About Us

Established in 1997 and registered as a charity in 2000, Nanaimo Foodshare Society connects the community with resources, skills, and knowledge to create change that increases healthy food for everyone.

Specifically, we:

  • Work with community partners to address hunger in the community
  • Build food skills
  • Bring the community together to share resources
  • Build community capacity to provide healthy foods to everyone.

Through our programs, we support local sustainable food, help build food policy and develop coordinated community strategies to improve food security.

We are a registered charitable organization: 887234524 RR 0001

Our vision: Our region has sustainable access to nourishing food and food knowledge.

Our mission: We empower community members with skills, tools, and access to local and nourishing food.

Our values:

  • Local access: focus on food sovereignty in our region
  • Empowerment: hand-ups not hand-outs
  • Resilience: supporting sustainable access to food
  • Inclusivity: ensuring accessible and equitable access to food and food knowledge
  • Collaboration: working together to fill gaps and serve our region

Read about what we have been up to in our latest Annual Report 2020-21.

Staff & Governance

Executive Director: Paula Masyk

Director of Food Skills: Chrys LoScerbo

Manager of Finance and Administration: Lisa Guizzo

Board of Directors

Nanaimo Foodshare Society has an elected volunteer Board of Directors that provides strategic oversight to the organization and which the Executive Director reports to. The 2021/22 Board is as follows:
  • Casey Mitchell, chair
  • Jason Moltner, co-chair
  • Blake McGuffie, treasurer
  • Jane Barron, secretary
  • Jenny Rutherford, director
  • Stuart Setch, director
  • Cemi Vur, director


Nanaimo Foodshare is one of eight Vancouver Island Health Authority Island Food Security Hubs across the island. The Food Security Hubs are a collective of organizations working together with Island Health and other community partners across the Island Region to support healthy food systems, address food insecurity and ultimately improve health.