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Meet our new Chair!

We're very excited to welcome our new Chair for the Food Council's Stewardship Group, starting in January of 2024. Congrats Vanessa!

Vanessa Hurley is a Public Health Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on the Chronic Disease Prevention team. She has over 20 years of experience working as an RD in the food industry (scientific and regulatory affairs), nutrition communications, private practice, and community/public health.

She is a mom to two boys and a Bernedoodle who keep her busy in the kitchen – and always moving! Growing up in Newfoundland, she and her family gathered a lot of wild game/fish. Fresh produce and the variety of cultural foods were very limited, so when she moved to Ontario in 2002, she felt she was in food heaven!

In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys baking, reading, listening to music, visiting cafes and food markets, learning about food and nutrition trends, playing sports, and being active outdoors.

Vanessa is passionate about reducing household food insecurity rates locally and improving health for all in Simcoe Muskoka.

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