Sprouts Election 2017 - Candidate Bios

Ilana Marder-Eppstein - Seedlings Kitchen Manager (1)

I am enthusiastic to run for Seedlings Kitchen manager again and to work with so many wonderful folk in the kitchen, creating glorious meals and getting things spicy (but not too spicy ;)). I feel that I have a beautiful foundation of knowledge about the workings of seedlings that I have built working as the Kitchen Manager this past year and am excited to expand off of this foundation the coming year. I am able to think on my toes during times of Seedlings strife while keeping volunteers and customers happy. I very much hope to be your Seedlings Kitchen Manager once again. Peas and love <3 Ilana

Nikki Lax - Volunteer Co-ordinator (2)

Hey friends! I am applying for volunteer coordinator because I love people and I love logistics. I've volunteered at Seedlings this year but also live with many Sproutlets, so it feels like I'm always around. I work for a non-profit as the Director of Recruitment and Head Farmer Mentor which has given me experience in communicating and organizing people, as well as checking in with them to make sure they're excited about the work they are doing. I am also an executive for the Blank Vinyl Project and manage room bookings - another logistically oriented position that runs on club member communication and stoke building.

Being volunteer coordinator would allow me to further grow my love for Sprouts through managing volunteers so every shift has plenty of hands and plenty of good vibes, as well as help grow this wonderful community even more.

Carly Sable - Distributors & Bulk Buying Co-ordinator (1)

Hey! My name is Carly Sable, and I'm in 3rd year of the Dietetics program. I love cooking, coffee, and I'm also slightly obsessed with putting things in jars. As a Bulk Buying Coordinator, I would hope to expand the already amazing Bulk Buying Club and make it even more accessible to students. I have experience with a bulk buying club in my past and have many ideas to increase usability of this amazing resource.

Jodie Nowell - Volunteer Co-ordinator (2), Sprouts Box Co-ordinator (2)

Hey hey I'm Jodie and I super excited to be running in the sprouts board elections this year! The food at sprouts/seedlings is what initially drew me to the organization, but the community is what has made me want to stick around. You can find me in the seedlings kitchen rocking out and roasting random veggies with the other wonderful volunteers. I've been involved with Common Energy for the past 2 years and have worked hard to implement the mugshare program within Sprouts, Seedlings and Agora. I would love to see this project continue on in the future and would like help see it through on this side. I'm organized and a hard worker, and I'm excited to help bring in new faces into this wonderful community! :) :)

Chany Lapierre - Vice President (1)

Heeyyooo everyone, my name is Cheny, I'm in 3rd year Forestry, and I loooovveee working at sprout, playin good tunes, and drinking all the coffees. As workshops co-coordinator this year I helped bring some sweet events to the Sprouts community. As VP next year, I want to help ensure the Sprouts has as smooth and successful of a transition into a new space as possible while still maintaining our core principles and values (and the brownies, obviously). I very much hope to be your next Sprouts VP and to get to see everyone's beautiful faces around Sprouts and Seedlings next year!

Nicole Oates - Workshops Co-ordinator (1)

Hi, I'm Nicole. I'm currently in my first year of Applied Biology. I have volunteered as a general volunteer in the Seedlings Cafe since the beginning of term 2, and have really come to embrace this wonderful community. I would love to become more involved, and to be able to help organize some creative and cool workshops. I personally really like food, plants and the environment, and would like to potentially be able to organize some workshops about these things that I am passionate about. Of course I would always be open to input, as I would want everyone to feel happy with the selection of workshops available over the course of the year.

Rhys O'Connor - IT & Social Media Manager (1)

Hey guys. I first got involved with Sprouts last year when I realized how cool everyone is in Sprouts and the sense of community and positivity it fosters. I went on to be the IT Manager for Sprouts for the 2015/2016 Winter Term, and had a really good time setting up the website along with my other duties.

This year, the IT Manager position has been modified to include the social media duties previously held by the now defunct Promotions and Outreach Coordinator position. This past year, I was responsible for social media for the UBC Geology Club as well as the social media for the Pacific Museum of Earth, the geology museum on campus. I have a pretty good idea of a social media strategy for next year based on my experience with the Museum, which would include daily posts by the volunteer team spotlighting the various great stuff Sprouts does, including product spotlight, volunteer spotlight, promotion of on-campus sustainability events and lots more. These can easily be cross-promoted on different social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) via the UBC Sprouts website or other tools.

That's it! Namaste.

Sarah Siska - Workshops Co-ordinator (1)

Hi! My name is Sarah Siska, and I am finishing up my second year of studies in the First Nations and Indigenous studies program. I have been a volunteer at Sprouts since September, and I’ve loved every second of it! Through my work and my studies, I’ve seen firsthand the importance of youth empowerment, communities, and the rituals of eating. The Sprouts community blends all of these together in a happy and accessible space; I am so happy that I got to spend this past year as a volunteer, and I would love to be more involved this coming year!
I have extensive experience as a facilitator/coach/educator, and over the past several years I have facilitated workshops in around the world on topics ranging from climate change, art and culture, youth social activism and issues of food security in the north. I’m a very creative person, and I firmly believe that the most important thing in life is to keep learning—whether it’s learning about what grows in your backyard and how you can eat it/make crafts with it, what your friends are passionate about, or even as simple as what the names of the people around you are. I think being workshop coordinator would allow me to mix my love of Sprouts with my love of learning with my love of this earth.

Hannah Elbaggari - Community Eats Director (1), Community Eats Assistant (2), Workshops Co-ordinator (1), Bulk Buying Co-ordinator (1)

Hi I'm Hannah Elbaggari. I am a first year in Arts and am running for the position of bulk buying co-ordinator. When I first found Sprouts I immediately felt at home. I am from Berkeley, California and the Sprouts community and atmosphere reminded me of every one of my favorite cafes/hangout spots I would regular at home. That feeling familiarity, as a first year in university, provided a sense of home away from home. I began to regularly visit and volunteer at Sprouts and Seedlings and ever since then have felt so welcomed into the Sprouts family. I want to do more within the Sprouts community and I feel that I can achieve that with this position. Thanks :)

Kat Kott - Volunteer Co-ordinator (2)

Hi! I’m Kat and I believe that healthy and delicious food should be easily available to all. Cooking and eating can be so much more than just menial tasks: they can unite a community, and turn “tasks” into a conscious and enjoyable effort. I’m so glad to have found so many others that agree! I enjoy talking to people one on one, and I’d be very willing to help people get oriented to this organization. I love volunteering at Sprouts, and I’d be happy to help however I can!

Sam & Asia - Distributors & Bulk Buying Co-ordinator (1), Store Co-ordinator (1 of 2)

We are like Nuts to your Nuts peanut butter and fraser valley organic honey between two dank sprouts brownies- the perfect combination. Sam offers seasoned (mostly curry powder) board member experience, and food market analysis expertize, on top of a rocking good attitude and calves that could split wood. Asia may be new to sprouts but she is definitely their biggest fan, she loves food and people and bringing the two together. Together we will run as a singular board member, Sam mentoring and collaborating with Asia throughout the fall before he leaves her to fly solo in January while he is in Spain. We are passionate about bringing Sprouts to the people. For bulk buying we will do this through revitalizing the program and delivering it with a high level of efficiency and smoothness. For store coordinator we will continue to improve what is available in the store within the scope of its new boundaries and challenges, again helping to increase students awareness of sustainable food options.

Josh - Community Eats Director (1)

Hello everyone! I'm running for Community Eats director for a second time! I hope everyone has enjoyed our meals this year. We've worked very hard to make things happen. As many of you know, next year we will be in transition from our current Sprouts location to a temporary space in the New Sub. Given the unusual circumstances, I think I'm a strong candidate for CE director because I have current experience with the program as it has existed for the past several years. I have some ideas as to possibly make the program flexible enough to ensure we can still operate the program if, say, we don't have access to a proper kitchen every Thursday night. Again, I hope you have enjoyed CE this year, I've been so proud of everyone involved and I hope to be re-elected once more!

Deanna Shrimpton - Workshops Co-ordinator (1)

Hi all! I’m Deanna, a 2nd year Physical Geography student and I would be jazzed to be your Workshop Coordinator for next year. I’ve been volunteering for Sprouts for the past year, and I think I’m a good candidate for this position due to my past experience organizing events, in addition to my love for all things veg/homemade. I’m excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Sprouts folks alongside UBC at large. This community is very special, and I would love the chance to arrange events to bring everyone together.

Caterina Marra - Treasurer (1 of 2)


Hola, my name is Caterina Marra! I am a first year student interested in many GRS majors. I am passionate about health and sustainability and that is what has led me to Seedlings and Sprouts. I began volunteering this year in September and have loved every minute of it! Throughout this year I have proved to be a dedicated, punctual and organized volunteer. I hope to become more involved with the Seedlings and Sprouts community by taking on the challenging but rewarding position as one of two treasurers. Although I do not yet have any experience financing, I am very eager to learn how to do the job! Furthermore, I really enjoy pine trees and a good Buddha Bowl :) So vote for me!

Kate Curtis - Volunteer Co-ordinator (2), Community Eats Assistant (2), Workshops Co-ordinator (1)

Hi, I'm Kate. I joined Sprouts because I thought that it was a cool community of people who really cared about each other and our world. So far, everyone has blown my expectations out of the water with respects to both those things. So I would love to help serve this organization that has been so welcoming of me. Coming into Sprouts feels like visiting a friend's house (with tastier food) because there's always someone to talk to. And being a part of the development and continuation of that environment would be an honour.

Myia Antone - Kitchen Manager (1 of 2), Community Eats Assistant (2)

Aloha hombres! I'm Myia and I am studying Environment and Sustainability. What wakes me up in the morning? What feeds my soul? Student run initiatives like Sprouts that offer local, organic, and fair-trade foods accessible to their community. I have been volunteering at Sprouts for the last year and I hope to get even more involved with Sprouts/Seedlings and share the love through community eats. I would love to have the opportunity to learn more in such a great environment and work alongside great people. Community Eats is such an amazing initiative that I support and I would work my hardest to make it the best it can be. So vote for me! Remember, not all heroes wear capes.

Sophie Nataros - Sprouts Box Co-ordinator (2)

I am looking to be more involved in the sprouts community and particularly feel as though the position of the sprouts box co-coordinator is something that I am prepared to take on. As a volunteer for the sprouts box program this past year and an avid vegetable lover, I know I'd be able to approach the position with the ability to ensure effieciency, organization and a smile or two.

Maira Brondizio - Store Co-ordinator (1 of 2), Kitchen Manager (1 of 2)

I've been volunteering for about a year now with shifts at seedlings and as the assistant kitchen manager for this past term. I've had some experience with cooking on a large scale and knowing how the kitchen runs. I really like cooking, and in the past term I've learned a lot about vegan baking and coming up with new recipes. I'm pretty organized and I think I would do a good job in this position!

Josephine Alcyon Hass - Treasurer (1 of 2), Volunteer Co-ordinator (2), Distributors & Bulk Buying Co-ordinator (1), Store Co-ordinator (1 of 2), Community Eats Assistant (2), Sprouts Box Co-ordinator (2), Workshops Co-ordinator (1), Bulk Buying Co-ordinator (1)

Volunteering at Sprouts is a blessing - and I want to share that blessing with others. As I'm sure anyone voting in this election would agree, Sprouts and its' mission of creating a community to connect people, food, and land is rad. But I'm preaching to the choir here; I want to bring more people into the community, not just as patrons, but as volunteers. Volunteering this year has been personally fun and inspiring, and it felt great to contribute to my favourite vounteer-run cafe. I want to help others help, and being Volunteer Co-ordinator is my way to do this. I've always loved bringing people together for good causes - I've served as coaches and camp counsellors, and have organized teach-ins and student walkouts - and I would cherish the chance to do good for Sprouts.