This is John's first year serving as executive director of the community food basket and looks forward to continuing and building off the great work of his predecessors.
After studying sociology at UNBSJ Jack began working in the television business. He has been in the media business for 30 years now. As a photo journalist he has written, shot and produced a great many pieces about the subject of poverty, trying to tell the story of those in difficult circumstances. In fact, this was what he has specialized in during his career. After serving 8 years on the board Jack is this year’s chairperson. With the help of a dedicated team of volunteers and board members he hopes to move the Community Food Basket in a forward and innovative way.
David Nickerson is a life long resident of the region, born in Saint John while currently residing in Quispamsis with his wife Elspeth and two children, Joey and Sophie. David is a long-time member (and board member) of Grace Presbyterian Church. David is the past president of the Saint Andrews Society, and has worked for many years in media and marketing professional services. David currently serves the Greater Saint John Community as a pre-planning counsellor with the Select Program at Brenan's Funeral Home.
Steven came to the food basket as a summer student in 2015 shortly after moving to Saint John from Alberta. He has since graduated from UNB Saint John with a degree in accounting and is pursuing his CPA designation while working at Irving Oil. Steven has been a board member at the Food Basket since 2017.
Andrew has been on the board of directors since April 2016. He currently holds the role of secretary and is also the chairperson of the organization's governance committee. Andrew moved to Saint John in 2012 from Prince Edward Island and currently resides in Fundy Heights. Andrew has over 10 years experience in contract and procurement management. He currently holds a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation and is in the process of attaining his Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation.
Patrick is currently a third-year student studying Biology and Psychology at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.
This is Patrick's first year serving on the board and is excited to begin reaching out to our local community and its members in his role as chair of the public relations committee.
Chair of the Public Relations Committee
Michelle Moase has been volunteering at the Food Basket for a couple of years. Michelle coordinates and supervises the Summer Student Program, a brand new initiative for the Food Basket. Prior to returning to University, Michelle worked for years in the oil and gas industry, in both eastern and western Canada. Outside the Food Basket Michelle attends the University of New Brunswick, and is pursuing an Arts degree.
James is a Registered Dietitian - Nutritionist working for Horizon Health. He has been involved with the Community Food Basket as a volunteer and consultant since 2014, and joined the board of directors in 2018. He hopes to provide a nutrition focused perspective on board decisions and food offerings to help increase the quality and accessibility of healthy food in Saint John.
Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee
I was born in France and immigrated to Canada when I was twenty. I lived and worked as a bookkeeper/office manager for a number of small enterprises in Vancouver and its surrounding area for over 33 years. A couple of years ago my partner and I decided that we were tired of big city living and we settled in Saint John. We have been busy ever since. Some of the endeavours that have kept me busy are volunteering and being on the board of the Saint John Community Food Basket. I enjoy it, though it is hard sometimes to see how harsh life can be for some of us.
This is Darlene first year on the board. She currently works at the SJ Community Loan Fund as the Money Matters Coordinator. Her past employment includes family and community service work at the Salvation Army. She is passionate about improving the lives of those in uptown SJ.