Karen Burson, Candidate for Hamilton Centre in Federal Election 2011

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NameKaren Burson
ElectionFederal Election 2011
AreaHamilton Centre
PartyGreen Party of Canada
Email norman.kearney@greenparty.ca
Website http://greenpartyhamilton.ca/hamiltoncentre/candidate/
BioKaren Burson is a creative and concerned resident of Hamilton Centre, where she has lived for almost eleven years. Born in Jamaica, Karen moved to Canada when she was two years old. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Carleton University and has worked extensively in food service and policy for many years.

Affordable food is important to Karen. That's why she co-founded the Good Food Box Network which aims to make fruits and vegetables affordable to people living on low incomes. Karen managed the kitchen at Goodness Me! before co-creating the Bread & Roses Café at the Skydragon Community Development Cooperative. Her work earned "best restaurant in Canada" from the Canada Organic Growers.

Karen believes in building community. She sits on the city's Community Food Security Stakeholder committee, and in February she organized a publicly-funded conference on local food policy. Today, she manages the "Hamilton Eat Local" project for Environment Hamilton.

Karen would not be the first person from the highly-respected NGO to achieve public office. Last fall, one of its managers unseated an incumbent councillor in Hamilton's municipal election.

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