Dianne St. Jean
Above: Members of the Board, some who have since stepped down, discussed possible new options for the Food Bank at the meeting on January 25.
Above: Members of the Board, some who have since stepped down, discussed possible new options for the Food Bank at the meeting on January 25.
Dianne St. Jean photo

There was a very good turnout at the meeting for the Food Bank last Thursday, January 25 hosted by the New Life Centre in Valemount.
For the most part, over the last several years the Food Bank’s Board and Executive has consisted of senior citizens, some into their seventies and eighties.

The President, Dorothy Jones, had indicated her desire to step down, having served the organization for the last sixteen years. Other senior Board directors were also stepping down, and with no offers to fill those positions, it seemed that Food Bank operations might be in jeopardy.

Few, if any, individuals showed up at previous meetings or stepped forward to replace those positions.

That wasn’t the way it was during this last meeting, with about a dozen community members as well as Board members attending.

Recently Sheri Gee and Barbara Battensby joined the Board, and during this meeting, Marian Plummer was nominated and voted in as President and Sherry Tinsley as Vice President (the Board had been without a Vice President for a while). Jack Hoy and Monika Springer were also appointed to the Board.

The committee discussed some ideas to help promote and facilitate collection of food within the community, such as dropping off small containers or baskets to homes that would then be picked up by volunteers or dropped off at key locations such as the CIBC Bank or Public Library.

They also discussed relocating to other sites. This was spawned by the incident of water pipes freezing at the Curling Club building where the Food Bank is situated, causing a busted pipe to leak water into their area. Thankfully at that time a volunteer happened to go into the Food Bank to fill an emergency order and discovered the water, so there was no loss due to the leakage.

However, with the uncertainty of the future of the Curling Club facility the Board feels that it is time to actively pursue an alternate location for the Food Bank to operate from that could be long term.

A couple of ideas were presented, but nothing concrete has yet been decided as members are still actively examining their options.

The Food Bank not only provides food for individuals and families in need, they also play a key role in the Angel Tree Christmas gift distribution and provide Christmas hampers.

Says new President Marian Plummer, “We have a good bunch of directors with some new ideas, so we should work well together.”