Judi Varga-Toth brings a wide array of skills and experience to this election.
As a small business owner, senior executive, community volunteer, and dedicated mother (of birth and adopted children) and grandmother she has contributed extensively over the four decades she has lived in Ottawa.
Since moving to West Carleton-March she has continued to be an engaged, active resident seeking to make her community an even better place to live, work and play for everyone. Her efforts have included:
- Stonecrest School Council – Served as communications officer, supported fundraisers and offered workshops for students.
- Good Food Box – Brought this program, which delivers affordable boxes of nutritious fruits & vegetables to neighbourhoods across Ottawa, to our ward.
- Deep Roots Food Hub – Co-founded this West Carleton coalition of farmers, market gardeners, health professionals, business people and residents whose goal is to make it easier for everyone to access, grow, and sell affordable, healthy food. To date over $200,000 has been raised to:
- deliver free workshops about growing, cooking and preserving locally harvested foods;
- bring Ottawa Public Health’s Good Food Corner Store pilot project to our ward;
- build a community-owned root cellar that will allow local farmers to extend the growing season by storing their produce in a shared, cost-effective facility.
Currently on leave from her position as the Executive Director of a national organisation, Judi has previously worked in various senior roles for Family Service Canada, Canadian Policy Research Networks, EnviroCentre, and as a trainer and facilitator. For seven years she owned and operated Credible Edibles, Ottawa’s first restaurant and catering company specializing in local, organic food. She is proud to be a first generation entrepreneur.
Fluently bilingual, Judi holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, a M.A. from Robert Schuman University (France) and has completed communications studies at the University of Ottawa.
She lives in Dunrobin with her husband Jeff Cosman, a Canadian Armed Forces veteran and kindergarten teacher at Stonecrest Elementary, as well as two of their five children. Her family is very happy to live, work, attend school and participate in various sports activities in this vibrant, welcoming rural community.