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.
Anca McHollister (Director)
Anca is a long-time resident of New Westminster, and although she lived elsewhere for several years, she decided to move back to her home city five years ago. She has embraced the vibrant and growing community and has loved discovering new businesses as much as rediscovering long-standing ones. One of her favourite pastimes is walking with her husband on the waterfront, a latté from her favourite coffee shop in hand.
Anca volunteered at the New Westminster Farmers Market last summer and found a new way to connect with others who are passionate about the city and supporting the local food movement. At a time when there was so much uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic, Anca’s enthusiasm and positive disposition helped create a welcoming environment for all who attended the market.
Anca joined the Board of Directors in February, and brings over seven years of experience in Human Resources, Finance, and project management. Anca holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UBC and an HR Diploma from BCIT. She looks forward to helping the Board of Directors reach its strategic objectives over the next year. Anca wishes all staff and volunteers a successful market season!
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.
Quinn Kliewer (Market Manager)
Quinn Kliewer grew up in Calgary, Alberta and moved to New West 4 years ago. She comes from a background in fine arts and the hospitality industry. She started as a volunteer for the market in 2021 to get more involved in the community and is now thrilled to be Market Manager. Quinn is excited for the opportunity to support small businesses and encourage shopping and eating local. When not at the market you can find her enjoying the outdoors, baking cookies, collecting houseplants, and drinking wine.
Lily Nichol (Assistant Market Manager)
Lily has been part of the management team of NWFM since 2019 and loves working hands on with her community. She was born and raised in New West with a slight detour by way of Kamloops and Prince George while finally landing back in her favourite city in 2013. She loves the New West Farmers Market, community building, food, cooking, small businesses, and supporting local. In her spare time you can catch her walking her dog around New West, sampling local craft ciders, and trying new recipes!
She hopes to see you at the market this season!