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Compassionate CEO Profile: Tina Stokes
Like many of us, Tina Stokes grew up enjoying dairy cheese. But after learning about the horrific practices of the dairy industry, she knew that her compassion and love for animals far outweighed her taste for cheese.
Rather than perpetuating animal suffering, she set out to create a dairy-free cheese close to the taste and texture of dairy cheese—products that are healthy and ethical and that entice both vegans and nonvegans alike. She achieved her goal. We asked Tina about her inspirations, what excites her about the future of vegan foods, and for any advice that she has for someone looking to start a compassionate business. Read the interview with Compassionate CEO, Tina Stokes of Vegan Stokes Cheese
edible Toronto magazine
Cheese Please. Hold the Dairy!
We are so excited to be featured in Edible Toronto Magazine for our locally produced artisanal vegan cheese. This wonderful issue is full of plant based vegan artisans, chefs and products.
Ontario Vegans Magazine
Recipe - Tomato Lox on Stokes Cheese
We are so excited to share one of our favourite recipes with Ontario Vegans Magazine. Now you can learn how to make this easy and delicious Tomato Lox on Stokes Creamy Chive Cashew Cheese. The appearance, taste and texture is virtually indistinguishable from smoked salmon. Try this plant based, Lox with our Creamy Chive cheese for next level, sustainable deliciousness.
Western University Vegan Society
March 18, 2019
Stoked for Cheese? Check out Vegan Stokes Cheese!
Vegan Stokes Cheese is one of the finest brands of vegan cheese available today, but what’s even more incredible is that they are a lovely family operated business! They offer a wide variety of vegan and gluten free products, ranging from Smoked Gouda to Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil spreads.
With their products tasting absolutely delicious, Vegan Stokes Cheese has been endorsed by Ingrid Newkirk, the Founder of PETA, along with many other influencers who swear by it! Take a look for yourself!
Whilst their story is incredible, they are also committed to giving back and supporting causes that advocate for animal rights, along with the sustainability of the environment. What’s even more incredible is that they were awarded with the 2018 PETA Compassionate Business Award for their honorable work with their business as well!
During many of Western University Vegan Society’s events, Vegan Stokes Cheese was kind enough to sponsor us and help promote veganism on our very own campus.
They have donated their exquisite products for events such as Reasons with Vegans, along with our very own Western Sorority and Fraternity Vegan Challenge! The generous Founder and President of Vegan Stokes Cheese, Tina Stokes, has also donated $250 towards the challenge, which was used towards providing more vegan options for many of our events.
Whilst we have been kindly supported by Vegan Stokes Cheese, the opinions expressed in this post are completely genuine and we are very thankful to the owner and team of Vegan Stokes Cheese for their kind contributions!
Here’s to going nuts for cheese!
Compassionate Business Award
Compassion for animals is at the heart of our values and the foundation of our business. We are so honoured and grateful to be recognized by PETA with the Compassionate Business Award.
Southern hospitality meets that famous Canadian kindness
The Stokes Family
Some of you may have heard of the major health hazard endured within our living space. With nowhere to go and chaos abound, Tina and Neil Stokes opened their home to the Sustainable Duo to provide safe haven. Without even being present, the Stokes’ reminded us of the compassion and caring behind this movement and why it feels so good to serve all of you.
Beyond their incredible act of kindness, the Stokes also run a small passion project around vegan cheese. Vegan Stokes Cheese has a story similar to Planet Protein’s. Initially shocked by the health and cruelty implications of a diet subsisted by animal agriculture, Tina Stokes set out to create her own cheese as she was dissatisfied with the available products and seeking to survive the transition from cheese lover to vegan. Soon after, she began “sneaking” it into the cheese platters among friends.
Fast forward through today and Vegan Stokes Cheese is stocked throughout the Toronto area, and available internationally via VeganSupply.ca
Tina has since left the corporate world to pursue her passion, now making a living off of her remarkable creations. What a story, and an incredible thanks to the Stokes family! See you in SoFla!
Vegan + Ethical Lifestyle
Vegan Stokes cultured cheeses are “Handcrafted with Passion and Compassion” in small batches, locally in Thornhill, Ontario. So authentic, you might not even distinguish that they’re vegan.
Read about Vegan Stokes Cheese and the interview with founder, Tina Stokes.
Ontario Vegans Magazine
Ontario’s Artisan Vegan Cheese
peta's favourite vegan products available in Canada
PETA is playing favourites! They've compiled a list of their favourite vegan foods available in Canada. We are super stoked that Vegan Stokes Cheese made the list as one of their favourite dairy-free cheeses!
These Powerful Women are "killing it" with Compassion
TINA Stokes, Vegan Stokes Cheese
"The vegan cheese company founder has this to say about dairy: “Learning of the dairy industry practices made it clear that the word ‘dairy’ which we all once thought of as ‘wholesome,’ ‘natural’ and even ‘necessary’ is actually none of these things.” Stokes founded Vegan Stokes out of her “passion for compassion,” and the rest is herstory. Every product made by the small, family-operated facility is handcrafted in small batches and hand-wrapped."
Sacred LiFe Magazine
Vol. 9 - Spring, 2018
"The perfect addition to any dinner party, this delicious nut-free, and dairy-free feta will tantalize your taste buds. Pair it with olives and bread, crumble on top of a salad or bake it in flakey pastry, this creamy vegan cheese can be used in so many different ways."
PETA Annual Report
We are so proud to support the world’s largest organization dedicated to protecting our most vulnerable individuals: animals. PETA’s strategic and bold advocacy inspires compassion and sparks awareness, prompting the realization that all animals are sentient beings, just like us.