Sherry Sobey – Owner/Manager
Sherry Sobey is the proud Owner of Generation Green in The Exchange & Acorn Cafe.
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.”
Lori Maione – Inventory Control/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 – Sales Associate
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.
Lily Thrift – Acorn Cafe Manager
Lily, though born in Winnipeg, began moving around Canada and Australia at 7 months old. Eventually, almost twenty houses later, she settled back here in Winnipeg.
She has always had a passion for the environment. As a child, she would rescue bugs and take them outside, and wouldn’t let a single toilet paper roll go in the recycling bin before using it in a craft.
As she grew older, she learned more about how to reduce her negative effect on the environment and at 15 became vegan. Always on a journey to a more ethical lifestyle, Lily has recently begun an effort to shop locally and support small businesses.
Lily initially started at Generation Green, but her passion for coffee lead her to leading the Acorn Cafe team. She is excited about our delicious vegan menu that offers both healthy and indulgent choices!
Alexa – Barista/Plant Whisperer
Alexa grew up in Niverville, Manitoba and moved to Winnipeg in 2016. Before her big move, she spent 3 years traveling on and off through South East Asia, Europe, Central America, and western Canada.
After volunteering on an organic farm in Portugal and later taking a Permaculture course in Guatemala, Alexa realized her passion for sustainable agriculture and decided to attend the University of Winnipeg for International Development Studies.
Alexa hopes to eventually combine her passion for permaculture and international development, and dreams of living simply off the land with many animal friends (goats especially!) and garden spaces.
In the meantime, she is enjoying local life in the heart of Winnipeg with her cat, Ruth. A few of Alexa’s interests include coffee (of course), house plants, roadtrips, thrift shopping, and exploring good ol’ Manitoba nature.
Alexa is super excited to pursue her passions of supporting local and sustainable living by joining the Acorn Cafe and Generation Green team!
Ariel – Barista
Ariel was born in White Rock, B.C. Raised in Winnipeg, she is a very proud Manitoban. She developed a love for the outdoors early on. Her parents took her camping and hiking at every opportunity they had. Her interest in nature and the environment has only grown, and led her to pursue a degree in environmental studies with a focus on sustainability, at the University of Winnipeg.
In her spare time, Ariel loves to paint, draw, go for long walks, ride her bike around the city. She is also an avid birdwatcher.
Ariel is very excited to be working at an establishment that is environmentally conscious and cares about what they put back into the world. Be sure to stop in, say hi, and grab a drink! Her favourite drink to make is a charcoal latte!
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!
Celine Land – Cheesemaker, Soupmaker Extraordinaire
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!
Lauren Brunen – Barista