LifeCycles cultivates community health by connecting people to the food they eat and the land it comes from. We support the region in growing, accessing, and eating local food in ways that foster diversity and enhance our urban environment.

Staff

Jess Howardson

Farm Gleaning Coordinator

Isha Matous-Gibbs

Harvest Coordinator

Mary Tooley

Accountant/Bookkeeper

Matthew Kemshaw

Executive Director

Jenny McCartney

Program Manager

Tim Fryatt

Interim Program Manager

Angela Moran

Community Food Coordinator

Julia Ford

Welland Legacy Park & Community Orchard Coordinator

Shereen Kukha-Bryson

Program Manager

Board

Michael Brinsmead

Board Member

Eden Murray

Board Member

Susan Tychie

Board Member

Jeanette Sheehy

Board Treasurer

Regan Macdonald

Board Member

Rhianna Nagel

Board Chair

Matt Hulse

Board Secretary

History

The seeds for LifeCycles Project Society were first planted in 1994.

In 1994, our founding members attended an international youth exchange in Santiago, Chile. The youth exchange program worked with local organizations to explore issues facing Canadian and Chilean communities, with a goal of developing projects that would enhance the quality of life within urban communities. LifeCycles’ founding members learned about the links between globalization, the corporatization of food systems, environmental degradation and food insecurity. They identified a need to spread awareness around issues with food security and increase food production within the urban community.

LifeCycles’ first project was the development of community gardens, tended by youth, whose harvests supplied local soup kitchens. Our programs have since grown from there to include a number of interrelated initiatives that seek out to address urban sustainability and food security by offering practical, accessible and hopeful solutions.

We believe that local action, rooted within the community, is the most effective way to create change.

While the maxim Think Globally, Act Locally may seem simplistic, it is still the best model for social and environmental action. This principle is the cornerstone upon which the LifeCycles Project was founded, and it is why we have endured as one of Victoria’s best-loved community organizations. LifeCycles is empowering because our initiatives make sense. LifeCycles creates possibilities.

Funders

We gratefully acknowledge support from:

  • BC Housing
  • The Province of British Columbia
  • The City of Victoria
  • Canadian Internet Registration Authority
  • The Municipality of Saanich
  • Island Health
  • Vancity
  • The Town of View Royal
  • The Victoria Foundation
  • The Vancouver Foundation
  • TELUS
  • Peninsula Co-Op
  • Harborside Rotary
  • The Government of Canada
  • The Township of Esquimalt
  • Island Savings
  • Luna Trust
  • Whole Kids Foundation
  • Urban Systems
  • The Mustard Seed
  • Fernwood NRG
  • The Greater Victoria Public Library

Community Network

LifeCycles programming is supported by a wide diversity of community organizations. We distribute food to over 45 community agencies and work with dozens more to engage a diverse population in food action initiatives across the Capital Regional District. Below is a short list of some of our key, long-term partners:

  • BC Housing
  • Capital Region Housing Corporation
  • Cool Aid Society
  • Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable
  • Farm to School BC
  • Food Share Network
  • Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre
  • Greater Victoria Public Library
  • Island Health
  • The Mustard Seed
  • Association of Neighborhood Houses
  • Our Place Society
  • PEERS Victoria Resource Society
  • Saanich Neighbourhood Place
  • Salvation Army
  • School District 61
  • SOLID
  • Spinnaker’s Gastro Brewpub
  • Spring Ridge Commons
  • Tsartlip Nation
  • University of Victoria Environmental Studies
  • Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society
  • Victoria Native Friendship Centre
  • W̱SÁNEĆ School Board