Now retired after a career as a management consultant, Jerry has also worked with volunteer boards for both local and national non-profits to help them define long term goals and find new ways to serve their clients. Shortly after moving to Nanaimo in 2015, he and his wife became Loaves and Fishes volunteers, working in one of the free food markets and then Jerry began working with the Board, facilitating their strategic planning. Jerry joined the Board in 2017.
Jerry wants to make a difference in our community so that it is a true home to all who live here. He finds volunteering deeply satisfying. Using his background and skills to help Loaves and Fishes provide more food to more people on Vancouver Island provides purpose in his life.
In his leisure time Jerry enjoys woodworking, reading, camping and travel.
Violet came to Loaves and Fishes with many years of experience working in the social service field. She gained extensive knowledge and skill before joining Loaves and Fishes chairing the personnel committee as director for the Trail and District Public Library, supervising soup kitchens, working with volunteers in Hospice, and setting up reception centers and working at the Command Centre to organize Emergency Social Services during forest fire emergencies. She gained valuable insights into coaching and guiding groups of dedicated people dealing with a variety of challenging situations.
She served on the Board of Hammond Bay Baptist Church for 6 years and represents ICCS as a member of the Community Advisory Board in Nanaimo and The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness in Parksville. As a Director for SPO (Systems Planning Organization) she represents the Shelter sector. The SPO is responsible for several key areas of plan implementation in Nanaimo, focusing especially on improved coordination and organization of existing health and housing resources.
In 2022 she was a presenter at the Canadian Association to End Homelessness national conference in Toronto.
Violet is appreciated for her cheerful optimism, compassion, fairness, and her “keep calm and carry on” attitude.
Ian retired in June 2023 after 30+ years working in the nonprofit sector. He was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island for 16 years and the last two years he has been the CEO of Strong Nations Publishing. He is the second child of immigrant parents and have lived and worked in Montreal, Calgary and the Okanagan Valley before moving to Nanaimo in 2004. Ian has a Master’s degree in Social Work and have proudly served numerous community organizations over the years. He was the Vice President of the Comox District Mountaineering Club in 2021. He joined the Board of Loaves and Fishes in April of 2022.
Chris Nudd is a Certified General Accountant (CGA) who has served on the board of Loaves and Fishes since 2019. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Hazelwood Group of Companies, Chris brings an entrepreneurial spirit to his work with Loaves and Fishes. Outside of his professional commitments, Chris leads a fulfilling family life. He is happily married and the proud father of three wonderful children. In his scarce moments of leisure, Chris finds enjoyment on the golf course.
Gerrard is a current member of the Loaves and Fishes Board. His similar experiences over the years are listed below:
Chief of Staff at NRGH
Member and Chair of the College of Physicians of BC Board.
Chair of VIHA Medical Advisory Committee.
Several terms on the Christ Community Church Council.
He is a retired physician after practicing 45 years in Nanaimo.
Randy started his career as a mineral exploration geologist and spent the last 25+ years prior to retirement in increasingly senior roles managing engineering and construction projects and teams throughout Canada. He has served on numerous boards in a variety of positions. He and his wife have three adult children. They love to travel and also enjoy many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, skiing and canoeing. Since my retirement, he has volunteered in many different roles with the Loaves and Fishes food bank.
Christine is currently the Incumbent of the Anglican-United Church in Port Hardy, Port Alice and Port McNeill. St. Columba in Port Hardy hosts the Free Food Market every other week. Prior to being on the North Island, Christine worked at St. Anne and St. Edmund Parksville where the church had a homelessness response team during the Covid-19 pandemic.