Volunteer of the Month: Elizabeth Sy

February 5, 2015

CUESA’s Volunteer of the Month program recognizes the dedication and work of some of our most active volunteers. CUESA relies on volunteers to help with education programs, special events, public outreach, and other activities that help fulfill our mission to cultivate a sustainable food system. Learn more about volunteering and sign up here.

After living in New York City for 10 years, health enthusiast Elizabeth Sy moved to the Bay Area, where she was inspired to get involved with CUESA because she wanted to learn more about local and sustainable food. Since last November, she has helped out at CUESA’s special events and volunteers regularly in the office providing administrative and fundraising support. She also plans to get more involved with Saturday farmers market activities.

“I remember Elizabeth’s first time helping us set up our Chemistry of the Cocktail event. She was new to us, but she jumped in without any hesitation,” says Cindy Mendoza, CUESA’s Administrative, Events, and Volunteer Coordinator. “After that first shift, she answered our call for support on our annual fundraising appeal and was a quick study, very efficient in helping things run smoothly. She’s a friendly and hardworking addition who brings a fun and fashionable flair to the office.” Meet Elizabeth.

CUESA: Where does your interest in food come from?
Elizabeth: I’ve worked in the hospitality industry for most of my career and was involved with catering, convention services, and restaurants, which eventually sparked my interest in food. I sampled banquet menu items to know what I was recommending to my clients. Even though I am a novice in the kitchen, I also love collecting cookbooks.
CUESA: What do you do when you aren’t volunteering for CUESA?
Elizabeth: I enjoy being outdoors—hiking, walking, and rediscovering the San Francisco Bay Area.

CUESA: What is your favorite part about volunteering with CUESA?
Elizabeth: I enjoy volunteering with CUESA because the staff has creates a comfortable and relaxing environment. CUESA’s volunteers and staff are extremely friendly, gracious, appreciative, and fun to be around, as we share similar goals and interests in healthy food. Most importantly, I value the knowledge and experience I come to learn from each one of them. I’m always in search of ways and tips to improve my health and wellness.

CUESA: Do you have an insider market tip or a favorite produce item at the market right now?
Elizabeth: My insider market tip is pick an orange with deep color and choose a heavy fruit, which should mean it’s full of juice.