Meet Our Board

Open Call for Board Members And Volunteer Leaders

Niagara Falls Community Outreach is a volunteer based charitable organization. Our volunteers are all ages from students in grade 7 to grandparents. Approximately 300 dedicated people from various churches and the public at large give generously of their time and talent to make this program possible. Our Board of Directors is elected annually and oversees the operation of the program.

In 2008 the Community Kitchen, with 23 years experience, merged with Out of the Cold which had been operating for 12 years. Both programs had similar mission statements.

Our guests are a cross section of society including all ages from single mothers with new babies to lonely senior citizens. Many face the challenges of unemployment, seasonally based employment, or fixed incomes. Some are dealing with physical, emotional, or mental challenges.

We have some vacancies on our Board coming up in January 2018 and are looking to replace Members that are retiring.

We are seeking candidates whom offer:

 *  Communications/Marketing               *  Human Resources

*  Community Development                     *  Legal

*  Non-profit Governance                         *  Strategic Planning

*  Fundraising/Revenue Generation

*  Accountability                                         *  Strategic Thinker

*  Ties to Business/Community               *  Visionary

*  Mission and Values Driven

Please forward a letter of interest including your resume by January 15, 2018 to:

Bonnie Brady, Niagara Falls Community Outreach

4865 St. Lawrence Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON,  L2E 3Y1

Or by email:

For more information, please visit our website at:



Elaine Upper – Board Chair

Elaine was born and brought up in Niagara Falls.

Elaine has volunteered for several organizations over the years, starting as a teenager with Candy Stripers at GNGH, to Explorers, C.G.I.T., Beavers, Beaver Service Team and Cubs.

After retirement from Rona Cashway as Admin Assistant she became a volunteer in the kitchen at Niagara Falls Community Outreach for 2 years before joining the Board in 2010 and later the Chair in 2013.   Elaine also volunteers with the income tax clinics for the past 4 years. This programme is sponsored by CVITP by the CRA for low income earners.  Elaine also is the team leader on Monday mornings.

Cathy Wright- Secretary

Cathy grew up in small town Niagara-on-the-Lake.  She has worked in Commercial Marketing for local Insurance Brokerages for the past 35 years.  Cathy started volunteering on Boards when her daughter first started in daycare and they asked her to sit on their Board, which she gladly did for several years. Cathy has been the Secretary on the board of the NF Insurance Brokers Association for over 20 years.

Cathy became involved with The Soup Kitchen about 10 years ago when one of the original ladies that started the Kitchen, Verna Craig, would come into her office to meet with her boss looking for donations, which he always gladly gave. Her boss brought Cathy in to meet her so that she could get our Insurance Association involved, which they did, and they continue to this day with donations.

Verna asked Cathy to join the Board back in 2008 as a secondary Secretary. Within 2 years she became the primary and only Secretary and have continued to this day. Fellow Board members convinced her  to also volunteer serving in the Kitchen, which Cathy also gladly did on Thursday evening suppers. She has enjoyed it very much, and has pulled her sister in serving also.  They like their group and have some wonderful new friends.

Cathy strongly believes in giving back to those less fortunate, because you never know when you may need a helping hand.  She believes what you give out is what comes back to you !!!

Kerrie Palumbi- Treasurer




Chris Watling – Fundraising

Chris was born and raised in Niagara Falls and spent her career working in public health here. Raised by a father who taught her volunteering was a part of belonging to a community. In 2002 she started working in the kitchen. She is happy to serve on the board, fundraise, and cook on Thursday nights in the winter. She loves spending time with her family and friends.


Steven Hardaker – Property

Steve retired from the federal government in 2010 after 35 years with both Environment Canada and the Department of National Defence in the field of meteorology.  After relocating from Ottawa to Niagara, Steve started volunteering Wednesday lunchtimes at the Soup Kitchen in late 2010. Steve became a Board member in 2013 and took on the role of Property Manager. During this time, Steve have managed a number of facility improvement projects and capital acquisitions. Steve also volunteers in the CRA’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Preparation program at the Soup Kitchen completing and filing Income Tax Returns for low income individuals and families.

Steve has a history of community involvement.  From 1968 until 1993, Steve was involved with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, first as a Cadet from 1968 until 1974 where he obtained both his Glider Pilots License and Powered Pilots Licence through scholarships; then, from 1980 until 1992, as a Reserve Officer with the Cadet Instructors List serving with three Squadrons in Toronto and Ottawa.  Steve was appointed the Commanding Officer of 188 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron from 1984 to 1987.  Steve was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) in 1992.  From 1996 until 2010, Steve was a City of Ottawa appointee to the Board of Directors, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. During this time, he served on a number of committees including the Regulations Committee and was elected Vice-Chair of the Board from 1998 – 2002 and again from  2006 – 2009; and, was elected the Board Chair from 2002 to 2006.  Steve also volunteers with his church where he is the Congregational and Official Board Chair and sits on their Property Committee. Finally, Steve volunteers as a Player Assistant at the Royal Niagara Golf Course.

Harry Watling – Purchasing

Harry has been active at the kitchen since 2006. Since winter 2009 he took on the job of shopping for groceries. He is on the board and works on the winter Thursday night supper crew. He is a retired accountant having worked his career in construction. Proud father of two daughters and a son he enjoys life’s greatest blessing three grandsons and two grand daughters. He and Chris enjoy volunteering at Pathstones Mental Health and at an Elementary breakfast program. They have lived their married life here in Niagara and share home with Angus their wee dog!

Lori Lococo – Social Media/Website/Promotion

Lori was born and raised in Niagara Falls.  She has worked in the legal field for 27 years as a legal assistant, receptionist, accounting clerk, administrator and currently as a court reporter.

Lori has served on the International Board for Toastmasters International and currently serves on the board of The Soup Kitchen and Project Share and is Administrator of the non-profit Niagara Arts Showcase.

She is passionate about serving her community and is constantly thriving to make it a wonderful place to live.


Judy Todd

Judy Todd is a Niagara Falls native who has volunteered with the dinner program at the Soup Kitchen for seven years and has sat on the board for the last three years.

She was previously the Volunteer Coordinator and now sits on the fundraising committee. She has also volunteered for Project Share and the Niagara Falls Red Raiders.


Bonnie Brady

Bonnie Brady retired from teaching in 2014 after a 35 year career in both Peel and Niagara. She has two grown sons and resides in Niagara Falls.

She has a multitude of volunteer experience mostly through coaching within the community and the schools. She sits on the board of The City Of Niagara Falls Recreation Committee as well as actively volunteers with Rotary.


Sherry Buckborough

Sherry recently joined the Board and has been volunteering at the soup kitchen occasionally for the past five years.

She is retired from the District School Board of Niagara and has volunteered at many various school functions and fundraisers. She served on the Board of the Red Raiders Basketball Association as Registrar for 3 years.

Other volunteer experiences include Education Foundation of Niagara, Niagara Marathon, NIFEE and Canadian Cancer Society.


Hether Deans

Hether was born and bred in Niagara Falls and attended Valley Way and NFCVI schools. She achieved her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western University and Masters of Science at D’Youville College and spent most of her career as a manager of Healthy Children program at Regional Niagara Public Health  Department.

Hether have served on many boards including St Andrews United Church, Big Sisters, Fairhaven Seniors Apartments, Niagara Falls Humane Society, and Therapy Tails Ontario.  Hether has volunteered at the Kitchen for many years.