Meet the Team
The Airdrie Food Bank team comprises a dedicated group of staff who work together to support the organization's mission of providing food support to those in need in the Airdrie community.
Our team is committed to providing essential services to those in need with empathy and respect, working collaboratively to impact the community positively.
Lori McRitchie has been an integral part of the Airdrie community since 1981, working for Rockyview School Division in Airdrie schools for many years before becoming Director of the R.J. Hawkey Breakfast Program in 1998. She assumed the role of Executive Director of the Airdrie Food Bank in 2006, overseeing its growth from a grassroots organization to a respected mid-sized agency that continues to meet the community's growing needs.
In recognition of her tireless work, Lori received numerous awards, including the Amazing Airdrie Women Leadership Award and Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012, as well as the "Best Citizen" award in 2014 for her efforts in bringing the community together and advocating for those in need of food support. As Vice Chair of the provincial association "Alberta Food Banks," Lori also supports other food banks across the province.
Lori is happily married to Greg, has three grown children, and is a proud grandmother to seven grandchildren.
Marketing and Communications Manager
As a highly motivated and innovative Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist, Christine brings over 27 years of experience in marketing, communications, and design across various corporate, self-employed, and non-profit organizations.
As an experienced IT and communications professional, she honed her skills in both areas as a former IT Communications Advisor at a large Oil and Gas company. She also has 15 years of experience in social media marketing, which she successfully utilized to grow her business in the Airdrie Community.
Christine is passionate about community engagement and helping others, so she is thrilled to work with Airdrie Food Bank. Her dedication to serving the community is evident in her work supporting those in need, and she is also committed to promoting Inclusion and Reconciliation.
In her free time, Christine enjoys spending time with her two children and their dogs, Lucy and Dexter. She also enjoys painting, reading, and listening to podcasts and British TV shows.
Jenna previously lived and worked in Airdrie. After some time in Saskatchewan with her family, she moved back to Airdrie and joined the Food Bank team.
Jenna has worked in the Social Work field for several years and specialized as a Domestic Violence Counsellor.
Caren was born and raised in Zimbabwe and migrated to Canada as a student. She has lived in Airdrie for the past five years, counting many more ahead. Caren has experience working in senior homes as a front desk admin, where she enjoyed being there for our senior citizens.
Caren is passionate about serving her community, especially those in need, and looks forward to making a positive impact at the Food Bank.
Caren is a twin mom, and they keep her busy all time. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and reading.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan.
She has been living in Airdrie since 1991, raising her family with her husband in this city she now calls home.
Prior to joining the food bank, Danielle spent 16 years working as an Educational Assistant in Rockyview Schools and also worked for 7 years at the Royal Bank.
Her passion for caring for the growth and well-being of individuals has always been a driving force in her career.
When she's not working, Danielle enjoys staying active through waterskiing, paddleboarding, kayaking, walking, hiking, running, and biking. She also plays the piano, enjoys cooking and baking, and is passionate about nutrition.
Client Care Assistant
Breakfast Program Coordinator
Meghan joined our team as Community Kitchen Coordinator in fall 2016 and quickly fell in love with developing and growing our kitchen programs. Over time, her role expanded to managing the community kitchen, volunteer program, and school nutrition programs.
Meghan holds a B.A. and Sc in Nutrition from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Education from the University of Victoria. With her background in the non-profit sector, she values collaboration and creativity in creating opportunities for all to find joy and comfort in the community through sharing food and skills.
Growing up in northern Ontario, Meghan developed a love for the outdoors and led canoe trips for many summers. She has since become an avid backcountry skier and enjoys exploring new routes and trails. She enjoys curling up with a bowl of kettle chips in her downtime to watch a BBC mystery.
After moving to Canada from the United Kingdom, Abigail volunteered at the food bank before becoming a permanent staff member. She felt passionate about their work to support the community and families they serve. Abigail joined the Food Bank Team in the Summer of 2022, initially in the role of Pantry Coordinator and then took on the role of Volunteer Manager.
In the United Kingdom, Abigail has been working in the Education sector for over eight years; her last role was as a Deputy Principal of a Primary School in London.
Abigail has a degree in Sociology and a Master's in Teaching/Education and taught pupils from 2-11. She enjoyed getting to explore a new place.
She enjoys taking time with her husband and two Labradors in her spare time to explore the outdoors.
Abigal is currently on maternity leave.
Barbara has a long career in bookkeeping, financial & statistical reporting & payroll administration. She currently applies her breadth of expertise to her role as Executive Assistant.
The personal touches and mindful attention of the Food Bank Team bring Barbara particular joy. One of her favourite tasks is sending thank-you letters to the generous community of “Neighbours helping Neighbours".
Barbara raised a family in Airdrie before moving to BC in the 80s and is excited to be reunited with the Airdrie community as an ambassador for the Airdrie Food Bank.
Terry has built hearts, minds, relationships, community connections, facilities and organizations as a friend, husband, father, educator, business manager and consultant.
His education includes a BSc., BEd. and Masters in Professional Development, but most importantly, lessons in life.
Terry was drawn to the Foodbank in retirement, energized by the dynamic group of volunteers and powerful staff committed to helping their neighbours.
Programs Assistant: Pantry + Events
Client Care + Warehouse Assistant