FHF Board Member Bios

FHF Board Member Bios

Past President: Wendy MacDonald

Wendy MacDonald brings a background in public policy, research and analysis to her
involvement with Farmers Helping Farmers. She joined the Education Committee in 2008, and
became a member of the Board in 2014. She travelled to Kenya in 2017, working with Carolyn
Francis and Liz Townsend on the Safe and Inclusive Schools project, and took on the role of
Vice-President later that year. She was a member of the proposal writing team for the current
Global Affairs Canada project, More Food, Better Food in 2017 and 2018. In May 2019, Wendy
retired from a 40-year career in the public services of Saskatchewan, Ontario and Prince
Edward Island, and in June she became President of FHF, serving until July 2021.

During her presidency, Wendy visited Kenya again in early 2020, assisted with monitoring and reporting of
the GAC project, and was involved in the work of all FHF committees. She is currently a
non-voting member of the Board as Past President, and continues to be a member of the ad
hoc Visioning Committee established in early 2021 to support development of a long term plan
for FHF. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys gardening, and is benefiting from her involvement
with FHF to learn techniques such as drip irrigation. Wendy has four children and lives with her
husband Albert in St. Andrews P.E.I.

2021-2022 Board Members

Krista Schurman

Krista and her husband Marc, three children, Ben (19), Quinton (19) and Samantha ( 17) live in Kensington on their family farm, a 4 acre organic vegetable greenhouse.  Krista helps manage the direct marketing side of the business involving the Farmer's Markets and CSA ( Community Supported Agriculture) Veggie Boxes.  Along with her part on the farm, she works full-time as a Relationship Manager at Farm Credit Canada giving her lots of opportunities to connect with farm families in other sectors across PEI. Krista is originally from Truro, NS and graduated with her BSc from Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in 1997, and together with Marc were recipients of Atlantic Outstanding Farmers award in 2006.

Catherine Williams

My name is Catherine Williams and I am a Registered Dietitian in P.E.I. currently working in Long Term Care. I travelled to Kenya as a nutrition student in 2016, through the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program. I have continued my work with FHF as a member of the board since 2018 and I am currently the chair of the FHF Communications and Membership Committee. Outside of work and volunteering, my hobbies include: anything food related (cooking, baking, eating), mountain biking and scrabble.

Peter Cudmore

My name is Peter Cudmore. I am a teacher in P.E.I. and have been teaching for the past ten
years. My parents, Barry and Ellen, were founding members of FHF and I have been
volunteering with the organization since I was able to be useful at the annual BBQ. I went to
Kenya as a pre-service teacher in 2015 and taught at Ithanji Primary and am Chair of FHF's
Education Committee. Fun fact: I ran two half marathons in Kenya.

Nora McCarthy-Joyce

My name is Nora McCarthy-Joyce. I currently work in the area of Community Relations/
policy and programs for the P.E.I. Department of Health and Wellness. My educational
background is in Indigenous and International Education, and more recently health
research. My areas of expertise are in literacy, Indigenous and International education
and health, mental health/addictions and wellness. I first travelled to Kenya with FHF in
2006 and taught at a secondary school there as part of my specialization in International
Education at UPEI. I enjoyed the people, culture, and landscape so much that I have
been back to Africa 3 more times since then – once back to Kenya, once to study the
Genocide in Rwanda (Western University) and once to study Middle Eastern Politics,
Policy and Culture in Egypt (UPEI). I am a member of the Fundraising Committee and
Membership/Communications Committees of FHF. Fun fact: we have a greyhound
named Bear who is a therapy dog. She spreads so much love around our family and
community through visits to local long term care homes.

Lori Robinson

Lori Robinson is the Farm Manager at Eric C. Robinson Inc., a 6th generation farming operation
located in Albany, P.E.I. As Farm Manager, Lori oversees the day-to-day operations of her
family’s 2500-acre farm, concentrating on the production and sales of soybeans, grains and
forages. Lori obtained her BSc in Agriculture, majoring in Agricultural Business, from the
University of Guelph in 1991 and has 27 years of experience farming in P.E.I., including 25 years
growing, packing and selling potatoes. Currently, Lori sits on the Advisory Board of P.E.I.’s Rural
Women’s Business Centre and recently co-chaired P.E.I.’s Land Matters Advisory Committee. Lori
joined the Farmers Helping Farmers Board in July 2021 with a keen interest in helping women
farmers in other parts of the world. Outside of agriculture, Lori is passionate about the game of
curling and holds a Coaching Association of Canada Level 2 Curling Coach designation, which
allowed her to coach the P.E.I. men’s team at the 2019 Canada Games.