Mar. 5 – Commitment



“A willingness to give your time and energy to something that you believe in,” — Cambridge English Dictionary

This week we did something that hasn’t been done before at Winnipeg Harvest. To make the necessary changes, we relied on our entire team to work together in ways not typically defined in their job descriptions. We asked a lot of them and I’m proud to say they rose to the challenge. I have never seen such a committed group of people.

In my first week at Winnipeg Harvest, I was asked about the type of employees not-for-profit can attract. Very often, people respond with something along this lines of “you get what you pay for.”

I refuted that comment and stated that the folks that work for not-for-profits are passionate about the organizations they represent, believe in the work they are doing and are prepared to do more for less because of it.

That’s what I saw in action over the past few days: staff from all departments pulling together to make Winnipeg Harvest not only more efficient but also more welcoming to its volunteers, agencies and those we serve. One of our long-term staff said, “This is a new beginning for us.” That’s how transformational this process was to her.

I also had the pleasure of being invited to Edo Japan’s grand opening in the CF Polo Park food court. This company provides fresh-made Japanese meals in the style of Teppanyaki cuisine. Edo Japan is an inspiringly generous organization. As they’ve advanced across the country from the West Coast, they’ve chosen local food banks as their focal point for giving back. Over the past seven years, Edo Japan has donated more than $400,000 to food banks in Western Canada and I couldn’t be more excited to begin our relationship with such a wonderful company.

I know Manitobans are committed to supporting the goals of Winnipeg Harvest and we thank you for all have done and continue to do on a daily basis.