Meet our Staff
Pamela spent the first 27 years of her life in Ontario, growing up in London, and completing her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature, and her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Western University. After two years working in Toronto, she ran for the hills in the West and has never looked back.
Pamela has been an Information Management Business Leader in the Calgary oil and gas industry since 1993, working for national and international companies: Alberta Energy Company, EnCana, Statoil, TransCanada, Spectra Energy and Enbridge. She has also operated her own consulting business, Creative Information Solutions Inc., specializing in Information Governance and Intellectual Property.
She moved to Okotoks in 2004 when she married the love of her life, Ken Colosimo, and immersed herself in the local community. She has served as Chairperson of the Foothills Country Hospice Board, Chair of the Artifacts Committee for the Friends of the Bar U Board, Member on the Okotoks Arts Council, President of the Foothills Humane Society, Fund Development at the Okotoks Public Library and President of the St. James CWL.
In 2019, Pamela accepted the role of Executive Director of the Okotoks Food Bank. It is a job that continues to provide daily challenges and constant fulfillment. Suffice to say it has transformed her life. When not working or volunteering in the community, Pamela relishes her time spent with family, friends, and the menagerie of three dogs, one horse and too many bees to count.
“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” – Maya Angelou
Born and raised in Alberta, Sandi returned to live in Okotoks in 2015 after 25 years of living on Vancouver Island. Sandi has been involved in non-profit organizations for many years. She managed an independent not-for-profit-school on Vancouver Island and prior to that coordinated the Meals-On-Wheels program for the Parksville/Qualicum Beach District. Non-profits and volunteering have always been important to Sandi, lending her time and talents to organizations such as the local Public Library, SPCA and Cancer Society to name a few.
Here at the Food Bank she can often be found persuading people to give beets or swiss chard a try. Outside of work she enjoys spending her time reading and finding great deals at thrift stores and garage sales. Sandi has several siblings and delights in being Auntie to many nieces and nephews throughout Alberta and BC.
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. ~ Henry Ford
Client Care (Part-time)
Donna’s career and volunteer paths have centered around serving others in need. She has a degree in Home Economics with an extensive background in food and nutrition education in the public health and the agriculture sectors. It’s important to her that everyone has access to safe and nutritious food. She has taught cooking classes, facilitated community kitchens and managed Fresh Food Box programs for many years. In addition to teaching, Donna has experience in food writing and developing nutrition resources.
Donna enjoys all things about food…growing, cooking, eating and good nutrition. Since she was very young she has been influenced by her mother and grandmothers’ instinctive and creative cooking skills and gardening knowledge. She’s always experimenting with recipes or developing new ones. She feels it’s important to pass these skills onto others.
Donna has volunteered with many organizations in our community. Her strengths are in leadership and program development.
Donna has been married to Chris for 36 years and has 2 adult married sons and daughter-in-law’s and 3 young grandchildren. She has lived in Okotoks since 1984. She loves the friendly small-town atmosphere, community spirit and the many opportunities to serve in our community.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Warehouse Coordinator (Part-time)
Mark Edwards is originally from Dublin, Ireland and has been in Okotoks since emigrating to Canada with his family in 2007. He has been working in Warehousing, Distribution and Logistics since 1989 when he joined Spicers Ireland, an Office Products and Stationery wholesale distributor. After working in the Office Supply area for 10 plus years he went into third party logistics with P&O TransEuropean, a global logistics provider where he coordinated multiple contracts ranging from Kellogg’s cereals to prefabricated hotel bathrooms to 75,000 square feet of carpet as well as a Bonded area. A few years working for Wyeth Biopharma then gave him experience of working in the Biopharma/Biotech area, shipping and handling materials such as “live” samples @ -90 Celsius to storing and distributing corrosives, acids and a host of other dangerous goods and materials. Since settling in Okotoks, Mark has primarily been a stay at home Dad to 3 kids and keeping busy in part time jobs such as Starbucks, Costco and Co-op liquor stores.
It is this broad range of roles which give Mark the ideal experience to work with the OFB, as the role requires flexible thinking and an ability to coordinate multiple projects at a time.
Meet our Board of Directors
Church Affiliation: St. Peter’s Anglican Church
Soli Deo gloria.
St. Peter’s Anglican Church
Phillippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Okotoks Evangelical Free Church
Philippians 4:13…I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
St. Peter’s Anglican
I don’t really have a favorite quote or mantra but I really believe that we should treat others in a way we would like to be treated ourselves. We all come from different walks of life, which affords different opportunities. Kindness, compassion, a little understanding and a smile cost nothing. Pass it on!
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Grace Lutheran Church
Benjamin Franklin: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Okotoks Alliance Church
Accept what is, let go of what was, have Faith in what will be.
Okotoks United Church
John Sangster: Remember to be kind, and a little bit blind, and always look for the good in people.
Dave joined the Board in September 2018. His career in Downstream oil and gas spans 42 years, living in 10 different locations. Dave has volunteered for many organizations including United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, MRU Calgary Marketing Advisory Board, St. James Parish Council and is currently the Grand Knight of Okotoks Knights of Columbus. He and his spouse Odile have lived in Okotoks since 2000 and have four grown children and 8 grandchildren. Dave enjoys reading, financial management, investing in real estate, travelling and working with volunteer organizations where he feels he can make a difference.
St James Catholic Parish
We cannot become what we want by remaining who we are.
Hours of Operation
Help Yourself Shelves
Monday : CLOSED
Tuesday: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Thursday: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Friday: noon – 4:00 pm
Hamper Pick Up
Tuesday: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Donation Drop-Off Hours:
Monday: 12:00 – 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 – 6:30 pm
Thursdays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 6 – 8:30 pm
Friday: 12:00 – 4:30 pm
Urgently Needed Items
Long grain rice (brown or white)
Jam / Honey
Fruit Snacks for Children
Juice (1 litre or snack size tetrapaks)
The Okotoks Food Bank needs your great recipes for their cookbook project
Call Us or Visit Us
Unit #7 109 Stockton Point - Okotoks, AB T1S 1B3
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 942 - Okotoks, AB T1S 1B1
Charitable #: 89045376RR0001
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