Staff team

Ayal Dinner, Executive Director (Outgoing) /

Ayal has a background in community work, food security and food production.  As a founding member of the West End Food Co-op and Sorauren Farmer's Market.

He has served as an active member of the Parkdale Food Network since its inception, and sits on the board of the Parkdale Land Trust. 

Prior to working at the West End Food Co-op Ayal worked as a community food animator with FoodShare where he developed and supported community food projects with marginalized communities in Toronto.

In 2012 Ayal received a Diamond Jubilee Award presented by MP Peggy Nash – for his contributions to the community through his work at the West End Food Co-op.

He lives in the West End of Toronto with his partner and 2 kids and is an active participant in local community initiatives, schools, and projects. When he isn’t working he is most likely to be found riding his bike, or shopping at a farmers’ market with his kids.


Nishat Hasan, Environmental Education Program Assistant /

 Nishat has been working with Greenest City since 2017.

She is a women’s rights activist whose activism has shifted to center itself around protecting ‘mother nature’ and challenging the systems that are driving out local farmers. Her involvement with the Good Food Market is one such initiative that is challenging the idea that corporate-controlled food distribution industry.

Nisha strongly believes in the power of community work & action, and hopes to use her time at Greenest City to help build upon Parkdales capacity for positive change & resistance.


Nina Andrews, Community Market & Programs Assistant /

Nina Andrews joined Greenest City in 2017. 

She is studying Industrial Relations/Human Resources in university and enjoys working in the nonprofit sector. She particularly likes the organizational aspect of running the Parkdale Good Food Market. 

Community engagement is very important to her as she was active in her community growing up by teaching tennis to youth every summer and helping young children learn to read and write. 




Ben Ger, Garden Programs Assistant /

Ben Ger joined Greenest City in 2017.

Ben is an Environmental Economics student who is particularly interested in urban agriculture & policy development. He has numerous years of work experience in the nonprofit sector and a deep rooted knowledge of edible gardening.

Ben's goals for his time with Greenest City are to expand the organization's capacity to advocate for municipal-level food policy changes, as well as to improve upon Greenest City's educational and organization programming.

Board of Directors /

Chair: Stephanie Nixon

Vice-Chair: Kiona Sinclair

Treasurer: Tanya Pausch

Secretary: Kevin Wentzel

Directors: Abe Dyck, Alina Racoviceanu, Brian BarthChelsea Longaphy, Jennifer RobinsonKevin Stephney, and Mathieu McFadden

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