Volunteer of the Month: Mailys Bernier

August 21, 2017

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. Our next volunteer orientation will be scheduled in mid-January at the Ferry Building; keep posted by signing up for the weekly e-letter here.

A love of foreign experiences and passion for sustainability brought Poitiers, France, native and graduate student Mailys Bernier to CUESA for a six-month internship this spring. After studying in Germany, Mailys joined CUESA to complete her Master’s degree at Université Lille III in France.  She has provide support on fundraising events like Summer Celebration and office projects, and is also working on a marketing study to improve the farmers market customer experience.

“Mailys been a great support to CUESA, updating communications materials, including our seller signs, sponsorship documents, and event collateral,” says Director of Development Christine Farren. “I appreciate her willingness to offer her perspectives during our staff meetings, and her kind demeanor. She recently championed a few internal projects to help make our office more inclusive, such as designing a photo board to introduce our staff to visitors. We’re lucky to have her with us through the crunch time of planning and executing our Sunday Supper fundraiser in October!” Meet Mailys.

CUESA: Where does your interest in food come from?

Mailys: I had the chance to enjoy good quality produce at home in France, since my mom shopped mostly at the farmers market. I also loved gardening with her. After high school I started to travel, mostly in Europe, and had the occasion to live twice in Germany as an au pair and to study. When I was there, I realized why people say that the French cuisine is so delicious, and when I came home, I enjoyed food and French produce even more.

CUESA: What do you do when you aren’t interning for CUESA?

Mailys: Since I moved here in April, I spend my time traveling and visiting the area. I also have done track and field for nine years, so I hope to be able to find a place to keep training soon.

CUESA: What is your favorite part about interning with CUESA?

Mailys: This is an organization that not only operates the farmers market but also runs a wide variety of programs. It’s a real chance to be able to meet various food lovers through those, and participate in CUESA’s events.

CUESA: Do you have an insider market tip or a favorite produce item at the market right now?

Mailys: My go-to are strawberries from McGinnis Ranch!