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 has walked a rich and varied journey of life, and has no intention of letting it get boring now. He brings to One Straw a diverse professional career: hammering nails, administrating group homes, teaching, writing and editing, pastoring, and farming. He is currently serving as Director of Development for a non-profit organization serving underserved children and youth living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community.
Paul is widely travelled, has lived in five countries, and along the way completed three graduate degrees (M.C.S, M.Div., DTh), and more recently enjoyed completing the advanced Diploma in Permaculture Education. He has authored three books as well as numerous articles and short stories. Paul loves to bring together diverse company, hear the stories of others, and focus on what we all have in common. He maintains a stubborn vision for a healthy and just world community, and has lately decided that optimism beats cynicism by miles.
As a 25-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 a deep desire to deepen the connection between local food producers and consumers.
He has a passion for ensuring a resilient local food economy, is proud to serve One Straw and the community in a supportive capacity.
Ian served on the board for two years, took a one year hiatus, and returned to the board in 2019 in the capacity of Treasurer and technological consultant.
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