SLFC Members and Partners


The Sarnia-Lambton Food Coalition (SLFC) is a group of representatives from key sectors and interests of the local food system who share the goal of a healthier food system in Sarnia-Lambton. Click here to learn more about becoming a member.

We seek to include representatives from each sector of the food system. See a list of sectors and examples of sectoral candidates here. We also have 2 members-at-large who have the required qualifications but may or may not be affiliated with any of the sectors.

Download the SLFC Terms of Reference here.


Current SLFC Members 

Simone has been a Registered Dietitian on the Health Promotion team at the County of Lambton Community Health Services Department for 5 years. Her work focuses on promoting healthy eating and community food security.

Lana Smith,
SLFC Co-Chair Year 2
Healthy Living Lambton

Lana also chairs the Healthy Living Lambton Healthy Communities Partnership, which has many linkages to the SLFC's work. The Partnership is currently working on establishing municipal planning and transportation polices that increase access to healthy food. Lana has expertise in nutrition, community development and capacity, and policy development. She is a founding member of the SLFC.


Elizabeth Davis-Dagg
Lambton Shores Municipal Council and County Council

Elizabeth senses an urgency for the establishment of sustainable food sources for Lambton residents. Born and raised on a farm in rural Lambton Shores, Elizabeth is married to a farmer and holds a Juris Doctor law degree. She worked for MP Bev Shipley before being elected to Lambton Shores Municipal Council in 2010.


Thea deGroot
Community member

Thea has lived in Sarnia for more than 40 years and cares deeply about this community. She is very interested in food security, food access, healthy food choices for all citizens and has a deep concern for the growing gap between the rich and the poor in these areas. An instructor by profession, Thea has been growing her own food for more than 40 years and has a lot of gardening experience. She has been a member of the SLFC since it began in 2010.  


Kevin Edwards
City of Sarnia
Planning and Building Department

Kevin has been a part of the SLFC since its inception. He is engaged as a professional in policy development, community engagement and implementation, and personally as an agricultural producer and Lambton County resident.  


Eveliene Kusters

Eveliene Kusters lives on a boiler chicken and milking goat operation just outside of Wyoming, Ontario. She loves the country and the farming lifestyle. Eveliene is very passionate about the produce we are able to produce in Ontario and wishes to assist SLFC in bridging the gap between producer and consumer.

Will Nywening
County of Lambton Planning Department

As a member of the County Planning Department, Will provides technical expertise on land use planning and hopes to identify how we can change land use planning policies and regulations to support a healthier food system  Will also coordinates the County of Lambton Agricultural Advisory Committee.

Karen Mathewson
Community Legal Assistance Sarnia

Through her work at Community Legal Assistance Sarnia, Karen sees the day to day problems, health issues, etc. that people have due to a lack of affordable nutritious food. She believes access to affordable, healthy food is a must for everyone and supports the SLFC's mandate to make this happen. Karen has been a member of the SLFC since it began in 2010.

Denise Smith 
Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario supports food security through improving access to local, healthy food. Denise is also a member of a number of committeess that support food security and social justice.

Myles Vanni
Inn of the Good Shepherd

Myles has served at The Inn for 7 years as Executive Director. His focus has been to create an awareness of the issues of poverty in our community and to be creative in finding solutions and supports to those living in poverty. Programs Myles has brought to The Inn include the Good Shepherd’s Lodge, reduced-fare transit passes, mobile market, school back packs and income tax clinics. He helped lead the recent ‘30-day Local Food Challenge’ of the Food Coalition and is a founding member of the Food Coalition.