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Meet the Team: Meet the Team

Jessica Souto

Social Harvest Project Officer

Jessica Moreira Maia Souto started working at Social Harvest as an intern in February 2020. An Urban Agriculturalist with over 5 years of experience in research and management, she is now, leading the operations and management of this social enterprise. Jessica believes in helping individuals and communities access nutritious and fresh foods not only because it is a right but also because it is delicious. She focuses on implementing actions for better urban planning and market-community-oriented measures that bring solutions to the improvement of food safety and food security.  Working at Social Harvest is providing her with the opportunity to merge her passions for fresh and local food with business outreach. 


Jessica has an undergrad degree in International Logistics in which she targeted export solutions for native fruits in Brazil. While completing her master’s in Agribusiness, Jessica developed an evolutionary framework of urban and peri-urban agriculture across the globe. She also has international experience having lived in France and the US and working in countries belonging to the Southern Cone. Outside of work, Jessica loves cooking and sharing food with family and friends.

Marie-Eve Sabourin

Project Assistant

Marie-Eve is an optimistic being, molded by a background in Environmental Studies at Carleton University with deep growing roots in our food system.  Through experiences working on various farms across North and South America, she has cultivated a great passion and admiration for the growing world where she strongly wishes to contribute to a cyclical system of growth-community reach-back to the soil. Matched as well with a passionate drive to hold and foster space for strong resilient communities. Contributing to Social Harvest as the Education and Engagement Intern, she is  looking forward to making and expanding connections with food and empowering the community that surrounds it.  Outside of work you can find her on her bicycle enjoying all that nature has to offer.


Kristen Tojcic

Communications Intern

Winter 2023

Kristen studied Business Marketing at Algonquin College and graduated August 2021. She spends her spare time playing the guitar, cooking, and exploring the world.


During the internship process, she hopes to enhance and grow her skills through practical work experience and gain valuable insight that will propel her towards a successful career in communications.


Kristen has a keen interest in social media management, content creation, and project management. She is eager to learn from the team, and to be a part of Social Harvest's mission to better the Ottawa community.

Adriana Mallya

Administrative/Communications Intern

Winter 2023

Adriana graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies.


She has special interests in digital media management and community outreach, as well as a passion for graphic design.


Some of her personal hobbies include knitting, playing piano and listening to music. Adriana is looking forward to beginning her journey with Social Harvest at the RRCRC. She hopes to sharpen her skills, gain experience and grow her professional network.


Nisar Ahmad

Operations Intern

Winter 2023

Nisar grew up in Afghan City of Kandahar, and studied Pharmacy at Dr. Mamoon Tahiri Institute.


He is deeply committed to helping others, particularly low income families. He has 4 years of experience in pharmacy, and hopes to gain new professional experiences that will be mutually beneficial for him and Social Harvest. 

Nisar is always smiling and loves positivity. He hopes to meet new people and make good connections throughout the internship process.

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