Elle has recently joined the Vibrant Communities team as Manager of Cities, Cities Reducing Poverty. Her experience spans corporate, academic, health and community environments, and working on national, regional and local programs of work, both strategically and operationally.
Elle studied life sciences at Queen’s University, and human ecology and nutrition at Western University before travelling and spending time teaching English in Asia. Elle lived in the UK where she worked as a Public Health Nutritionist for food and health companies and Health Promotion Specialist for Primary Care Trusts in the National Health Service, as well as in regional government as a Training Officer where she developed and delivered nationally accredited training programs.
Upon relocating back to Canada, she worked for The Stop Community Food Centre as the Healthy Families Lead on programs including the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program. Elle has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Westminster and PhD in Health and Food Policy through the University of London, UK. In recent years, Elle has focused her work around issues of food security, poverty and inequalities in health. Recognizing community assets, she has been involved in facilitating leadership development opportunities within areas of parenting, breastfeeding, nutrition and advocacy.
Elle enjoys all things food and being active, especially the outdoors with both seasonal and year-round activities. She divides her time between Guelph and the southern Georgian Bay area in Ontario.