Niki enjoys counting the beans for EYA as much as she loves growing and eating them. Niki is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) with a background as a full-cycle accountant for various organizations including environmental, community economic development, renewable energy, food security, agriculture, youth mentorship, allopathic and holistic natural health care.
Her Masters thesis in English Literature focused on the teachings of aboriginal ecological principles and worldviews in fiction written by First Nations’ authors. In 2002, Niki founded a community garden in Mount Pleasant which she continues to coordinate today. Thanks to EYA’s community nursery program, in 2010 Niki had her most successful crop of kale from EYA-grown seedlings that towered over six feet tall in her plot. And now, every summer she harvests big, juicy apples from the trees donated to her community garden many years ago from EYA.