For many years, Joyce Crittenden has been the Executive Director of the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen. You can sometimes find Joyce in her office at 2A Avenue (opposite El Dorado RV) but more often you will find her working with the volunteers who receive food brought in by our van or helping in the preparation of the noon meal. (Everyone is always welcome to enjoy the nutritious hot meal between noon and 1:00 PM.) Joyce oversees the pick-up of donated food, three part-time staff members and, along with Irv Martens, the Soup Kitchen treasurer, the preparation of pay cheques. Joyce meets with the Board the third Tuesday of each month and presents the Executive Director’s Report. In her Annual Report to the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen Association for 2012 Joyce notes a little-known-fact that the Soup Kitchen had made 8,570 litres of soup for a supper meal for guests served by the Emergency Shelter Staff each evening.
Chair – Art Farthing
Assistant Chair – vacant
Treasurer – Irv Martens
Secretary – Sue Huffman
Sue has been on the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen Board of Directors, filling the position of Recording Secretary, since February 2007. As a result she has missed very few Board meetings over the years and has actively assisted in various fund raising activities – Pie Sales, Fall into Christmas Craft Fair Raffles, and Spring/Fall dinners. Most recently she acted as the lead for the first Soup Kitchen Garage and Bake Sale. Sue feels that many citizens of Lethbridge are not aware of the Soup Kitchen’s activities and therefore accepts any opportunity to set up displays or do presentations at local churches and the Farmer’s Market.
Sue moved to Lethbridge in 1981 from Southern Ontario. She worked for Southern Alberta Community Living Association as a live-in house parent for teenagers with disabilities for several years before starting at Lethbridge College as an instructor in the Disability and Community Rehabilitation Services Program. After 19 years as an instructor and 9 years as a Curriculum Consultant, Sue retired from the College in June 2013. She is now exploring the idea of starting a small business related to life transition coaching. This goes back to her original training, therapeutic recreation, and her strong belief that social connections with others not only makes for increased personal emotional and physical wellness, but it also strengthens the community as a whole.
Sue has always given back to her community and as part of her retirement, plans to increase her commitment. She and her husband, Paul, have a blended family of four adult children and one grandson. She enjoys travelling, gardening, genealogy, curling, and generally keeping fit. This has allowed her to complete the Alberta Kidney Association Kidney March (100 Km in 3 days) the past two years, helping to raise funds for kidney disease and transplant awareness and supports.
Ellie joined the Board of the Soup Kitchen on January 2013 and assumed the role of Treasurer at that time. She believes that a small group of people can make a difference in the lives of others. As a teacher, she taught students about citizenship and working with the Soup Kitchen is one way that she can live her beliefs about making a contribution to society. She is passionate about learning and helping others and excels at finding solutions to problems or challenges. Martin Luther King is her hero. Ellie is always working on some new venture and enjoys riding her bike, swimming, and walking her dog.
Jennifer Buckler – Picture not available
Jennifer Buckler is new on the board of the LSK and is very honored to be involved in such a worthy cause. Having moved to Lethbridge a year ago from Brooks, Jennifer was looking for ways to be involved in her new community. Jennifer has always been an advocate for the less fortunate and sees the LSK as filling this need in our community.
While in Brooks, Jen worked with immigrant families, both in a school setting and in assisting them to integrate into Canada. She was very active in church activities, such as visiting the sick, teaching Sunday School and was the chair of the prayer chain.
Jen’s compassion for others and her belief that we are here to help our fellow neighbor will be beneficial to the board. Jen’s spare time is spent helping her aged father, hanging out with her two grandsons, and being involved in the Order of the Eastern Star. Jen’s hero is her mom who passed away 5 years ago and was Medicine Hat’s Volunteer of the Year.
Jen admits that having over 35 Inukshuks and random Inukshuk art in her home might seem a little odd to some – her 33 year old son for one.
Gail joined the board of the Soup Kitchen in July, 2013.