Meet Our Board Members
Barb Koyanagi McMahon - Founder/Executive Director
Barb Koyanagi McMahon is the Founder and Visionary behind Sprouting Chefs, kitchen garden program for youth that has been centred out of Forest Grove Elementary in Burnaby, BC since 2011. She has overseen the creation and build of the first edible school garden in Burnaby and as such, understands what it takes to overcome barriers and adversity. Being a groundbreaker in the community of North Burnaby, she has seen the transformation of how building an edible school garden can bring a community together in a healthy holistic way.
A graduate of the Gaia College Organic Master Gardeners Course, Barb is a strong and avid believer in the organic practices of growing food, organic food education and creating natural garden spaces. From crop rotation and companion planting for fertilization methods to using nature as the guide to know when to plant, Barb incorporates heart and nature based knowledge into all her school garden education based programs. Barb has taught Seed Classes, Cooking Classes and facilitates an After School Garden Club with Forest Grove Elementary creating a sustainable Garden Program. She is also now working with other schools in the Lower Mainland of BC, teaching school garden education as well as a Summer Wellness and Cooking Camps.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for the direction and sustainability of the organization. They provide direct support and guidance to the Executive Director and staff through policies in strategic planning, as well as personnel and financial viability. Board members promote and communicate with the broader public and connect new people and ideas to staff. The Board of Directors ensures that our programs and activities have enough resources and are aligned with our mission and vision.
If you are a visionary in the way children learn, have experience in environmental studies, education, camps or other after school programs, we would love to have you join us as board members. Contact us here for more details about how you can volunteer your time with us as a board member.
Rebecca Douglas, Holistic Chef Leader
Rebecca’s background comes from the earth as a Geography Major and winds its way through the kitchen as a Holistic Nutritionist, she loves to create foods that leave you feeling great. Rebecca’s interest in working with children and food started around campfires in Northern Ontario. Having spent 5 years working as an outtrip leader, Rebecca gained invaluable experience about the joys of cooking with kids inside and outside and found that when in the kitchen, children have incredible opportunities for creativity as well as gaining skills and confidence.
Outside of Sprouting Chefs, Rebecca runs her own Nutrition business where she works directly with clients who are in need of support in the kitchen as well as making everyday food choices. She also provides private meal prep and planning and prioritizes Incorporating local and seasonal produce into her business. Working with Barb and Sprouting Chefs has been a perfect complement to all the areas of her experience and business!