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 2023 Board of Directors!
Chelsea Watt (President)
Chelsea has lived in New West for 9 years, but grew up just over the border in Burquitlam and learned to swim at our very own Canada Games pool. By day, she works as a communications manager at BC Hydro, and by night and weekend, she’s an avid baker, home cook, and seasonal patio gardener. She loves testing new recipes, filling her freezer with too much baking, and drinking B.C. craft beer. She is passionate about local food, the best recipes for homemade dill pickles, and attempting to keep her houseplants alive.
Jon Jennings (Director)
Jon is a recent arrival in New Westminster but can honestly say that nowhere has ever felt more like home. The NWFM, with its focus on local produce and community, is one of the things that makes him feel that way. It’s a struggle to get him to cross the city border and ever leave New West… except for beer. Promise him good beer and he’ll follow you anywhere.
Kim MacPherson (Vice President)
Kim has been a resident of New West for many years. She is a professional engineer who is an avid gardener and plant collector. She is always experimenting and trying to grow new things; this year will be peaches and mini watermelons. She is a huge dog lover who regularly competes in dog agility with her aussie shepherd. She is looking forward to serving on the board of the NWFM and connecting with local farmers and artisans.
Sandy Haug (Director)
Nataliya Batara (Treasurer)
Nataliya has moved to New Westminster in 2018 and has never looked back! She loves living in a city where people know their neighbours, talk to strangers and help each other. She has joined the Board of the New West Farmers Market as a Treasurer in 2022 as a way to meet like-minded folks and to stay involved in her local community. Nataliya has worked in accounting and advisory for 7 years and holds her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designations. Outside of work, she loves wine tasting, cooking, walking uphill both ways (because this is New West!), and chasing after her toddler.
Flannery May (Secretary)
A transplant from California, Flannery is proud to call New West home. She joined the Board of NWFM in 2023 to engage with and give back to the New West community. Flannery has worked in finance and management roles for over a decade at charitable organizations across Canada and the US. Outside of work and NWFM, you can find her running along the waterfront or browsing at the library.
Emily Gaudette (Market Manager)
Emily (She/Her) is an able-bodied, cis-queer, white settler residing on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) lands. She has lived and worked on the unceded lands of the Halkomelem speaking peoples on and off since 2017 – something about the strong sense of community keeps her happily rooted here. She has a background in nonprofit event management and is a graduate of the interdisciplinary Global Stewardship program at Capilano University, designed to train its graduates for work in the not-for-profit sector. Emily is deeply committed to the process of building inclusive, equitable and sustainable communities. With a passion for food justice and shopping all things local, she’s thrilled to continue the important work of providing a space for local entrepreneurship and community to thrive at the market. In her down time, you might catch her enjoying some live music, thrifting too many knick-knacks or attending the next local, community event!
Malika Arora (Assistant Market Manager)
Malika (she/her) is Burnaby local, but across multiple jobs and volunteer opportunities has found herself somewhat of an honorary member of the New West community. Being an avid cook and a lover of community-outreach, she took up this role in October of 2023 and has loved every moment since! Whether that be filming silly reels for the market’s social media, coordinating volunteers, or finding ways to incorporate her passion for social justice and inclusion at the market! Malika has a background in English, Business, and Communications and is currently completing her undergraduate at Simon Fraser University. Outside of the market, you can find her at her dance studio, writing poetry, or playing videos games on the couch with her boyfriend or roommate!