The Quesnel Farmers Market has found its new market manager.
HARVEST, the non-profit society that organizes the Quesnel Farmers Market, has hired Tim Cawdell as the new market manager.
“We are very pleased to announce that Tim Cawdell has accepted the position of market manager with the Quesnel Farmers Market,” HARVEST president Paul Zeegers said in a new release. “Tim brings years of experience in marketing and event organization, as well as being a strong community supporter. It was important to find someone who can excel in the role today and bring a fresh perspective with a view to new opportunities in the longer term.”
Cawdell will be starting the position March 15 and will spend the first month training with different board volunteers, getting up to speed on market processes, and he will be involved with the 2020 vendor application process.
“I am really looking forward to supporting the Quesnel Farmers Market,” Cawdell said in the release. “The weekly market is an important part of community life in Quesnel, and I want to do everything I can to support the vendors and the community. I am looking forward to talking with the vendors and seeing everyone when the market starts in May.”
The Quesnel Farmers Market is entering its 32nd year of operations, and Paul Dumais, who managed the market for 20 years, recently retired.
“With the recent retirement of Paul, the market board was committed to hiring a new manager who could not only be successful at everything Paul did but could also relieve volunteers of the administrative duties they have taken on,” said Zeegers. “We feel that Tim Cawdell provides a great balance of administrative, marketing and event hosting experience, and we can’t wait to see what new ideas he brings to the table.”
The Quesnel “Old Time” Farmers’ Market began in 1988 with a handful of vendors in a grass-covered treed area at the site of the current Quesnel and District Seniors’ Centre. Today, the market hosts an average of about 25 vendors each week, with some late spring markets peaking at 35 vendors or more, according to the Quesnel Farmers Market’s website. The market operates outdoors from early May until early October and also offers three pre-Christmas indoor markets.
The first market of the season will be May 2 in the Helen Dixon Centre grass field, and the board and vendors of the Quesnel Farmers Market are looking forward to welcoming the community back to their market.
For more information about the market, visit quesnelmarket.net.