Who We Are
Tricia loves food: growing it, eating it, and writing about it. She is a garden writer, permaculture educator, and a volunteer with The Edible Garden Project, a community-based food security and gardening organization. She’s also the founder and president of Fresh Air Learning, a farm and forest education program for young children.
Tom is a municipal recreation manager, using sport as a tool for community development. A lifelong North Vancouver resident, Tom has a Master’s degree in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University, and is committed to the livable and sustainable community in which active transportation (including active transportation), affordable housing (including living small), and food security (including local production and distribution) are all intertwined.
Tom is a CBC Radio 2 listener (www.cbcradio2.ca) and actively involved as a member of:
West Vancouver Baptist Church: www.westvanbaptist.com
North Shore Safety Council: www.northshoresafetycouncil.ca
Legacy North Shore: www.legacynorthshore.ca
KidSport North Shore: www.kidsportnorthshore.ca
Born and raised on the North Shore, Erin was a competitive figure skater growing up. The desire to remain physically fit has continued to drive her to run long distance as an adult. She graduated from UVIC as a politically active student (or loud mouth) with a Degree in Political Science. After graduation, she embarked on a five year long career with Nesbitt Burns Inc. before succumbing to her creative dream to be a fashion designer. Since completing a Fashion Design Diploma at the Helen Lefeaux School of Design, Erin has been working in management for Christine Designs Ltd. where she also co-designs an internationally successful line of fine silk sleepwear manufactured locally in Vancouver. Today, enrolled in Capilano University’s professional certification program in local government, Erin is driven to toss the panties aside to volunteer and work at the community level. At home, Erin is an avid gardener with her husband Andrew and fellow yard-mate Felix the Cat. She is very passionate about food recovery and District Energy!
Anabelle Mae Williams Copping
As the youngest member of the Fruit Tree Project, Anabelle joined this motley crew when she was in utero. Her main role is to boost morale with contagious smiles at picks. Visiting Australia at three months of age, she made fast friends with her Auntie’s chickens. As a result, her current passion is lobbying the District of North Vancouver to let her have a chicken coop in the backyard. She also loves “ditty dats”!
Cydney Walker grew up and still lives in North Vancouver. She has a degree in Recreation Therapy and currently works for the North Shore Infant Development Program as an Infant Development Consultant. She volunteers for the Make-a-Wish Foundation as a Wish Grantor and is involved at Westside Church.
Cydney also enjoys being active by swimming, biking, and running. Cydney’s interest in being involved with the North Shore Fruit Tree Project stems from her work at a centre for women with substance abuse, where she saw the importance of providing nutritious food to families who are unable to afford it. The fruit tree project is away to provide individuals and families with the necessary nutrition, while at the same time supporting and encouraging sustainable communities.