Some folks you may run into here:
Director of Operations: Gigi McKee
A local Victorian from childhood, Gigi found herself being introduced to Rainbow Kitchen while trying to find a place of community and food security for someone else. Like many, it was obvious to her that there was something different about the people and programs of RK. Soon Gigi found herself as the first paid staff member of the Rainbow Kitchen, initially as Kitchen Manager and over time shifting to the Director of Operations. Gigi is the keeper of all things Rainbow Kitchen ensuring schedules, food donations, community partners, suppliers, volunteers and guests are well looked after. In many ways Gigi brings life to the everyday of Rainbow Kitchen along with the guests and volunteers who do the same. An animal lover and avid supporter of people, there are few things that bring her greater joy than being outside with her dog Dawson, being with family and friends, and all kinds of other activities.
Kitchen Manager: Jason Heatley
Jason grew up in semi-rural Alberta and joined the military almost fresh out of high school. He was posted to CFB Esquimalt in 1990 and has called this area home ever since, even while serving as Journey Cook on multiple ships. After being Honorably released from military duty in 2008 and taking on civilian life, Jason worked in a few roles, but always seeming to connect with a kitchen somehow. In 2016 he found himself discovering community and meaning at Rainbow Kitchen, first as a guest, then soon as a volunteer, and after showing his skills, and after serving alongside the our Director of Operations Gigi, the second paid staff member Rainbow Kitchen would hire. In Jason’s words, “Giving back to the community and to the guests as a Kitchen Manager at R.K. is a soul healing and soul learning experience (of this part I had know idea!) on a voyage that started more than 18 years ago….. I Love the R.K. and the guests and volunteers who make it what it is.”
Bookkeeper Extraordinaire: Kathy Ironmonger
Kathy has resided in Esquimalt since 2002 and has been an active member of her building strata council for many years. After retiring from the the BC Public Service in 2009, she volunteered with several organizations in Victoria. Then she saw a request in a Rainbow Kitchen newsletter for an office volunteer and was gladly “recruited”, starting in January 2013. Kathy works behind the scenes to manage the Rainbow Kitchen financial transactions. Recently she was “promoted” to bookkeeper and all that entails with entering financial transactions into our accounting system. Troy, Gigi and Jason often hear her ask “I need those receipts please”. Kathy has three wonderful adult sons and four lovely grandchildren. She enjoys travelling, going for walks around beautiful Esquimalt, the Esquimalt library, her Butchart Gardens annual pass and volunteering her skills this side of the bridge at The Rainbow Kitchen.
Custodians: Dave Nason and Al Georgeson