Look for our awesome staff around the store – they can answer any of your questions about the store, Karma membership and our products, including their personal favourite items!
Talia McGuire, General Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
An Ottawa native with a degree in anthropology from Carleton University and keen interest in organic farming, Talia spent most of 2009 interning at the New Farm, a vegetable-and-livestock farm in Creemore, Ontario. After that tremendous learning experience, she started working at Karma, where she was already a member (since 2007). Although her original academic pursuits were in cultural anthropology with a focus in ethnomusicology, her deep interest and passion for farming, food and sustainable living, are what attracted her to Karma. Talia’s favourite thing about Karma is its strong vibrant community and how all members participate toward achieving the same goal: co-operatively operating a successful food store.
James Byrne : Bulk / Meat / Cheese buyer
James manages and maintains our award winning bulk section. He’s an urban farmer who supplies Karma with some of our most local produce during the season. He’s currently embarking on a top secret hop growing mission in downtown TO. He also loves the Top Gun soundtrack.
Kat Camfield: Health and Beauty / Bread Buyer email@example.com
Kat Camfield is a fun-loving gal with a passion for food. She has been a vegetarian for over 20 years and loves cooking and sharing meals with others. She has a strong interest in social justice issues, including those related to food, the environment, gender, sexuality, immigration and hearing loss. In her former life, Kat was a social worker working mostly with Deaf immigrants and refugees. Kat loves travel and languages and speaks English, French and American Sign Language. Kat manages our bread and health and beauty departments.
Paul Dixon: Grocery Buyer and Member Labour Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadie Goldstein: Retail Associate
Robbie Gaundroue : Retail Associate
Sierra Viehbacher: Retail Associate
Kirsten Heyerdahl, Member Records Secretary: email@example.com
Kirsten’s food ethics have evolved over the years, but she has always been a lover of food and is consistently the one hanging around the food table at a party. Born and raised in Toronto, Kirsten left the city to attend the University of Guelph, obtaining a degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy and a minor in French. She moved to France for a year and when she came back she began shopping at Karma and working in the legal field. A few years later she decided it was time to travel again so she journeyed with her partner to Japan where they worked on several farms through the WWOOF program and later taught English to finance their extended stay. They returned to Canada in 2008 and in the next year-and-a-half got married, bought a house, and had a baby. That baby is now in school and the second child is no longer a baby either. Kirsten is stay-at-home mom and loves cruising around with the kids in her Babboe cargo bike.
Denise Stapleton, Book Keeper: firstname.lastname@example.org