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Cristina’s family settled on the North Shore, the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the St’at’imc, Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nationsin the early 1960’s, where she was born and raised. Cristina continues to live in North Vancouver and now has the privilege of raising her 3 children on these beautiful lands. Growing up Italian, taught Cristina the value of growing and preserving fresh, organic, fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, garlic, onions, lettuce, peas, beans, cucumbers, blackberries, strawberries, figs, etc… were always plentiful and available well into the Fall. Cristina now takes great joy in being able to watch her kids pick fresh produce from the vine from her parent’s garden and experience the delicious flavours and tastes.

Cristina was lucky to work as a Community Planner for 15 years at the District of North Vancouver and for the City of North Vancouver as well. As she was involved in the urban agriculture portfolio, she had the good fortune of being there when the EGP first began and has watched it grow and flourish into a successful program under the North Shore Neighbourhood House. Moving forward, she is excited to be part of the EGP team and the wonderful legacyof sharing, growing, and learning.