Chris Dufour, Education Coordinator, Interim Management Team
I grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia but have spent the last five years exploring Turtle Island (Canada), living in Ontario, British Columbia, and the Yukon. I hold a B.A. in environment, sustainability and society, and political science from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and a certificate in visual arts from the Yukon School of Visual Arts.
I position food justice, food security, and sustainable agriculture practices at the forefront of my food activism. I love to work with kids, and to help give them knowledge on sustainability and social justice; because knowledge is power, I believe it’s crucial to create connections and understanding between food, sustainable living and climate change. I bring an exciting and engaging energy workshops, which include games, hands-on workshop engagement, songs, and fun for kids of all ages.
When not at work, I am a practicing visual artist, outdoor enthusiast, and adventurer extraordinaire. In my spare time, I love to hike, paint, bicycle, enjoy local musicians, cook up a storm, attend art shows, and read some of my favorite books and magazines.
Kayla Siefried, Site Manager & Community Education Coordinator; Interim Management Team
A keen sustainability activist, Kayla finds meaning in advocating for and living an environmentally sustainable life that involves bicycles, all things soils, food, and gardening.
Kayla’s environmental education started with the completion of her Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. She loves to share her knowledge about these things with people young and old through formal and informal education. She’s facilitated youth programs for sustainability all across Canada, Guatemala, and Cambodia, and has a zest for travel and adventure. With permaculture training and farming internships under her belt, Kayla is the steward of the Compost Education Centre demonstration gardens.
Kayla sees the act of growing food and stewarding the soil as one that can heal on many levels. She feels privileged to be able to teach adults at the Compost Education Centre about composting, gardening, soils, and conservation.
Alexis Hogan, Office and Communications Manager, Interim Management Team
Alexis is a queer settler with Indigenous ancestry (Irish, Quebecois and Anishinaabe from Sharbot Lake, Ont) whose decolonial praxis continually pushes her to move towards the transformative potential of accountability, vulnerability and action in every facet of her life. She is invested in art’s capability to communicate complex and poetic ideas, to be a bearer of histories, and to instigate action. Hogan’s academic educational background is in visual arts, and critical cultural theory. In 2014 she received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and in 2015 she was awarded the Early Career Development Grant from the BC Arts Council, which funded a year-long curatorial research residency at Open Space Arts Society.
Aside from her work at the Compost Education Centre, Hogan currently works as Gallery Coordinator at the fifty fifty arts collective and is an emerging artist and curator. When not dedicating time to her artistic and curatorial practice, Alexis occupies her time with all of the other overlapping things that she loves: camping, canoeing, hiking, cooking, gardening, processing food she and her partner grow, and learning about local ecologies, Indigenous and invasive plants, decolonizing agriculture, and birds of prey.