Proudly supporting women and women-owned businesses
At Foodland, we are committed to making diversity, equity and inclusion part of everything we do. Our local supplier program is a natural extension of this journey towards building an inclusive culture. By supporting women entrepreneurs to grow and scale their businesses, we are bringing greater diversity to our stores, our customers and in helping support the communities we serve. In addition to supporting local suppliers, we also support our franchisee network and recognize the amazing owners that work hard every day to improve their communities. Meet some of the inspirational female store owners behind your local Foodland.
Sherri Black from Coldwater, Ontario
With over 33 years at Foodland, Sherri expresses her passion for her community by supporting local charities, schools, sports teams, and food banks. She also mentors young women, showing that there is no limit to what you can achieve. She leads by example and is truly a local legend.
Karine Boucher from Russell, Ontario
Karine has impacted her community by supporting local charities and providing a safe, inclusive environment for her customers and staff. Her positive outlook radiates throughout her store by providing customers with a personalized experience and showing younger generations that women can succeed in any role.
Toby Grieg from Elliot Lake, Ontario
Toby has worked tirelessly for her community not only by supporting non-profits and small businesses but by being an active and engaging leader. Toby wants to encourage and empower the upcoming generations to reach their goals. To her, that’s what being a female leader is all about.
Monica Temmler from Beeton, Ontario
Monica, our franchisee of 24 years at Beeton Foodland, is proud to serve her community by constantly going above and beyond to put her customers and staff’s needs first. She is a proud supporter of local businesses, the local food bank, local sports teams, and Matthews House Hospice. To Monica, being a leader means to lead by example and be respectful. She hopes to inspire more young women to achieve their goals and work towards their dreams. Monica loves what she does, the people she works with and the community she serves.
Beth Perry from Petitcodiac, New Brunswick
Always ready to donate her time, Beth supports community initiatives and families in need. Local has always been a pillar in her everyday operations and that is proudly on display in a mural painted by a local artist. With previous experience in Human Resources, Beth empowers women through leadership, expressing empathy and embracing diversity.
Rhonda Victor from Charlottetown, PEI
Rhonda’s passion for the community is her greatest motivator. She makes sure to stock her shelves with products created and sold by locals. Rhonda believes in creating a friendly atmosphere for staff and customers, further tying her store to the community.
Tina Woodfine from Torbay, Newfoundland
Tina is a big supporter of her community by donating to food banks, sports teams, as well as purchasing from local farmers and businesses. Tina is thankful to have many strong independent women on her team and encourages them through reminders of how they can achieve anything they set their minds to.
Susan Ott from Charles Forest, Nova Scotia
Throughout the pandemic, Susan put her community first by offering delivery to locals in isolation. She continues to go above and beyond in her day-to-day by seeking out local products, actively listening to staff and customers and continuing to make a positive impact in the community she loves dearly.
Brittany Pomeroy from Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia
Brittany prides herself on making her customers feel welcome and supporting the community she serves. Leading by example, she encourages her teammates to engage in day-to-day positivity so members and neighbouring communities can shop in an atmosphere that feels like home.
Leigh MacFarlane of The Soap Co of Nova Scotia
Made with salt water from our pristine Eastern Shore, these plasticfree bars are designed for shampoo, shave and soap! Leigh has carefully created products for folks with scent and/or chemical sensitivities; all are handmade in small batches with high quality natural ingredients that are gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and nonlatex allergy reactive.
Karen Campbell of Pure Raw Pet Food
Karen Campbell’s love of pets led to the development of Pure Raw Pet Food. After years of research and thousands of tail wags, Pure Raw has entered the market. “Bringing this brand to the public is one of my proudest moments,” says Karen. “I believe in natural nutrition, keeping it local, and the power of community.”
Carina Lin of Moose Bell Candy
Moose Bell Products (Pollipop) was founded in 2016 after Yuying and Carina visited a maple forest and were touched by the lifelong dream of a forest keeper just wanting a new truck. The experience opened their eyes to the struggles maple farmers face despite multiple generations devoting a lot of passion to the land. Farmers deserve better so they decided to use locally sourced ingredients such as Grade A maple syrup to produce value added products with New Brunswick characteristics to people across Canada and the world.
Courtney Orser of Falavory Soup Seasoning Blends
A mother of three, Courtney always felt rushed in the kitchen and unable to prepare the kind of healthy, flavourful meals she could be proud to serve. That’s why she developed her “soups by you” blends. Courtney has perfected the spice profile, so all you have to do is add your family’s favourite protein and produce, and you have a homemade family meal, made easy.
Tracy Bell of Millenia Tea
Not just another tea, Millennia Tea is a fresh-leaved tea that aims to fuel wellness and fight illness. Tracy discovered that by washing and flash-freezing organic tea leaves to maximize the tea’s nutritional properties, their product contained 5X more antioxidants than traditional dried green teas. This innovative frozen product is sold as cubes or chopped leaves to be used as a traditional steeped tea, blended in smoothies, or used in sauces or soups.
Shikha Sobti of Sai Krishna Foods
Shikha Sobti, owner and co-founder of Sai Krishna Foods, is the wholesale manufacturer and distributor of authentic handmade Samosas. Sai Krishna Foods has recently won ‘Newcomer Entrepreneur’ 2021 Award by Moncton Chamber of Commerce. Congrats Shikha and team!