On April 25th 2016 we lost our dear friend Sally Grande. Sally was part of the TVA for six years before co-founding Durham Veg with her good friend Anne Dozell in 1996. Since then Sally has spread the word of a plant based diet near and far.
Outside of the Durham Veg realm Sally was an accomplished artist. Known as the Carrot Lady in downtown Oshawa, you could always find one of her paintings hanging in a local restaurant.
Sally also helped to create the Hot Roots Soups Event that is held yearly during Black History Month to celebrate Afro-Caribbean culture in plant-based cuisine.
Sally was a true friend to so many, she will be forever remembered and forever missed.
"She was a spunky little powerhouse, I will miss her smile and passion for vegetarianism. She was a sweet , peaceful human being. "
"Sally was a beautiful soul and she inspired me to enhance our vegetarian dishes so that we could host a vegetarian event for her. She was so kind and lovely and caring..I will truly miss her."
"Sally was such an inspiration and was there with advice and help at the beginning of my own vegetarian journey. She will be missed."
"It has been an honour for many of us to have come to know and appreciate all that Sally has done in our community. We will not forget her. Her work within the library, her interest in linguistic skills and inter- race relations, her effort in being an environmentalist and healthy eating as a Vegan. She has been a credit to Durham Region."
"Sally helped my restaurant to get on it's feet during it's opening. She taught me by example what can be accomplished with hard work. Sally inspired me with her art, and she was a great mentor and friend. Thank-you Sally for being so awesome! I will miss you!"
"Most of us would be thrilled to be able to say we accomplished only a tenth of what Sally did in her lifetime. But it is not only the work she accomplished while living, but the work she will continue to accomplish moving forward that we can admire."