Feb. 19 – It Only Takes A Spark


It Only Takes A Spark

Watching the Winter Olympics this week, I’ve been a very proud Canadian. I watched three Canadians win medals and I was overcome with pride in my country and the people who represent us.

It’s hard to say what brings that feeling on, but I call it a spark. This week was a great example of how you don’t need to win an Olympic medal to create a spark—sometimes it’s much simpler than that.

It started with attending Siloam Mission’s groundbreaking ceremony to build an addition for 55 new beds. It’s unfortunate that more resources are needed to fill the increasing need for the homeless, but it’s great to see the community rally in support and I hope they receive all the support they need.

That same day I had the pleasure of meeting Ron Brown, the President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg. To know that Winnipeg Harvest supports such great organizations with food gives me great pride.

To end the day I met with a group of young girls appropriately called Sparks—a junior Brownie group that came in to help in the warehouse. There isn’t much that matches the enthusiasm and volume of a group of excited young girls. They knew they were making a difference, and I am glad we could provide them with a place to impact their community. Needless to say, the onions were sorted a little slower than usual, but with much more laughter and squealing than most groups.

Later in the week, I was able to show our facilities to some of our allies in food security. Belinda Fitzpatrick, who helped distribute food and hampers in December in Churchill, and Chris Hatch from Food Banks Canada. As I walked them around the facility, they both remarked on the feeling of community they could sense from our volunteers and team members. We witnessed a moment that almost made me cry; we saw one of our food bank volunteers taking emergency food out to one of our clients. They approached him with a smile and without any hint of judgement. I saw the look on his face, a look of thanks and relief, not one of feeling like a burden. That’s the spark that makes me feel like our team deserves a gold medal for helping those in need while preserving their dignity.

– Keren