Some folks you may run into here:
Executive Director: Troy Dunham
Hailing originally from Ontario, Troy made his way to Victoria by way of the Prairies. Having spent the better part of 15 years working in non profits throughout Western Canada, Troy completed a Master of Arts in Non Profit Leadership in 2014 and transitioned to Rainbow Kitchen as our first Executive Director in May of 2018. A love for learning and helping people drives his daily activities here and at home with his wife and two daughters. Troy’s skill set in organizational development and strategy has been a great addition to the RK team, ensuring that all of the moving parts are working the way they should and providing support wherever possible. When not trying to find new ways to ensure people are fed, you can find Troy working on one of many projects either woodworking or renovating, and when life allows, camping at Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.
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.”
Volunteer Coordinator: Cathy Kiczula
Cathy moved to Victoria in July of 2015 from Picture Butte, Alberta. Volunteering and giving back to the community have always been an important part of her life, and it shows from past volunteer positions with The Red Deer Marlin’s Swim Club, Little League Canada, Scouts Canada, Spitz Canadian’s Baseball Club and Lethbridge American Legion Baseball Association. It was only natural that once moved to Victoria, she would look for a place to continue volunteering, and in November 2015 started at Rainbow Kitchen doing Lunch Prep and Serving Guests. In September 2018, Cathy stepped into the role of Volunteer Coordinator, a “position that I am finding most rewarding. I’m blessed to be apart of such a warm and caring environment, that whether you are a staff member, a volunteer or a guest — it just feels like home to walk through the doors.”
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