Our Staff

Bernadette Siracky – Executive Director

Bernadette began her career as a teacher and was responsible for district-wide planning for students with learning disabilities. She moved to Kamloops in 2007 and started volunteering at the Food Bank. She took on the role of Executive Director in 2008 and has been here ever since.

Why the Food Bank?
The Kamloops Food Bank is a true example of generosity, compassion, and the power of community. I am grateful to work with a dedicated group of staff, volunteers and Board of Directors that ensure our vision of a hunger-free community remains a priority.

Darren Sellars – Manager Fleet Operations

Darren started at the Food Bank in 2010. Previously Darren worked at Trout Creek Enterprise. He first came to the food bank through LTD Consulting and then through the STEP program shortly after. When a permanent position became available he was the perfect addition to the Food Bank team.

Why the Food Bank?
The Food Bank is an amazing place to be. I love being here and there is no other workplace like this. The positive energy of the staff and volunteers makes me happy to go to work each day.

Wes Graham – Manager Warehouse Operations

Wes was born in Williams Lake and grew up operating heavy duty equipment in the logging industry with ranch and farm work occupying his time when he was not in logging camps.

Why the Food Bank?

I love working with volunteers. My first experience with volunteers was when I started in 2009 at the Kamloops Food Bank as the FoodShare Truck Driver. The Volunteer based work environment of the Food Bank is much different from my previous experience and I quickly came to enjoy the work and community atmosphere provided at the food bank.

Cori Slade – Bookkeeping Coordinator

Prior to working at the Food Bank, Cori worked for the Heart and Stroke Foundation supporting 10 BC area offices in fundraising. She also spent 16 years in the music industry working for a major record label.

Why the Food Bank?
I feel proud to work for and be involved with an organization that provides such an important service within the community.

Corra Gassner – Events and Office Coordinator

Corra is originally from Kamloops and has spent the last 15 years in Vancouver and travelling. She previously worked in hotel and restaurant design, and the travel industry prior to joining the Kamloops Food Bank.

Why the Food Bank?
I love being involved in my community. I am so proud to be part of an organization that understands the importance of food security and sustainability. The staff and team of volunteers here are always so inspirational!

James Schnackenberg – Warehouse Supervisor

Prior to joining the Food Bank team James worked as a shipper and receiver at Movie Gallery and in sales and customer service at Rogers.

Why the Food Bank?
I love everyone I work with which is rare. The volunteers are always amazing and helpful and this job has such a positive impact on the community that I haven’t experienced before.

Hollie Neil – Warehouse Coordinator

Hollie and her husband fulfilled their dream of leaving the Lower Mainland for quieter pastures in 2016.  They enjoy the calmer pace with their small hobby farm of a variety of rescued animals.

Why the Food Bank?
To find a place where you truly look forward to going to because it is filled with such beautiful people with huge hearts is an amazing feeling.  I am honored to be a part of this wonderful team of dedicated staff and volunteers and feel extremely fortunate to be able to love the work I do.

Angela Johnson – Bookkeeping Assistant

Angela joined the Food Bank team after completing her Bookkeeping Certificate through Okanagan College.  She has a background in Business Management and previously worked in the retail industry.

Why the Food Bank?
I love working for an organization whose primary focus is helping people and reducing waste in our community.  It is an honour to work with such a fantastic group of staff and volunteers.

Julianna Bissonnette – Reception

Born and raised in Kamloops, Julianna graduated in 2020 with a degree in biology from TRU. After spending a year being a peer mentor, a teaching assistant and a leader for TRU’s Supplemental Learning program she joined the Kamloops Food Bank team.

Why the Food Bank:
Kamloops has always been my home and being able to make an impact within the community is truly inspiring. I appreciate and value all the people who make the Kamloops Food Bank such an amazing place, and I am privileged to have the opportunity to take part.

Michael Mak – Warehouse Assistant

Mikey started volunteering at the Food Bank 10 years ago. He has volunteered in every aspect of the organization from assisting with pickups, working at events, to doing all on-site jobs. Currently Mikey is working as our warehouse assistant and is dedicated to the foodSHARE program, sorting and organizing all of the produce that is received from local stores.

Alex Parobec – foodSHARE Driver

Alex has been with the food bank since January 2020. He is currently enrolled at TRU pursuing a career in healthcare, and he is also a leader for TRU’s Supplemental Learning program for the Chemistry department. In his spare time he enjoys volunteering with the SPCA, Operation Red Nose, and as a coach with the Kamloops Community Football Society. Prior to returning to school, he worked out of town shift work as an industrial electrician.

Why the Food Bank?
When I decided to come back to school, I wanted to spend more time in the community.  Working at the food bank has been a great way to do that. It’s been a dream job, and the friendly, upbeat environment created by all the fantastic staff, volunteers, and clients is contagious.

Gabrielle Bray- Warehouse Coordinator

Before becoming a part of the Food Bank family, Gabrielle helped organize the Electric Love Music Festival . Additionally, she runs her own organic farm and loves cooking with fresh, healthy produce.

Why the Food Bank?
I am passionate about food recovery and re-distribution. Through the foodSHARE program I am able to pursue this passion and play an active role against food waste.

Lenard Segnitz – Warehouse Assistant and foodSHARE Driver

Lenard is a long time resident of Kamloops.  He previously worked in computers.  Lenard came to volunteer at the Food Bank in 2016 to stay busy and found a vibrant fellowship. He came on as a staff member in October 2018 and weekend driver in April 2019.

Why the Food Bank?
I came for the social contact, stayed for the building of hope and passion to reduce food waste and community hunger.

Thomas Dyck – Warehouse Assistant and foodSHARE Driver

 

Contact Us

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Kamloops Food Bank remains open

Clients:

  • Please bring your own bags or boxes
  • Stand 2 metres apart at all time
  • Sanitize hands upon entering
  • Have your ID ready to display
  • Please follow staff & volunteer direction
  • Clients are able to access Perishable hampers once per week and Non-Perishable hampers once per month
  • All Hampers are now pre-packed to expedite the intake process and limit social contact

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the COVID-19 crisis. We are in this together.

As of April 8th our new hours will be:

Monday & Wednesday
Families and Single Parents
8:30am - 11:30am
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Tuesday & Thursday
Adult Singles and Couples
8:30am - 11:30am
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Friday
7:30am - 8:30am Seniors
9am – 11:30am - All Clients
12:00pm - 1:30pm - All Clients

Regarding Donations:

We are gratefully receiving food donations at 171 Wilson Street. Please come to the red receiving bay door Monday-Friday, 8am – 2pm. If you are unable to drop off during those times, donation bins are located at the front of grocery stores for non-perishable items and are picked-up daily by our foodSHARE drivers.

For monetary contributions, visit our website here for ways to donate: https://www.kamloopsfoodbank.org/monetary-donation/