Employee since 2009. Executive Director since 2011
Peter is the reason why Loaves and Fishes Food bank is so successful. Under his leadership Loaves and Fishes has grown from a small food bank to one of the premier charities in B.C. He is excellent to work for and truly cares about the many in our community who depend on Loaves and Fishes.
When he isn't at work Peter can be found spending time with his wife and 2 young boys or working on his small farm and racing his mountain bike.
Started as a volunteer.
Employee since 2013.
Wendy coordinates, communicates with and organizes the entire Loaves and Fishes 1,600 strong volunteer force. She is aided in this task by the capable assistance of volunteer coordinators for distribution teams at each depot. Not only does Wendy welcome new volunteers with her bi-weekly volunteer orientations, she does corporate volunteer orientations as well. She makes sure that when tasks need to be done we have an adequate volunteer force ready.
When she isn't at Loaves and Fishes, Wendy enjoys travel, good food and being on the water. She especially enjoys being "Grammy" to her adorable Grandchildren.
Employee since 2009.
Alex manages and coordinates all drivers and warehouse staff as well as the scheduling of food recovery pickup and delivery. He also ensures the warehouse is running smoothly and the food is brought to our clients through our depots in good condition and on time. All warehouse operations rely on Alex.
When Alex isn't working at Loaves and Fishes he enjoys hiking with his wife and dog. He is a long time fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Started as a volunteer.
Employee since 2016.
Dave coordinates and supervises all depot openings at the Farquhar Street depot in addition to supporting the work of our other depots with monthly visits. Dave is available to help with client relations and keeps the other staff informed of the needs of our clients.
Dave has a wife and 2 grown boys. He enjoys playing basketball and guitar as well as exploring local parks with his wife.
Employee since 2017
Abby is in charge of fundraising initiatives, events, social media and public relations. She facilitates 3rd Party Events within the community and manages projects such as Empties 4 Food and the Hockey 4 Food events. Most donors receive their thank you cards from her as well!
When she isn't working at Loaves and Fishes, Abby can be found camping with her husband and 3 daughters. She also loves traveling and being outdoors as much as possible.
Nicole is born and raised in Nanaimo. She is in charge of all Loaves and Fishes front end office administration. She has a husband and two young sons. When Nicole isn't working she likes to spend time with her family.
Caitlin started as a volunteer and is involved in many organizations throughout the community. She has joined our Development Department and brings her extensive sporting event experience to our annual Hockey 4 Food event. When Caitlin isn't working she enjoys watching and playing sports.
Michèle started as a volunteer in 2017. In January 2020 she was hired to assist Wendy Lim-Connolly. Michèle helps with the welcoming, communication, coordination and scheduling of volunteers. When she isn’t working at Loaves and Fishes, Michèle enjoys a good game of tennis and practicing her languages by travelling far and wide.
Leslie is in charge of helping our Port Hardy depot run smoothly. She is originally from Saskatchewan and lives with her family in Coal Harbour. Leslie loves the rural setting of her community. When she isn't working for Loaves and Fishes Leslie has a burgeoning market garden and sells microgreens as a vendor at the local Farmers Market. She and her family especially like to explore their local area from their sailboat where they can look for whales, forage for wild foods, and fish.
Angela is in charge of helping to ensure our depot runs smoothly by managing volunteers and operations on site. She is originally from Nanaimo and enjoys paddle boarding in her free time.
Joel has worked at Loaves & Fishes since April 2020. He recently graduated from VIU with a degree in Kinesiology. Joel supervises the needs and relationships of the other organizations we serve. He also helps out in general at the warehouse and food distribution. Originally from Nanaimo, Joel enjoys playing all kinds of sports, especially volleyball.
Josh is born and raised on Vancouver Island. He works in the warehouse helping to make sure the food is sorted and ready to be delivered. He also manages our IT systems and maintains our computers. Josh has a lovely wife and two kids. In his free time Josh enjoys spending time with his family playing video games.
Hamish works helping Abby in the Development Department and in the warehouse as well as assisting with our Empties 4 Food program. He is in his 3rd year of a Digital Media degree at VIU. Hamish is born and raised on Vancouver Island and likes to fly drones and play banjo in his free time.
Employee since 2018
Ernie assists Alex making sure the food is processed, organized and out to the depots on time.
Ernie lives with his wife, his dog and his cat. He and his wife have 3 adult children together and 1 grandchild. When he is not working he likes going to the gym.
Employee since 2012.
Jeff drives for the Food 4U Food Recovery Program and assists with warehouse loading and operations. He helps to make sure the food is picked up from our grocery partners and the sorted food gets to the depots on time. Jeff also enjoys playing occasional pranks on his co workers.
When Jeff isn't working at Loaves and Fishes he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 young boys. He also has a small bike shop where he builds bikes.
Aaron "Ace" Cahoon
Started as a volunteer.
Employee since 2015
Ace drives to pick up the food from our grocery partners and helps lead the volunteers in sorting the food at the warehouse. He also delivers the food to our depots and provides comic relief for the volunteers and staff.
When Ace isn't working at Loaves and Fishes he enjoys playing vintage Nintendo games and rapping.
James works as a driver and sorter for our Empties 4 Food program. He is originally from Ontario and lives in Nanaimo with his "lovely wife." He is a recent graduate from the music program at VIU. In his free time he enjoys playing the drums for jazz bands.
James helps in the warehouse and driving the trucks for our food recovery program and delivers food to our depots. He was born in Manitoba and moved to Nanaimo recently from Edmonton. When James isn't working at Loaves and Fishes he likes to travel and spend as much time outdoors as possible.
Morgan has been working at Loaves & Fishes since March. Formerly employed at a daycare she now helps sorting food and handling general warehouse duties. Morgan is originally from Nanaimo and enjoys bowling, gaming and art projects in her spare time.
Krista works as a member of our warehouse crew on the weekends sorting food and helping with general warehouse duties. Krista also works at Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln during weekdays. She has lived on and off the island since she was 8 and returned permanently in 2009. In her spare time Krista likes to spend time in the parks with her family, does Zumba and plays golf. She always has a smile for everyone and is really nice to work with.
Ehsan works in our warehouse as a crew member. He is originally from Syria where he worked as a Civil Engineer. Eshan has lived in Canada with his family for 2 years. He has a lovely wife and 4 children. For fun he enjoys playing basketball.
Austin works doing general duties in our warehouse helping to process incoming and outgoing food as well Empties for our Empties 4 Food Program. He is in grade 12 at the Nanaimo Christian School and born and raised in Nanaimo. In his free time he likes to play volleyball and is very excited that he just bought his first car. A Nissan 350 Z!
Stenson works as a full time Machinist for Eddyfi Technologies building robots. Stenson likes giving back to the community so he works on call weekends for as a driver and warehouse crew member. In his spare time he volunteers teaching elderly people the joys of mountain biking.
Started as a volunteer.
Employee since 2014.
Mary is in charge of keeping the Farquhar Street depot and warehouse clean. She greets clients with her friendly attitude and helps the Farquhar Depot have a welcoming atmosphere by handing out sandwiches and snacks.
When Mary isn't working at Loaves and Fishes she collects bottles. She also enjoys movies and seeing her grown up children.
Hamza is originally from Syria. He has lived in Nanaimo for 3 years and is a high school student. In his free time he likes to play soccer.