Executive Director – Cheney Creamer

Cheney has a wild passion for community engagement and reconnecting people with nature. She is an
internationally recognized Horticultural Therapy Specialist, HeartMath® Certified Coach, and Organizational Wellness Consultant.

In 2013, Cheney founded One Green Square Wellness Consulting and has been the Chair of the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association since 2019. She is an Organic Master Gardener, Cannabis Sommelier, and enthusiastic advocate for environmental awareness. Cheney has focused her life, work,
and studies on social psychology, nature-based therapies, native plants and medicine, and our
relationships to food production and consumption. Committed to sharing therapeutic gardening practices, Cheney believes deeply in helping everyone experience the benefits of getting their hands and feet in the soil!

She has studied with indigenous wisdom keepers and worked with native plant reforestation projects around the world which has instilled a core belief about reconciliation through land reparations and environmental stewardship. Cheney is dedicated to continuing her work with individuals and communities to rebuild native plant food corridors, develop public food forestry projects, and re-imagine community gardens to apply a more inclusive, therapeutic gardening approach. She is incredibly honoured to work with Urban Bounty to grow an engaged and resilient food system through education, advocacy, and community-building initiatives.

You can often find Cheney digging in compost, collecting seeds, or just generally getting covered in soil at the Therapeutic Community Garden in Ryall Park (one of her favourite projects!). She can also frequently
be spotted wandering (or resting!) in the forest or being silly with her dogs (Ginger and Maggie).

Contact at director@urbanbounty.ca

Community Programs Manager – Grace Augustinowicz

Grace graduated from the Sustainable Agriculture and Policy Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and completed her Master’s in Soil Science at the University of British Columbia. She worked extensively at the KPU research and teaching farms, doing fieldwork on agroecosystem management and restorative agriculture. She completed her Master’s at UBC, focusing on the impact of crop rotation, livestock, and the use of cover crops on soil quality. Grace feels passionate about building and supporting a sustainable local food system.

Contact at grace@urbanbounty.ca

 

Fruit Gleaning Coordinator – Dawn Levelton

Dawn is a plant-based culinary nutritionist and nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing her passion for healthy living with her community through fun, interactive workshop experiences. Her love for nature-inspired wellness blossomed from her time growing up on her family farm in Richmond. From a young age, Dawn could be found either in the field riding her horse with her friends to picnic under her favourite apple tree or perched on a plank in a pear tree reading a book with her cat. To this day, she loves hanging out among trees and fruit inspires many of her delicious recipe creations. When not in the urban bounty “forest” office, she can be found outside capturing the wild, local landscapes with her camera, leading a practice of qigong, cruising on her bike or roller skating.in Steveston.

 

Grant Developer – Dena Kae Beno

More info to come. 

 

Office Coordinator – Geethu Kurian

Geethu Kurian

Geethu was born in Kochi, a small and very beautiful seaside city of Kerala which is the southernmost state of India. She is a Graduate of Commerce and Tourism and holds a Master’s in International Business from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. She has a passion for numbers, which is why she chose accounting as her career.

She has worked with Ernst & Young in the UK. She was also a TV host for a popular Indian Channel, Kairali and a Weddings and Events Planner. Geethu’s professional background is a mix of accounting, guest relations, and hospitality and thus she has developed a diverse skill set. Her other interests include cooking, driving, and painting. She is now a proud member of Urban Bounty.