I grew up on a farm in a small tight knit rural Alberta community, where everyone helped their neighbours when the need arose.
Volunteering has always been part of my life. Even as a young person, I enjoyed helping at the community fall suppers, especially serving pie to the elderly along with their tea or coffee after their meal.
My first summer job outside the farm was at an Insurance office. The insurance industry is where I would remain for the rest of my career, retiring in 2005 as Vice President of a large company.
An invitation from a friend brought my husband and me to the Columbia Valley in the mid 1990’s. We instantly fell in love with this beautiful area which offered so many of the outdoor activities we enjoyed. We knew from that first visit that we would live here someday.
My family has been blessed with so much, and volunteering is one way we choose to share what we have. Over the years working with organizations and boards, it always seemed to involve helping those in need or the hungry, which is why the Columbia Valley Food Bank is a natural fit for me.
This community has the most amazing people, and I have personally experienced their care and support in a time of need. The food bank has given me the opportunity to be part of the solution to respectfully provide healthy nourishment to members of our community.
In some small way I hope to “pay forward”, this care and support and look forward to working with the dedicated volunteers who are so generous with their time and expertise.