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Call for Nominations, Cathleen Kneen Award, Food Secure Canada

Deadline August 15, 2016

Food Secure Canada gives out this award biannually to recognize vision, leadership and a commitment to grassroots activism in building a more just and ecological food system.

Cathleen Kneen (read her bio at http://foodsecurecanada.org/who-we-are/cathleen-kneen-award#Bio) taught that understanding a food system means listening to those most oppressed by it, because they see from underneath how it is constructed and can offer a progressive vision for its transformation. Leadership from the ground up is key to long-lasting, effective work for just and sustainable food systems.

When nominating a person for the Cathleen Kneen Food Movement Builder Award, please keep these criteria in mind:

1.  The Award winner should be a person whose life and work related to food sovereignty involves:

  • Persistence and integrity;
  • Working from the ground up;
  • Working "at the edge:" taking risks, focused on radical / fundamental system change, public good, and future generations;
  • Networking, building community; and,
  • Mentoring, supporting others and developing leadership.

2.  The food movement needs more leadership from Indigenous peoples, socially/politically marginalized communities and from rural / remote / Northern locations.

3.  The Award winner should be a person who has demonstrable experience and a solid track record, but who is not already well known or celebrated for his or her work.

The nominee does not have to be a FSC member: we will be happy to offer an honorary membership to the winner if she or he is not already a member.

Submit the name and contact information for your nominee, and a short (400 word maximum) description of why you are nominating the person, by August 15, 2016, by filling the form at http://foodsecurecanada.org/who-we-are/cathleen-kneen-award. The award will be presented at 2016 Assembly in Toronto in mid October.