ThINC About Food Security - Summer Program

(June - July, 2020)


Think about food security. What does it mean? How can Thetis Island be more resilient? The pandemic has highlighted the parts of our society that need attention, one of which is our food system. As you are well aware, this is even more of an issue for a small island like Thetis. Thankfully, we have a strong  community of islanders who look out for each other, and a growing Food Co-op that is helping address our food security gaps by producing local organically grown food and providing food delivery services. To aid in this effort, ThINC, with the support of the Canada Summer Jobs program, TIRRA, Stewart Fund, and the Community Fund, is pivoting its activities this summer towards addressing island food security.  As part, we've brought together a small group of individuals to help with operations at Jollity and engage in other local projects. 

Check out our bios below to meet the team, and keep posted by following our blog that showcases what we are doing!

Meet the ThINCpod

Charlotte Fesnoux

Program Coordinator and Facilitator

Charlotte is a curious individual with a thirst for knowledge and learning.  In her youth she spent much of her free time exploring the natural world around her; from forests blanketed with snow, to frog-filled bogs and wide, open fields.  To this day, nature and learning remain an integral part of her life.  This is evident through her BA in Environmental Geography (SFU, 2012) and a Bachelor of Education (UBC, 2017).  While at SFU, Charlotte participated in a unique program: Semester in Dialogue, which aims to inspire active community engagement through meaningful dialogue and experiential learning.  This exceptional experience played a pivotal role in her decision to later become an educator, and has profoundly influenced her pedagogical ethos and direction. This, coupled with her experience teaching/facilitating at Green School Bali (2014, 2018) has developed her expertise as an immersive, place- and project-based learning facilitator.


Charlotte is excited to be working with the excellent team at ThINC, and the many projects and programs ThINC is involved in. These encapsulate much of what she believes in: the necessity of connecting to nature and educating for sustainability.

Aislinn Cottell

Community Ambassador

Aislinn Cottell grew up wandering the beautiful (albeit damp) forests of Thetis Island, fostering a deep
passion for environmental protection. She has worked in various agricultural positions over the years, including with the Cowichan Green Community's edible landscaping team, CERES, and has helped establish a Seed Incubator Farm and other local food security projects in the Cowichan Valley. She is
very excited to now be working with ThINC to build food resiliency closer to home. Aislinn graduated in the Spring of the plague year (2020) from Vancouver Island University with a BA in Creative Writing, and currently works as a freelance editor in tandem with her pursuits to help establish a
sustainable human society.

Connor McRae-Pharo

Community Ambassador

Connor is a fourth year Geographic studies student from the University of Victoria. He has experience
working in an outreach capacity with conservation, and has recently returned from an work term in the
Okanagan, combating the spread of invasive freshwater mussels. Connor has a passion for our shared
environment and food security. As well, he believes that a healthy environment, managed sustainably,
can bring many gifts. He is looking forward to working on the island, getting to know the community,
and hopes to help increase the food security here, on Thetis Island.

Alex Spacek

Community Ambassador

An engineering student in Victoria, Alex has several summers of tree-planting experience on both coasts of Canada and a personal interest in permaculture and small-medium animal husbandry. Alex is also interested in seeing firsthand how communities can benefit through increased food security.

Lara Jensen

Community Ambassador

Lara is an avid traveller and flower-loving girl who grew up among the ponderosa pines and balsamroot of Kelowna but always longed for the salty ocean breezes of the Pacific Northwest. An admirer of West Coast islands she has worked in Haida Gwaii, and is pursuing a BSc in Geography & Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. She loves a hard day of farm work, and finds joy digging into rich soil and taking advice from wise plants. She has experience volunteering with invasive species removal in Victoria, and conducting seabird research in Haida Gwaii. Her love for the eclectic and vibrant communities that the west coast attracts inspired her to get involved with ThINC and the Thetis Island Food Security project.

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