Sherry Sobey – Founder
Sherry Sobey is the sole Owner of Generation Green & Acorn Cafe in The Exchange. She is also the host of Generation Green’s Wildflower Project Podcast and one of the co-founders of MADE to Grow and MB Food Fest
Sherry grew up in various places throughout Canada, but feels Winnipeg is where she was meant to live and raise three boys! The change of the seasons, the lakes, and the prairie sunsets are a few of the things that make Manitoba her favourite place to be!
Sherry always felt a spiritual connection when in nature, and says it is where she feels most grounded, most connected and most inspired.
Sherry truly believes life is a journey that is meant to be enjoyed, experienced, and that nothing happens by accident. After a major health scare in 2007, Sherry made a conscious effort to remove the blinders and begin educating herself in order to start living a more natural, healthier life where the focus would be on prevention. What a blessing that scare became, as it led her where she feels she was always meant to be.
Opening a “green living” retail store in 2012 was a way to not only make it easier for others to find alternatives, but also a way for us all to continue growing and learning!
“What we are putting in, on and around our bodies greatly affects all of us.”
Maria Albo - Marketing Manager/GG Sales Associate
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Lori Maione – Inventory Control/GG Sales Associate
Lori has always known Winnipeg as home and is proud of her prairie girl roots!
Gifted with some serious baking skills, which she is known to surprise deliver to those that perhaps need a little cheering or just because they were in her thoughts! (all beautifully packaged may we add). A love for exploring the food scene in Winnipeg, Lori is quickly able to suggest the best spots based on your culinary desire.
Being the mother to three amazing young men that she was fortunate to be able to stay home and raise, led to a chance meeting with Sherry in a hockey rink! Besides them each having 3 boys, they also had a mutual interest in supporting local and finding unique items. This budding friendship led to Lori re-entering the workforce as a sales associate at Generation Green and her keen eye for detail, gave her the title of “Inventory Control”.
Lori has always loved seeing the success of local businesses and can frequently be seen at the local farmers markets, crafts sales or supporting an up and coming local maker!
Holly Simpson –GG Sales Associate/Acorn Cafe Barista/Newsletter Editor
Holly has called Winnipeg home for her whole life. She grew up loving the outdoors, travelling Manitoba and camping with her friends and family. Clear Lake, Rushing River, Birds Hill Park and the Whiteshell are some of her favourite places to adventure in the summertime. Holly also played every sport she could growing up including soccer, basketball, volleyball, and field hockey.
At 15, she decided to go vegan due to her love of the planet and all of the beautiful animals that depend on it, and she hasn’t looked back since! Holly is currently studying biology at the University of Manitoba and she hopes to enter a graduate studies program to further her education in science and sustainability.
In her spare time Holly loves to be with her family and friends, listening to good music, learning new things, and eating yummy vegan food! Holly is so thrilled to be working at a local shop that focuses on sustainable practices and spreading the important message to the world. She looks forward to helping everyone at the store pursue a more environmentally friendly, and healthy lifestyle.
Nicole – Barista
Nicole was born and raised in the tiny rural town of Royalton, smack dab in the middle of Minnesota. After graduating high school, and visiting the city just once, she fell in love and was dead set on attending the University of Winnipeg!
Having never been on a plane, or anywhere outside of the United States, this was Nicole’s move to the “big city.” Being in a new environment brought a lot of positive changes, and within a few years her little world view was expanded, she began embracing vegetarianism, and slowly adopted more sustainable living practices.
Though she’s always had a passion for protecting the planet, living on her own was somehow the final push she needed to put her values into action. She is now determined to make the full transition into veganism, and is absolutely thrilled to be working at an establishment that embraces cleaner living and a vegan lifestyle.
At University Nicole studied English, Screen and Culture studies, and film. She has always had a passion for learning and people, and was happiest nose deep in any cultural theory text.
Music is a big part of Nicole’s life, get to the cafe early enough and you will catch her belting out some sweet soul, until she notices you and squawks out of embarrassment. Piano, bass, and violin are the instruments she’s working on learning now, but singing is always her go to. She also adores cooking, and obsessively watches cooking channels on YouTube any chance she gets. If you notice a goofy smile on her face while she’s chopping veggies, it’s because she’s in heaven (Yes prep cooking makes me very happy).
Nicole has a few aspirations, and the dream would be to somehow meld them all together. Working with youth has always been a staple in her life, and opening her own daycare, with a focus on promoting creativity and exploring nature, has been a goal since she was in middle school. Think “Forest daycare…with paint.” Her time volunteering at Winnipeg’s Art City was extremely influential and inspiring. Try and mix in owning a vegan cafe of her own, and you’ve hit the jackpot!
Becoming part of Acorn Cafe’s team is right in line with where Nicole wants to be, and she cannot wait to see where this journey takes her!
Céline was born in Ontario and moved a lot while growing up, finally ending up in Winnipeg in 2001 to complete her University degrees. She has always had a huge love for animals, trying to rescue the strays and comfort the hurt.
Spending many years on a hobby farm as a child gave her a great appreciation of the life of farm animals. Being vegetarian for many years she made the decision to go vegan overnight in 2004. In 2005 she went to New Orleans to aid Animal Rescue organizations days after Hurricane Katrina devastated the lives of many people and animals.
She is a single mother to an amazing little weegan who is the joy and light of her life. Her son shares her passion and love for veganism and they love spending time together in the kitchen. They enjoy spending a lot of time together in nature, camping and going on many adventures They try to travel as much as possible often ending up in Boston and Phoenix. In the summer they enjoy road trips visiting small Manitoba towns to see what they can find.
She began dabbling with making vegan cheese in 2014 and after many years of trial and error connected with Sherry and a beautiful relationship was created. She feels very fortunate that she can spend time in a kitchen sharing her love of veganism with others through her cheese. Each small batch is made with a lot of love and pride. She is overjoyed to be a part of the Generation Green team!