Deborah Malloy - Co-Chair
Deb is a busy wife and mother of three daughters. She's an entrepreneur, and loves being involved with the community. She has a strong background in art, marketing, and sales. A holiday enthusiast, she is passionate about food and family and loves any excuse to throw a party.
Deborah is key to our marketing and graphic images for our promotions.
Mel Fishman - Co-Chair
As President of the St. Jacobs Lions Club running various events, Mel works full time as a Project Manager at Walter Fedy Corp. She lives in St. Jacobs with her husband and two children. With a passion for building, sports, travel and more, Mel is always working toward contributing to her community and is pleased to be working alongside her fellow Chairs and wonderful committee in this 11th year of StuffIn Stockings.
Carolyn Parks - Founder
Carolyn is the past Chair and Founder of StuffIn Stockings. She is a long time resident of Waterloo Region. She comes from an events planning and marketing background; she founded the Total Woman Show, a premier consumer event which ran for 14 years. Carolyn is Mum to two children and lives in St. Jacobs with her family. She is a fibre artist and works out of her studio in St. Jacobs.
Tracey Phillips is a busy lady and active member of the St. Jacobs Lions Club, holding the role of Vice President currently. Working full time at Home Hardware in Elmira, Tracey is very active as a community member and enjoys time with family and friends. As a resident of Kitchener, Tracey enjoys playing baseball, horseshoes and shuffleboard leagues and is an avid fan of Country music! Tracey has been an indispensable member of the Stuffin Stockings committee for 9 years!
Brenda Rivard is volunteering for the 5th year with Stuffin Stockings. She lives with her family in Waterloo. As a past founding member of the Kin Club Woolwich, Brenda helped to raise close to $200,000 for local charities through events including the Grand River Amazing Race, Silent Auction and the Pamper Yourself for a Year Raffle. In Brenda's spare time, she enjoys friends, family time, singing, gardening and travelling.
Jennifer Brown is originally from Florida, but has jumped into Canadian life, having lived in the wonderful town of St. Jacobs for 17 years. She is a mom to two wonderful boys, married for 25 years to her best friend, and is a business owner. Jennifer has had the pleasure of volunteering in many different positions at St. Jacobs Public School and with youth football/sports. She finds it rewarding giving back to the community and being a good role model to her children.
Penny Stumpf is a local seamstress specializing in bridal alterations in Kitchener. She is an avid gardener and loves being outdoors. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 6 adult children and 2 silly dogs. Penny loves to travel and attend theatre shows- especially those that her son performs in. She has a flair for the arts, and music, and is passionate about supporting members of the LGBQ community. She has been known to stand on the sidelines of the parade and offer hugs to those who don't feel supported by their own families. Penny cares deeply about her community and is happy to be able to help those in need especially over the holidays.
Rachael Quickfall is excited to be volunteering for her 2nd year with Stuffin Stockings. She is a passionate educator who enjoys supporting her community by volunteering with the Strong Start Literacy Program and the St.Jacobs Home & School Association. Rachael works as a Program Coordinator with The Umbrella Project and has recently self-published her first children's book. Rachael lives in Heidelberg with her husband and 2 children.
Ellen McLeod recently retired to Elmira and is proud to be a part of the Stuffin Stockings Program. She is a retired Registered Practical Nurse with both hospital and clinical setting experience. Over the years, Ellen has been involved as a leader with both Brownies and Girl Guides. During her time living previously in Port Elgin, she was involved with the local Meals on Wheels program, as well with fundraising through her church for local charitable organizations. Ellen is confident that with the lovely generosity of Waterloo Region residents and organizations, we will be able to once again provide for so many people in need!
Kim Parsons is owner of 2 local Tim Hortons locations and was introduced to Stuffin Stockings through the involvement of her staff in donating stockings as a way to give back to their community. After 3 years of donating stockings and then a sponsorship of the Stuffin' team's resounding wonderful fundraiser during St. Jacobs Sparkles - our "Fancy Hot Chocolate Bar" - Kim decided to join the Stuffin Stockings committee. As a mother to 2 almost grown boys who are off doing their own things, Kim decided she wanted to spend more time giving back to her community. With a great love for all the bright memories Christmas brings (including stuffing stockings for family), Kim felt that Stuffin was a wonderful way to bring some of these special experiences to those in need.
Rachel Gibson - Past Charity Liaison
Rachel is a former manager for the organic/ natural meat business Beretta Farms Inc in Toronto. Since moving to Kitchener a couple years ago, she has decided to slow down and enjoy being a Mum and wife. She is really excited to put her organizational skills to work at Stuffin Stockings and to help keep the magic of Christmas alive for those who need it!
StuffIn Stockings would not happen without a lot more helping hands. We must thank St. Jacobs Lions Club membership who has championed our cause year over year. The community groups, sports teams, corporate donors and employees of companies in our Region all contribute to our success every year. It is very true that "many hands make light work".
2020 Co-Chairs Mel Fishman and Deborah Malloy display our QR code for shopping our Amazon wishlist to support the 2020 campaign. Click the image to read more!.
StuffIn Stockings - a program of the St. Jacobs Lions Club - came to be in 2010 based on a very simple goal: to send one or three stockings out to some children in need in Waterloo Region. What started out as a 'few' stockings grew quickly to over 200 as the founder's friends and a local company (Quarry!) found out about the idea. It's amazing how quickly something simple yet so magical can catch on.
From there we grew, collecting stuffed stockings, loose items and financial donations from individuals, families, clubs, groups and companies! First it was 250 stockings, then 750, then 900, then...you get the idea. In 2019, we delivered over 2,900 stockings! What is so especially heartwarming is now, anyone in need can receive a stocking - newborn babies, children, youth (teens), adults, New Canadians, adults living with disabilities, seniors, people struggling with homelessness and more - Wow!!
Our vision is everyone should feel special and remembered on Christmas day. We are thrilled to say our community is making sure we are helping to create memories for many in need.
While Stuffin is a St. Jacobs Lions Club initiative, it is largely run by a committee of passionate volunteers.