Food Banks Alberta is governed by a volunteer board of directors, elected by the membership annually.
Executive Committee 2018-2019
Lori McRitchie, Chair (Airdrie Food Bank)
Lori McRitchie has been a part of the Airdrie Community since 1980. She worked for Rockyview School Division in Airdrie schools for many years and became the Director of the R.J. Hawkey Breakfast Program in 1998. In 2006 Lori became the Executive Director of the Airdrie Food Bank when the Breakfast Program and the food bank merged under the Airdrie 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 well-respected mid-sized agency that continues to meet the growing needs of her community. This growth includes overseeing the fund development and construction of a design-built food bank for Airdrie and surrounding communities as well as the addition of many program to support the community. Lori is passionate about her work and supports other food banks through her role on the board of the provincial association, Food Banks Alberta, as well as operating the Airdrie Food Bank as a regional hub serving rural food banks. Lori has been married to Greg for 38 years, has 3 grown children and is a proud Grandma to 4 grandchildren.
Doug Tweddle, 1st Vice Chair/ Acting Treasurer
Doug was born and raised in Edmonton. A graduate of the University of Alberta, he was a career Senior Manager for a number of national retail chains. Alongside his retail responsibilities, Doug facilitated paid, volunteer days for his team members who volunteered with E4C, Elizabeth Howard Society, and other non-profit organizations. This experience led to an abiding interest in the non-profit sector and its tremendous contribution to our communities. Doug has been in the insurance industry for over 8 years and holds an Account Executive position with Foster Park Brokers Inc. He is responsible for the development of relationships and is dedicated to working with non-profit groups, both provincially and nationally. He is very passionate about insurance and the role he plays to provide tangible insurance solutions for his clients.
Alice Kolisnyk, 2nd Vice Chair (Red Deer Food Bank)
Central Alberta has been Alice’s primary home most of her life. She has a farming background from growing up on farms that her father worked on in Lacombe, Grande Prairie, and Didsbury. As an adult Alice worked generally in retail and customer-service related positions, although she did have a few jobs in the manufacturing and food processing industry.
Her start at the Red Deer Food Bank turned into a 10-year career involving warehouse organization, client intake procedures, food distribution, fundraising efforts and overall operations. She is currently the Deputy Director of the food bank.Working at the Red Deer Food Bank has never been boring. The nature of the work is always challenging me to do and be better. It has taught me so much about human nature and how everyone can help whether you are 3 or 93.
Suzan Krecsy, Secretary (St. Albert Food Bank)
Suzan has been the Executive Director of the St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village for 10 years and is the past chair of Alberta Food Banks. Suzan has a background in nursing and she worked in home care for 10 years in Ottawa, Edmonton and St. Albert. She also ran a small food bank for four years just outside of Ottawa. Through her work she is the co-chair of the St. Albert Family Working Group, Suzan sits on committees that look at issues dealing with housing, homelessness and family violence. Suzan is on the steering committee for a homelessness prevention strategy that is funded through the federal government and in partnership with the University of Alberta research team.
Barbara Reppert, Director
Barb is a professional accountant by trade who has held Executive positions in several corporations ranging from start-ups and mid-sized companies to multinational businesses. She has been involved in private equity turn arounds, ERP implementations and has been a moderator of the Strategic Leadership Program for the Certified Management Accountants of Alberta. Her diverse experience and ability to understand multidiscipline and complex business problems while demonstrating her passion for people will enable Barb to contribute to the execution of the vision of the Food Banks Alberta.
Byron Nelson, Director
Byron Nelson is a trial lawyer and partner with McGuigan Nelson LLP in Calgary. He has spent the last twenty years protecting the rights of individuals and small businesses in insurance and commercial litigation. He has represented clients in the Supreme Court of Canada, Provincial Court of Alberta, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Alberta Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench and the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench.
Born in British Columbia, Nelson was raised in Calgary. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 1994 and received his law degree with honours, from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1997.An avid rugby player, Byron is a past president of the Calgary Rams Rugby Club and a member of the Al Azhar Shrine Temple. Byron enjoys camping and hiking with his daughter and son. Nelson volunteers for the Shriners Hospitals for Children as a past chairman for Southern Alberta. He currently sits on the international Jurisprudence and Laws Committee for Shriners International.
New additions to the board of directors 2018-2019:
Sheila Hughes, Director (Okotoks Food Bank)
Sheila and family established their home in Okotoks in 1996. She decided to forego her successful 15-year career as a Legal Assistant to focus on the raising of her two young daughters. This naturally included volunteer work at her children’s schools, associated local charity events, and ultimately at the Okotoks Food Bank. Participation in the food bank was a truly motivating experience leading to the successful completion of her Non-Profit Management Certificate from Mount Royal University and ultimately taking on the role of the Okotoks Food Bank executive director in 2015. Recent times in Alberta have spurred the Okotoks Food Bank to evolve in response to the demands of growing need. Sheila has been married to Ron for 30 years, has two grown daughters, enjoys her daily adventures exploring the local nature reserves with her three shaggy Tibetan Terrier dogs.
Paul McWilliams, Director
Paul has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having served in various leadership roles. He and his family located to Fort McMurray from New Brunswick in 2005 as Community Manager for CIBC. In 2012 he joined Servus Credit Union and in 2017 he became Senior Manager – Member Contact Centre and Employee Financial Services in Edmonton. Paul has been a very active member of the community, serving on many boards in the community including: Northern Lights Regional Health Authority, Northern Lights Health Foundation, Northern Alberta Athletic Association, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club. Before leaving Fort McMurray Paul was the Chair of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, Chair of the Northern Lights Hospital Health Advisory Council and Vice Chair of the Advisory Council on Aging. In 2016 Paul was awarded the Heat of Wood Buffalo Award for his board leadership and named one of Fort McMurray’s top 50 under 50. When not working or volunteering Paul his devoted to his beautiful bride of 25 years, their two amazing sons and their 3 fur babies.
David Oman, Director
David’s background covers a diverse range of disciplines from strategic planning to human relations. His formal education includes a Masters degree in Business Administration. Over the last decade he has concentrated his efforts in the area of organizational behaviour, using principles of engagement to broaden perspectives on business success. Beyond planning lies David’s real interest, in facilitating change. David has worked with senior management groups, development team interventions and designed organization-wide measurement systems. His areas of specialty include strategic planning, executive coaching, organizational analysis, employee engagement and expert level facilitation. In his spare time, David is an avid photographer who strives to capture the beauty of Canadian landscapes.
Kim Dumont, Director (High Prairie Food Bank)
Kim was born and raised in High Prairie, Alberta and continues to reside close to her home town. Since the early 1990s, Kim has been involved with the High Prairie & District Food Bank Society in some capacity by either volunteering or sitting on the board of directors. In October 2006, Kim was employed as the Coordinator for the High Prairie & District Food Bank Society and continues to work hard to assist families within her region. She has previously sat on the provincial board of directors.
Craig Pilgrim, Director
Craig has been a realtor in St. Albert since 2005 and has been a committed community volunteer for many years. A husband, father and aspiring amateur triathlete, he has spearheaded several community initiatives. Craig like to use his superpowers for good, leveraging his extensive network for the benefit of the agencies and causes he supports. Craig is currently the Vice Chair of the STAR Foundation and he recently completed six years as Chair of the SAIF Society. Over the years he has served in varying capacities on boards with the Chamber of Commerce, the Realtors Community Foundation and the St. Albert Economic Advisory Board.