Lenetta Parry has been named the new executive director of the Westside Community Food Bank.
“Ms. Parry brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion to the position and the board looks forward to working with her,” said Helen Holton, chair of the Westside Community Food Bank board of directors.
As executive director, Parry will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the food bank; providing leadership to staff and volunteers and ensuring the strategic direction and policies of the organization are followed.
Parry said 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,” said Parry.
Parry was recently the associate executive director for the Kelowna Community Food Bank.
She had been with the Kelowna food bank for more than seven years.
Although she says she will miss everyone, Parry is excited about the new challenge before her.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to be the leader in a Human Service Organization” she said.
The Westside Community Food Bank has been in existence for more than 30 years, and is affiliated with Food Banks Canada and Food Banks British Columbia.
The Westside food bank assists about 500 households per month, which is approximately 1,600 individuals per month with 40 per cent of those being children under the age of 15.
Parry is also known for her dedication in 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 B.C. board director.
Parry is also a long time resident of the Westside.
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 Parry’s calibre as the next executive director, Holton sad.
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, Feb. 12, 2013.
The Westside Food Bank is located at 2545 Churchill Rd. and is open every week, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.