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Westside Community Food Bank names new executive director

Lenetta Parry is the new executive director for the Westside Community Food Bank. - Contributed
Lenetta Parry is the new executive director for the Westside Community Food Bank.
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Lenetta Parry has been named the Executive Director of the Westside Community Food Bank by the Board of Directors.

“Ms. Parry brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to the position and the Board looks forward to working with her” says Helen Holton, Chair of the Westside Community Food Bank.

As Executive Director of the Westside Community Food Bank, Parry will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Westside Food Bank; providing leadership to staff and volunteers and ensuring the strategic direction and policies of the organization are followed.

According to Parry, she is looking forward to working with the Westside community to establish a larger presence in the community and improve client service delivery.

“Most of all, I am eager to meet staff, volunteers, donors and clients” says Parry.

Parry was recently the Associate Executive Director for the Kelowna Community Food Bank.  She had been with the Kelowna Food Bank for over seven years and although she says she will miss everyone, she is excited about the new adventure and challenges this new opportunity brings.

"It's always been a goal of mine to be the leader in a Human Service Organization” she says.

According to Parry the Westside Community Food Bank has been in existence for over thirty years, they are a member of Food Banks Canada and Food Banks British Columbia. The Westside Food Bank assists approximately 500 households per month, which is approximately 1,600 individuals per month with 40% being children under the age of 15.

Parry is also known for her dedication towards establishing the Central Okanagan Healthy Food Council; her work on the Poverty and Homelessness Action Team of the Central Okanagan and her three years of service as a Food Banks BC Board Director.

Parry is also a long time resident of the Westside Community. She assisted in the facilitation of the ‘Westside Visioning Forum’; she assumed the role as Vice Chair on the Westside Naming Committee and volunteers with Westside Daze. Born and raised in a family that is all about community, Parry has a passion for volunteerism, humanitarian work, politics and community development – dedicating her life to improving the lives and community around her.

The Board is extremely pleased to have someone of Ms. Parry’s caliber as the next Executive Director. She will bring significant strengths to the position, including a passion for hunger relief and social justice. Parry looks forward to help strengthen the Food Bank network across the Central Okanagan so that families and children receive the nutrition they need and deserve.

Parry’s first official day at the Westside Community Food Bank was Tuesday February 12, 2013.

The Westide Food Bank is located at 2545 Churchill Rd and is open Monday to Friday 8:30am-4pm for donations.

 

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