VegFest relies on the hard work of dedicated volunteers and we want to introduce you to some of the fantastic people who make our annual festival possible.
This week, we would like to introduce you to Tiffany. Tiffany Mayer is a journalist and writer who helps Niagara VegFest with media relations. She’s been vegetarian for nearly 12 years and her favourite foods include kale and Beechwood Doughnuts, in no particular order. (OK, she likes doughnuts more, but don’t tell kale.)
Niagara VegFest: How long have you been volunteering with Niagara Veg Fest?
Tiffany Mayer: This is my second year volunteering with VegFest. Previously, I attended it and always enjoyed it (especially the food). It’s such a great community event with an incredibly positive message so it was an easy decision to get involved as a volunteer.
NVF: Why do you like volunteering at this event?
TM: It’s so incredibly well-organized. The team that comes together every year to run this event is talented, professional and progressive. They’re always looking at ways to make VegFest better, and have never lost sight of it being an inclusive, grassroots event.
Professionally, it gives me the chance to use my skills in communications and media relations but in a way that gives back and benefits my community.
Overall, it’s just a lot of fun and I’m really proud to be involved with Niagara VegFest.
NVF: What is one of your favourite memories from a past festival?
TM: The food — it’s always the food. But last year, hearing speakers like Susie Coston really stood out for me and reaffirmed my commitment to making compassionate choices in everything I do. I can’t imagine living any other way.
NVF: What would you tell someone who has never been to the festival?
TM: Come! It’s an incredible day of great food, enlightening speakers and lots of fun in downtown St. Catharines. And it’s an entirely non-judgmental environment so everyone, no matter their diet, is made to feel welcome.