Cassandra is a community-based Co-Researcher at Taylor Newberry Consulting. She is currently leading data collection for the Market Greens program evaluation in Midland, Ontario. Market Greens is a pilot initiative led by Community Food Centres Canada that is intended to increase access to, and consumption of, affordable fruits and vegetables at local produce markets by providing fruit and vegetable subsidies to eligible families over 20 weeks. As part of the evaluation, Cassandra connects with families on a regular basis to talk about their experiences with the program, and the impact it is having on their lives.
Cassandra is also the Indigenous Program Assistant at Chigamik Community Health Center which is a non-profit organization that strives to support clients in a holistic approach. She facilitates programs and ceremonies that are connected to the Indigenous peoples within her community, supports the mental health team, and works at the Miijim Market every Monday. During her work on the Market Greens evaluation she has learned that evaluation of programs is crucial when it comes to promoting success, and has applied what she has learned through the evaluation to making changes at the Miijim Market. She has completed her Social Service Worker diploma at Fleming College and is currently enrolled in the Bachelors of Social work at Lakehead University.