Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Local Residents Elected to GardenShare Board of Directors

Philip Paige of Madrid was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the GardenShare Board of Directors starting in January 2017.  Mr. Paige is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University.  He was recently appointed as the Assistant County Administrator for St. Lawrence County.  Mr. Paige brings a passion for organic gardening and working on the problem of hunger to GardenShare's work.  He will serve on the organization's Finance Committee.

Earlier this year, Tamera Rizk of Potsdam was also elected to  a three-year term on the GardenShare Board of Directors.  Ms. Rizk is the Assistant Dean of Students at Clarkson University, where her activities include coordinating student efforts around local hunger issues.  She is passionate about food system and food justice issues and expresses her desire for all community members to have access to healthy, local, and ethically sourced food.  Ms. Rizk is serving on both the Finance Committee and the Education and Outreach Committee.

"We are thrilled to have these committed and highly qualified people join our volunteer Board of Directors," said Board President CarolPynchon of Canton.  "They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to allow GardenShare to continue to serve the needs of our communities in St. Lawrence County."

GardenShare has worked to end hunger and strengthen our local food system since 1996.  Originally formed as a network of gardeners sharing their extra harvest with local food pantries, GardenShare has since embraced a larger vision for the region, which is summarized in the slogan, "Healthy Food, Healthy Farms, Everybody Eats."  The organization's work to help low-income people access fresh, locally grown food and to strengthen the food system are designed to move the community toward  GardenShare's mission - to solve the problem of hunger in St. Lawrence County through policy advocacy work and by strengthening the food system to benefit all County residents.