ADVISORS

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     VICTORIA BARGER       

M.ED.

Founder and Executive Director

I’m Victoria. I'm an experienced educator with a love of learning and helping students reach their highest potential. I began my veg journey in my mid-20s after learning about the realities of factory farming. Despite being an adult with numerous resiliency factors, the experience of being plant-based was and often still is quite isolating, as many people do not understand the connection between our food system, our health, and the intersection of many other social justice issues.

I have over a decade of experience in the field of education, much of it working with immigrant and refugee ESOL students. After drastically improving chronic health issues with a plant-forward diet, I began working as an educator and field director for the Educated Choices Program, an international education nonprofit which gives presentations about the impact of food on health, animals, and the environment to middle and high school students. Along this journey, I met numerous veg teens who felt isolated in their beliefs. I saw the need for a safe and supportive community for these compassionate and motivated youth. VSA was born out of the desire to provide this space for teens and help them connect with like-minded friends. 

We all need a community of people who understand us, and VSA provides this support and empowerment for veg and plant-forward teens and their supporters.

Reach out to me at
victoria@vegstudentalliance.org

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MARY-CHRIS STAPLES

B.ED.

Program Director, Canada

Hello! I’m Mary-Chris.

I am a retired public high school teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience.

I love kids and teaching, animals, and am a passionate advocate for a plant-based world. Over the past 10 years, I have organized hundreds of educational and outreach initiatives and participated in a wide-variety of efforts to effect a move toward a more sustainable, plant-based future.

For the past two years, I have worked for an educational nonprofit, teaching middle and high school students about the impact of food choices on the world around us. I enjoy hiking and spending time in nature.

You can reach me at

mary-chris@vegstudentalliance.org