Meet Our Team!
Learn About the People of One Straw
Board of Directors
Casandra has worked in leadership, governance and as a director in Non-Profit Organizations for over twenty years. Her passion is in the development of healthy, productive policy governance boards, and building organizations with strong ethics and a supportive and empowered culture.
Casandra has supported One Straw through its redevelopment in 2017 and is now continuing on as a the Chair of the Board of Directors with the organization.
Paul co stewards BrookBank Farm with his wife Dawn Myers on the Sunshine Coast which also supports the Gibsons Farm Collective offering a next generation CSA. He works as the Director of development Saint James Music Academy, a non-profit organization serving at-risk. children and youth in the Downtown Eastside Community of Vancouver. He is family man with a daughter and a son and also takes care of 2 beautiful dogs who share the farm with him and Dawn.
Paul joined the One Straw Board of Directors in 2018 and brings a fresh and energetic perspective to the organization.
As a 24-year resident of the Sunshine Coast, Ian has witnessed many changes to the culture, economy, and foodscape of the area. Having owned the health food store in Roberts Creek from 2011 to 2019, he understands the need for distribution of local food products, and the desire to deepen the connection between local food producers and consumers.
“A vibrant local food movement is vital to the long-term economic and social well-being of Sunshine Coast residents. The One Straw Society has been a key component of that process for over twenty years. I’m proud to be serving my community.”
Ian served on the board for two years, took a one year hiatus, and returned to the board in 2019 in the capacity of Secretary and Treasurer, as well as technological consultant.
Michelle Butti is the owner and operator of Sun Creek Farm and joins us with enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge in local agriculture.
Gregory has been a community planner for nearly 25 years, focusing creatively on development, design and community resiliency – including development of the Coast’s agricultural plan and various emerging food security initiatives.
He actively researches and advocates social, economic, political and legal resources for engaging and empowering people, communities and nature.
Passionate about growing and preparing food, Greg has also designed and built his own unique home, where he focuses on being creative, innovative and naturally resourceful.
The One Straw Team
Manager of Programs and Director of Innovation
Chris has had a long and fruitful relationship with One Straw, having served on the board a decade ago, and brings his skills and knowledge to us again in this new position.
Chris is a research and development consultant with expertise in sociological research, policy and project management. Chris holds a PhD from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia and MA in Sociology from Simon Fraser University.
Chris has extensive experience working on independent and collaborative research projects. He is the author and co-author of a number of published articles and technical reports, and is a dynamic and engaging speaker who has presented and lectured in classrooms, board rooms and conferences both locally and internationally.
Chris’ past work includes an in-depth industry/economic analysis of local food and marketing systems in British Columbia as well as research around the local and global restructuring of food systems and rural development. His PhD work revolved around the relationship between Food Sovereignty and Fair Trade in high value fruit chains. This work took him to Ecuador and Haiti.
“I believe that a revolution can begin from this one strand of straw.
Seen at a glance, this rice straw may appear light and insignificant…
Hardly anyone would believe that it could start a revolution.
But I have come to realize the weight and power of this straw.”
– Masanobu Fukuoka, The One Straw Revolution