Meet The Team

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Hi there! My name is Margo, the Executive Director of the Root Cellar Food & Wellness Hub.  I am a wife, mother to three young men, mother in law to two beautiful women and grandmother to three adorable babies. When I am not working you can find me outside enjoying nature on my bike or in a kayak.

I started in 2017 as Administrative Assistant and quickly moved up to Operations Manager. The last four years in the organization, I have found it incredibly rewarding to a part of the transformation of the organization to the Root Cellar Food & Wellness Hub. 

My favourite thing about my job is knowing that the work we do is helping so many people in our community.

Margo Dick
Executive Director

 

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My name is Melissa Mullis.  I am a wife of 20 years, a mother to a teenage boy named Wyatt and a dog mom to three crazy hunting dogs.  I am not originally from Medicine Hat but have enjoyed the last 22 years in this amazing city.

My favourite thing about my job at the Root Cellar Food & Wellness Hub is that I get to see the best in people every day. To witness the joy from our families to receive support and to see the kindness of our donors. I feel incredibly grateful to have a front row seat to see the best of our community.

I have enjoyed the last four years as programs coordinator and I am so grateful for my new role as Marketing & Events Manager.  I am excited to see the fun ways we can fundraise and work collectively with the community to support our families!  

Melissa mullis
Marketing & Events Manager

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My name is Shay Hardekopf, and I am the HR & Office Manager of the Root Cellar. I've spent the last 15 years of my career in leadership. Leadership to me has always meant serving others. Helping the people around me develop the best versions of themselves has pushed me to develop my heart and passion for service. I'm very proud to be one of the newest Managers of the Root Cellar team and look forward to growing with the community.

 

When I'm not working you can find me spending time at home with my husband, our Bernese Mountain Dog Maggie, and 2 senior cats Pants and Paul. I generally have my nose in a book in the winter months, and hands and feet in the garden in the spring, summer or fall!

Shay hardekopf 
Hr & Office Manager

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Hi my name is Jason. I am married to a beautiful woman, we have 3 children and one dog. I enjoy watching sports and camping.The reason I love working at the Root Cellar is because no two days are ever the same and it is always a new and exciting challenge.

Jason Laswell
Warehouse Manager

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Bio coming very soon!

fay Rice
Finance Manager

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Hi, my name is Sonja I have been part of the Root Cellar team since 2018. I am a wife and a mother to 5 beautiful children. When I am not working, I love to be outside or cooking the next masterpiece in my kitchen. The Root Cellar Food and Wellness Hub is this amazing space that just makes you feel at home. It is one that allows for anyone no matter where you are in your life to find the things that they need the most. From volunteering, to cooking classes,  to the food you may need to fill your pantry.  

“ Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill--

Sonja Foster
Donations Assistant

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My Name is Nicole Deline I am originally from Bow Island but have lived in Medicine Hat most of my adult life. I am married and have 1 wonderful stepdaughter Emily. We have no pets of our own, but you will often hear me referring to my father’s Boston terrier Winston as my favorite brother!

As a family we love to camp and spend lots of time in Cypress Hills. We can also be found frequenting many of Medicine Hats amazing golf course in the summertime. We spend most of the winter waiting for spring so we can camp and golf again! I am also very passionate about infertility awareness and am active in several organizations and supports related to the infertility community. 

 

I am a new part of the team here at the Root Cellar and have been amazed at so may things since taking the programs coordinator position. It has been so great to see how committed our community is at getting to the root of food insecurity in our city. I am so excited for our Food First program to begin again in the new year and the difference it will make in the lives of our clients for years to come

Nicole Deline
Programs Coordinator

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My name is Lindsay Lepard, I am the volunteer Coordinator at the Root Cellar Food & Wellness Hub. My Passion is helping and supporting people in our community. It gives me great joy to work with the volunteers, these amazing men and women selflessly helping others every day. This bring me so much pleasure to know that they/we are making a difference in our community. 

 

I have been married for 12 years and together we have 2 children, Grayson he is 8 years old and Aspyn she is 3 years old. On our days off together, we love to spend time as a family, we enjoy going to parks, swimming, and day trips to Calgary. We also have cat; her name is Harley. She is 15 and was one of the first animals my husband and I had join our family when we bought our first Condo. 

Lindsay Lepard
Volunteer coordinator

Caroline Jones
Intake Advisor

I moved from the United Kingdom 3 years ago and immediately feel in love with Canada, not only the beautiful views and culture but mostly the people. I live with my husband, two children and our dog Poppy, and it is our dream that we will remain in Canada for the foreseeable future. 

 

Since living here, I have taken up a few new hobbies including ice skating, softball, and roller skating. However, my favourite hobby is Skiing having only done this for the first time when I arrived in Canada. This has been one of my biggest achievements having visited various Ski resorts around Alberta and British Columbia. 

 

My professional background is Social Work having qualified in 2012 and worked in various settings over the years with children, young people, and families. My passion throughout my career is to support people who are in need by providing them with the tools towards independence. 

 

I initially began volunteering in 2020 in the height of the pandemic, wanting to support the people in the community to receive food. I am honoured to be part of the team at the Root Cellar Food and Wellness Hub, not only being able to meet and support people in the local area but to provide a first-class service within my role as the Intake Advisor. I cannot wait for the community to be able to engage in all our services that the Root Cellar will have available. Watch this Space!!

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HI. My name is Tamara. I am the receptionist. I am new to the organization. I am married, have three children and two fur babies. My family moved here in 2006. Medicine Hat has been a great place to raise a family. I’m an avid music lover who enjoys the amazing venues we have in this city. I also enjoy all our parks, a little piece of nature in our city. In the summer our family enjoys camping. I love my job because I get to see the amazing generosity of our city and how grateful our clients are that we can help them. I am excited to see where the future takes us.

Tamara Vogelaar
Receptionist

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Hi, I'm Scott and I've been  working at the Root Cellar since October 2021.  I've been married to my wife Kristal for 27 years and we have two dogs named Bonnie and Clyde. I love to camp and enjoy working around the house and yard. 

Working at the Root Cellar is very rewarding and I enjoy working with all of my co workers and volunteers.

Scott Carruthers
Warehouse assistant

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Bio coming very soon!

Neil Mccartan
Driver