How a personal connection to the Downtown Eastside led to a sponsorship

How a personal connection to the Downtown Eastside led to a sponsorship

When Dwight Jefferson and Tyler Steele from Jefferson | Steele Partners at Richardson GMP came on board as Presenting Sponsor of Vancouver’s Barney Bentall & the Cariboo Express show, the decision was an easy one.

For them, there was a deeply personal connection to the Downtown Eastside community.

Potluck Café Society welcomes Trish Kelly as Executive Director

Potluck Café Society welcomes Trish Kelly as Executive Director

Trish will assume her role starting November 6th 2017

After an extensive search, Potluck Café Society is pleased to announce the hiring of Trish Kelly as Executive Director. Trish will be joining the Potluck team on November 6th 2017 and has familiarity with Potluck’s community programs through her work with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the Vancouver Food Policy Council.

“We are thrilled that Trish is joining the Potluck team,” said Dennis Green, Co-Board Chair, Potluck Café Society. “She brings a wealth of experience, skills, and knowledge of the issues facing residents of the Downtown Eastside and a strong connection to the community. We are looking forward to the contributions she will make to build on the Potluck legacy and increase the impact our programs have in the future.”

Prior to joining Potluck, Trish has been the Community Food Hub Director at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank for the last two years. She joined the GVFB after a twenty year career in the natural foods industry where she helped companies operationalize their good intentions. She spent eight years on the Vancouver Food Policy Council, and helped the Park Board develop its own Local Food Action Plan.

Raised by her Metis mom, Trish grew up in a family that accessed charitable food. Her early experience of poverty motivates her to fight for a just and sustainable food system.

Outside of work, Trish plays bass guitar in a band, and watches a countless number of movies.

We are thrilled to welcome Trish to the Potluck team and encourage you to welcome her as well!

"I am very excited to be joining Potluck. Potluck is an organization I have long admired for it's commitment to community and collaboration." – Trish Kelly