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!
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.
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 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.
Anca McHollister (Secretary)
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!
Jason Campbell (Director)
Jason is a career fund development professional with over 25 years of non-profit fundraising and management experience, all of it in the health and disability sectors. Jason is an enthusiastic supporter of the New West Farmers market and lives in New Westminster with his wife, Ruby, teenage daughter, and dog Coco.
Kim MacPherson (Director)
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.
Elyn Dobbs (Treasurer)
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 advertising, and loves working at the market and being a part of the community in her home town. She loves supporting small local businesses, eating seasonally, and getting to know more of her neighbours at every market.
When not at the market, Lily is a rescue dog and cat mom, avid reader, fiestaware collector, and home baker.