Jennifer Leslie

Graduate from Kinesiology, University of Manitoba, Minor in dietetics.

Health Promotion coordinator at Vancouver General Hospital and the Heart and Stroke Foundation involved working with cafeterias and schools to provide healthier food options.

In Nanaimo she has managed two restaurants and worked with the Cancer Society’s Healthy workplace initiatives.

Jennifer’s approach to food is as local as possible, right down to catching fish and gardening. Her passion for connecting others with healthier food options through cooking is the impetus for starting STIR Cooking School.

She loves cooking with others, learning new techniques, trying new ingredients and sharing recipes.

Jennifer is Foodsafe Certified.



Kelli Etheridge, RHN, BA

Kelli Etheridge graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2013, with honours.  Kelli believes that educating and inspiring people to get back into the kitchen one of the simplest and effective ways to improve overall wellness.  She also works as a nutritionist at Tillicum Lelum, a first nations health centre.  Most of her work there is with the Building Better Babies program facilitating workshops and groups on healthy eating and cooking during pregnancy and beyond.

In 2015, Kelli began teaching at CSNN Nanaimo. At present she teaches Symptomatology 2, Prevantative Nutrition and the Foods 2 workshop, which focuses on fermentation.

She is currently studying Advanced Holistic Nutrition.

Kelli is Foodsafe Certified.