Unafraid to be herself in a typically male-dominated field is the Surrey Food Bank’s Logistics Manager – Lisa Soumang.
Lisa joined the SFB in the spring of 2010 as a part-time receptionist. Having used the Langely food bank herself earlier, Lisa understood the SFB’s work. A year later, Lisa moved into the role of the Client Services Coordinator.
As the bridge between the clients and the organization, Lisa took charge of the day-to-day running of food distribution across all SFB depots.
Making some tough decisions, she spearheaded the establishment of additional depots, including an evening depot for those working during the day.
North Delta, Cloverdale, Guildford, and Newton are now home to Surrey Food Bank depots. North Delta and Cloverdale have depots open every other Tuesday, while Guildford has a depot every other Wednesday. In addition, every day between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., our primary distribution facility in Newton is open for distribution.
Lisa was instrumental in the creation of the Hamper to Your Home program, which allows customers with mobility issues to have their meals delivered to their homes. Her vision also supported the SFB’s trademark Tiny Bundles Program’s expansion. This program is open to pregnant moms and children under the age of one once every seven days. These families receive a week’s worth of food, as well as diapers, infant food, and other necessities. We also incorporate Toddler Totes and Pre-K healthy bundle packages into the family’s daily meal plan to continue the Tiny Bundles program’s advantages as the kid gets older.
She was promoted to her present position as the Food Bank’s Logistics Manager in 2013. Lisa was requested to take over the SFB warehouses, a 5-person team, and a fleet of four trucks, as well as food procurement. She effectively redesigned the department in this capacity, moulding it into the best version of itself.
Lisa has been a tremendous asset to the SFB. She had contributed to its self-sufficiency and to the food bank’s transformation into something more than just a food bank.
Lisa has watched the food bank change from its conventional function to one that is more inclusive, more giving, and more collaborative, from its humble beginnings to its current home in a 23,000 sq ft warehouse. She has been an integral part of that transformation.
In her own words, “Change is good.”
The SFB has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, thanks to people like Lisa. We are, in fact, better together in every aspect!
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