Melana RobertsBoard Member
Melana is Co-Chair of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, an arm of the TFPC recognized as representing the youth voice in food policy in Toronto. She is also Coordinator for Malvern’s Action for Neighourhood Change Initiative, where she project manages and supports a number of food security initiatives, including Scarborough’s first 3 acre urban farm, a breakfast nutrition program, community gardens and a food security table. With an interest in improving access and equity in Toronto, Melana strives to advance civic action through developing tools and resources that empower communities, with a particular focus on supporting young people and underrepresented groups to drive their own development. She holds a firm belief in Anti-Oppression principles and a need for intersectional work; and devotes her time to advocating for systems-change that works to create intersectorial linkages to better serve communities facing multiple barriers to access. She does this through her work as a researcher and consultant for social development and neighbourhood integration plans for mixed-income communities, and in her role as an advisory member on the National Youth Advisory Council for Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. In her spare time, Melana also supports the coordination for the TFPC’s Food By Ward: Food Assets and Opportunities tool, a ward by ward mapping tool, and their ongoing Food Champions initiative. She holds an MA in International Development Studies from York University, with specializations in rural agriculture, community development and community health systems, and has experience working on community development, nutrition and farming initiatives in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana and Toronto.