Judi has been involved with non-profit organizations for over twenty-five years. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Deep Roots Food Hub.
Phil is a keen gardener and former perennial plant nursery owner/operator. He never started out with an intent to run a nursery or to be a sought-after gardening educator … but as he puts it “Life happens!”
Phil is a Carleton University Biology graduate (1968) with majors in plant physiology, biochemistry, and ecology.
Over the years he has participated in community groups concerned with human impacts on the environment. From 1969 to 1971 he led Pollution Probe-Ottawa (an initiative of Carleton University’s Student’s Association) in educational programmes highlighting the importance of cottagers’ and homeowners’ water conservation and pollution reduction imperatives. Following this, he had a 10-year period of contract employment undertaking research and document preparations for federal governmental departments and organizations. These included Environment Canada’s Information Directorate, the Canadian Wildlife Service, the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry office, and Energy, Mines and Resources’ Office of Energy Conservation.
In 1991 The Ottawa Field Naturalists Club named Phil ““Conservationist of the Year” for his years’ of volunteer efforts in preserving wetlands in the Ottawa area. He was instrumental in wetland preservation campaign programmes by groups such as the Wetlands Preservation Group of West Carleton (focused on the Constance Creek Wetlands), the Leitrim Wetlands Group, the Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club’s Conservation Committee, and Ecovision (a group campaigning for ecological integrity in land use planning in Ottawa-Carleton).
Starting in the early 1990’s, Phil & Carole initiated their one-acre Kinburn-area ornamental plant nursery: Reilly’s Country Gardens. Phil initially intended to focus on producing and selling native plants suited to the Ottawa region. But the lack of demand for native plants, 30 years ago, caused the need to refocus on unique ornamentals not commonly found in local nurseries and garden centers. Intensive effort, in the first few years of operating their nursery, went into creating their 32 display beds showcasing ornamental perennials that could be grown in this region’s predominantly heavy clay soils and subject to the rainless months of July and August.
Since closing their nursery, in 2009 to enjoy retirement, Phil has maintained his involvements in gardening (now focusing on vegetable and fruit varieties) and food and energy security. Since 2010 he has installed a 10 kw. Micro Fit solar collector array, upgraded household windows to energy-conserving triple-paned units, installed an air-to-air heat pump for heating and cooling, and purchased two electric vehicles to utilize electricity produced on their property.
Phil joined Deep Roots Food Hub’s Board of Directors in the spring of 2019 and has since been helping with the final stages of the Root Cellar construction project.
Dr. Barry Bruce
Dr. Bruce received his MD from UWO, and established a family practice (and a family) with Dr. Carol Bruce in Carp Ontario in 1973. He was Chief of Staff ,Queensway-Carleton Hospital, Lead Physician West Carleton FHT, (awarded Family Practice of the Year, 2010), received the Ontario “Physicians Care Award”, carried the Olympic Torch for the CMA, received “Family Physician of the Year” for the Champlain Region and the Order of Ottawa, both in 2013.
Professionally, he does primary care clinical work, planning, and research, leads a local Primary Care Network, works on various LHIN and MOHLTC committees and was a clinical running instructor. He leads the “Physical Activity and Therapeutic Exercise” team for the West Carleton Family Health Team, and is the clinical lead for a Community paramedic program embedded in the WCFHT.
As co-chair of the "Rural Healthy Living Coalition" (RHLC), nutrition, food equity and food insecurity were important agenda topics. This lead to the development of a working group of local food experts and advocates, and eventually spawned the development of the Deep Roots Food Hub.