Alexandra Medeiros, BSW, Youth Advocate
Alexandra has been with Good Food Brampton since 2016. As the Youth Advocate, she works with participants enrolled in the Culinary Training for Youth (CTY) program. In this role, she provides youth with one-on-one support, facilitates weekly wellness workshops on a variety of topics, and leads social initiatives such as the Clothing Drive and Power Packs to further support CTY participants.
Alexandra closely works with at-risk youth in the community. She has a unique connection with her clients and the various challenges they experience. When asked what she liked most about her role, her response was, seeing the progress the students make over the 8 weeks. While it can sometimes be a challenging role, Alexandra is extremely passionate about the work she does.
Kate Vinokurov, MES, BASc., Program Coordinator
Kate joined Good Food Brampton (GFB) in 2017. Her background in food security, environmental studies and community development led her to pursue a career that combines all these different elements. In her role, she oversees 5 different programs at GFB: Fresh Produce Box; Culinary Training for Youth (CTY) program; Women’s Baking Program; Culinary Training for Newcomers (CTN) program; and the Youth Food Skills Program (also known as the GFB Youth Project). She works closely with the Director of Programs, partner agencies and staff to plan and execute programs and other relevant community initiatives.
Prior to joining GFB, Kate worked with Toronto Public Health and York Region Public Health as a Nutrition Educator leading the PNP and CPNP programs. She has experience working with diverse communities. Kate is also the founder of Thornhill United Church (TUC) Community Garden, a non-profit community-based organization in Markham, Ontario. Kate is passionate about nutrition and healthy eating, and she enjoys using food as a means of bringing people together.
Burgi Riegler, Culinary Instructor
Burgi is a professional chef and instructor with over 30 years’ experience in the culinary sector. Burgi joined Good Food Brampton (GFB) in 2016. She is passionate about engaging various groups, including youth, newcomers and women in learning about the culinary arts field. Burgi has been instrumental in leading the Culinary Training for Youth (CTY) program, Women’s Baking Program and the GFB Youth Project. She enjoys helping people of all ages learn about cooking and healthy food.
After training under some of Austria’s best executive chefs – including the world champion strudel chef, Heinrich Wittman– Burgi truly found her passion in the creation of pastries. She then became trained as a pastry chef and has appeared on various TV shows, such as Breakfast TV and Food Network to showcase her culinary creations. Burgi is also the former owner of “Konditor Pastry Shop” in Toronto.