Meet The Team

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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 five years as Programs Coordinator, Marketing and events manager, and I am so grateful for my new role as Executive Director .I am excited to see the fun ways we can fundraise and work collectively with the community to support our families!  

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My name is Shay Hardekopf, and I am the Operations Manager at 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 on 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!

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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.


I love working at the Root Cellar because no two days are ever the same and it is always a new and exciting challenge.

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Bio coming very soon!

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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--

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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 one 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 Hat's amazing golf courses 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 many 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

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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. 

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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 favorite 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 honored 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.

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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.

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Hi, My name is Lee Ann.  I was born and raised on a farm in Saskatchewan.  I am married, and have 2 children, 2 step-children (who are now adults) and a dog named Milo. As a family we enjoy going for walks, biking, and kayaking.  

I began working in the Social Work field in 2002.  I have enjoyed working and volunteering throughout the years in various settings; supporting people to meet their basic needs and reach goals they have for their future.

I have a passion for supporting people, and I believe each member of our community deserves to have their basic needs met.  I am excited to join the team at the Root Cellar Food and Wellness hub and all the wonderful programs offered here.

Bio coming very soon!

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Bio coming very soon!