The Soup Kitchen

Meet Our Board

Niagara Falls Community Outreach is a volunteer-based charitable organization. Our volunteers range from all ages, from students to seniors. Approximately 300 dedicated people from various organizations and the public at large give generously of their time and talent to make this program possible. Our Board of Directors is elected annually and oversees the operation of the program.

In 2008, the Community Kitchen, with 23 years experience, merged with Out of the Cold which had been operating for 12 years. Both programs had similar mission statements. Our guests are a cross section of society including all ages from single mothers with young children to senior citizens. Many face the challenges of unemployment, seasonally based employment, or fixed incomes. Some are dealing with physical, emotional, or mental challenges. We strive to create an inclusive environment where our guests feel safe, respected, and always leave well-fed!

We are always looking to expand our Board and welcome new volunteers and members.

We are seeking candidates whom offer the following expertise and experience:

 *  Communications/Marketing               *  Human Resource

*  Community Development                     *  Legal

*  Non-profit Governance                         *  Strategic Planning

*  Fundraising/Revenue Generation      *  Ties to Business/Community

*  Accountability                                        *  Strategic Thinker

*  Mission and Values Driven                  *  Visionary

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Judy Todd – Chair (Interim)

Judy Todd is a Niagara Falls native who has volunteered with the dinner program at the Soup Kitchen since 2010 and has sat on the Board since 2013.

She was previously the Volunteer Coordinator, sat on the Fundraising Committee,  Baking Co-ordinator and Vice-Chair. She has also volunteered for Project Share and the Niagara Falls Red Raiders.

 


 

Teresa Howell – Secretary

Teresa Howell was born in Edmonton, Alberta but has lived in Niagara Falls, Ontario the majority of her life. She attended Stamford Collegiate High School and went on to play University Basketball at Providence College & Seminary School in Manitoba. When she returned to Niagara, she worked in various restaurants before she began her employment with Niagara Casinos. Teresa then went on to study Wine Marketing and Management with Niagara College, Safe Food Handling courses and numerous Leadership courses. She is now currently the Restaurant Manager for Lev2l Restaurant at Casino Niagara.

Teresa began volunteering with Niagara Falls Community Outreach in 2015, helping with food deliveries from local
businesses. She is also on the Responsible Gaming Committee for Niagara Casinos. Teresa has two step children of her own and is now a grandmother to two beautiful grandsons. She is still very active in organized sports and enjoys her time at the Soup Kitchen meeting new faces.


Bonnie Brady – Fundraising

Bonnie Brady retired from teaching in 2014 after a 35 year career in both Peel and Niagara Region. She has two grown sons and resides in Niagara Falls.

She has a multitude of volunteer experience mostly through coaching within the community and the schools. She sits on the Board of The City Of Niagara Falls Recreation Committee as well as actively volunteers with Rotary Club.

 


Sherry Buckborough – Fundraising

Sherry has been volunteering at the Kitchen for quite a few years and has enjoyed lending much of her time to the Board of Directors, helping to alleviate hunger in Niagara. She is retired from the District School Board of Niagara and has volunteered at many various school functions and fundraisers. She served on the Board of the Red Raiders Basketball Association as Registrar for 3 years.

Other volunteer experiences include Education Foundation of Niagara, Niagara Marathon, NIFEE and Canadian Cancer Society.


Kayla Kleber – Social Media & Public Relations

Kayla Kleber was born and raised in Niagara Falls and attended Stamford Collegiate. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and German at Brock University, she pursued a career in the Environmental Sector. Currently employed as a Program Coordinator at BurlingtonGreen, her goal is to continue to raise awareness and implement positive change regarding the diverse social and environmental issues in Ontario. Kayla has volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara, International Student Volunteers, spent many summers volunteering with the Niagara United Soccer Club, and has been volunteering at the Soup Kitchen since 2017.

 


Laurie Moffat – Board Member


Rosemary Girardo – Board Member


Tony Zammit – Building/Property Maintenance

Tony retired in 2015 after a 40+ year career in Logistics, Distribution, Warehousing, Manufacturing and Transportation.He moved to Niagara Falls in 2016 and immediately embraced volunteering with a number of local charities doing good works in our community. Upon reflecting over his years of volunteering, Tony has said that, The Soup Kitchen is his labour of LOVE!

 

 

 


Nancy Tester – Board Member

Nancy has an extensive background in marketing and finance. She has been volunteering with the Soup Kitchen since 2018 on both the fundraising and baking committees and has been a Board Member since 2019.

 

 

 

 


Marla Portfilio – Human Resources

Marla was born and raised in the Niagara Region and currently lives in Niagara Falls.  She attended Niagara College and Brock University and has worked in the areas of human resources, student services and human rights and equity, including working at Brock University, Sheridan College and the City of St. Catharines. Marla is passionate about social justice and serving her community.  She is the proud mother of two teenagers and an avid runner.


Megan McRae – Board Member

Megan was born and raised in Niagara Falls and returned to the Niagara area after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph. She holds a graduate certificate in Public Relations and is a Leadership Niagara alumni. Megan is currently an Executive Assistant at Walker Industries. In her spare time, you can find her playing around on the soccer field or at the dog park with her dog, Oliver.

 

 


Gayle Bartram – Board Member

Gayle Bartram is a native of Niagara Falls who has volunteered with many community organizations over the years.

After obtaining the designation of Chartered Insurance Professional, Gayle enjoyed a 20 year career in the insurance industry, and has been a licensed Realtor since 2014.