Meet The Team

DSC_0133_CroppedSamantha Bissonnette (Program Coordinator)

Sam joined Diabetes Canada in 2010 when the program was only two years old and has played an integral role in the development and expansion of the program over the past six years. She completed the Food Skills for Families Train-the-Trainer program in 2014 which certified her as a Community Facilitator. Since then she has delivered a program at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (with the Diabetes Canada team) and is planning another program at Gordon Neighbourhood House in the fall of 2016.

Prior to Diabetes Canada Sam completed her Bachelors of Business as well as a Diploma in Marketing Communications at BCIT. She is an avid traveller, having completed a term of post-secondary as part of a travelling school in Europe. 2015 was a year of family vacations which took her to Hawaii and Alaska and in the fall of 2016 she visited Vietnam and Cambodia. At home Sam is a self-described food lover and enjoys sampling all variety of delicacy no matter how unusual; don’t be surprised if you see tentacles in her lunch.

Karen Coulson (Program MKarenanager)

Karen joined the Food Skills for Families team in August 2014.  The first few years have seen growth with new partners and collaborations that have supported the purpose of the program to connect people in the kitchen, learn hands on cooking skills and make healthy eating easy, enjoyable and affordable.

The opportunity to build relationships with committed and passionate health professionals, high skilled volunteers, community partners and colleagues across Diabetes Canada is an amazing perk.  She completed the Food Skills for Families Train the Trainer program in 2014 and often runs programs in partnership with Kitsilano Neighbourhood House.  Originally from Ontario Karen has lived in BC for over ten years after a brief time living in the UK.  She describes herself as a wellness nerd and loves working in the world of healthy living and seeing the impact of the Food Skills program on how families eat and cook.  She is currently studying holistic nutrition in her spare time and her food hero is Jamie Oliver! She loves to travel and hopes one day to spend some time living in Paris with her husband.

Wai-Yuen Pang (Program Assistant)

Wai-Yuen is the newest member of the FSF team, starting on April 9th, 2018.  She is a transplant from Ontario and she has been enjoying B.C. for a little over a year now.

She joined us from Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion where she has worked as a Community Support Worker since April of 2017.  She spent some time with Trillium Health Partners at Credit Valley Hospital and her experience with Active Chefs has given her a good foundation for working within FSF and health advocacy.  She completed her BAS with a major in Human Nutrition at University of Guelph and of course she loves food and will be a great fit with the Diabetes Canada team.