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AGM 2012 Remembered

SFNS Mainland AGM 2012


A terrific day was enjoyed by over 60 current and potential members of Slow Food Nova Scotia Mainland on June 24, 2012.

Organized by Jack Schoon, Peter Darnell, Chef Terry Vassallo of Trattoria della Nonna and a team of dedicated local volunteers – fun bartender award goes to Kent Robinson – we learned, ate, smelled, tasted, and touched on a variety of topics and foods.

The gathering was held at the Indian Point Community Hall, site of previous Indian Point Mussel Festivals.

We thank  new members Steve Zubalik and Deborah D’Entremont of Laughing Whale Coffee Roasters for gifting coffee and tea for the day.



The AGM portion of the meeting kicked things off. Approval of the minutes of the 2011 AGM and a leader’s report from Michael Howell were the first orders of the day.

Michael touched upon various SFNS Activities including but not limited to:

Slow Motion 2011

-Our Taste education activities including: Pig in a Day, to repeat later this year

-Inclusion in the consultative stage of the NS Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategy

-The Edible Schoolyard, DAHES and school garden growth in Nova Scotia

-The Slow Food Canada National meeting in Edmonton

-Vandana Shiva’s visit, our Board Strategic Retreat Day

-The fantastic success of the SFNS Spring Supper

-Terra Madre 2012, including announcing delegates Lia Rinaldo, Renee Lavallee, Chris Velden and Patricia Bishop, and Congress delegate Scott Whitelaw


We elected a new Board:

Returning members Michael Howell, Sheila Stevenson, Chris Velden, Peter Jackson, Peter Darnell, Lia Rinaldo, Scott Whitelaw, Jack Schoon, Leo Christakos, new members Margo Riebe Butt, Meredith Bell, Bruce Wright and new Treasurer Mike O’Keefe

We thanked retiring Directors: Dela Erith – founding director and treasurer, Anna Magera, Rob Smith and Mary Sue Waisman

Jeanita Rand (Fox Hill Cheese) gave a report and update on Mary Sue Waisman and the assembled group concurred to wish Mary Sue well in her recovery.


Our Accountant Teresa Rooney gave our financial report indicating that we were in good fiscal health. There was some open discussion on the Slow Motion FoodFilm Festival and how to evolve it and mitigate the risk that Slow Food NS takes on as the organizer of the event. The board will discuss at upcoming meetings the potential ramifications of Slow Motion becoming a separate entity that would work in partnership with Slow Food NS.

 Crowd Watching Halibut PreparationWe then took a break and enjoyed the sight of Chef Chris Velden demonstrating how to break down a large fish – in this case a 96 lb halibut which returned later at lunch.


The group then returned to participate in a facilitated session.


Thanks to long time member Joanne Linzey for this and Sheila Stevenson for assistance, where breakout sessions were held to focus the thoughts of members in determining a future for SFNS. Those ideas were synthesized by Joanne and Sheila and annotated. We will provide a summary of that activity at a later date.











Then we enjoyed a luncheon prepared (in the rain under the trees adjacent to the Hall) by Chef Terry Vassallo, Matthew Krizan of Mateus Bistro Mahone Bay, Chris Velden of Flying Apron Cookery Tantallon, Paolo Colbertado of Jane’s On The Common Halifax, Dennis Johnston of Fid Resto Halifax and helpers. Smoked scallops, oysters, the halibut returning grilled with pesto and a variety of delicious salads and sides provided by locals. Wines from various Nova Scotia Wineries including Petit Riviere Vineyards and Lunenburg County Winery were also available.



As we enjoyed the lunch, Michael welcomed Community Supported Fishery chief Dave Adler who told us about Off the Hook and the CSF experience. It was an entertaining and informative talk and demonstration about how we can better our procurement of fish with respect to the earth and the fisheries.


All in all a great Day


Yours Slowly

Michael Howell