Greenest City Staff

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Angela ElzingaCheng, Executive Director

Angela ElzingaCheng grew up working in a farming community providing a foundation for her food and growing knowledge.   She has been a community organizer and developer for over 17 years, and worked at FoodShare for ten years after working at a neighbourhood-based food security organization in Vancouver, Canada and getting a Master’s in Social Work at the University of British Columbia with a focus on community development and anti-oppression. Angela’s passion is to support change towards a more just society that reflects the diversity of Toronto through food and environment justice work.  In the past, she has been involved with nationwide political action related to education reform.

Angela, in her ten years at FoodShare,  supported Good Food Markets, community kitchens, community gardens, neighbourhood-based food planning, consulted to other cities on engagement and consultation practices, organized many city-wide events bringing politicians, funders, and community leaders together.  Her knowledge of food growing, bringing people together to lead food initiatives and her leadership across the city provides Greenest City with skills to lead the development of exciting new projects and support of the existing impactful projects.


Cheyenne Sundance, Urban Agriculture Coordinator

Cheyenne Sundance has been an organic farmer both in rural and urban settings where she tended to fields of vegetables, fruit forests and livestock. Her farming has always been with a social justice framework since she thinks being able to grow your own food is the foundation of independence, especially for those who are marginalized.

Cheyenne has also worked in community organizing and non-profits focusing on harm reduction using therapeutic gardening.

She has experience as an anti-oppressive facilitator educating people on food justice, environmentalism, food growing and the connection of systemic racism to food and land.

Adrian DiLena, Community Cooking Coordinator


Adrian DiLena is a cook, bread baker and struggling gardener. An artist and arts administrator early on, Adrian soon became enamoured with the world of food - spending years as a line cook before specializing as a sourdough bread baker since 2015. His interests in art and food have led him to lead a number of small ad-hoc projects attempting to blend these seemingly disparate practices together. Adrian is excited to be a part of Greenest City and looking forward to contributing to the organization’s impact in the Parkdale community.

Intern: Ella Lightstone

Ella Lightstone is the new intern at Greenest City where she actively engages with the community, city, and nature around her. After years of working in the culinary industry she decided to leave the world of kitchens and work towards a more just and equitable food system. She is currently in her second year at George Brown College, in the Community Worker program, with a focus on food justice and sovereignty. She organizes with Food Not Bombs Toronto, and spends her spare time listening to loud music and fermenting anything she can get her hands on.


Ella making Green Tomato jam and pickled green tomatoes from the Milky Way garden

Ella making Green Tomato jam and pickled green tomatoes from the Milky Way garden

Creative Reuse Toronto
A partnership initiative with Greenest City

  • Helen Melbourne - Coordinator

  • Sabine Spare - Assistant Coordinator

  • Nikki Lam - Assistant Coordinator

  • Shareen Ally - Outreach and Communications Assistant

  • Tsering Dolma - Outreach and Communications Assistant

Board of Directors

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Chair: Stephanie Nixon

Vice-Chair: Chelsea Longaphy

Treasurer: Tanya Pausch

Secretary: Tanya Mahbubani

Directors: ,Alina Racoviceanu, Brian BarthChelsea Longaphy, Jennifer Robinson, and Mathieu McFadden

Board Members commit to volunteer for three year terms.  We have four openings to join our board starting in June 2019.  The application process includes the submission of your expression of interest/application, an interview with the HR & Governance Committee and invitation to be a guest at the April and or May Board Meeting with final selection being notified for the June AGM.  Learn more about our Volunteer Board Positions.