LifeCycles cultivates community health from the ground up by connecting people to the food they eat and the land it comes from. We support people in gaining the knowledge, skills and resources needed to access, grow and preserve local food in ways that foster biodiversity and enhance our urban environment.

Our Team

Maurita Prato

Executive Director

Mary Tooley

Accounting and Administrative Manager

Matthew Kemshaw

Seed Library Manager

Jenny McCartney

Fruit Tree Project Coordinator

Angela Moran

Community Food Coordinator

Regan Macdonald

Board Member

Jesse Margolus

Board Chair

Tim Ewanchuk

Treasurer

Erich Nahser-Ringer

Secretary

Lee Fuge

Board Member

Rhianna Nagel

Board Member

Julia Ford

Welland Legacy Park & Community Orchard Coordinator

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.

Major Donors

LifeCycles would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their generous donations:

Funders


LifeCycles would like to thank our funders

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brit-col
city-victoria
saanich
pwc
bauta-family
island-health
td-friends
united-way
vancity
view-royal
victoria-foundation
vancouver-foundation
telus
vancouver-foundation
telus
canada-govt
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Community Network

6 Mile Public House
10 Acres Bistro + Farm
AIDS Vancouver Island
Anawim House
Blanshard Community Centre
Breast Feeding Challenge Esquimalt Health Unit
Buckerfields
Burnside Gorge Community Center
Campus View Elementary
Canadian Association for Food Studies Assembly
Capital Region Housing Corporation
Choux Choux Charcuterie
Cloverdale Traditional School
Communities in Harvest Program
Community Living Association
Cool Aid Society
Craigflower Elementary
CR Fair
Cridge Center for the Family
Deep Cove Elementary
Dig This
Esquimalt Community Gardens Society
Esquimalt Neighborhood House
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
Fairfield Gonzales Community Association
Fairmont Empress
Feys and Hobbs
Fruition Paletas
Geazone Eco-Courier
George Jay Elementary
Good Seed Hemp Company
Grace Lutheran Church
Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre
Grow a Row
GTUF
Haultain Commons
Hilary’s Cheese
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific
Hoyne Brewing Co.
HUFF
Infuse Tea
Ingredients Café
Intependent Order of Odd Fellows
James Bay Community Project
Kelset Elementary
Level Ground Trading
LifeStyles Market
Marina Restaurant
Market on Yates
Mustard Seed
Neighbourhood House Association
Niagara Grocery
OLO Restaurant
Ottavio Italian Bakery & Delicatessen
Our Place Society
Panorama Recreation Centre
PEERS Victoria Resource Society
Peninsula Streams Society
Peninsula Co-Op
Phil’s Farm
Pizzeria PrimaStrada
Rainbow Kitchen
Root Cellar Grocery
Royal Colwood Golf Club
Saanich Neighbourhood Place
Salvation Army
Sandi Merriman
Sapphire Day Spa
Savant
Sea Change
Sea Cider
Senior Advocate Agency
Share Organics
Social Coast
SOLID
Solstice Café
Spectrum Band Program
Spinnaker’s Gastro Brewpub
Spring Ridge Commons
St. John Divine
St. Vincent de Paul
Thrifty Foods James Bay
Trigo Foods
Tsartlip Nation
University of Victoria Environmental Studies
Victoria Brain Injury Society
Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society
Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Victoria West Community Association
Victoria West Community Kitchen
Victoria Women’s Transition House
View Royal Elementary
VIHA
West Coast Artisian Foods
Western Community School Band Project
W̱SÁNEĆ School Board
Willows Elementary