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 Warehouse 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dee Davidson – Intake Coordinator

Dee was born and raised in Kamloops and has 2 hockey loving teenagers. Up until recently she has worked in the accounting industry for schools and churches, as well as in the fire and safety, and paramedical industry. She came to the Food Bank during her Level 3 Nursing Practicum and was forever hooked.

Why the Food Bank?
I enjoy every aspect of the Food Bank dynamic. The volunteers, staff, and especially the myriad of clients; helping to fill this need in the community I call home. The waste reduction, Food Share, and Starfish programs help define what the Food bank sets out to conquer and the difference we make is immeasurable. My team brightens my every day and I look forward to serving the variety of client needs on a daily basis. Can you say that you look forward to coming to work every day? I can, 110%!

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!

Contact Us

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Kamloops Food Bank remains open

With the growing number of Coronavirus cases and BC declaring a Public Health Emergency the focus on the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and clients remains paramount.

Our desire to create a safe environment while continuing to provide food to those in need prompted the following procedural changes:

Clients:

  • Stand 2 metres apart at all times
  • We are serving 1 client at time in the building
  • 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
      • serve the largest number of clients
      • limit social contact
      • ensure food is shared equally

Our administrative staff is currently working from home and we are unable to answer any calls. Please email info@kamloopsfoodbank.org and your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate department.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the COVID-19 crisis.

We are in this together.

Regarding Donations:

At this time both monetary and shelf stable food donations are needed.

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/