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 2019 Board of Directors!
Matt Lorenzi (President)
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 NWFM feels like giving back to the community while being extremely rewarding at the same time.
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.
Julie Matheson (Secretary)
Julie was born and raised in New Westminster and returned last May to re-establish her Royal City roots with her young family. Julie’s professional background is in public health and nutrition research; she is currently a research coordinator at BC Children’s Hospital. Food and community are two of the things she values most and is passionate about the New West Farmers Market.
Shannon Dolton (Treasurer)
Shannon has proudly lived in New Westminster for the past 10 years after mostly growing up and living in Burnaby.
Shannon is a proud queer, married, cat mom and Youth Worker. Shannon has the privilege of working at a provincial non profit here in New West and has been working with youth for the past four years after returning to school following over 15 years in retail and retail management.
Shannon is a lover of food, believer in the power of words and magic of unicorns and does her best to move in the world as a kind human.
Shannon is excited to be joining the New West Farmers Market board and is looking forward to continuing to support and build her New West chosen family.
Lily Nichol (Market Manager)
Lily Nichol grew up in New Westminster, but lived in Kamloops, and Prince George as a teenager and young adult, finally landing back where she started in her favourite city. Lily has previously worked in non-profits, the tech industry and media, and is excited to take on this new chapter of her life in her home town. Lily’s downtown New West home has kept her as a regular NWFM customer for the past several years, always eager to see what’s in season and try something new! Working in the community she loves while supporting small local businesses is Lily’s passion and she loves seeing you weekly at the market!
When not at the Farmer’s Market, Lily is a rescue dog and cat mom, avid reader, active community member, and home baker.