Food Banks Alberta is governed by a volunteer board of directors, elected by the membership annually. Here are the board members for 2017:
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 (Foster Park Brokers)
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.
Arianna Johnson, Director (Wood Buffalo Food Bank)
Arianna Johnson has served as the Executive Director of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank since April 2011. Arianna feels her work has allowed her the opportunity to learn more about the importance of food security, the desire people have for education about “smart giving”, and the importance of helping others to understand the operation of Food Banks and the role they play. Her work with staff that genuinely cares about the clients has enabled the development of new programs, such as The Basic Shelf and Slow Cooker programs, and the Mobile Pantry Program, among others in the works. Her philosophy as an Executive Director is “Say YES, and figure it out later” this philosophy is often where some of the most amazing and innovative things happen, it is truly amazing what we can do when we say YES. Residing in Fort McMurray since April 2006, Arianna is the proud recipient of many awards and honours, including the 2016 Top 50 under 50 by Your McMurray Magazine, 2012 Woman of Inspiration, and 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. She is involved in several volunteer pursuits, including currently serving as a co-vice chair of the Social Recovery Task Force and as Chair of the Food Banks Alberta Board of Directors. Arianna enjoys spending her free time with her husband, step son, family, friends, and their two dogs. Her favourite motto is “God gave us dreams a size too big so we could grow into them.’
Shelby J. Macleod, Director (Lethbridge Food Bank)
Shelby is retired, a people helping people advocate, a lifelong community volunteer and learner who believes that a person can achieve anything that they put their mind to, especially when optimizing available Community supports. People stability requires a caring safe environment, secure housing and healthy food. Families benefit and children flourish from an effective caring K-12 education system, as it prepares them for the world of work and beyond. Shelby’s a mother of two adult children, former government employee and lived in Lethbridge for 27 years. Shelby serves on the (LFB) Lethbridge Food Bank, Food Banks Alberta Board, a member of the Lethbridge (CMHA) Canadian Mental Health Association Board, the CMHA Alberta Division Executive and a member of other Lethbridge community boards.
Paul Van Doren, Director (Three Hills Food Bank)
Paul has been the volunteer president and/or treasurer of the Three Hills Area Food Bank since its inception in 2001. Paul has a BA from the University of Calgary and operates an agricultural corporation located at Three Hills. Paul actively volunteers with several organizations in Three Hills and has recently won the Three Hills 2016 Volunteer of the Year award.
Barbara Reppert, Director (Executive Impact)
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 (McGuigan Nelson LLP)
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.