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.

Chet Mourant – Manager Warehouse Operations

Chet was born in Winnipeg, MB and moved to Kamloops in 2012 to study at Thompson Rivers University. He has a degree in Tourism Management and started at the Food Bank as a foodSHARE Driver. Prior to the Food Bank, Chet worked for Ron Paul Garden Centre in Winnipeg as a Gravel Truck & Front End Loader operator.

Why the Food Bank?
I love working for an organization that focuses on helping people, reducing waste and generating strength in a community. The amazing volunteers and staff make it a truly special place to work!

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.

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.

James Schnackenberg – Warehouse Coordinator

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.

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!

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.

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.

Jovan Rodrigue – Warehouse Assistant and foodSHARE Driver
(6 month paternity leave)

Jovan worked at the Tolko Mill for 13 years before starting as our Weekend foodSHARE Driver in 2013. 6 months after Jovan took on this role he became the full time Weekday Driver. Jovan also served on the Social Planning Committee, sitting as chair for 5 years.

Why the Food Bank?
No one should ever go hungry and I am happy to work at an organization that provides members of our community with food when they may otherwise have to go without.

Gabrielle Bray – Warehouse Assistant and foodSHARE Driver

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.

Michael Ujiye – Chef

Mike has been a long term resident of the Kamloops area and has been a part of the Food Bank for 10 years. His previous work as a welder allowed him to explore BC and the rest of Canada. He learned his skills in the kitchen from working in remote camps and his mom.

Why the Food Bank?
After retirement I was looking for a place to volunteer and found the Kamloops Food Bank. I enjoy what I do and the people here. It is a fun place to work!

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.

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