Meet Our Team

Program Director

Erica Appiah (she/her) brings experience as a Clinical Counsellor and Program Manager in non-profits and community health organizations. She has worked extensively with 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, and helped develop a food program for at-risk youth. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies from York University and Post-Graduate Diploma in Addictions Studies from McMaster University. 

Erica is committed to supporting folks to notice what is showing up in the moment and to treat this with kindness, gentleness, and care. Erica embodies radical hospitality through holding space that is filled with warmth, non-judgement, respect, compassion and allows folks to be seen and heard. She honours folks’ resiliency, agency and treats everyone with unconditional high regard in recognizing that folks are doing their best. Erica loves animals, has a weakness for cake of all kinds and loves to laugh.

The Program Director will plan programming and partnerships, pursue grants and oversee all program operations

Resource Manager

Nourish East End is very pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Elcombe as Resource Manager, a part-time role that will support volunteer scheduling and training, as well as the ordering and rotation of food stocks. Nourish East End is delighted to recognize Brian’s long history of volunteer achievement at Glen Rhodes with this hiring.

Brian Elcombe (he/him) builds collaboration in both his professional and volunteer life, bringing together teams to work collaboratively. As a volunteer with Nourish East End (formerly the Glen Rhodes Foodbank), he has played a leading role in helping to recruit, train and manage volunteers, increasing his administrative role since 2014. His experience in supporting the operations of the free food market, a Daily Bread Food Bank partner, and his commitment to respond to all members of our community with respect and dignity bridge the past and present of our program and will be invaluable as Nourish East End continues to evolve.

Communications Specialist

Emily De Melo (she/her) was brought into the Nourish East End community through the Canada Summer Student Jobs Program. This last summer she began her position as Communications Specialist, and has since developed Nourish East End’s website and social media platforms!

Emily comes to Nourish East End from the University of Toronto, where she is wrapping up her final semester in her undergraduate degree. She is currently studying Diaspora and Transnational Studies & Equity Studies, with her research primarily focusing on the lived experiences of immigrants, migrants and refugees. Emily strives to lead & work with both compassion and understanding; acknowledging that every individual we meet is unique, important, and deserving of respect. Emily hopes to continue working within community organizations after the completion of her degree, especially in ones that advocate for food security.