Board of Directors
Our directors are all volunteers, and serve a one year term, except for the President, who serves a two-year term. Read more on what their roles are. We are pleased to introduce to you our 2017 Board of Directors!
Jen Arbo (President )
Jen Arbo is an advocate for community building, volunteerism, and strategic planning. She is the co-owner and Editor of Tenth to the Fraser, an online and print magazine focused on the community. She sits on the Public Engagement Task Force for the City of New Westminster, and is the volunteer Registrar for KidSport New West. She has called #NewWest home for 20 years.
Alex McCarthy (Director )
Alex McCarthy has been at most New West Farmers markets since opening season. Often you will find him at the A Bread Affair stall at Tipperary Park on Thursdays. As a active market vendor, he can be a valuable viewpoint when discussions of market policies have an interest in vendor feedback. Born in Ontario on a family farm, Alex moved to BC in 2008. He is a Team Leader in his family firm, responsible for the Granville Island Front of House team and oversees the bakery’s farmers market programme. Alex is 22 years old and lives in Vancouver.
Carly Fryer (Director)
Carly Fryer was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in 2005 at Simon Fraser University and returned there to complete her Master of Business Administration in 2016. Her previous work experience includes energy efficiency program delivery for residential customers across British Columbia. In 2010 she worked as a Logistics Supervisor for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games which lead to her moving to London to work as a Logistics Manager for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games. In London she enjoyed the weekly variety of markets hosted around the city. She is currently the Customer Service Manager at a Canadian-based biotechnology company and enjoys exploring the city and discovering the newest coffee shops. You can find Carly playing softball, running or reading in her spare time.
Katie Bartel (Secretary)
Katie Bartel is a former journalist, future dietitian, and all around lover of food. A New Westminster resident for eight years, Katie has been volunteering for the Royal City Farmers’ Market for the last year and a half, writing blog posts that feature market vendors, their products, and the ins and outs of market shopping on a budget. This experience has opened up a world of new market-fresh discoveries for Katie and her family.
Kevin McConnell (Vice-President)
Kevin has lived in New West five years. This is Kevin’s fourth year on the board of RCFM. Kevin has a passion for local food, craft beer, supporting small business and a desire to help grow the already awesome community in New Westminster.
Matt Lorenzi (Director )
Originally from Alberta, Matt Lorenzi has fallen in love with New Westminster since moving here almost 10 years ago. The sense of history and community is a big factor on why he’s chosen to raise his family here. Matt has is interested in sustainability, food security and community building. Volunteering has always been a big part of Matt’s “spare” time. In past he has served with New Westminster Environmental Partners and Brow of the Hill Residents Association. Serving on the board of RCFM feels like giving back to the community while being extremely rewarding at the same time.
Rob Mackay (Treasurer )
Rob is a chef who moved to New Westminster two years ago, with his wife Tammy and enormous black lab, Cheddar. This is Rob’s first year on the RCFM board. He is passionate about all things relating to food: where it’s sourced, how it’s grown, and how it’s prepared. Rob is excited to bring his 20 years of culinary experience to the already incredible RCFM team.
Valérie Tessier Lee (Operations Manager)
Valérie served as our Assistant Market Manager since April and took on the role as Operations Manager on September 1, 2016. As a new resident of New West, and a new mother, Valerie has developed a greater desire for community. Be it between residents, mothers or fellow foodies and art lovers, she was easily able to find her village here, in our little area of the Fraser. Originally from Montreal she has made multiple pit stops before ending up in BC. A locavore, Valerie aims for a more compassionate, kind and simple life.