Feb 26. – A Perfect Fit


A Perfect Fit

I can barely believe it’s been eight weeks since I started as executive director at Winnipeg Harvest. Like so many of life’s great moments, it’s felt both like the blink of an eye and as though I’ve been here for years.

On the personal side, it’s incredibly fulfilling to be part of an organization that works towards goals such as food security and feeding hungry people. On the professional side, it’s rewarding to be in a position where I get to use my skills and experience to lead us to better accomplish those goals. Each day requires me to exercise leadership, transformation, facilitation, strategy, and communication skills while at the same time being open to learning new skills and hearing new ideas. This role is a perfect fit for me.

That isn’t to say it’s easy. The immense variety in what my day might look like and the number of people I meet and interact with on any given day means I can’t come in half-hearted. Luckily, I am surrounded by team members and volunteers who are also perfect fits for their roles and who inspire me to continue to give everything I can to my position.

In honour of I Love to Read Month, I had the pleasure of reading to a group of grade 4-6 students.  I read a great story about a mom and daughter shopping for groceries and putting food into a food bank bin. The moral of the story is anyone can help in the fight against hunger—no matter your age, you can donate food, time or money to support Winnipeg Harvest.

When I arrived at the school they were just completing their snack.  When I asked them if they had heard of Winnipeg Harvest, they all said yes. Some knew exactly where we are located, as they had been here with their families to pick up food. It was a humbling moment for me, recognizing some of these children had experienced the need for food banks while knowing they were also enjoying the snacks provided by Winnipeg Harvest programs.

Our organization also said farewell to a long-time employee in Donald Benham. Donald was a tireless advocate and public educator for Winnipeg Harvest. All our best goes out to him and we hope his next role is a perfect fit.

– Keren