Our Board

Connie Hum – President

Connie has been in the financial industry for over 30 years and currently manages Interior Savings Credit Union, Landsdowne Branch. She has served on the Kamloops Food Bank Board since 2013 and is currently the President. Connie has also done a variety of volunteer work in Kamloops and beyond, from Days of Caring to School PAC and many others in between.

Why the Food Bank?
My first visit to the Food Bank was to present a cheque from Interior Savings. I loved Bernadette’s enthusiasm and it was clear the staff and volunteers were a family unit. This led to my volunteering at the Rotary Food Drive and eventually joining the board. It has been a perfect fit.

Marlyse Harrison – Treasurer

Marlyse is a Chartered Professional Accountant specializing in Tax. She has served on the Food Bank Board as Treasurer since 2013. Marlyse has volunteered for many organizations in Kamloops including student mentorship at TRU and the Power of Being a Girl Conference with the Kamloops YMCA/YWCA.

Why the Food Bank?
The most powerful aspect of the Food Bank is its people. After my first visit to the food bank, I left with a great appreciation for the staff and volunteers. At the time of this visit the staff and volunteers were working in an old, cold, cramped facility but radiated a positive and proud energy for the Food Bank. After handing out Thanksgiving hampers, I left with a better understanding of the clients. Clients appreciate what the Food Bank does for our community and respect the Food Bank and its volunteers. And after my first Board meeting, I left with respect for my fellow Board members. The Food Bank Board members are committed to Food Bank and fully support its success

Jeff Arnold – Director

Jeff is an active member of the Kamloops community. Jeff began volunteering in 2009 and joined the board in 2011 and has served as President for the 3 years. As the President of A&T Developments, he was integral in the renovation and expansion of the Food Bank. Jeff is also the humble recipient of many honours including the Distinguished Service Award, and multiple Keystone Awards

Why the Food Bank?
As a volunteer and member of the board at the Kamloops Food Bank it has been a soulful and wonderful experience. There were some skinny food days for me during College but for most part in my life I have never had to go without food and I can’t imagine living life with hunger as a daily problem. We have an amazing community of support and generosity and I wanted to play a small part in making it a great place to live where all people can live with respect and dignity.

Fred Legace – Director

Fred Legace has a 34 year career in aviation with 25 of those years managing all aspects of airport business, operational and development units. Fred joined Vantage Airport Group as Managing Director at Kamloops Airport in 2003. Fred has successfully integrated operational and business units to maximise efficiency and operating margin. Fred is known for the positive relationships built with community stakeholders, air carriers and regulatory bodies. Fred has developed his team to take a similar approach with these groups and collectively is known as a team that gets things done correctly and efficiently. Recently Fred has been active with a variety of community and industry groups at the board level such as Tourism Kamloops, Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Kamloops Food Bank, BC Aviation Council and Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. Fred is a member of Rotary and holds a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Charla Johnstone – Director

Charla Johnstone has been in the financial services industry for 17 years. Currently, she is a Branch Manager at the Brocklehurst location of Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. Charla enjoys being involved in the community and has spent time volunteering for several organizations in the past, including Junior Achievement, Success by 6, United Way and Rotary International.

Why the food bank?

I wanted to focus my volunteering time and efforts to one organization where I could make a real difference and being part of the board of the Kamloops Food Bank is the best way to do that. I have volunteered with the Kamloops Food Bank through my employment with Valley First and involvement with Rotary and know how important the food bank is to this community. My employer, Valley First, is passionate about supporting the food banks in the communities we serve through our signature cause, Feed the Valley. The “Feed the Valley” initiative is a year round program with all fundraising efforts and donations from staff and members going to food banks across the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys.

Lisa Lake – Director

Lisa has worked at Thompson Rivers University in the area of student service and support for 18 years; the last 8 in her current position as Coordinator of Student Services and Engagement for the School of Business and Economics. Her volunteer experience grew out of supporting her children’s activities, primarily with Parent Advisory Council, Girl Guides, and Kamloops Youth Soccer but then moved on to volunteer for United Way (Community Impact Council) and TRU Foundation. Lisa has been an active member of Kamloops Daybreak Rotary for the past five years and currently serves on the Board of Directors as well. Lisa also serves on the Board of Developing World Connections (Secretary) and has enjoyed travelling to Sri Lanka and Guatemala with DWC.

Why the Food Bank?
In all my volunteer activities, I find the best fit for me is when I work with a group that envisions hope, respect, sustainability, and community building in a nonjudgmental environment. My volunteer days at Rotary Food Drives over the past few years convinced me that Kamloops Food Bank possessed all of those attributes and I am humbled to be part of this board.

Kristen Brown – Director

Kristen Brown – Director
Kristen has been in the financial industry for over 25 years and is currently an Account Manger with Interior Savings Credit Union. Kristen has volunteered for many different organizations throughout the years, and thoroughly enjoys working with organizations that give back to our community.

Why the food bank?
The food bank in Kamloops is a very special place. You just have to walk in the doors and you can feel that energy. I am always touched with how this community puts their arms around this organization, and being a small part of that is why I continue to volunteer.

Ashley Ricalton – Director

Ashley is a lawyer at Webber Weiser and joined the Food Bank board in 2015. Ashley grew up in Kamloops and has had the opportunity to gain invaluable volunteer experience with a number of organizations throughout the city. As a recent graduate from Thompson Rivers University, Ashley is excited to continue her community involvement and join the Food Bank family.

Why the Food Bank?
My initial contact with the Food Bank came through my participation in the Trick or Eat and Rotary Food Drives as well as my involvement with the United Way. The Food Bank is such an important organization for our community and has an incredible impact on the city’s most vulnerable citizens. After visiting the Food Bank and seeing Bernadette and her team in action it is difficult not to be inspired by their great work. I look forward to my role on the board and hope to make a meaningful contribution to their shared vision.

Dr. Michael Hansford – Director

Michael has been a resident of Kamloops since 1998 when he graduated from UBC and moved from Vancouver to start a dental practice. He is a member of several professional associations in general, cosmetic and implant dentistry and provides mentorship to other dentists at an advance dental education centre in Seattle, WA. Apart from his professional interests, Mike enjoys skiing, cooking and travelling with his family and riding and tinkering with his old Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Why the food bank?
Mike had the opportunity to tour the food bank recently and was awed by the facility, its organization and the volunteers’ energy and commitment to the food bank’s mission. It was hard not to get involved when witnessing the important work being done to fight hunger in our community by such an inspiring group of people.

Sharon Stevens –  Director

Sharon is the owner of Communication Solutions, a communication and marketing strategy business that has celebrated more than 2 decades of success in Kamloops. She has lived and worked in Toronto and Halifax and is pleased to call Kamloops home. She is a former Rotarian who has also volunteered with numerous community, sport and health oriented non-profits over many years.

Why the Food Bank?

As a mom I know that one of the greatest sources of comfort and security in a home is having the food needed to nourish bodies and minds. I am very grateful for what I have received. So serving on the Food Bank board aligns with my values and lets me give back. I also know the board is a very committed group and the organization itself is well run with great staff and volunteers. I look forward to finding as many ways to help as possible.

Jennifer McKinney –  Director

Jennifer is the owner of Fresh Inc., a full-service marketing, advertising and brand agency in Kamloops that has been in operation since 2004. Her drive and passion towards giving back to her community began over 15 years ago when she first began volunteering with Rotary. Jennifer believes that a strong community is built by members of all walks of life coming together and working as a team to accomplish goals. Today, Jennifer sits on a number of local boards in a volunteer role such as; The Kamloops Art Gallery, Rotary, Venture Kamloops VK Advisors and Developing World Connections, where she traveled to Africa to hike Mount Kilimanjaro as part of a fundraising initiative in 2016. Jennifer was honoured with the Val Anderson Humanitarian Award from the Premier of the province for her dedicated work on the 2003 Wildfires.

Why the Food Bank?

After a recent visit and tour of the Food Bank, Jennifer’s decision to jump on-board and support this organization was instantaneous. Viewing the immediate impact the organization, its kind-hearted volunteers and dedicated employees have in helping members of our local community in need was prevalent and Jennifer wanted to be a part of it.

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