors: Discovery Organics, Horizon Organics, and Pro-Organics. The distributors coordinator also places orders for the kitchen, bulk buyers’ club and workshops, and must ensure effective communication with the appropriate board members at all times. All purchasing decisions must be made in accordance with Sprouts’ Purchasing Policy. Finally, the distributors coordinator receives orders and ensures that they are accurate upon delivery and organized within the store space.

Sprouts Box Coordinators (2)
Approximate Time Commitment: 10 hours per week
Position description: These board members work together to manage the Sprouts Box program. Responsibilities include calculating the quantity of food to fill small and large Sprouts Boxes and communicating orders to the Distributors Coordinator. This position also requires the coordinators to work directly with smaller outside produce sources. The Coordinators create a weekly newsletter for Sprouts Box subscribers which includes a description of the food included in the box and a recipe that uses some of these ingredients. This position requires the coordinators to be available every Monday morning to receive and distribute the produce amongst the boxes. Other weekly time commitments are required for placing orders as well as cleaning and organizing boxes for the upcoming week. The Coordinator manages volunteers who assist with the packing and delivery of the boxes.

Bulk Buyers’ Club Coordinator (1)
Approximate time commitment: 5 hours per week
Qualities of the applicant: organized, responsible, timely.
Position description: This board member manages Sprouts’ Bulk Buyers’ Club. Responsibilities include ensuring that ordering and payment systems are user-friendly, compiling weekly orders, maintaining contact with Bulk Buyers’ Club members for order arrivals, payment issues, and refund issues, assisting Product Coordinator to compile weekly ordering list, communicating with Independent Project Coordinators to compile ordering needs, ensure orders are complete upon delivery (shared with Product Coordinator), and attending all meetings of the board.

Promotions and Outreach Coordinator
Approximate time commitment: 5 hours per week
Qualities of the applicant: Creative, reliable, organized, interest or affinity for (very simple) design.
Position description: The promotions and outreach coordinator is in charge of promoting Sprouts through various means: designing advertisements to be used within the store and in the campus community, organizing tabling duties, communicating with external contacts in order to find opportunities for advertising Sprouts.

For more information on positions available, and to apply, please check out this form:

2015/2016 Board Member Application

The elections will take place at the semi-annual general meeting and volunteer social on March 23rd. Hope to see you there!