Our Volunteers

Afton Bell

Yuki Strachan

Bonny Lai DeMelo

Christina Watkinson

Sheila Pack

Lisa Simonson


Afton Bell

Afton is new to the Okanagan and is excited to get involved in her new community by volunteering with EcoCooks. For the past five years Afton has worked in the Not-for-Profit world facilitating Food Literacy and Reading Literacy programs for kids in the Lower Mainland. She is excited to bring her passion for food and environment to the program and learn some new things as well. Afton holds a BA in Social Justice from the University of Victoria and a Diploma of Marketing Communications from BCIT.


Bonny Lai DeMelo

Bonny has a professional background in people services/Sales and Marketing for the Hospitality industry, as well as clinical couselling that supported individuals and families. Bonny had volunteered in the past with various groups and agencies servicing local communities, and is looking forward to contributing to the Unbounded & EcoCooks Club family. She enjoys arts and craft, baking, and knitting in her downtime, and is working on being more adventurous in outdoor activities to keep up with her rambunctious six year old.


Sheila Pack

Sheila's favourite place to be is at the beach and in the water. She loves to hit the gym or run outside daily and is passionate about health and wellness. Sheila has been a nurse for 20 plus years and feels passionate about learning and creating healthy lifestyle patterns and passing on her knowledge and insight.


Lisa Simonson

Lisa has a background in math, education, and computer science. She is passionate about plant-based cooking and environmental sustainability. In addition to volunteering with EcoCooks, Lisa will also be working on staff as an on-call Educator. Lisa loves being outside in all four beautiful seasons and enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking with her partner and two dogs, Nova and Phoenix.


Yuki Strachan

Yuki is a CEA with an MA in English Literature and Cultural Studies. She is passionate about creating inclusive environments where all cultures, exceptionalities and diversities are embraced and celebrated. She owns her own food business, has a FoodSafe certificate and has studied Food Therapy to cook an anti-inflammatory diet. She is a mother of two and enjoys plant-based cooking and exploring food from various cultures.


Christina Watkinson

Christina currently lives in Naramata with her husband, youngest son and 2 dogs. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs and volunteering with animals. She has been passionate about plant based cooking for the past 6 years and is excited to be part of the EcoCooks community!