Katrina is originally from Tahsis, BC, and also lived in Comox, Tofino and Banff, AB before moving to Victoria and then Esquimalt in 2010. She grew up in a family with immigrant grandparents that were very self-sustainable. Because of living so remotely she was introduced to gardening, hunting, fishing and canning as part of a way of life. She has always been passionate about the environment and social justice. Having resided in so many beautiful places that were community minded, her love for both strong community and respecting Mother Nature was built. As mother of three young children, this is what she wishes to provide for her family.
Katrina is being nominated for the Vancity Social Innovation Award for her leadership role in establishing the not-for-profit Esquimalt Farmers Market in 2015. Katrina's ability to galvanize broad civic and community support for the market, and her deep commitment and involvement in local food initiatives, social innovation and economic resilience is demonstrated in many ways. Katrina will be the first to tell you that the Farmers Market is a success because of the whole team that came together, from an idea posted on the Esquimalt Community Connections Facebook group - and those around her will be quick to say Katrina's efforts have been an inspiration to the team! In its inaugural year Esquimalt Farmer's Market won the 2015 "We Heart Local" Award in the category of Farmer's Market for all of Vancouver Island.