Award Winners


Linda Geggie

Food Secure Canada is delighted to announce Linda Geggie as the winner of the second biennal Cathleen Kneen Award.

Linda’s early travels in South America convinced her that Canadians had a lot to learn about food. She has worked on grassroots food security in her community for over 20 years as a farmer, organizer, educator, and policy advisor. In 1994 she helped found LifeCycles Project Society; today she coordinates the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CR-FAIR), which fills many of the roles of a food policy council. Both organizations restore and reconnect the region’s citizens with food. Linda is also founding member of the BC Food Systems Network and one of its key strategists.  


We are delighted to announce the winners of the 3rd Cathleen Kneen Award, two women who show extraordinary leadership and embody the spirit of the food movement in their communities and territories: Abra Brynne and Norma Kassi.

Abra Brynne is a community organizer, scholar and food systems consultant based in rural BC who works with farmers, non-profit organizations and academic researchers from a solid commitment to food sovereignty.  Her civil society engagement includes the BC Food Systems Network, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Kootenay Co-op, Unitarian Service Committee Canada and Food Secure Canada.

Norma Kassi is a Gwitchin elder whose deep commitment, especially working with youth, is to healthy, sustainable and inclusive food systems in the North so people can flourish despite multiple challenges to their traditional sustainable food sources and habits.  Her civil society engagement includes the Arctic Institute for Community-Based Research, Council of Yukon First Nations and Food Secure Canada.