Dan Edwards - Executive Director
Dan has served as the Executive Director since August 2018, moving his way up within the organization since October 2011. Dan believes his work has allowed him to grow in his career while also developing an understanding of those facing challenges in our community and our country as a whole. He feels his new understanding has enabled him to share his knowledge in his personal networks and impact how others see food banks and their role in their communities. Dan makes special note of the generosity of the youth in this community who ask for food bank donations at their birthday parties instead of gifts – an act he calls “magical”. Dan was recognized as a Top 50 under 50 recipient of 2018 by Your McMurray Magazine, and was a successful graduate of the 2016 Leadership Wood Buffalo program. In his free time, you can find Dan in his backyard tending to his vegetable garden, or doing home improvements.
“The word abbreviation sure is long for what it means.” – Zach Galifianakis
Caylee Close - Executive Assistant
Caylee began working for the organization in the summer of 2016 as a warehouse assistant during re-entry after the wildfire, and then returned in May of 2017 as the Executive Assistant. Working for the Food Bank has helped Caylee grow as an individual and as a professional, by widening her perspective and teaching her resiliency, hard work and compassion. Her experiences have shown her the goodness in people and the generosity of a community, and given her the opportunity to collaborate and learn from others within the non-profit sector. She feels truly lucky to be surrounded by such an accepting, loving and dedicated team, and being a part of something that is making a difference in the community. Caylee is an aspiring artist who loves to bake, spend times with her kitties, and loves a good history or true crime documentary.
“You can’t move mountains by whispering at them.” -P!NK
Anna Noble - Communications and Development Manager
Anna joined the team in June 2015, taking on the role of communications, events/fundraising and volunteer management. Since then, her work has shown her the importance of food security and has given her the opportunity to feel good about the impact that she makes every day by spreading that awareness to the community. Having worked in the social profit sector for over a decade, Anna has witnessed such a wide and positive impact it has on the community and sees it as a great way for everyone to come together. In 2018 Anna graduated the Leadership Wood Buffalo program, and in 2019 was a recipient of the Top 50 Under 50 host by YMM Magazine. She sits on several committees, and is passionate about strengthening our region on the community level. In her free time Anna enjoys attempting diy projects, making people laugh, and constantly changing her hair colour.
“The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” – Vincent van Gogh.
Colin Samson - Warehouse Manager
Colin joined the team in October 2015 in the client services department, before transitioning to the warehouse. Colin believes that once an individual dedicates themselves to the betterment of others, they become different. Colin credits his work with the Food Bank as the catalyst of changes that he has experience in wonderful and unexpected ways. By working alongside his staff team, Colin has grown compassion, empathy, and an unrelenting need to care for this community. He sees there is always more to do, and more resources to tap, and through this has found himself leaning on those closest to him for support – showing him how essential self-care, friends, and community are. In his free time you can find Colin spending time with his wife and dog, and is a self-proclaimed “nerd.”
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway
Kaitlyn Campbell - Client Services Manager
Joining the Food Bank team in January 2018, Kaitlyn quickly moved up the organization to her current role. Working with the organization has had such a positive impact on her by not only allowing her to grow within this community, but by also seeing the impact of serving others during some of the toughest times in life. Kaitlyn constantly looks forward to being able to serve this community and take on whatever comes next. She is excited to be living in such a diverse community of really great people and being able to interact with so many of them, whether they’re clients, volunteers, or donors. In 2020 Kaitlyn successfully graduated the Leadership Wood Buffalo program, an experience she found was incredibly valuable. In her spare time, Kaitlyn enjoys reading, any form of craft that involves string (but mainly cross stitch, embroidery, sewing and knitting), and all things horror!
“I am never gonna see a merman. Ever.” – Hadley, Cabin in the Woods
Mary-Mae Humphrey - Warehouse Assistant
Mary-Mae initially became involved with the Food Bank in 2019 as a volunteer in order to complete some hours, and during that time she learned a lot about what the organization does for the community and wanted to continue helping. She returned weekly to lend her time, and when a position opened up she jumped at the chance to join the team and has now been with the Food Bank for two years. Before working with the organization Mae had no idea what she wanted to do with her career, but has since found a sense of purpose and feels rewarded in the work she is doing now. Her favourite part of the job is working with a supportive team, including coworkers and the incredible volunteers, and says they all make it impossible to have a bad day no matter what is being thrown her way. Mae isn’t hard to spot with her various colourful bows in her hair and enthusiastic personality!
“Hey Alex, it’s me Reggie. I’m just calling to let you know that we’re shipping to your store 100 copies of the latest installment in the Mario franchise. I gotta go now Alex, and get back to playing Animal Crossing New Leaf on my Nintendo 3DS. Goodbye!” – Dunky
Josh Hefferan - Mobile Pantry Coordinator
Kara Solecki - Client Intake Worker
Kara began volunteering with the organization in 2016 and is so excited to have recently joined the team in June 2021. Her involvement with the Food Bank and other community organizations in the region has been rewarding and eye-opening. She has seen the overwhelming generosity within the community and credits that to fueling her drive to become involved in the social profit sector. Kara strives to live a life with compassion and empathy and to lend a hand whenever she is able. A lover of animals as well, when she’s not at work you can find Kara spending time with her boyfriend, 4 cats and dog.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Vacant - Educational Program Facilitator