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
Sarah Muthee (she /her/hers), was born and raised in Kenya, and is employed by the PEI Public Service Commission. Sarah holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Prince Edward Island, and a Bachelor of Science in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics from Kenyatta University in Kenya. Her first involvement with Farmers Helping Farmers started in Summer of 2016 when she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Diamond Scholarship to come to PEI and pursue a master’s degree. Her master’s degree thesis comprehensively evaluated the effects of food security programs that Farmers Helping Farmers does with the Women Self-Help Groups in rural Kenya.
Sarah recently became a member of the FHF's Communication Committee. She has volunteered for the organization in different capacities, including presenting at fundraising events, local community groups, schools and committees.
Sarah has a passion for educating women and children as a means to escape malnutrition, hunger, and poverty. Sarah has a keen interest in health and wellness, social justice, women empowerment, and human rights. Her mantra is that every human being deserves a dignified and quality life.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 RuralWomen’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.
Charlene VanLeeuwen has degrees in Family Science and Education and is currently Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Centre at the University of Prince Edward Island. She has traveled to Kenya three times and has an active collaboration with Kenyan colleagues at Kenyatta University on a series of curriculum and development projects involving community-based learning and women's empowerment.
As member of the Ad Hoc Visioning committee, she's been involved in a range of activities to help get ready for a planning workshop this fall.
An avid reader, Charlene is equally happy reading paper and e-books.