New foodbank chairman takes the reins
Larry Bilodeau is used to overseeing the large boardrooms of big business but these days he’s focusing on a boardroom of an entirely different scale.
In fact, it’s a small six-seater table in the corner of the office at the Tauranga Community Foodbank.
Ballance AgriNutrients chief executive has been appointed the food bank’s new board chairman. His appointment is one of three to the board.
Bilodeau, Lyn Voyde and Nikki Findlay joined Philippa de Vere, Sue van Os and Laura Mueller.
“I signed up because I feel that the food bank is such a good cause to be part of,” Bilodeau said.
“We really think Christmas is a big deal and celebrate it with friends and family and eat and drink more than we should. And some families out there aren’t able to eat enough, let along more than they should. That has always bothered me. There are so many people in need.”
Bilodeau paid tribute to the “great” food bank staff as well as to the efforts of former board members.
He was chief executive of Ballance for 14 years before retiring in 2014. The keen outdoorsman arrived from Canada about 1997 and moved to New Plymouth to work in the oil and gas industry before moving to Tauranga and discovering the city’s golf courses.
Tauranga Te Papa Rotary Club member and former accountant Lyn Voyde said she had already been involved with the food bank as a volunteer and fundraiser. Stepping up to be the food bank’s new treasurer “made sense”.
Tauranga Community Foodbank manager Nicki Goodwin said it was exciting to have such “amazing people” join the board.
“We are just so lucky with the calibre of the people who put themselves forward,” she said.
“I was sad to see Sharon [Hitchcock], our former chairperson, leave. She has done a lot but I’m also excited to work with Larry and the team.”
Larry Bilodeau is the new chairman of Tauranga Community Foodbank.