Patrice Siergiey

1. Please introduce yourself. 

For the last 23 years I’ve lived in Barre Town and have always lived in central Vermont. I became a member of the Co-op this year, but have shopped at the Co-op for many years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit administration and Associate’s degree in paralegal studies from Woodbury College. I’ve worked for the last 19 years at Capstone Community Action and I run a Federal nutrition program working with home child care providers. The Child and Adult Food Program reimburses child care providers for feeding the children nutritious meals and snacks that meet the USDA guidelines. I know that receiving nutritious meals early in life, as well as being physically active, is critical to the establishment of positive lifelong habits. For the last 3 years I’ve been on the National CACFP Sponsors Association board, which serves as a national platform which provides education, support, and resources to organizations who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program to the CACFP community. I was a board member for the Barre Community Justice Center for 3 years. The Reparative Program represents the community and the victim in the justice process.
2. Why are you interested in serving on the council?

I’m interested in being on the council because I know eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and wellbeing. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live, grow and function properly. We need a wide variety of different foods to provide the right amounts of nutrients for good health and I want to take what I know and do whatever I can to help others eat well-balanced nutritious meals. 
3.What strengths and skills would you bring to the council? 

I believe everyone should get involved in their community and by doing so it can be very rewarding. As a member, I have good ideas, suggestions and I’m eager to work with Co-op values, vision, and to learn more about the Co-op from the other wonderful council members. I am dedicated to the Co-op, its member-owners, and its mission. I have a background in nutrition and I’m a hard worker, dedicated, organized, a critical thinker, reliable and have a positive attitude.
4.What do you think are the most important opportunities and challenges that you see in our co-op’s future?

Educating families is always something that is needed by offering additional workshops on nutrition and getting the community involved in actually preparing foods. I love the Food & Wellness Fair and the Community Giving Program is a wonderful program, which should be continued. I’m impressed by all the Co-op does to lessen the impact on the local and global environment by conserving energy, water, and other natural resources; reducing waste generation; recycling and purchasing recycled-content products; and reducing the use of toxic materials or production of toxic products and it would be great to educate other businesses and community members. Some of the things we could look at in the future would be to have an ambitious plan to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change.


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