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Novato Live Well Network - About
, ED & Garden Chair - Veronica
has been a resident of Novato since 1996.
Health and wellness issues have always been important to Veronica
But, after her
brother's death at age 44 of a rare sarcoma cancer (Ewing's Sarcoma/PNET) that is usually found in children, Veronica
became a passionate volunteer health advocate as a way to "do something about it" in hopes that her
son and all children and their families would never have to experience cancer or other such life threatening illnesses.
Since 2003 she
has advocated for healthier food choices for children and their families in the schools and community at large.
She founded the Novato Healthy Food Coalition that had successful letter writing campaigns to bring Whole Foods and Trader Joes to Novato.
Veronica is a founding member and Executive Director of the Novato Live Well Network.
is a 2006 graduate of Novato Chamber of Commerce's
"Leadership Novato" Program and recipient of the "Leadership Novato" Ed Stark Award.
has taken courses at College of Marin
on gardening and ecology, including the first class offering of the course, Principles and Practices or Organic Farming and Gardening.
initiated the Novato Community Garden Project with Karen Losee.
Veronica has an M.A. in Biblical Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
THANK YOU TO OUR FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS: Miguel Villarreal, Barb Curtice, Norma Eckert, Heidi Kertel, Annie Spiegelman, Vicky Meblin, Veronica Valero.
Our organization grew out of two events: (1) The Lunch Buddies program developed by Veronica Valero, a volunteer parent, and Miguel Villarreal, Director of Food and Nutrition Services (FANS) for the NUSD, and (2) the 2006 Novato Eat Well Festival put on through the collaboration of the Lunch Buddies parents, community volunteers, FANS Staff, and the Marin Food Systems Project of the Environmental Education Council of Marin.