Open Call for Board Members And Volunteer Leaders
Niagara Falls Community Outreach is a volunteer based charitable organization. Our volunteers range from 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 are always looking to expand our Board and welcome new volunteers and members.
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 to:
Bonnie Brady, Niagara Falls Community Outreach
4865 St. Lawrence Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON, L2E 3Y1
Or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please visit our website at:
Chris Watling – Chair/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, she began working in the Soup Kitchen in 2002. 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.
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
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!
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 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 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 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.
Kayla Kleber – Social Media
Kayla Kleber was born and raised in Niagara Falls and attended Stamford Collegiate. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and German at Brock University, she pursued a career in the Environmental Sector. Currently working as a Waste Management Intern at Niagara Region, her goal is to continue to raise awareness and help bring about change regarding the diverse social and environmental issues within the community. Kayla has volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara, spent many summers volunteering within the Niagara United Soccer Club, and has been volunteering at the Soup Kitchen for the past year.
Carolynne Canham was raised in Niagara Falls on Ryerson Crescent and attended Simcoe Street School and Niagara Falls Collegiate. After graduating from Hamilton Teachers’ College she began her teaching career at Drummond Road School. Carolynne was a teacher and Principal in the Niagara Falls schools for over 40 years, retiring in 1998. Numerous volunteer activities and grandchildren have kept her busy in her retirement years. Carolynne was a board member of Niagara Support Services and NTEC and served as President of Niagara Support Services for two terms. She has been on the executive of RTO (Retired Teachers of Ontario) and worked to improve the circumstances of all retired people in our community.
Carolynne and her husband Bob, also a teacher and school Principal, now live in St Catharines; but when looking for a new volunteer opportunity she was drawn back to her home town. Although travelling has become a large part of her life she is thrilled to be a part of such an enterprise. After listening to Chris Watling talk about The Soup Kitchen Carolynne came out to see for herself and was so impressed with what this group does that she applied for an opening on the board and is ready to do her part in keeping the organization thriving. Her first job will be to lend a hand with the volunteer program.