Anyone stopping by Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Lisa Roberts’ campaign headquarters prior to her recent election would not have been surprised to be served Breaking the Silence coffee. It is a fair-trade Guatemalan coffee that she is connected to from her time as a Cuso International volunteer in the late 90s.
It was right after a peace accord had been signed and refugees were returning to the country that Lisa accepted a volunteer role in Guatemala City with Project Accompaniment. She was a human rights observer and helped establish connections between Guatemala and Canada. Once, she worked with a delegation from Nova Scotia, introducing them to a peasant group who had acquired a coffee plantation. A relationship was established, and today, the coffee is still sold in that province.
Recently, Lisa was elected as MLA in Nova Scotia. Over the years, she has applied skills developed in Guatemala to her Canadian work and volunteer experiences, including as a member of various boards, as a community organizer, an executive director at a non-profit, and now as an MLA.