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Our Team

You can reach our staff through the main switchboard at 403-948-0063.

Executive Director

Lori McRitchie

Lori McRitchie has been a part of the Airdrie Community since 1981. Lori worked for Rockyview School Division in Airdrie schools for many years and has been the Director of the R.J. Hawkey Breakfast Program since 1998. In 2006 Lori became the Executive Director of the Airdrie Food Bank. At that time, the Breakfast Program and the Food Bank merged under the Food Bank's Board of Directors. Lori leads all operations of the Airdrie Food Bank and has overseen its growth from a grassroots organization to a respected mid-sized agency that continues to meet the growing needs of her community. 

In 2012, Lori was the recipient of the Amazing Airdrie Women Leadership Award and Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee medal. In 2014 she was chosen as Airdrie’ s “Best Citizen” for her work in bringing the community together and advocating for those in need of food support.  She is passionate about her work and supports other food banks through her role as Vice Chair of the provincial association “Alberta Food Banks.”

Lori has been married to Greg for 37 years, has 3 grown children and is a proud Grandma to 4 grandchildren. 


General Manager

Karen Kadatz

Karen Kadatz is a social worker who brings over 20 years of non-profit leadership experience from her previous position with the Wheatland Crisis Society in Strathmore. She has a particular focus on client focused program development and community development. She has a passion for engaging community partners, creating collaborations and programs that meet the needs and capacity of the families and community. Karen is looking forward to joining in on the great work Airdrie Food Bank has accomplished and working with such a positive caring organization.  Karen currently sits on the Alberta Family Violence Death Review Committee. 

A mother of five, grandmother of one (and one on the way), Karen loves hiking, snowshoeing, yoga and spending time with family and friends!! She loves meeting new people and learning new skills. Her newest pursuit is golf. Karen is delighted and very grateful to have such a warm welcome to the organization and community! 


Executive Assistant

Sue Methuen

After spending 13 years growing and managing her own marketing business and 18 years in the field of IT systems development, Sue was ready to give back and contribute to a non-profit organization. She joined the Airdrie Food Bank in October 2011 to assist the Executive Director and handle marketing and communications for the organization. She enjoys working with the food bank team and volunteers as well as connecting with the community on behalf of the food bank.

Sue was born on a Canadian Air Force base in France; has lived in a number of provinces across Canada as well as in Australia. She settled in Airdrie in 1992, is married and has an adult son. When not working she enjoys travelling, drumming circles and is learning Spanish.


Client Care

Marissa

Marissa is our newest employee. Her main focus is serving clients who phone or come in our doors. Other duties include a variety of administrative tasks as well as greeting all visitors.

After moving to Alberta two and a half years ago from Ontario, Marissa is loving her new life in the mountains. In her spare time she enjoys going for hikes with her puppy, camping and any other outdoor activity that she can find. After trips to South East Asia and Europe in the last few years, she’s ready to begin her new position with the Airdrie Food Bank. She’s excited to join such a welcoming and unified team and is excited to see what the future has to bring.


Rae

Rae is a long term volunteer who has helped us coordinate our Empty Bowls Arts Festival for many years. During the summer of 2015 she was hired to be an interim/part-time Volunteer Coordinator. Once that position was completed she stayed on a casual basis to help out with client care and administration tasks as needed.

Rae loves getting together with family and travelling with her husband Jim.


Lynne

Lynne is one of our longest serving volunteers and looks after Wednesday evenings client care at the Airdrie Food Bank. On Friday's you can often find her in the warehouse sorting food or helping in any other way needed.

Lynne has a "can do" attitude and a smile for everyone she comes in contact with.


Volunteer Coordinator

Carolyn

Carolyn has returned to food bank after spending a couple years out of the country. During her time away she volunteered and enjoyed a mission trip with Habitat for Humanity to San Salvador. On her return to Airdrie she was eager to return to work where she could make a difference in her community. The Airdrie Food Bank is like coming home and brings balance to her life.

Carolyn is living in Airdrie with her husband and has three adult children who work in the area. Carolyn wants to build the volunteer base and make the Airdrie Food Bank the best place to volunteer.


Warehouse Coordinator

Benny

After volunteering and working part-time at the Airdrie Food Bank over the previous 2 years, Benny joins the group as the Warehouse Coordinator. With a background in I.T.support, Customer Service and H.R., he is up to the challenges this new position brings.

Benny enjoys travelling and playing golf with his best half Debbie along with following different sports on TV.


Community Kitchen Coordinator

Meghan

Meghan joined our team in the fall of 2016 and has loved contributing to the community through the role of Community Kitchen Coordinator by developing and facilitating new and affordable kitchen programs. After graduating from the University of Guelph with a B.A.Sc in Nutrition and a few years working in the non-profit sector, Meghan attended the University of Victoria to complete her Masters of Education. She has been busy planning, collaborating and facilitating to create opportunities for participants to find the joy and comfort of community through food sharing and creativity!

Growing up in Northern Ontario fostered Meghan’s love of the outdoors and inspired her to lead canoe trips for many summers. As a recent Albertan she is looking forward to exploring new trip routes and new trails! Although she loves a good dose of fresh air she is also a big fan of curling up with a bowl of popcorn to watch a BBC mystery. 

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Board of Directors

Airdrie Food Bank is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. Approximately half of the board is elected each year, so there is always a mixture of experienced and new board members at any one time. Current Board members are:


President

Kent Rupert

Kent has a passion for the Airdrie Food Bank. Throughout the years has served a total of 5 years as a director and became President in 2015. Kent’s full-time job for the past 15 years has been with Airdrie Economic Development where he has seen firsthand the incredible growth Airdrie has experienced.

Kent strongly believes in the values of giving back and  this includes to his profession. He is a current Director on the International Economic Development Council, is past-president with the Economic Developers Alberta and past board member of Economic Developers Association of Canada.

Two of Kent’s proudest moments with the food bank was when the new facility opened its doors in August 2014 and when the Airdrie Food Bank was recognized for “2017 Food Bank Excellence” in Canada. He credits Lori McRitchie and her amazing staff, the local business community and the 300+ volunteers that make the food bank the great place it is. Without the community support the food bank would not be able to continue to serve the food needs of community… Thank You Airdrie!!!!

Words to live by...

“What we do for ourselves dies with us… what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal ” – Albert Pike


Vice President

Jack Lumley

Jack has been an active member of the Airdrie Community since he arrived here in 1984. He has been a Director for the Airdrie Food Bank since 2014 and has enjoyed his time serving the Community. Jack is a past President of the Airdrie Edge Gymnastics Club where he wrote the business plan for inclusion into Phase Three of Genesis Place, a Vice President of the Airdrie Minor Hockey Association, and a long time Coach of both Hockey and Baseball in Airdrie. Additionally, he is the President of ARRES which is the Public Fundraising arm of the three phases of Genesis Place. In 2013 he was proud to be awarded the “Soul of Airdrie” award for his volunteer efforts through the years.

In 2017 Jack was pleased to be a co-founder of 100 Men Who Give a Damn, Airdrie a group dedicated to raising and distributing $40,000 per year to worthy local charity’s. Jack lives in Airdrie with his wife and three beautiful children. He is a Senior Sales Executive with over 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry working and providing compelling solutions across Western Canada into a broad client base including Oil and Gas, Provincial Governments, Municipal Governments, and Transportation.

Jack enjoys camping, playing hockey and quading with his children.

Words to live by…

“Life is like a Bicycle. To keep your balance, you must KEEP MOVING!” (Albert Einstein)


Treasurer

Paul Brophy

I have been continually involved in volunteer positions both in my community and with organizations that I have had a vested interest in. In the past I have been a Board Member at a golf course where I was a member. Having played university hockey, I was the Treasurer and Secretary of the Hockey Alumni Association for a number of years after graduating. I have always been involved in community sports organizations at a volunteer level.

Since moving from Montreal my family and I have been maintaining our volunteering focus through numerous venues including Airdrie Minor Hockey, the Airdrie Aces Track Club and of course, the Airdrie Food Bank; where my whole family has and continues to volunteer.

On a professional level I have been a Chartered Accountant for over 20 years and have held progressively senior managerial positions, not only in the area of finance, but also in strategy and business development, IT and human resources.

Words to live by...

"Persevere, persevere, persevere. And when you fail, because you will, persevere."


Secretary

Tony Mauro

Tony has lived in Airdrie and surrounding area since 1993. Over that time he has been a strong supporter of the community through volunteering at local area schools, community associations and sports associations including Airdrie Little league and Airdrie Minor Hockey. Tony has seen Airdrie grow over the past 25 years and has experienced first hand how people of this great community step forward to lend a hand and help out each other.

Tony, who has a graduate degree in business administration and 25 years experience in strategy and corporate development within the energy sector, brings strong business acumen as well as an executive leadership perspective to the Board of Directors.

He began his association with the Airdrie Food Bank in the spring of 2016 and is very excited to have joined the Board of Directors in September to support our mission.

Words to live by...

“Better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all” – Alfred Lord Tennyson (adapted).


Directors

Tracy Seaman

Tracy has been part of the Airdrie community since 1999.  For the past 10 years she has been actively involved in supporting her children’s school and sports activities and loves what Airdrie has to offer families.   

Tracy is a Human Resources Generalist with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, CHRP Designation and over 20 years of progressive HR experience.  Tracy works as an independent HR Consultant, providing a broad range of HR services to small and mid-sized companies.  These services include recruitment, compensation, training & development, employee relations, policy development, and coaching.  Tracy is committed to working effectively with senior management and employees in finding practical solutions to facilitate positive change and improve business results. 

Tracy is excited about the opportunity to bring her HR experience to the Board, providing a way of giving back to the community and supporting such a critical service organization in Airdrie.

Words to live by...

“Live as you were to die tomorrow. Learn as you were to live forever.”- Ghandi  


Cam Acheson

Cam is a private businessman and property developer who built his company from the ground up. He has great entrepreneurial and business experience that he brings forward to the board. He has led multiple challenging and successful projects and initiatives.

Cam brings a wide skill set to the board that includes: excellent leadership, strong financial acumen and has a great business development and project management background.  He holds a business degree from the University of Regina and has served on several not for profit boards. He has had success at garnering support and resources for those initiatives.

He is active in the community and resides in Airdrie with his wife and their 4 children. His skill and experience will be a welcome addition to the Airdrie Food Bank board of directors. 

Words to live by...

“Courage is Fear Holding on a Minute Longer”  - George S Patton 


Tyler Sande

Tyler has been in the financial services industry since 2008 where he has held a series of managerial positions and is currently working for The Co-operators as an Associate Financial Advisor here in Airdrie.

A firm believer in a consultative approach to business, Tyler’s value lies in his ability to connect and empathize with the people he serves. Tyler’s areas of expertise include general insurance services, life insurance as well as financial planning. This skillset allows him to construct holistic financial strategies for his clients which offer both peace of mind and fiscal stability. Tyler is a licensed general insurance agent and a licensed life insurance agent. He also holds his mutual funds license with plans to complete his Certified Financial Planner designation in the near future. 

Tyler has previously been involved with volunteer efforts at the Mustard Seed in Calgary and has assisted his wife, Sarah, with her duties as the volunteer coordinator for the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society. Together, Tyler and Sarah look forward to starting their family in a community that takes an active role in ensuring the wellbeing if it’s people.

Words to live by...

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect” – Mark Twain    


Bob Dennis

As a Business leader in Airdrie (GM of the Costco Depot ) I feel that I can lend my experience in distribution to moving donations efficiently and effectively.

Words to live by...

“Respect for others”


Nicholas A. Sawkiw

I come to the board with backgrounds in both business and law. These two separate but integrated backgrounds have allowed me to develop a comfort as well as a skill set with respect to administrative bodies, and governance within both public and private sectors. On the business side, I bring the experience of advising both directors and boards, and liaising with corporate and individual stakeholders. On the legal side, I have both a municipal and business law practice. From this, I bring the knowledge of and experience with the powers and spheres of jurisdiction at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government in Canada, and a knowledge of strategic planning, transparent communication and drafting of bylaws, policies and procedures.

Most importantly, I am excited for the opportunity to serve my community to the best of my ability.

Words to live by... “Never give up”


Ross Mayer

I am a community advocate, fund raiser and volunteer for the Airdrie Food Bank. I have been involved in Community Economic Development for my entire business career.

Previously, I have been on the Board of Directors for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank for 7.5 years and have held the following positions: Member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Finance Committee. I was also on the Board of Directors for the Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club and was an active board member and Head of their Finance Committee.

I believe that I have the skills and abilities to assist the Airdrie Food Bank to continue on its journey of being a strong, credible and sustainable social-profit agency to serve the Airdrie community and its neighbors. 

Words to live by... Say what you Do… Do what you Say”


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