Debbie FieldSpecial Advisor
Debbie Field became Executive Director of FoodShare in 1992, and has helped build FoodShare into Canada’s largest food security organization. She believes passionately in the healing power of food, and the ability of food to strengthen communities and bring people together.
Throughout her career, Debbie has been credited with numerous awards recognizing her commitment to social justice and food security including the Ophea Award for Outstanding Contribution (2012), Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal (2012), OPSEU Bread and Roses Award (2012), was named Social Justice Scholar in Residence at Congregation Darchei Noam (2011), a Vital People Award (Toronto Community Foundation 2005), a Toronto Green Leader (Toronto Life 2007), and was one of Toronto’s Ten Best Organizers (Now Magazine 1996). Debbie’s leadership, energy, passion and support have helped the staff team at FoodShare take risks and grow innovative new programs that make the food system better for individuals, communities and society at large.
A long standing activist in a variety of social movements, Debbie began her work life in 1976 as a teacher at Brampton's Sheridan College, and she was Canada's first Equal Opportunities Coordinator working for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. In 1979, along with four other women, Debbie was successful in her Human Rights' complaint against Stelco in Hamilton for their no-women hiring policy. In the 1980's she was the Coordinator of the Development Education Centre, a non-profit resource centre specializing in third world issues, and prior to coming to FoodShare in 1992, Executive Assistant to Metro Councillors Dale Martin and Olivia Chow. Her role as a founding member of the Coalition for Student Nutrition, and as a parent organizing a hot lunch program at her children’s school eventually led her to work at FoodShare. Debbie has an honours B.A. in Sociology from Trent University and a Masters in Adult Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.