About Potluck

The mission of Potluck Café Society is to transform lives by creating jobs and providing healthy food for people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

An award–winning social enterprise, Potluck Café Society (a registered charity) owns and operates Potluck Café & Catering, a thriving business that employs neighbourhood residents and provides up to twenty five percent of the operating revenue required to run the Society’s ongoing programs.

We’ve been doing this work since 2001, and are proud to be both a leader and a collaborator in a movement that uses training and employment as a dignified means of helping people regain their confidence, skills, and economic independence.

Mission & Values

The mission of Potluck Café Society is to transform lives by creating jobs and providing healthy food for people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Values

  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Excellence
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Acceptance

Meet the team

Potluck Café Society and our catering business are fueled a group of talented, passionate staff and board of directors.

Leadership

Executive Director

Trish Kelly

Trish Kelly worked in the food retail and distribution sector for twenty years before joining the nonprofit sector. Her personal experience of poverty and food insecurity drives her to improve the food system for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

General Manager

Naved Noorani

Over the years, Naved has lead teams in Dubai, Denver, Fort McMurray and most recently, he was Director of Catering & Conference Services at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Outside work, he has a passion for photography, travel and cooking.

Board of Directors

Board Treasurer

Nicholas Mobilio

Board member at large

Lindsay Miles–Pickup

Board Co-chair

Alex Nixon

Board member at large

Rob Scali

Board member at large

Maz Artang

Board member at large for Potluck Catering

Kelleen Wiseman

Board co–chair

Dennis Green

Board Member at Large

Naseam Ahmadi

Board secretary

Alex Minard

Staff

Catering Manager

Amanda Slater

A food lover with an entrepreneurial spirit and a Holistic Nutritionist’s trained eye, Amanda is a strong advocate for social enterprise and great customer experience.

Chef de Cuisine

Ian Thompson

Ian worked for many years in hotels and fine dining before landing at Potluck, where his passion for excellent food and his sense of empathy have earned our kitchen team’s unwavering loyalty.

Interested in working with us?

The coffee is always on. Drop by or drop us a line.