Members of the Charlottetown Food Council

  Bernard Plourd - Chair

 Bernard Plourd

"Bernie" lives in Charlottetown with his life partner and two energetic boys, their golden retriever Nellie and Augie the family tomcat.  You can find him most days buzzing around the local Charlottetown Farmers' Market Coop as its Manager and dedicated patron.  He is also a registered massage therapist working part time in a multidisciplinary clinic located downtown.  Bernie worked for over 8 years with the National youth program Katimavik where he developed his strong sense of serving his community. Presently he serves as President of the ALS Society of PEI, Chair of the PEI Coop Council and Registrar of the PEI Massage Therapy Association.  


Brad Doiron



Colleen Walton

Colleen is a food scientist and has helped to improve food and nutrition security among Kenyan farm families as part of her volunteer work with Farmers Helping Farmers. Closer to home, she helped lead a school event that provided nutrition education for parents and the opportunity for parents and students to try some different (and not so different) fruit and vegetables through an ‘eat your name’ game. Colleen taught foods and nutrition courses at UPEI and established Saint Dunstan’s Gardens at the Chaplaincy Centre on Campus. Colleen now works as a project lead with Social Development and Housing. Colleen is an avid proponent of a sustainable food system for all Islanders and is excited to contribute to the Charlottetown Food Council.


Karen Murchison

 Karen Murchison

Karen is a Professional Agrologist and trained agronomist with several years of experience in the agriculture industry on PEI. She has held numerous volunteer positions most often with food-related community organisations; and, is currently the Research Coordinator for the PEI Certified Organic Producers Cooperative in Charlottetown.

Meghan Adams




Morgan Palmer

 Morgan Palmer

Morgan Palmer is a Registered Dietitian and Red Seal Chef currently working with public schools to improve student access to healthy, local foods. Morgan's love of food comes from her mother, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who really knew what they were doing in the kitchen. She also sits on the PEI Food Security Network Board of Directors. 


Phil Ferraro

Phil Ferraro

Phil Ferraro, is a founding director of The Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd., a founding  member of the Atlantic Canada Organic Regional Network,  board of director of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, and an Advisor to the Centre for Local Prosperity.

Phil's Master’s degree in Social Ecology included a thesis on creating food and energy self-reliance in Northern climates, with studies in organic agriculture community development and social responsibility.

Since 1999, Phil has managed a series of far reaching programs on behalf of the PEI ADAPT Council and Agriculture Canada. These programs have invested over $12 million in innovative projects that are changing the face of agriculture as they adopt sustainable practices and respond to emerging issues. He is also the manager of the Farm Centre and Legacy Garden (Canada’s largest urban food garden.) This initiative provides garden space for people to grow their own food and donates food to charities to help alleviate food insecurity.


Sheena Mathew

Sheena Mathew

Sheena lives in Charlottetown with her two children and her husband. She has 20+ years of experience in the healthcare field, working currently for an Ophthalmologist. Sheena is also a Co-Owner of 4S Catering with her husband. In the community, she is involved in multiple organizations like 4 Love 4 Care, Kerala Association of Prince Edward Island as the former president and present Board of Director, and the Prince Edward Island Youth Chess Association. You can find her at the Farmers Market on the weekends and around the community providing free meals for those in need each month.