Nicolette Fountain Archer chosen as Bahamas Feeding Network’s office manager and administrator and executive assistant
Having spent her entire adulthood as an educator, Nicolette Fountain
Archer has recently changed course, taking on a new role helping to run
the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN), one of the largest charity
organizations in the country.
“As my stepson said, I have now
gone from feeding minds to feeding tummies,” said the former St. Anne’s
School principal as she reflected on the transition.
“Just seeing the people every single day who call, text, looking for assistance, you know the need is there so you know that you need to work it.”
BFN Executive Director James Palacious, who announced Fountain Archer’s appointment, hailed her as an important addition to the network’s team and an asset in its mission to feed those in need.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Nicolette join us at BFN, playing a vital role in our efforts to feed tens of thousands of Bahamians every month,” said Palacious.
“She (Fountain Archer) has already spent much of her life giving back to The Bahamas through the education of thousands of students and now she’s able to continue playing an important role in the lives of many in a different way with BFN.”
Fountain Archer began at BFN in August, replacing the outgoing office administrator. And though the new position is a departure from her past experience, Fountain Archer said the role is one she believes she is suited for.
“I've always been someone who likes to do and to give, so this is in
line with who I am as a person,” said Fountain Archer, who is active in
the Bahamas Girl Guides Association and a prospective member of Zonta
Helping to run the NGO that is often all that stands between hunger and health, or even worse, is hard work, yet rewarding. She pointed to BFN’s inaugural golf tournament, Tee Off for Hunger, which took place in September, as one of the highlights of her time at BFN.
“That was amazing and it was fun,” she said. “And it was interesting to see that members of corporate Bahamas and members of the golfing community were so eager to compete, knowing that the funds would come back to us.”
Fountain Archer said it was an important reminder that everyone can help in the fight against hunger. While BFN has been providing more than 70,000 meals every month, Fountain Archer said the need is great and more help is required from everyone.
“I would like to encourage not just corporate Bahamas, but the average man, the average woman and even the average child to recognize that they can give,” she said.
“It’s more than a corporate problem. I want everybody to recognize that it's our problem as a nation. It's not the government's problem. It's not the Bahamas Feeding Network’s problem. It's something that we all need to work together to solve.
“Hunger hurts. Together, we can wipe it out.”