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Trainer Bios

Brianna Greaves
Brianna Greaves is an educator and community-builder with over 10 years’ experience in community organizations and coalitions for social justice. She joined Daily Bread in 2013 as Information and Referral Services Coordinator. Prior to Daily Bread, she worked at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital, followed by a post-graduate Bachelors of Education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Since 2003, Brianna has led workshops on subjects ranging from anti-oppression and safer spaces to consent-building and consensus decision-making.

Nikki McAlister
With a background in both education and employment services, Nikki McAlister joined the Daily Bread team in 2010, working as the on-site food bank coordinator before moving to Daily Bread’s Agency Relations team, managing the needs of 24 agencies. She has Instructor certification for Nonviolent Crisis Intervention and Trauma Informed Care from the Crisis Prevention Institute.

Matthew Neill
Matthew Neill joined Daily Bread July 2016 as Food Services Manager, bringing a decade of experience delivering training on food handling and safety, as well as 20 years of working in almost every position in restaurants across Canada and Europe. As a volunteer manager in the refugee sector in the UK, he delivered training on working with vulnerable persons for four years, and also worked as a Coordinator for City of Sanctuary in the UK. Matthew is an Advanced Food Safety Handler and Trainer, Crisis Prevention and Intervention Certified, has NVQ Food Handling Level 2 (UK certification), and has led and presented at numerous conferences and panel discussions.

Reena Reddy
With experience in both strategic business development for the tech sector and rights-based research and policy development for non-profits and NGOs, Reena brings a unique perspective to her work at Daily Bread. Before joining us as a Community Engagement Coordinator and training facilitator in 2015, Reena worked at the University of Waterloo’s Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) supporting post-secondary students and Kitchener-Waterloo communities taking action on social and environmental justice issues. Reena also worked in Mumbai with Human Rights Watch and legal centres advocating for the sexual and reproductive rights of women and transgender people in Asia, including creating workshops and training programs with a focus on being widely accessible. Reena identifies as a genderqueer immigrant, settler of colour and community organizer who is obsessed with food.

Ilham Saydna
Ilham Saydna joined Daily Bread in 2014 after working for Care International in Sudan, as a settlement counselor at Woodgreen in Toronto, and as an outreach worker for Access Alliance. She has a degree in agriculture from University of Gezira in Sudan, a post-secondary diploma in women and development from International Agricultural College Larenstein in the Netherlands, and worked on numerous projects with women farmers in Yemen and Sudan. Ilham also has a diploma in adult education, and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, focusing on food security and gender studies.

Jeff Wong
Jeff Wong joined Daily Bread in 2015 starting as a volunteer, then becoming a coordinator of volunteers. He has experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors in hospitality, project management, and market research. Jeff has certification in WHMIS, Crisis Prevention, and Safe Food Handling, and is currently completing his Volunteer Management Certificate at Humber.