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Food Access Coordinator

Patricia Beard, better known as Trish, is the Food Access Coordinator. She and the Sister's Kitchen team are responsible for the delicious and healthy meals participants enjoy at Sistering and at our Outreach Drop In in Parkdale. Trish is an honours graduate with a Culinary Arts Degree from Humber College. She did her traineeships at Mark McEwan's North 44 restaurant and the King Edward Hotel under the kitchen management of John Higgins. Before joining Sistering, Trish owned Savoire Fare, a catering company, and a cheesecake and chocolate truffle business called Silver Spoons. Trish is committed to ensuring that healthy and nutritious meals are available to everyone—she created a food allergen and menu binder that has been adapted for 30 other drop ins in Toronto.


Drop In Coordinator

Melody Grant has spent her career giving voice to women whose voices are seldom heard, advocating for low barrier services, with a focus on lived experience and expertise. As Drop In Coordinator, Melody ensures that participants drive programs and services that recognize the physical and emotional needs of a diverse population with empathy and compassion, building a safe, nonjudgmental and inclusive community where all women are respected, valued, and treated with dignity. Her passion for social justice underscores her commitment to change the social conditions that endanger women’s welfare and create a world where all women have equitable opportunities to take greater control over their lives.