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.
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.
Sangeeta Raina, B.Ed. Adult Education, Client Support Worker
As the Client Support Worker, Sangeeta works closely with clients of the Culinary Training for Newcomers (CTN) program at Good Food Brampton. In her role, she provides intake assessment and client support by linking participants to other services and providing referrals to community resources.
Sangeeta brings knowledge and experience in engaging and supporting diverse cultural groups including newcomers. She also has experience in liaising with various settlement agencies, community partners and other organizations servicing our community. Her ability to work collaboratively is an asset in developing and maintaining relationships for the CTN program. She speaks fluently in English, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi.
Jenna Thomson, CYW, BA Youth Advocate
Jenna joined Good Food Brampton in July 2018. Jenna has a diploma in Child and Youth Work and a degree in Women and Gender Studies. As the Youth Advocate, she works closely with at-risk youth in the community, specifically participants enrolled in the Culinary Training for Youth (CTY) Program. Jenna has a unique connection with her clients and the various challenges they experience.
In her role, she provides one-on-one support, facilitates weekly wellness workshops on a variety of topics, and runs social initiatives such as the clothing drive to provide youth with proper attire for their placement interviews. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys walking her dog, reading and watching Netflix.