Spencer Sandor - President & Board Chair: 2016-Present
Spencer Sandor is a passionate public servant and community volunteer. He works as a Senior Program Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs where he helps support the delivery of provincial disaster relief programs.
In addition to his role with Growing Chefs, he has served in various positions with the Western University Local Government Program Alumni Association, Institute of Public Administration of Canada, United Way Elgin Middlesex, United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin, London Employment Help Centre, Action Read Guelph, and St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church.
In 2017 Spencer was honoured with the Huron University College Young Alumni Award in recognition of his leadership and contribution in these volunteer roles.
Spencer has been cooking and tending to the family vegetable garden since he was a kid. He enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and frequently ad-libs stir-fry and stew recipes to mixed results. He has recently started learning to pickle extra produce from the garden.
Elsa Rose Eastabrook - Co-Founder B.O.D: 2008-Present
Elsa Rose co-founded Growing Chefs! Ontario along with Andrew Fleet in 2008 and currently is a member of the board of directors.
She is the mother of two girls, who are the inspiration for her work with children and food. She has worked with children for six years and in the food industry for 10 years. She is a yoga teacher and a doula.
Elsa Rose is passionate about family, community, food, health and life.
Jordan Hypes - Treasurer: 2017-Present, B.O.D: 2016-Present
Jordan is an analyst with Libro Credit Union working primarily in the agriculture and commercial services sector. Prior to joining Libro Jordan led a number of community economic development projects, bringing together farmers, entrepreneurs, industry and government representatives in an effort to expand and enhance local food systems throughout much of Ontario.
Jordan attended the University of Waterloo, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Masters of Applied Environmental Studies. He has since returned to his hometown of London where he enjoys playing baseball, biking and cooking with his wife and young son.
Margaret Whitley - Vice Chair, B.O.D: 2018 - Present
Margaret Whitley has supported the work of Growing Chefs from its conception. Margaret is the former executive director of the Montessori Academy of London and has been in education almost 35 years. She is passionate about helping children discover their potential including cooking and gardening. She presently consults for schools and is studying for her master’s degree in non-fiction writing in hopes of publishing a book on education.
Margaret and her husband Mark, a longtime London lawyer, have two grown children, Mark and Emma, who have grown up loving cooking and family time preparing meals together.
Margaret has volunteered in many capacities over the years including board member for the London Children Museum, the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators and Director of Montessori school accreditation in Canada. She also established the new governance structure for the Montessori Academy of London in 2010 and worked with the board for seven years in her role as executive director. Margaret has also attended many workshops on governance, some hosted by Pillar to better understand effective governance operation. She is excited about supporting the work of Growing Chefs in the years to come.
Andrew Wolwowicz - B.O.D: 2010-Present
Andrew is a twenty year veteran of the food service industry; Chef Andrew enjoys the challenges and demands of a service orientated career. As Stratford Chefs School graduate, his experience in restaurant kitchen’s include hands-on training with distinguished professionals including Jamie Kennedy, Rob Feenie and Norman Apris.
With regards to his extra-curricular cooking activities, Andrew and two other Toronto chefs were invited a couple years back to cook at the Ontario Wine Awards in the Distillery District which was a great honour and experience. As well, Andrew has presented several talks on behalf of the O.F.I. on Food Trends and other Kitchen and restaurant issues. He does consulting cooking with a Major food Distribution company in Canada; and just recently, has had the pleasure of preparing lunch for the Prime Minister of Canada while on his visit to London.
Andrew believes his style, energy and hospitable demeanour are source of pride. He promises to uphold these characteristics. He works to enjoy a record of excellence with catering to the guests needs and surpassing their dining expectations.
Malcolm Scott - B.O.D: 2012-Present
Malcolm Scott is a civil litigation lawyer and a partner with the law firm Brown Beattie O’Donovan LLP, focussing on personal injury and insurance matters.
Hailing from Eastern Ontario, Malcolm moved to London in 1995 to attend the University of Western Ontario where he obtained a degree in history and law. London has been his home ever since.
Malcolm is a musician in the band The Early Morning and is a father of 3. He is passionate about cooking and food. Malcolm loves to roast, bake, bbq, smoke, broil, boil, marinade, saute, and pickle homemade dinners.
Prior to joining Growing Chefs! Ontario, Malcolm was on the board of directors for LUSO Community Services, a multicultural non-profit assisting newcomers to London with employment, literacy, and community skills.
Matt Pawelec - B.O.D: 2017 - Present
Matt Pawelec is a Chartered Professional Accountant who works as a Senior Accountant with EllisDon. Matt has a background in Public Accounting, having previously worked at PwC providing audit and accounting services for not for profit, private and public sector organizations in the London area.
Matt grew up in London and attended Western University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology before pursuing his accounting designation.
Matt has a passion for food and cooking. For as long as he can remember his family gardened, shopped at local farmer’s markets and cooked healthy food. These activities have stuck with him and he aims to share the benefits of these passions with his new family and the greater community.
Nicole Noble - B.O.D: 2017 - Present
Cecile Klerks - B.O.D: 2016-Present