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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. 

Programs Manager

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. 

Events, Marketing & Communications Manager

Christine Taylor

Christine comes to us with over 12 years experience in Communications having worked for a large Oil and Gas company as the Communications Advisor and 10 years experience in Marketing, specializing in Social Media by growing her own business successfully in the Airdrie Community. Engaging with the public and helping others is a passion for Christine and she looks forward to the challenges and rewards at the Airdrie Food Bank.

Christine spends her free time with her 2 young children and their dog named Lola.

Events Facilitator

TBA


Client Care

TBA


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

Robert

 

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2019 - 2020 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

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)


Vice President

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  


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

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 

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”

Lori Reist
Lori grew up near Halifax, relocating to the Calgary in 2006 and Airdrie in 2008. The mother of five children, ages nine and under, has been involved in the school, sporting and arts communities as a support to her children. Lori is also a day home provider. 

Before changing career paths to better serve her family Lori developed significant management and administrative experience including human resources, document control, IT, fundraising and office management. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mount Saint Vincent University.

Together with her husband Mike, Lori runs a program called Project Jack & Jill (Adopt-A-Grad) that allows local Airdrie high school grads who can’t afford outfits for their special day to dress in style. In their first year, they collected hundreds of new and used suits and gowns, developed partnerships with local schools and businesses, and raised $7,500 going on to help 16 young men and 5 young women to attend grad. Airdrie’s three public high schools also received $1,000 each that year to help needy students and their families purchase tickets to grad. Their goal is to help more students in subsequent years as word spreads of the initiative.

Lori is very excited by the opportunity to join the Food Bank and looks forward to being involved with such an incredible organization. She is eager to bring her education and experiences to the Board, to help contribute to the success of the Food Bank.

Sydney Everingham
You could say Sydney is a newcomer to Airdrie. Sydney moved to Airdrie just 3 years ago from Olds. Before moving to Alberta 8 years ago Sydney lived in Bobcaygeon Ontario. She moved out west with her mom, dad, sister and 2 family dogs, she then finished high school in Olds. Sydney then preceded her academic career to Olds College where she graduated with two diplomas in Sports management and Business management. 

Sydney is the founder/owner of “Sydney’s Social Butterfly Inc.” In her spare time you can catch her building her business, getting in a workout or reading a vast range of different books. She also loves spending time in nature when the weather is beautiful with her two dogs. 

Throughout her life Sydney has always had a passion for volunteering and giving back to her community. She has been a Ducks Unlimited volunteer for 10+ years, Girl Guides of Canada for 5 years as well as volunteering for the Airdrie Ability Centre on multiple occasions. Sydney is excited to bring her knowledge of Social media & Marketing to the Airdrie Food Bank. She loves being active in the community and can’t wait to see herself learn and grow from this opportunity. 

Words to live by “Show up even when nobody applauds you for it. Be your own biggest fan.” ~womanontop

 


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