Laurel Schut, Co-Director
Sharing + Preparing Coordinator

Laurel’s interest in food systems led her to complete an undergraduate degree focused on food security in International Development, and a graduate degree focused on pollination in agricultural production. A passionate educator and strong believer in holistic education, Laurel has also assisted in the delivery of a variety of courses at Dalhousie University’s Departments of Biology and Environmental Science. Aside from FOUND, Laurel works as a Tutorial Coordinator at Dalhousie’s College of Sustainability and also teaches Yoga and Fitness classes throughout the city.


Lindsay Clowes, Co-Director
Partnerships + Grants Coordinator

Lindsay, a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Masters of Environmental Studies, became interested in agriculture after working on farms in the Nova Scotia Valley while studying at Acadia University. Following her studies at Acadia, Lindsay did her masters researching agricultural land use in Nova Scotia. Both her experience in farming and education background led her to co-founding FOUND Forgotten Food. Aside from FOUND, Lindsay works for the Wolfville Farmers Market leading the WFM2GO project.


Dirk Xanthos

Dirk recently graduated from Dalhousie University’s Master of Resource and Environmental Management program.  He first became interested in the issue of food waste in his native Australia, and expanded on this interest to develop a passion for solid waste management in general.  A former accountant and CPA, he brings a wealth of financial knowledge to the FOUND team. Dirk enjoys being active within Halifax through running, sports, and yoga, and loves to leave the city behind to hike and camp in Nova Scotia’s beautiful countryside.

Madeleine Smith
Communications Coordinator

Madeleine moved to Halifax in September 2016 after living in Sackville, NB. While in Sackville, she worked as Outreach and Communications Coordinator for the environmental start-up Community Forests International. She originally landed in the Maritimes intending to stay for only a short 11 weeks, but she fell in love with the landscape, the people, and the stories – the rest is fast becoming history! In her spare time Maddy enjoys creative writing, spontaneous bike trips, and making blanket forts.


Kylee Weir
Community Events Coordinator

Kylee’s love of cooking dinners to share with friends expands to her interest in the FOUND movement. An experienced Volunteer Coordinator with other community groups, Kylee is excited to promote food sustainability and food waste awareness in Halifax. Outside of FOUND, she is probably knitting a belated gift, hiking, or scouring Kijiji for the perfect piece of furniture. Kylee is a naval architect living in Halifax.

Angela Moores
Education Outreach Coordinator

Angela is a current graduate student at Dalhousie University, working toward her Master’s in Resource and Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on aquaculture and encompasses the larger issue of food security, as she is passionate about ensuring that all individuals have access to food that is fresh, affordable, and culturally appropriate. This passion is what ultimately led her to FOUND. Separate from her educational pursuits, Angela can be found enthusiastically cooking plant-based meals, cuddling with Princess Chubby (her kitty), playing competitive volleyball, and stretching it out on a yoga mat.

Kathleen Mifflin
Education Outreach Coordinator

In her undergraduate degree in Global Development Studies at Queen’s University, Kathleen was introduced to the research area of global food issues. Ever since, she has been hungry to learn more about the complex challenges that the world faces to ensure that everyone has access to nutritious, sustainable food. Having worked on a number of organic farms as well as restaurants committed to serving healthy, local produce, she has experienced the rewards and challenges of providing healthy, sustainable food to the local community. Impassioned to share her love of food with others, Kathleen has been involved with a youth mentoring program that helped to inform kids about sustainable food systems. She continues to learn about food issues as she works to complete a Master of Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. In her spare time, Kathleen loves to rock climb (indoors), sing along to Spanish pop songs, and admire the beauty of Halifax and its surroundings.

Alyson Vandergrift
Assistant Partnership Coordinator


Alyson was born and raised in Nova Scotia, and loves being home! She has recently moved back to the Maritimes after 4 years spent working, and travelling in many places including Switzerland, Alberta, and Ontario. While in Ontario, Alyson graduated from the University of Guelph with a Masters in Environmental Sciences. That program, and various work positions, led Alyson to her passion of working with organizations and business to develop strategies for sustainability, food security, and waste issues. Outside of FOUND, Alyson can be found jogging through Wolfville, making bread, visiting her parents cottage on the North Shore, or spending an afternoon playing Mario Kart with friends.