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We work with youth of all ages to educate them about food security, community issues and inspire them to harness their power as community builders. Our ultimate goal is to give the youth of Ottawa the skills to question root causes of the inequities and inequalities in their community, and to constructively challenge it!
We want to shake up the "Us vs. Them" narrative to one that is only "Us!"


Meet our Team

We are a dedicated team of passionate and creative professionals who utilize our unique skills and fantastic jokes to move the work of Growing Futures forward. We pride ourselves in uplifting the youth we work with through our creative, fun and inclusive content.
Meet our dynamic duo below!


Morissa-Dalia Ellis | she/her/elle/la

An unfortunate picky eater, Morissa learned to cook very early, finding a great great love of food, spices and feeding loved ones. Self proclaimed professional samosa folder, taking care of her community has always had feeding people at its core.  Through the facilitation of a book club for ACB women, throwing a prom for ACB womxn and organizing through @blkgurl_ she always wants to make sure her people are fed and taken care of. Fun facts: Morissa gave a TEDXTALK, she has a playlist for all aspects of her life and she likes to act like she’s in a documentary.


Karin Freeman | she/her

Karin is a small-scale farmer, music enthusiast and "dad joke" over-user. She is passionate about sharing food with others and loves learning about different cultures through unique food stories. After a brief existential crisis following university, Karin dove back into the familiar: food! Working on many farms and connecting with people through food was her Eureka moment. Connecting people is her passion and one way she participates in supporting a more resilient community. Fun fact: She once met 50 Cent while sporting a wicked sunburn and Heelys.