Meet the Team
Laurie likes to "walk the talk" as pastor of St. Aidan's church for over 10 years. The mission of the church is simple: "Community, Compassion and Hope". Finding creative ways to feed people in the midst of a pandemic has meant relying on the larger community's willingness to help out. Laurie has been impressed with the generosity of the New Westminster leaders, businesses, and ordinary people! "The pandemic has brought us together. We are all searching for compassion, community and hope. And it looks like this: feeding the hungry and receiving food when we are hungry."
Betina describes herself as a passionate foodie; something she says she came by honestly on the knee of her grandmother back in Newfoundland. Since 2006, she has co-chaired New Westminster Community Food Action and has been a passionate food advocate, locally and provincially, bringing many food security projects to fruition. She is currently the Coalition and Projects Coordinator with the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society and has been supporting the implementation of the New Westminster Food Security Action Plan, and most recently the COVID-19 emergency food response. In the fall of 2019, she started to work with St. Aidan’s to help develop a barrier-free food support program that was informed by the voices of community residents with lived experience in food insecurity. The program was about to launch when COVID-19 hit. What followed, she says was nothing short of a miracle as the community rallied to support those in need and the St. Aidan’s Food Hub was established.
Christy is from the lower mainland and studied nutrition in Toronto. She developed a healthy food policy for the food bank in Toronto. She brings her passion for nutrition and cultural appropriate foods to our team as we offer gluten free, low sodium, healthy hampers for the community.
Manal Sid Ahmed
Manal is a a compassionate new addition to our team! Originally from Egypt, Manal speaks Arabic and knows the challenges first hand of beginning a new life in Canada while raising a family of 5. Most recently, she was a coordinator with the Surrey Food Bank. She ran her own food store in Abbotsford. Manal enjoys connecting to all our community members. Welcome Manal!