Joe Van Gelderen is the CEO of Totally Gluten Free Ltd. Without his expertise, his research and hard work, we never would have made it this far. Joe is the one everyone in our family business depends upon for all his support and business expertise. He is the 'brains' for our marketing and project management. Joe also is the one who makes some of the bread that flows out of our bakery daily, whether to those who walk in or to those who stock our products. He is always thinking of new products to make or bring in to keep the variety fresh and unique for the sake of our customers who usually do NOT have so many choices. Joe also is the head of our research and development department. Joe is on the road a lot as well delivering our orders all around Alberta. When he is in the store he looks after the customers and helps in SO many different areas.
Valerie is the busy mother of 9 children ranging in age from 10 yrs to 27 years, and 'Oma' to a 7 year old, 6 year old. and 1 new grandson born April 2018. 7 of the 9 children have celiac disease. Through the years, much needed to be learned about baking gluten free food that was not only edible, but delicious and healthy for the children. She will be seen in the bakery a fair bit more when the children are in School, and a bit less during summer holidays. She still comes in to create and make special occasion celebration cakes and cupcakes, and fill in when others are away and during our busy seasons. Valerie comes in as well to invent new flavors and help out with the new line of Cannoli’s! Of course she is always ready to serve and great our guests who come to see us at our Bakery as well.
Karin, our 3rd daughter, is an essential member to our team as she is quite knowledgeable about both celiac disease and the gluten free diet. Karin slices all the bread every day, and makes all the pies, pie shells, cheesecakes, panini’s, biscotti, and cookies. She is learning the ropes with paperwork and payroll, expenses, etc, and has become such a blessing and help to our business. She can manage the bakery in our absence, and it is wonderful to have our adult children join us in our family business.
Lianne is our eldest daughter, and juggles her full time work with the hospital looking after our seniors, with helping us with the piles of paperwork, payroll, government paperwork, and taking care of our retail customers that come through the door when she is here. She also will do some of the shopping and deliveries, and she basically steps up whenever we need her. Lianne stepped up when her dad became ill, and we could not have done it without her willingness to put her life "on hold" for a little bit.
Leanne Prevost is another new team member. She is a lovely young mother to 3 teens, and is adapting to our crazy pace just fine. A quick learner, and a diagnosed celiac for many years, she has become a great asset to the company. She has learned and mastered many tasks; Sourdough Bagels, cream puffs, Eclairs, cookies, biscotti, and stroopwaffles. Additionally, she makes our homestyle meals which is a large part of her workload. She is great with our customers as well, as she has personal experience with the gluten free diet.
Angelica Rawick Makes all of our frozen pizzas and is a huge part of our shipping and packing department. She makes the cheesecakes as well, and is very proficient at pizza crusts. She worked for us previously, took a 4 year ‘break’, got married and had a beautiful baby. Now she has returned to us as if she had never left. We are so very glad to have her back.
Kwamin is the newest member to our bakery 'family". He is an interesting person with many fascinating aspects to his personality and scope of working expertise. He comes with the expertise of a well seasoned chef, and we look forward to what he can add to our home-style meals division in the regard. Baking is a whole new venture for him, and gluten free baking is certainly a new adventure. He does our early morning baking of breads, buns, muffins, pizza crusts, cinnamon buns and our best seller; the pizza rolls! Joe is enjoying having another male in the workplace and together they help keep the humor alive. keeping the humor alive.
Ashley is our 3rd youngest child, our youngest of the 5 girls. She is soon entering high school, and is our Saturday worker, and she also fills in on holidays and summer and Christmas break from school. When she is here she takes great care to look after customers with a smile and great interest. She also makes our wonderful Belgian waffles, and stocks up our pancake mixes, waffle mixes, and TGFB signature brand flour. She takes on the task of slicing the bread every Saturday, and also at times when Karin is unavailable. She is becoming an integral part of our company as she grows and learns more and more of the business alongside her studies. She is a mature and responsible young lady, and again it is a blessing to have another one of our children come alongside us in our work.